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Release Date: October 25th, 2022 Movie Release Year: 1997

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 3

Overview -

Sony continues its annual tradition of delivering six back catalog classics and favorites spanning the decades of the Columbia archive with Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3. This set bundles together genuine classics with It Happened One NightFrom Here to Eternity, and To Sir, With Love with contemporary classics The Last Picture Show, and Annie, with the 1997 fan favorite As Good as it Gets rounding out the set. Each film has been lovingly restored with exceptional Dolby Vision transfers, terrific audio mixes, and over 35 hours of bonus features coupled with another informative 85-page book. If you love all of these films in this set, this is a great way to add six excellent films to the collection. Highly Recommended

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT


SYNOPSIS
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars®: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.


IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Feature:
  • NEW: YOU CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM IT – 1956 remake of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon. Newly remastered in HD!
    • Blu-ray Includes:
      • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
      • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
      • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Frank Capra, Jr.
  • Frank Capra, Jr. Remembers It Happened One Night Featurette
  • Screwball Comedy? Featurette
  • Original Live Radio Broadcast
  • Advertising Materials
  • Theatrical Trailer

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.
 

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

SYNOPSIS
In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars®, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Disc Breakdown
  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity
  • NEW: Eternal History Revisited Featurettes
  • NEW: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY 1980 TV Pilot – the TV pilot starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey, presented in SD!*
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Dolby Digital Mono
    • Special Features:
  • Eternal History: Graphics-in-Picture Track
  • Audio Commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent
  • Making of From Here to Eternity
  • Excerpt from “Fred Zinnemann - As I See It" 
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is not rated.

TO SIR, WITH LOVE

SYNOPSIS
A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London's tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. Celebrating its 55th anniversary.

TO SIR, WITH LOVE Disc Breakdown
  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier
  • NEW: TO SIR, WITH LOVE 1974 TV Pilot – Hari Rhodes stars in this rare TV adaptation of the 1967 classic film, presented in HD!
  • Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Actor Judy Geeson and Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
  • Audio Commentary featuring Novelist E.R. Braithwaite and Author / Teacher Salome Thomas-El
  • NEW: TO SIR, WITH LOVE II – the 1992 TV-movie sequel to the 1967 classic, starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, presented in HD!
  • NEW: To Potter, With Love Featurette
  • NEW: Beginnings of an Acting Career Featurette
  • Those Schoolboy Days Featurette
  • Look and Learn Featurette
  • E.R. Braithwaite: In His Own Words Featurette
  • Lulu and the B-Side Featurette
  • Miniskirts, Blue Jeans and Pop Music! Featurette
  • To Sidney, With Love Featurette
  • Principal El: He Chose to Stay Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
TO SIR, WITH LOVE has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

SYNOPSIS
Released in 1971 to critical acclaim and public controversy, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW garnered eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and was hailed as the most important work by a young American director since Citizen Kane. A surprisingly frank, bittersweet drama of social and sexual mores in small-town Texas, the film features a talent-laden cast led by Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson each won Oscars® for their work in supporting roles. Featuring both director Peter Bogdanovich’s preferred 1999 Definitive Director’s Cut and the 1971 Theatrical version on 4K Ultra HD.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Disc Breakdown
  • Director’s Cut 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Director’s Cut presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Theatrical Version 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • 1971 Theatrical version presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Director’s Cut presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Peter Bogdanovich
    • NEW: A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich
    • The Last Picture Show: A Look Back Documentary 
    • A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
    • Location Footage
    • Promotional Featurette 
    • Theatrical Trailers
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is rated R. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW: DIRECTOR’S CUT has a run time of approximately 126 minutes and is rated R for sexuality, nudity and language.

ANNIE

SYNOPSIS
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, ANNIE is the story of everyone’s favorite plucky, red-haired orphan! One day Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie’s fun is Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical ruler of the orphanage (played to hilarious perfection by Carol Burnett). Will Miss Hannigan’s zany attempts to kidnap the irrepressible Annie succeed? Sing along with the unforgettable songs and experience this beloved musical!

