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Hookup: Pristine DVD Sets of Classic Films Up For Grabs For United Artists Film Festival in Chicago

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CHICAGO – As our giveaways continue to grow in popularity, what we give away continues to sweeten, too. In this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, three lucky winners will be hooked up with our sweetest giveaway yet: a complete DVD set of 20 of the greatest classic films in recent memory.

These DVDs encapsulate some of the most uncontested and cherished films of the last several decades. Titles include “West Side Story,” “Raging Bull,” “Rain Man,” “Rocky,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Carrie,” “Some Like it Hot,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Die Another Day,” “In the Heat of the Night” and many more.

United Artists 90th Anniversary Film Festival

So why these now? On March 11, 2008, we announced a classic film celebration coming to Chicago called the United Artists 90th Anniversary Film Festival, which will take place at the historic Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport Ave. from April 4 to 10, 2008 and then again from May 9 to 15, 2008.

Several of the films above and others of similar caliber are being brought back into the theater for this limited engagement on the occasion of 90 years of film for MGM and United Artists. United Artists says the Chicago festival, which will comprise the largest catalog event in video history, is leading up to the public release of many of these titles on DVD.

We have partnered with the festival to offer three lucky winners their own classic DVD package of all 20 films. They are all collector, special, decade or anniversary edition DVDs. The full list of these titles follows:

  1. “Battle of Britain” (collector’s edition)
  2. “The Apartment” (collector’s edition)
  3. “A Bridge Too Far” (collector’s edition, two discs)
  4. “Carrie” (25th anniversary edition)
  5. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (special edition, two discs)
  6. “Die Another Day” (special edition)
  7. “Fiddler on the Roof” (decade’s collection)
  8. “Fistful of Dollars” (collector’s edition)
  9. “For A Few Dollars More” (collector’s edition)
  10. “Get Shorty” (collector’s edition, two discs)
  11. “The Great Escape” (special edition, two discs)
  12. “In the Heat of the Night” (40th anniversary edition)
  13. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (collector’s edition)
  14. “Judgment at Nuremberg” (special edition)
  15. “New York, New York” (30th anniversary edition)
  16. “Raging Bull” (collector’s edition, two discs)
  17. “Rain Man” (special edition)
  18. “Rocky” (collector’s edition)
  19. “Some Like it Hot” (collector’s edition)
  20. “West Side Story” (special edition, two discs)

    All you have to do for a chance to win is click “Add new comment” at the bottom of this article and respond with your favorite film among that list of 20 and a compelling reason why. That’s it! We’ll then randomly select a winner. To be eligible, you must be a registered HollywoodChicago.com user. If you don’t already have an account, create one quickly and easily here.

    Also to be eligible, we must have your e-mail address. We have e-mail addresses on file once you’re an active user. When we randomly select the three winners for this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we will e-mail you to request your mailing address. We will then mail you your brand-spanking new classic DVD sets. This giveaway closes on April 7, 2008. Good luck!

    The dates and films playing as part of the United Artists 90th Anniversary Film Festival at the Music Box follow.

    United Artists 90th Anniversary Film Festival (part one): April 4 to 10, 2008
    “Raging Bull”: April 4, 2008 (new print)
    “Bananas”: April 4, 2008
    “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”: April 5, 2008
    “West Side Story”: April 6, 2008
    “Kiss Me Deadly”: April 7, 2008
    “Some Like it Hot”: April 7, 2008 (new print)
    “The Killing”: April 8, 2008
    “The Manchurian Candidate”: April 8, 2008
    “The Night of the Hunter”: April 9, 2008
    “Midnight Cowboy”: April 10, 2008
    “Network”: April 10, 2008

    “James Bond” series (part two): May 9 to 15, 2008
    “Dr. No”
    “Goldfinger” (new print)
    “From Russia With Love”
    “Thunderball”

    HollywoodChicago.com editor-in-chief Adam Fendelman

    By ADAM FENDELMAN
    Editor-in-Chief
    HollywoodChicago.com
    adam@hollywoodchicago.com

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    Kevin's picture

    my favorite movie

    while all of the movies on the list are classics and i love them all, i would have to say that my favorite is “rain man”. the movie had super good performances by both actors who stared in it. this movie especially touched me because i have a family member with Aspergers, so i kinda could understand some of the stuff. great classic movie!

    riles33's picture

    Favorite Film

    It’s a tough one, but I would have to say Raging Bull. Why? It is Scorsese’s finest and it is the greatest sports movie ever made.
    riles33@yahoo.com

    Anonymous's picture

    Carrie. It’s a classic

    Carrie. It’s a classic horror film and everyone has seen it. Stephen King is the horror king.

    bicycleboy's picture

    Some Like It Hot

    1) Marilyn is amazing.
    2) Tony Curtis doing Cary Grant is funny.
    3) It celebrates Chicago.

    ichung2's picture

    Favorite movie

    Rain Man is my favorite movie on the list because it moves me every time when I watch it. Not only the acting is great in this movie; the movie teaches us a great lesson about greed, autism, and love between two brothers.

    Beegee's picture

    DVd Set Giveaway

    I would say my favorite would be “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang”. It brings back the innocence & fun of childhood. I loved the music & Dick Van Dyke was a great actor. This movie made you believe in dreams unlike what the violence children nowadays are subjected to!

    babygirlaj25's picture

    Favorite Film

    My favorite film is “In the Heat of the Night.” I am a huge fan of Sidney Poitier, and he is so amazing in this film. Rod Steiger also gives such a powerful performance. The relationship their characters develop throughout the film is compelling to watch, and it is incredible to see them overcome their differences.

    goku89's picture

    Favorite Film

    Rocky is my favorite film because it introduce rocky balboa and it haves great music. It also jumpstared Sylvester Stallone career and spawn five sequels. Rocky is one of the best movies of all time.

    RawShark's picture

    Fistful of Dollars

    Fistful of Dollars is my favorite of those films because of a childhood memory I have with it.

    My father died when I was pretty young, and in many ways I’ve been raised by film. My set of morals and standards are based off of lessons learned from film heroes from Bogie to Bruce, and my sensitivity to violence dulled by badasses from Rambo to Ash.

    However, one of the few memories I have with my father is when I was a kid, watching Fistful of Dollars on television with him after my mother fell asleep. Even when I watch it today, it still gets to me in a weird way and makes me think of the man I looked up to, but never got to know.

    jgiard6's picture

    Favorite Movie

    Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

    I saw it when I was 12 yrs. old and it scared the pants off of me. Now, multiple remakes later, the original still remains far and away the best. In my mind it’s the benchmark for sci-fi/horror films.

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