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DVD DECISION 2003 Last summer, Warner Home Video, Turner Classic Movies and America Online teamed up to give film fans an opportunity to decide which classic motion pictures they wanted to see on DVD. Presented with 20 titles, approximately 160,000 people cast votes for their favorites, and the five winning movies made their DVD debuts last week in decent editions (sold separately) supplemented with audio commentaries, making-of features, trailers and more.

Days of Wine and Roses (1962) remains a painful look at alcoholism, with Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick both terrific as a married couple who can't stay away from the bottle for very long.

The disc for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde actually includes two versions of the classic tale: The 1932 adaptation, powered by Fredric March's excellent, Oscar-winning performance, is full of fascinating experimental touches, while the 1941 take trumpets a stellar cast -- Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner -- yet is hampered by a stodgy approach in the retelling (plus, given Tracy's minimalist makeup, it's absurd that people can't tell that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person).

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) is the masterpiece in the group, a film noir classic starring John Garfield and Lana Turner as young lovers whose plot to murder her middle-aged husband takes some unexpected turns.

The Wind and the Lion (1975), about an Arab leader (Sean Connery) who kidnaps an American widow (Candice Bergen) and her two children, takes a cartoonish approach to potentially relevant material, with the bickering between its stars more suited to a network sit-com.

Finally, Where the Boys Are (1960), about college kids hitting Ft. Lauderdale during spring break, soars on the strength of its colorful supporting cast (which includes Connie Francis, George Hamilton and Paula Prentiss), the "time capsule" appeal of both its slang and its sexual politics, and the confident central performance by the lovely Dolores Hart, who made only a handful of pictures before deciding to quit the business and become a nun (she's still alive and well and serving God in Connecticut).

Days of Wine and Roses: 1/2

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932): 1/2

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941): 1/2

The Postman Always Rings Twice:

The Wind and the Lion:

Where the Boys Are:
Extras: 1/2


-- Matt Brunson

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