Warner Archive Collection New Releases: Shorts and Generals!

warner3-21It’s time to once again take your front-row seats to the best variety show of the Jazz Age, as the vaunted and venerable Vitaphone sound shorts present a third collection of vintage Vaudeville and more! Stars and almost-stars of song, stage and screen, from the East Coast to the West Coast can all be seen – and most importantly heard – in this scintillating collection of 16 shorts that present a passport to the vanished entertainments of 1928 and 1929. Click here for detailed notes on the contents of this disc from The Vitaphone Project’s Ron Hutchinson.

Separated from the rest of his retreating regiment, Tarasconi (Umberto Orsini), a private with the Italian forces during World War I comes across an Austrian general (Rod Steiger) and captures him. Dreaming of the riches he will receive from the authorities in reward for delivering an enemy general to them, Tarasconi sets off on a cross-country quest with the General in captivity. But the General proves too wily for the bumbling Tarasconi and quickly escapes. Thanks to the aid of fetching peasant lass Ada (Virna Lisi), the General is recaptured. Due to the deprivations of war, and Ada’s altogether superior qualities, the trio becomes a duo, and then a trio again, as alliances shift and unlikely bonds are forged. As the horrors and insanity of the World War engulf the countryside, peasant, soldier, and general come to realize that life and friendship may be the greatest reward. It’s a lesson that comes at a price too steep. 16×9 Widescreen

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection, WB Shop.com, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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