ANNIE Disc Breakdown
  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Feature:
      • NEW: LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE – 1932 feature starring Mitzi Green as Annie, newly restored and presented in HD!
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: Cast Audio Commentary - featuring all-new reflections from stars Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Roseanne Sorrentino
  • NEW: Aileen Quinn: A Conversation
  • NEW: Behind the Music with Charles Strouse
  • NEW: Looking Back: Behind the Scenes
    • Annie’s Journey to the Screen
    • “Easy Street”
    • “I Don’t Need Anything But You”
    • Making a Finale (no audio)
  • Sing-Along with Annie!
  • My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn
  • Musical Performance by Play: "It's the Hard-Knock Life"
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
ANNIE has a run time of approximately 127 minutes and is rated PG.

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

SYNOPSIS
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding, Jr., star in James L. Brooks' hit comedy, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Nicholson gives a show-stopping Academy Award®-winning performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan's meanest mouth. But when his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon's dog. And that unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt, in an Academy Award®-winning performance), helps put Melvin back in the human race. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture (1997).

AS GOOD AS IT GETS Disc Breakdown
  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • Original 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Original 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Director James L. Brooks, Stars Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear, Editor Richard Marks, Producer Laurence Mark and Composer Hans Zimmer
  • NEW: Deleted Scenes
    • Melvin Stalls Victor with Intro from James L. Brooks
    • “Kiss Her, Man!” Original Ending
  • NEW: Behind the Scenes Footage
  • NEW: The Making of As Good As It Gets Featurette
  • NEW: Archival Theatrical EPK Soundbites
  • Theatrical Trailer
AS GOOD AS IT GETS has a run time of approximately 139 minutes and is rated PG-13 for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating. 

EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC INCLUDES:
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY – the nearly 5-hour 1979 TV miniseries starring Natalie Wood, William Devane and Peter Boyle, presented in high definition* 

*Select instances of music have been removed for this presentation.
 
Academy Award® and Oscar® are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 

OVERALL:
Highly Recommended
Rating Breakdown
STORY
VIDEO
AUDIO
SPECIAL FEATURES
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT ~ FROM HERE TO ETERNITY ~ TO SIR, WITH LOVE ~ THE LAST PICTURE SHOW ~ ANNIE ~ AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Video Resolution/Codec:
Dolby Vision HDR / HDR10
Length:
720
Release Date:
October 25th, 2022

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

Ranking:

Click on the linked titles for the full reviews:

It Happened One Night

5/5


From Here To Eternity

5/5


To Sir, With Love

5/5


The Last Picture Show

4.5/5


Annie (1982)

4/5


As Good as it Gets

 

3/5

 

Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Sony delivers their third round of six Columbia Classics to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Once again each film has its own separate case with custom slipcover and original insert artwork. Three Golden Era classics are housed in one foldout bay on the left with the right bay holding the three contemporary entries. Also included is an 85-page hardcover book with essays and facts about each film. Here's the breakdown of discs for each title:

  • It Happened One Night - 2 Discs BD-100/BD-50
  • From Here To Eternity - 3 Discs BD-100/BD-50/BD-50
  • To Sir, With Love - 2 Discs BD-66/BD-50
  • The Last Picture Show - 3 Discs BD-66/BD-66/BD-50
  • Annie (1982) - 2 Discs BD-100/BD-50
  • As Good as it Gets - 2 Discs BD-100/BD-50

Video Review

Ranking:

It Happened One Night

Seeing as how this film is knocking on the door of its 90th birthday, I wasn’t expecting much of an upgrade over Criterion’s already fantastic 2014 Blu-ray release. One starts to believe that there’s a ceiling for improvements with features of this vintage, but this new 2160p Dolby Vision transfer shows that the roofline is quite high. Once again Sony outdoes itself with this magnificent release. On the baseline of fine detail, there isn’t a huge massive leap from the already excellent 2014 disc to this one, but if you watch long enough you start to see small details you never quite picked up on. For how many times I’ve seen this movie I never realized it was Ward Bond as the bus driver and not Nat Pendleton who I always assumed it was! Their voices are so similar it was easy to mistake the two, but now with the extra refinement and detail, it made it easier to spot John Wayne's frequent collaborator. Facial features and costuming all come in with beautiful clarity and a healthy cinematic grain structure. 4.5/5 


