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Not long ago the idea of having all your favorite movies available for viewing instantly was as far out there as hover cars.  With streaming options like Netflix you can have access to thousands of movies and TV series in a flash, only limited by the speed and quality of your own home access and viewing technology.  But just like online news will never replace the physical daily newspaper, streaming will never replace the home video library.

Back in early December we previewed here at borg.com four movie collections as gift ideas of varying price ranges, from the three-film The Dark Knight Trilogy from Warner Bros. to the eight-film Tarantino XX 8-Film Collection from Lionsgate Miramax to the 15-film Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection from Universal Studios to the massive 22-film Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection from MGM.

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Now Warner Bros. is upping the ante with the biggest boxed set of top-rated films ever released in its 90th anniversary limited edition DVD giftset Best of Warner Bros 100 Film Collection.

The set includes a nicely packaged set of 55 discs in an easy to store set of binder slipcases (much like the storage in the excellent Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. boxed set).  And it’s not just a mix of the good and the bad.  For less than four dollars per film (if you shop around) you can get 22 Best Picture Academy Award-winning films, including Gone With the Wind, Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, Ben Hur, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, Unforgiven, and Return of the King (the set includes all three Lord of the Rings movies).  Many of the films have been on the borg.com writers’ recommendation lists published earlier, including The Wizard of Oz, All the President’s Men, Citizen Kane, The Outsiders, and The Shining.

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The Best of Warner Bros 100 Film Collection also includes some of the all-time best genre films, including some of our favorite films, like The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Searchers, North by Northwest, The Dirty Dozen, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Enter the Dragon, Superman, Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Batman, Shawshank Redemption, The Right Stuff, and Sherlock Holmes.   And there are some of the best classic films, like Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney, Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer, the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera, and all three of the films that featured James Dean: Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, and Giant.

The only thing you’ll be asking yourself is how will you have enough time to watch them all.

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Note that these are films from the Warner Bros. current massive collection, and include films originally released from other studios.  And some of the films probably shouldn’t make anyone’s 100 Best list (Natural Born Killers?).  Does it matter?  Probably not if you’re just trying to enlarge your home video collection with some of the best films ever made.

It’s a pretty huge undertaking, and it has a price to go with it, listing at just under $600 retail.  The good news is several venues have discount deals, including a deal at Amazon.com that as of January 30, 2013, was more than $200 off the list price.  Best of Warner Bros 100 Film Collection is a limited edition set, so if you count enough favorite films included to be worth your while, pick up a set while you can.  And if you must have Blu-Ray, Warner Bros. is simultaneously releasing 50 of the 100 films in a box set: Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection.

Here is a quick preview of both the 100 Film and 50 Film sets:

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

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