“The Brothers Warner” is a well done documentary about the four brothers that started the famous studio as told by friends and family. With lots of archival footage, Cass Warner , the granddaughter of Harry Warner, narrates this fascinating look at the brothers who started back in nickelodeon days and built it into a powerful empire in Hollywood. Each brother is carefully examined and family difficulties are not smoothed over by Warner, along with interviews from famous Warner aquaintances Debbie Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Norman Lear, Sherry Lansing and others. Family members are also interviewed in this 94 minutes documentary. Excerpts from famous Warner films are also featured, as Warner Studios took risks; they introduced a lot of genres (gangster films)and political ideas(the first studio to produce an anti Nazi film) into film even though it wasn’t popular at the time. Other studios actually pressured Warner not to put out “Confessions Of A Nazi Spy” because they didn’t want to lose Germany’s box office funds.
This high interest documentary kept me riveted to my chair as it will for most film buffs. Recommended viewing. This DVD will be released March 9, 2010.