From Here to Eternity

Admittedly, I didn’t pick up Sony’s 2013 Blu-ray of From Here To Eternity when I had many chances to do so. I borrowed it from the library plenty and wanted to pick it up, but it kept getting pushed down the list, and then when the 4K format came about I figured I’d wait figuring it'd be a shoe-in. I’m glad I waited. This is simply another phenomenal-looking disc as Sony continues to crush it with its catalog titles. Details are exquisite from frame one allowing you a full appreciation of facial features, clothing textures, and the film’s impressive production design work all with a nice and rich cinematic grain structure. The only dodgy parts are the stock footage inserts which really don’t compare to the more recently produced elements, but for that Pearl Harbor attack sequence, these sections still hit you square in the gut. 5/5


To Sir, With Love

Sony once again proves that with a little time, some spit and polish, and a new transfer, the moldy oldies like To Sir, With Love can look amazing on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with an often stunning Dolby Vision (and HDR10) transfer. I was already impressed with what Twilight Time accomplished so many years ago - and that disc is still quite something - but there’s no comparison to what Sony achieved here. Fine film grain is retained throughout with a nice cinematic appearance. It’s a little heavier around those optical transitions, but that’s to be expected. I was most impressed with the amount of detail improvement in facial features, clothing styles, and the London locations. 4.5/5


The Last Picture Show 


Sony’s Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3 really has a love for the black and white classics! The Last Picture Show previously dropped on Blu-ray in 2010 as part of the 7-Film America Lost and Found: The BBS Story from The Criterion Collection. That was a lovely presentation (my second viewing), but time and technology are on Sony’s side with this new edition and it’s just jaw-droppingly gorgeous. From the opening shot of the town of Anarene, the image is simply stunning bringing that incredible stark Robert Surtees (father of Bruce Surtees who shot Escape From Alcatraz and High Plains Drifter) to life. The gray scale is just phenomenal allowing for a full appreciation of bright whites, deep inky blacks, and all the shadowy shades in between. Details are immaculate with clean lines, facial features, and clothing textures. 5/5


Annie (1982)

Both the 4K disc and the Blu-ray score new transfers for this 40th Anniversary (god I’m old) celebration of Annie. The 2160p Dolby Vision presentation is the clear and obvious winner just for the costumes and production design details alone. While this film may not be all glitzed up like classic musicals of Hollywood’s Golden Era for song and dance features, this film is still quite something. From Annie’s day walker red locks to Sandy’s shaggy hair to Albert Finney’s bald head, no amount of fine detail is wasted. I glowed about the 30th Anniversary when I reviewed it all those years ago and this new transfer easily leaves that great disc (for its time) far behind. With fine details clearly rendered, film grain maintains a healthy cinematic appearance throughout. 4.5/5


As Good as it Gets 

While I may not love the film itself, As Good as it Gets tip-toes onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a lovely 2160p Dolby Vision (and HDR10) transfer that easily bests the old 2012 Twilight Time Blu-ray. This film loves closeups and every actor gets plenty of face time allowing you to study every laugh line and wrinkle or ball of fur on any given actor or dog’s face. Fine film grain is intact without appearing smoothed out or too noisy to function. Textures in clothing are all on display as are the film’s many New York locations. The Dolby Vision HDR pass does an excellent job of highlighting colors, giving us those deep inky blacks with bright crisp whites. 4.5/5

Audio Review

Ranking:

It Happened One Night

This release comes in with a pleasing DTS-HD MA mono track. Again at nearly 90 years of age, there is still some age-related anomalies like slight hiss present and some sound effects that don’t quite render well, but there are many attributes to this track that shine. Dialog is clean and clear without any issues. This is a film with many great speeches - mostly from Gable - and they all come through with terrific clarity. It was honestly a genuine pain to decide which clip to choose for the video sample! Scoring is on point without sounding shrill or tinny. Imaging may be restricted given its original mono recording, but it’s still plenty active and engaging - especially whenever there’s a crowd of people to fill the soundscape.


