Stepping into the new millennium brings to mind many notable things from past years, including some good old movies. And MGM has just added 11 such films to its Vintage Classics collection.
Among them, and available for the first time, is the 1957 hit "Sayonara," a touching movie based on James Michener's romantic drama about a Korean War pilot who falls in love with a Japanese entertainer. Marlon Brando heads a sterling cast that includes Ricardo Montalban, Red Buttons, Miiko Taka, James Garner, Miyoshi Umeki and Martha Scott. Umeki and Buttons, playing a soldier who defies military regulations and cultural taboos by falling in love with a local woman, won Oscars for their supporting roles.
Joshua Logan directed the film, and Irving Berlin wrote the theme song.
All MGM Home Entertainment Vintage Classics videos are listed at $14.95.
The other 10 titles in Tuesday's release:
"Alexander the Great." Richard Burton, Frederic March and Claire Bloom spearhead a huge cast in this 1956 epic saga of one of history's legendary military leaders.
"Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell." Laughs abound in this 1969 film when Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford and Telly Savalas come to town, each thinking he's the father of Gina Lollobrigida's baby.
"Lord Love a Duck." This 1966 farce about a progressive California high school stars Roddy McDowell, Tuesday Weld, Lola Albright, Martin West and Ruth Gordon.
"Marty." The low-budget 1955 Oscar-winning film stars Ernest Borgnine as a shy butcher and Betsy Blair as the teacher he loves. The movie also won Academy Awards for best actor, best director (Delbert Mann) and best writing (Paddy Chayefsky).
"Never on Sunday." In this 1960 Greek film, sensuous beauty Melina Mercouri is determined to maintain her carefree way of life.
"Night of the Hunter." Robert Mitchum plays a backwoods prophet in the 1955 allegory.
"The Party." From 1968. Peter Sellers brings down the house as a bumbling actor invited to a posh Hollywood bash by mistake.
"Sweet Smell of Success." A newspaper columnist and press agent drag an innocent man through a smear campaign. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis star in the 1957 film.
"Topkapi." Exotic Istanbul was never funnier than the way Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell and Peter Ustinov paint it in this 1964 caper. Ustinov won an Oscar.
"The World of Henry Orient." Paula Prentiss and Angela Lansbury star with Peter Sellers in a 1964 lark about two teenagers and their crush on a concert pianist.