"An American in Paris" and "Gigi"
Return in Two-Disc Special Editions

BURBANK, California (BW) — On September 16, An American in Paris and Gigi, two glorious Best Picture Oscar-winning 1950s classics from the crown jewel collection of M-G-M’s Golden Age of Musicals, join the impressive roster of Warner Home Video’s Two-Disc Special Editions DVDs.

Celebrating the musical genre at its peak while magically evoking the joie de vivre of Paris, these two motion pictures captured an amazing 15 Academy Awards including Best Picture. They also share an impressive pedigree that goes beyond Oscar. Both films featured the lovely Leslie Caron as their leading lady, had Oscar-winning screenplays by Alan Jay Lerner (My Fair Lady), were produced by Arthur Freed (Singin’ in the Rain) and directed by Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis). With an assemblage of talent like that, it’s no wonder that both films have been popular for more than a half-century. Each Two-Disc Special Edition will sell for $20.97 SRP.

WHV has also announced that both titles will be released on Blu-ray Hi-Def in early 2009.

WHV is toasting these classics with two extensively restored and remastered versions:

An American in Paris, originally photographed in Technicolor, is the latest recipient of Warner Bros.’ proprietary Ultra-Resolution process, which takes the original Technicolor negatives and meticulously combines them to yield a stunning picture with sharpness and depth of field never seen before.

Gigi was produced after the demise of the original Technicolor system, photographed in the industry-standardized Eastmancolor process. For this new DVD release, Gigi has been photo-chemically restored from its original camera negative and safety separations to produce a much sharper and colorful image than has been seen in decades. It also contains a 5.1 audio mix created from the original multi-track source elements.