'And The Award Goes To ...' (DVD+Digital)
(Various / 3-Disc DVD+Digital / NR / 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Celebrate the crowning achievements in filmmaking in this unique overview spotlighting the 80 year history of the Academy Awards®!
The biggest movies and the brightest stars have earned their place in Hollywood history and are revered in this extensive documentary collection!
DVD Verdict: Well, I guess we should get this straight from the start as it was a definite bone of contention here amongst us film lovers.
You see, when it arrived for review, I honestly thought 'And the Award Goes To... 80 Years of the Academy Awards' was a wondrous 3-Disc box-set that had been brought forth by the Academy itself.
But, as we quickly discovered, and researched this overview of the nominees and winners, retold tales of celebrated actors, writer, and directors, about films that have enlightened, entertained and educated us through the years, is actually all public domain fodder.
Not to say that this 3-Disc box-set isn't still something to behold from Mill Creek Entertainment, for it most assuredly is, but it's all been see before; and on many various social platforms, that's all.
That all aside, and for those as engrossed with the Academy and all it stands for, the films it gives credence to by awarding the small golden man to, as we are, well, strap on in for the 13 hour ride of your life!
Retelling the history and the glory days of the Oscars for all to see and admire therein, 'And The Award Goes To ...' is an eye-opening journey down the ages.
If you are anything like me, and my friends who watched this with me, you'll watch along as memories of Oscar's given out in past years make us realize how quickly we had forgotten certain movies had even won them!
Along with that, we see how they all fit together to encompass this annual event that has gone on to grow into an award show that garners millions of viewers, each and every year.
Birth of an Icon
The Golden Era
The Vintage Year
Hollywood Goes to War
The Post War Years
A Method and a Message
Movies Are Better Than Ever
The Epic Years
A Time of Change
Hollywood Comes of Age
With the first DVD highlighting the truly fascinating Birth of an Icon opener, we learn that the very 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16th, 1929 at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Hosted by AMPAS president Douglas Fairbanks, tickets cost just $5 (which would still be only $71 in 2018 considering inflation), 270 people attended the event and the presentation ceremony lasted 15 minutes!
Other chapters that explain how the Oscars grew are The Golden Era, The Vintage Year, a really fascinating Hollywood Goes to War, with the first disc rounding out with The Post War Years.
The second DVD highlights more the way the Academy drove up business by showcasing its own inimitable style. A Method and a Message brings forth some early cinema advertising along with both Movies Are Better Than Ever and The Epic Years.
The chapter A Time of Change allow us inside how, and why, the categories began to expand, with Hollywood Comes of Age showing us the it wasn't just the older, well established actors that were no getting voted on for the grand prizes.
The final DVD brings us all the winners, and clips, along with some interviews from some of the winners and participants, from 1972-2002 and is as engrossing as you could only hope it ever would be. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.