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Kino Releases 5-Film David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray & DVD

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 9, 2012 at 2:22PM

Kino Classics will release the "David O. Selznick Collection" for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. The collection focuses on the golden-age mogul's earlier productions and includes the Freddie Bartholomew classic "Little Lord Fauntleroy," the original 1937 version of "A Star is Born" starring Janet Gaynor...
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Carole Lombard in "Nothing Sacred"
Carole Lombard in "Nothing Sacred"

Kino Classics will release the "David O. Selznick Collection" for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. The collection focuses on the golden-age mogul's earlier productions and includes the Freddie Bartholomew classic "Little Lord Fauntleroy," the original 1937 version of "A Star is Born" starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March, and William Wellman's "Nothing Sacred."

Also part of the set are King Vidor's spicy South Seas adventure "Bird of Paradise," starring Dolores Del Rio and Joel McCrea, and Frank Borzage's 1932 version of "Farewell to Arms." "Nothing Sacred" and "A Star is Born" are both lavish Technicolor productions, preceding Selznick's most famous high-watt color production in 1939, "Gone with the Wind."

The Kino collection's titles range from 1932 to 1937, which straddles the period between Selznick's work at both MGM and RKO, and his break with the studios and foray into his hyper-successful career as an independent producer (during which time he produced "Gone with the Wind," King Vidor's lusty Western "Duel in the Sun," and his production most famously fraught with creative clashes, Hitchcock's "Rebecca").

The films on the box set have been preserved by the George Eastman Motion Picture Department, and are newly mastered in HD.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.