From Here To Eternity

And true to Sony’s recent commitment for home video excellence, not only do they bring in some legacy audio tracks (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono and DTS-HD MA 5.1), but they’ve also gone and given this film a rather remarkable Dolby Atmos track that gives the film a whole new level of immersion and intensity for any given scene. Usually, I tend to favor the original mixes for films, in this case, the 2.0 mono, but this Atmos mix is something to celebrate. From grunts clacking pool cues in the officer’s club to drilling in the courtyard to the climactic surprise attack sequence, this mix is quite something. 


To Sir, With Love

On top of legacy DTS-HD MA 5.1 and DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono tracks (which are both great), I was really surprised to see this film score an Atmos track. Outside of Lulu’s title tune, some of the rock music cues, and a few busy location scenes, it’s just not a title I thought even needed a wall-to-wall immersive audio mix, but we got one and it’s actually pretty damn good! All the basics like dialog, score, and main sound effects are well-covered and balanced with a little more weight and presence than the 5.1 or 2.0 tracks. There isn’t a lot of rumble in the subs to speak of, it’s not that kind of movie, but there’s enough low-end response to ensure even the quietest scenes remain full and alive.


The Last Picture Show

In a break with the other films in the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3 set, The Last Picture Show comes in with only a single DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono track. Which is just fine. Even with some of the more active scenes like a particular pool party or school dance, there isn’t a lot of action activity to justify a more aggressive multi-channel track. Most of what you’d hear is the wind howling around the soundscape, which would be fittingly atmospheric, but it wouldn’t do much to benefit the film in 7.1 Dolby Atmos. As it stands, this is a terrific mix allowing for a full appreciation of dialog, sound effects, and the few fleeting moments of music.


Annie 

As has been the case for some of the other titles in Sony’s latest Columbia Classics set, Annie picks up an impressive but not altogether necessary Atmos track along with DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio tracks. Now, it’s dealer’s choice which one works best for you depending on your setup. The Atmos mix is excellent and offers many flourishes and enhancements over the 5.1 mix - especially for the big song and dance numbers - but the 5.1 and 2.0 hold their own. I admit I’m usually drawn to the original mixes for catalog titles, if it was in mono or stereo in theaters, I just tend to enjoy that experience more, but this Atmos was quite something. 


As Good as it Gets 

As Good as it Gets comes in with a pair of audio tracks to choose from, a DTS-HD MA 5.0 (odd right?) mix, and a new Dolby Atmos track. Truth be told, either track works and the 5.0 mix certainly holds its own. The Atmos mix is nice, but aside from busier locations, there’s not a whole hell of a lot of cause for it. Given that it’s such a dialog-heavy film, that’s the main auditory function of either track so there’s very little to move away from the front/center channels. Sides and rears only sporadically come to life with height only carrying some load for those cluttered sequences in restaurants or in city streets. To that end, I’ll say the Atmos track does work best giving a more fully realized sense of space and dimension but between the various character’s apartments, it’s a pretty quiet film that sounds perfectly fine on either track you launch. 

Special Features

Ranking:

It Happened One Night

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc

  • You Can’t Run Away From It (HD 1:34:42)

Blu-ray Disc

  • Audio Commentary featuring Frank Capra Jr. 
  • Frank Capra Jr. Remembers It Happened One Night
  • Screwball Comedy?
  • Original Live Radio Broadcast
  • Vintage Advertising
  • Theatrical Trailer

From Here To Eternity

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

  • Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity (HD 20:14)
  • Eternal History Revisited: Filming the Unfilmable (HD 29:58)
  • Eternal History Revisited: Final Victory (HD, 22:46)
  • From Here to Eternity 1980 Pilot (HD 1:37:25)
  • Trailers

