On March 30, the DVD of two seventies films — "The Sunshine Boys" and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" — will be available on the Warner Home Video label. The Simon comedies originated on Broadway and were both Tony nominated for Best Play: The Prisoner of Second Avenue in 1972 and The Sunshine Boys in 1973. George Burns and Walter Matthau starred in the 1975 film "The Sunshine Boys" as two ex-vaudevillians who reunite for a television special after not speaking to each other for years. Burns won an Academy Award for his role; Matthau was also nominated, and playwright Simon received a nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material. The DVD's special features include commentary by co-star Richard Benjamin; make-up and screen tests of Jack Benny, Matthau and Phil Silvers; and behind-the-scenes footage. Warner Home Video Vice-President Mike Radiloff recently said, "The screen tests are a real find, especially of Jack Benny who was originally cast opposite George Burns but who died shortly before film production began."
Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft headed the cast of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" as, respectively, Mel and Edna Edison, whose lives are disrupted when Mel loses his job. The film also included cameos from Sylvester Stallone and F. Murray Abraham. Special DVD features include a making-of featurette and Anne Bancroft on "Dinah!"
Both DVDs will be priced at $19.98