(January 5, 2009 – Burbank, CA) - “Thank heaven” … and Warner Home Video! The Two-Disc Special Editions of two glorious Best Picture Oscar®-winning 1950s classics from the crown jewel collection of M-G-M’s Golden Age of Musicals, will make their Blu-ray Hi-Def debut on March 31. “An American in Paris Blu-ray Hi-Def” and “Gigi Blu-ray Hi-Def” will each sell for $28.99 SRP. Order due date is February 24, 2009. “An American in Paris” and “Gigi” were meticulously remastered and released on standard DVD by Warner Home Video last September and were an instant success. George Feltenstein, WHV’s Senior Vice President, Theatrical Catalog Marketing said, “Warner Home Video is truly proud to be able to release these two magnificent films as special editions on Blu-ray disc. Our talented colleagues at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging put a great deal of effort into creating the newly restored masters of both films, and the amazing technical capabilities offered by Blu-ray technology truly transforms the viewing experience to a whole new level of entertainment.” The films won a total of 15 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best director, were produced by Arthur Freed and helmed by Vincente Minnelli. Alan Jay Lerner was the screenwriter on both. “An American in Paris,” originally photographed in Technicolor, is the latest recipient of Warner Bros.’ proprietary Ultra-Resolution process, which takes the original Technicolor negatives and carefully combines them to yield a stunning picture with sharpness and depth of field never seen before.
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