Blu-ray Disc One

  • Audio Commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent
  • Eternal History: Graphics-in-Picture Track
  • Making of From Here to Eternity (SD 2:23)
  • Fred Zinnemann "As I See It" (SD 9:33)

Blu-ray Disc Two

  • From Here to Eternity TV Series: Part 1 (HD 1:36:07)
  • From Here to Eternity TV Series: Part 2 (HD 1:36:45)
  • From Here to Eternity TV Series: Part 3 (HD 1:36:37)

To Sir, With Love 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc 

  • A Tribue to Sidney Poitier (HD 16:24)
  • To Sir, With Love 1974 TV Pilot (HD 25:41)

Blu-ray Disc

  • Audio Commentary featuring novelist E.R. Braithwaite and Salome Thomas-El
  • Audio Commentary featuring Judy Geeson, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman
  • To Sir, With Love II (HD 1:32:30)
  • Look and Learn (HD 11:01)
  • Those Schoolboy Days (HD 23:38)
  • E.R. Braithwaite In His Own Words (HD 23:34)
  • Lulu and the B-Sides (HD 5:03)
  • Miniskirts, Blue Jeans, and Pop Music! (HD 15:22)
  • To Sidney, With Love (HD 5:14)
  • Principal El: He Chose to Stay (HD 11:00)
  • To Potter, With Love (HD 9:38)
  • Beginnings of an Acting Career (HD 23:03)
  • Trailer

The Last Picture Show

  • Audio Commentary featuring Peter Bogdanovich
  • A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich (HD 13:55)
  • The last Picture Show: A Look Back (HD 1:04:40)
  • A Discussion with Peter Bogdanovich (HD 12:51)
  • Location Footage (SD 6:27)
  • Theatrical Re-Release Featurette (SD 6:03)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailer

Annie

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc

  • Little Orphan Annie (1932) (HD 1:00:26)

Blu-ray Disc

  • Audio Commentary featuring Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, and Rosanne Sorrentino moderated of sorts by Aileen Quinn
  • Revisiting Annie with Aileen Quinn (HD 12:04)
  • Behind the Music with Charles Strouse (HD10:02)
  • Looking Back 4-Part Featurette (SD 47:28)
  • My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn (HD 12:04)
  • Musical Performance by PLAY: “It’s The Hard-Knock Life” (HD 3:19)
  • Sing Along With Annie
  • Trailers & TV Spots

As Good as it Gets

  • Audio Commentary featuring James L. Brooks, Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Richard Marks, Laurence Mark, Hans Zimmer
  • Behind the Scenes Footage (HD 12:21)
  • Deleted Scenes 
    • “Kiss Her, Man” Alternate Ending (HD 3:56)
    • “Melvin Stalls Vincent” w/ James L. Brooks Commentary (HD 2:23)
    • “Melvin Stalls Vincent” Script Excerpt
  • The Making of As Good As It Gets (SD 8:08)
  • Theatrical EPK Selected Soundbites (SD 22:00)
  • Theatrical Trailer

Sony continues to deliver physical media fans one exceptional catalog release after another. In the last couple of years, they've fine-tuned their processes such that each film is virtually guaranteed a terrific video transfer, excellent audio, and a solid selection of new and archival bonus features. This is again exemplified with Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 3. This set combines the genuine classics with fan favorites for a pretty fantastic selection of titles all with top-tier A/V presentations and an impressive range of bonus features. My rule for these sets has been if I really love at least four of the six films in the collection, it's worth spending a little extra to get the full set. In this case, I loved five of the six so it was well worth the cash.

However, as wonderful as these Columbia Classics sets have been, they're not for everyone and I more than understand and empathize with the desire to have these issued in single-title releases. It completely baffles me that Sony hasn't done that already for the titles in Vol 1 and Vol 2 with only a scant few of those getting solo releases. Hopefully, they have some future plans in that regard, but so far it's oddly been crickets. I can guarantee all of these titles would sell like gangbusters; people want them. But people don't necessarily want all of them. So ultimately this set is Highly Recommended but understandably for those who like the big box sets and want to have a majority for their collections.