Thanks to the Warner Archive, the Pre-Code Era Continues to Shine

In recent years, Warner Bros. has made hundreds (maybe over a thousand, for all I know) of films available on DVD through their Warner Archive Collection. The collection spans many decades, but what’s most exciting to me is that so many Pre-Code films, especially talkies from between the late 1920s and 1934, are now obtainable. Titles starring such beloved stars as Lon Chaney (in his only sound film, 1930’s The Unholy Three), Helen Hayes, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore, John Gilbert, Jean Harlow and Greta Garbo, films which may never have been available on DVD – or even years ago on VHS – can now be purchased. I highly recommend the 1929 version of Maugham’s classic story The Letter, starring Jeanne Eagels in an unforgettable performance, as well as Christopher Strong (1933), the Dorothy Arzner-directed drama that has Katharine Hepburn in her first starring role. You can search the DVD collection at http://shop.warnerarchive.com/. Have fun!

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