New Release: Tracy & Hepburn Definitive Collection DVD

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Warner Home Video released what it called “the first and only complete collection of Tracy and Hepburn films” on April 12, 2011, featuring the classic acting duo — and real-life love story — of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

Released in association with Warner’s Turner Classic Movies, Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection DVD ($59.92) contains nine films from the 1940s to 1960s.

Two of them, Keeper of the Flame and Sea of Grass, had not been on DVD before and were released individually priced at $19.97 each. Both include a bonus short film and classic cartoon.

Here’s the breakdown of all the films in the Collection:

Woman of the Year (1942)

Tracy and Hepburn play rival reporters who fall in love, get married and then have problems in this Oscar-winning film (for best screenplay).

Keeper of the Flame (1942)

Tracy also plays a journalist in Keeper of the Flame, but this time, he meets Hepburn while researching a biography on her husband, a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. In his investigation, Tracy discovers that Hepburn could have warned her husband, but chose not to.

Without Love (1945)

In this romance, Hepburn again marries Tracy, but it’s a loveless union and their struggles bring them closer.

Sea of Grass (1947)

Hepburn and Tracy’s marriage in this drama turns bad when Hepburn discovers Tracy is a tyrant. She leaves him long enough to get pregnant with his enemy, and when he finds out two years later, he foreces her to leave.

State of the Union (1948)

Tracy and Hepburn play a married couple in politics in this drama. Tracy is the Republican nominee for President, and when the party machine begins to work, Hepburn encourages him to speak for himself.

Adam’s Rib (1949)

In this comedy drama, Tracy and Hepburn are a married couple working as opposing lawyers in a case about a woman who shot her husband.

Pat and Mike (1952)

Tracy and Hepburn are NOT married in this film. Instead, Hepburn is a golfer on her way to success, but her fiance is getting in the way. Step in Tracy, a slightly shady sports promoter, who helps her — and, of course, a mutual attraction grows.

Desk Set (1957)

In this comedy romance, Hepburn and Tracy play staffers who clash over the computerization of a TV network’s research department.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

This classic two-time Academy Award winner (Hepburn for best actress and best screenplay), stars Hepburn and Tracy as parents whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home her African-American fiance (Sidney Poitier).

About S. Clark

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.