Q4 release eyed for titles including 'Best Years,' 'Pride of the Yankees'

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has agreed with the Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Family Trust on terms for the North American homevid release of 74 titles from the Goldwyn library, including “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “Pride of the Yankees,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Hans Christian Andersen” and “Guys and Dolls.”

Companies said the pact represents nearly every film produced by Samuel Goldwyn between 1925 and 1955, including some that have never before been available to the home entertainment market. Titles could be released on Blu-ray, DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD as early as the fourth quarter.

“The acquisition of the stellar Samuel Goldwyn library reaffirms WBHEG’s commitment to the classics and ownership through physical and digital distribution to consumers,” said Warner exec Jeff Baker. “Our library, already boasting such crown jewels as ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘Gone With the Wind,’ ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘Casablanca,’ to name just a few, will be strengthened even further with Goldwyn’s fine titles from American film history.”

Other titles Goldwyn titles to be released under the deal include “The Adventures of Marco Polo,” “Ball of Fire,” “Dodsworth,” “The Little Foxes” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

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