DVD: 'Gunga Din,' 'Bourne,' 'DodgeBall' Debut
by Brandon Gray
December 7, 2004
Celebrating the centennial of George Stevens' birth, Warner Bros. releases several movies from the famed director. Chief among them is Gunga Din, the rousing adventure classic from 1939 inspired by the Rudyard Kipling poem and featuring Cary Grant. Well timed for the holidays is the moving 1948 family drama I Remember Mama starring Irene Dunne. Stevens' first major feature Alice Adams (1935) showcases a Katharine Hepburn in her prime. Warner Bros. also issues the documentaries George Stevens—A Filmmaker's Journey and D-Day to Berlin, the latter featuring color footage Stevens shot during World War II.
Other classic releases include Criterion Collection editions of Cecil B. DeMille's epic The King of Kings (1927) and Fritz Lang's M (1931), the Buster Keaton Collection which documents the comedian's time at MGM and includes The Cameraman, the Audrey Hepburn-Peter O'Toole romantic caper How to Steal a Million and Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels—in time for Martin Scorese's biopic The Aviator which in part chronicles the making of the costly 1930 aerial melodrama.
Two of the summer's most successful pictures also debut. Universal's action thriller The Bourne Supremacy uncovered $176.1 million in theaters, eclipsing predecessor The Bourne Identity's $121.7 million by 45%. Fox's DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story surprised the industry when it opened at No. 1 ahead of The Terminal back in June. The $20 million comedy ultimately raked in $114.3 million.
Also making their DVD debuts are Maria Full of Grace, Fine Line's Spanish-launguage drama about a drug mule that delivered a strong $6.5 million in limited release, David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) and Garry Marshall's soap opera spoof Young Doctors in Love (1982).
Click here for the complete list of Dec. 7 releases.