Tracy & Hepburn The Definitive Collection – DVD Review

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There isn’t a film buff in the world that wouldn’t want to get their hands on the Turner Classic Movies library. Some of the greatest Hollywood flicks of all time have been locked away in that magical collection. Thankfully, some of these greats are making their way to the home video market.

Long ago, but not forgotten, one of the sexiest on screen duos was Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection, the first and only complete anthology of films starring Hollywood's dream team, debuts is now available in a master DVD collection. The collection includes all nine remastered favorites: Woman of the Year (1942), Keeper of the Flame (1942), Without Love (1945), Sea of Grass (1947), State of the Union(1948), Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), Desk Set (1957), and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967), plus a bonus disc featuring an intimate tribute to Spencer Tracy moderated by Katharine Hepburn.

This is the first time Keeper of the Flame, directed by Oscar winning director George Cukor (A Star is Born 1954, My Fair Lady, A Double Life, Adam’s Rib, Philadelphia Story), and Sea of Grass will be available on DVD.

Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscar wins with four (from 12 nominations), and was ranked by AFI as the greatest female screen legend of all time (1999). In this collection, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Woman of the Year (1943) and won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1968). Known for the range and diversity of characters he portrayed, Spencer Tracy tied with Laurence Olivier for the most Best Actor Academy Award nominations. He is considered one of the finest American actors to ever grace the screen.

In this series of films that spans 25 years, it’s interesting to see the couple age in front of our eyes. Right from the moment Hepburn fiddles with her stockings in Woman of The Year, Tracy seems like the perfect on screen match, His charm and wit matches well with her smart and sassy sexuality.

By the time we get to Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, it’s clear that the dynamic duo have a certain magic that can’t be beat. The big difference this time around is that they’re the parents rather than the love interests. It’s a collection that almost appears as if it comes full circle. Quite real when you consider that the film wrapped just before Tracy’s death.

By no means is this collection a definitive work for either Tracy or Hepburn as actors, but it is a complete work performing together, For film buffs, some of these are classics and others are rarities, but for the average viewer, this is a great trip through the 40s, 50s and 60s with true Hollywood legends.

Bravo to Turner Classics and Warner Home Video for unleashing another great piece of Hollywood history.