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WOMAN OF THE YEAR ($25) is the first and best of the classic comic screen pairings of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. In WOMAN OF THE YEAR Tracy and Hepburn are two reporters on the same newspaper. She is an important commentator on world issues, and he covers the sports beat. She makes a few disparaging remarks about the importance of baseball in a world engaged in war. This, of course, sparks a war of words between the two reporters. Their newspaper columns turn into a battleground, until their editor calls both on the carpet.

When these two polar opposites finally meet in person, sparks of another kind ignite a fire that leads them down the aisle. Of course, their different backgrounds and temperaments prove to be a slight issue. But when she lets her career take priority over their marriage, wedded bliss comes to a screeching halt. WOMAN OF THE YEAR is one of the great classic romantic comedies of the silver screen, and the film received an Academy Award for its witty screenplay. The performances in WOMAN OF THE YEAR are top notch, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn playing their roles to perfection. Hepburn even earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance. In addition to Tracy and Hepburn, the cast of WOMAN OF THE YEAR also features Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen, Minor Watson and William Bendix.

MGM Home Entertainment has given WOMAN OF THE YEAR a terrific looking black and white transfer. The transfer is crisp, with deep, rich blacks and good contrast. The film element used for the transfer is in very good shape, considering its age, and has only the most minor markings.

The Dolby Digital soundtrack is presented in one channel monaural. The track does have a tendency to display its age, with a bit of hiss and other slight anomalies related to optical sound reproduction. Other soundtrack options include French and Spanish language tracks. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

The interactive menus offer access to a theatrical trailer and chapter search.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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