New Release: TCM Elizabeth Taylor classic film DVD set

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

After the legendary Elizabeth Taylor died last month, DVD sets of her films were inevitable, and Warner Home Video scheduled the first one in its TCM Greatest Classic Films line. The DVD set TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends — Elizabeth Taylor was released on July 12, 2011.

The two-disc package includes four of Taylor’s best movies:

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play starring Taylor as frustrated Southern belle wife Maggie the Cat and Paul Newman (The Hustler) as her disillusioned ex-athlete husband.

Father of the Bride (1950), in which Taylor is the bride and Spencer Tracy (State of the Union) is her harried father in this comic celebration of an American rite (and wrongs) of passage.

TCM Greatest Classic Films Legends Elizabeth Taylor DVD boxButterfield 8 (1960), which won Taylor won her first Best Actress Academy Award, as she played a call girl whose life comes with a complete set of emotional baggage, courtesy of married lover Laurence Harvey (Romeo and Juliet) and stalwart friend Eddie Fisher (TV’s The Eddie Fisher Show).

The Sandpiper (1965), in which a minister (Taylor’s ex-husband Richard Burton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is torn between his yearnings for a beautiful free spirit (Taylor) and his love for his wife (Eva Marie Saint, North By Northwest).

The DVD includes these special features:

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof — commentary by biographer/film historian Donald Spoto • featurette “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Playing Cat and Mouse”

Father of the Bride — two newsreels • production notes

Butterfield 8 — notes on Taylor

The Sandpiper — two featurettes: “The Big Sur” and “A Statue for The Sandpiper.”


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Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.