The Yankee Doodle Dandy Two-Disc Special Edition DVD is one I am quite happy to have acquired recently. It is full of extras and is well presented.
The DVD set features an exterior cardboard box that the case slips into. I really find the case and box presentations to be bright and festive and very fitting for this particular movie that is so identified with Independence Day.
The box cover artwork is the same as the DVD case artwork, but the back of the box has an image of James Cagney and Joan Leslie along with the write up on it, while the back of the case has a large production scene picture with Cagney.
The DVD case is a tri-fold that opens up. The middle and right sections are slots for the two DVDs, while the left side has the index of the disk one contents. Disk two contents are included on a different interior page.
Disk one is blue with a picture Cagney, and Disk 2 is red with Leslie’s image on it.
Disk One has the movie plus the movie commentary by Rudy Behlmer, film historian. There is also a trailer gallery of Cagney films.
The second disk includes several nice items. One is a featurette called Let Freedom Ring: The Story of Yankee Doodle Dandy, and another is called John Travolta Remembers James Cagney. I never would have thought of Travolta having a connection to Cagney, but we learn about that here. Then there is a patriotic short entitled, You John Jones, that I have seen before on Turner Classic Movies.
Also included are 2 classic cartoons, as well as outtakes and rehearsals with Cagney that is somewhat interesting. Then there is the Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Show of Yankee Doodle Dandy with Cagney reprising his role.
I also enjoyed James Cagney: Top of the World, hosted by Michael J. Fox. There was a nice excerpt from the American Film Institute evening with Cagney.
In short, the movie itself is wonderful, and this DVD set really does a nice job of including interesting and unique extras.