Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will introduce on October 25th six classic films from its vault on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc for the first time.

The “Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3″ will include It Happened One Night; From Here to Eternity; To Sir, With Love; The Last Picture Show; Annie; and As Good as It Gets.

Each film will be presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range. In addition, four of the films include new Dolby Atmos audio surround sound mixes.

The special limited edition film collection will include only 4K Ultra HD discs in the collector’s set along with a hardbound 80-page book covering the making of each film in the set, including a special exclusive essay from writer/director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic As Good as It Gets.

Also added are a number of unusual features and TV episodes on the various films including a 1932 production of Annie and a five-hour 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of From Here to Eternity.

The 1934 comedy hit It Happened One Night stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as mismatched lovers. Directed by Frank Capra, the film received five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Special features include the 1956 remake You Can’t Run Away From It, starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon, in HD; audio commentary featuring Frank Capra Jr. and a featurette with “Frank Capra Jr. Remembers It Happened One Night.”

From Here to Eternity stars Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift in a classic centered around a military base as December 1941 draws near. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor awards for Sinatra and for Donna Reed. Special features include “Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity”; “Eternal History Revisited” featurettes; the From Here to Eternity 1980 TV pilot, starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey; theatrical trailers; “Eternal History” graphics-in-picture track; audio commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent; and “Making of From Here to Eternity“.

As special extra, the collection adds a bonus disc including the nearly five-hour 1979 TV mini-series of From Here to Eternity in Full HD, and starring Natalie Wood, William Devane and Peter Boyle.

The inclusion of In To Sir, With Love, celebrates the 55th anniversary of the film about a novice teacher facing a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks growing up in the 1960s. Star Sidney Poitier plays Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class is played by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song). Special features include “A Tribute to Sidney Poitier”; the To Sir, With Love 1974 TV pilot, starring Hari Rhodes; audio commentary featuring actor Judy Geeson and film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman; audio commentary featuring novelist E.R. Braithwaite and author-teacher Salome Thomas-El; To Sir, With Love II, the 1992 TV-movie sequel to the 1967 classic, starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich; the “To Potter, With Love” featurette; the “Beginnings of an Acting Career” featurette; the “Those Schoolboy Days” featurette; the “Look and Learn” featurette; the “E.R. Braithwaite: In His Own Words” featurette; the “Lulu and the B-Side” featurette; the “Miniskirts, Blue Jeans and Pop Music!” featurette; the “To Sidney, With Love” featurette; the “Principal El: He Chose to Stay” featurette; and the theatrical trailer.

The Last Picture Show from 1971 won eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The drama deals with the social and sexual mores of the times in a small Texas town. Stars include: Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson each won Oscars for their work in supporting roles. Bonus material features both director Peter Bogdanovich’s preferred 1999 “Definitive Director’s Cut” and the 1971 theatrical version on 4K Ultra HD. Special features include audio commentary featuring Bogdanovich; “A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich”; “The Last Picture Show: A Look Back Documentary”; “A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich”; location footage; a promotional featurette; and theatrical trailers.

The inclusion of Annie celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the film version of the musical. Annie is played by Aileen Quinn, who is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney). Carol Burnett plays the tyrannical Orphanage director. Special features include cast audio commentary, featuring insights from stars Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Roseanne Sorrentino; “Aileen Quinn: A Conversation”; “Behind the Music With Charles Strouse”; “Looking Back: Behind the Scenes”; a sing-along; “My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn”; Little Orphan Annie, a 1932 feature starring Mitzi Green as Annie; theatrical trailers; and TV Spots.

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As Good As It Gets is a classic comedy celebrating its 25th Anniversary. It stars Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr. and was written and directed by James L. Brooks. Here Nicholson is featured in an Academy Award-winning performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mouth. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (1997). Special features include audio commentary featuring Brooks, Nicholson, Hunt, Kinnear, editor Richard Marks, producer Laurence Mark and composer Hans Zimmer; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes footage; “The Making of As Good as It Gets” featurette; archival theatrical EPK soundbites; and the theatrical trailer.

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By Greg Tarr

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