John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn star in the first winners from Fox's Voice Your Choice campaign
Earlier this year, Fox announced the first-ever campaign to allow fans to vote for which catalog films they wanted to see on Blu-ray, called Voice Your Choice. This week, those films hit Blu-ray, featuring hits from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Not only is this a great effort from Fox to give the fans what they want, but it also gives movie lovers a chance to see some classic, award-winning films on Blu-ray. All total, about 42,000 fans went online to vote for their favorite films and you can see the full list of winners below. The response was so overwhelming to Fox that they’re planning a second round of voting in the coming months. All titles are currently available on FoxConnect.com.
The winning films are ranked by the number of votes they received, broken up by decade:
Jesse James (#1): (1939) The legend of Jesse James stars Tyrone Power as the most infamous bandit in the history of the West. Together with his brother Frank (Henry Fonda), Jesse forms a gang of masked outlaws to strike back at the railroad company and the banks that have joined forces to swindle the oppressed farmers.
Call of the Wild (#2): (1935) Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon.
Ghost and Mrs. Muir (#1): (1947) A romance between a young widow and a sea captain’s ghost weaves a magical tale of immortal love. But when another man woos Lucy, both must face that her future lies with the living, not in the spirit world.
Black Swan (#2): (1942) Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara cross romantic swords in this epic Oscar-winning swash buckler about a pirate determined to reform his thieving ways – after he steals one last heart!
Carmen Jones (#1): (1954) Oscar-nominee Dorothy Dandridge stars in the title role, a passionate, sexy creature who lures Joe (Harry Belafonte), a handsome soldier, away from his sweetheart (Olga James). Following a fatal brawl with his sergeant, Joe deserts his regiment with the sultry femme fatale.
Desk Set (#2): (1957) Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) heads up the research department at the Federal Broadcasting Company, a major TV network. Assigned by the network president to introduce computers into some of the department’s functions, Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy) arrives at Bunny’s well-run division to observe daily activities. Unfortunately, however, Sumner is ordered to keep his mission secret. As the tension mounts in the office, so do the laughs in this classic romantic comedy.
North to Alaska (#1): (1960) John Wayne and Stewart Granger strike it rich in this rousing comedy-adventure set in the heyday of the Alaskan gold rush. When prospectors Sam McCord (Wayne) and George Pratt (Granger) hit the mother lode, George asks Sam to go to Seattle and fetch his sweetheart, Jennie, but she has already married someone else.
Undefeated (#2): (1969) In the tumultuous aftermath of the Civil War, Union Calvary officer John Henry Thomas takes his heroic men west while southerner James Langdon takes his soldiers to Mexico. When their paths cross, they forge an uneasy friendship that is quickly tested as they get caught between Mexican rebels and the Emperor’s forces, and find themselves fighting side by side.
Cavalcade (#1): (1933) The Best Picture winner offers a view of English life starting New Year’s Eve 1899 through New Year’s Day 1933. Presented from the point of view of wealthy London residents Jane and Robert Marryot, several historical events serve as background for the film, including the Second Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the sinking of the Titanic and World War I.