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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Film Collection (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf 2-Disc Special Edition / The Comedians / The Sandpiper / The V.I.P.s) 5 Disc Set (2006)

Elizabeth Taylor , Richard Burton , George Segal , Peter Glenville  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Alec Guinness, Eva Marie Saint
  • Directors: George Segal, Peter Glenville, Vincente Minnelli, Anthony Asquith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 519 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2JDFI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Commentary by directors Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh
  • Commentary by cinematographer Haskell Wexler
  • Vintage biographical profile: Elizabeth Taylor: An Intimate Portrait
  • New featurettes: A Daring Work of Raw Excellence, Too Shocking for Its Time
  • 1966 Mike Nichols interview
  • Sandy Dennis screen test
  • Taylor/Burton movie trailer gallery
  • French mono track
  • 1.85, black and white, 131m
  • The V.I.P.s
  • 2.35, color, 119m
  • The Sandpiper
  • Vintage featurettes: The Big Sur, A Statue for the Sandpiper
  • 2.35, color, 117m
  • The Comedians
  • Vintage featurette: The Comedians in Africa
  • 2.35, black and white, 152m

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Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Film Collection (DVD)

The British-born Elizabeth Taylor was the quintessential Hollywood screen goddess. The Welsh-born Richard Burton was one of the most compelling British actors of his generation. Together, they were a perfect storm of talent, glamour, and offscreen scandal, which made even their lesser films essential viewing for those fascinated by cinema's royal couple. This four-film set captures the prolific couple at the height of their 1960s heyday. The essential entry is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), which earned Taylor an Academy Award, and launched the film directing career of Mike Nichols. This adaptation of Edward Albee's searing play was ahead of its time for its use of profanity, as chronicled in bonus featurettes on this two-disc Special Edition. Taylor and Burton star as the braying Martha, a college president's daughter, and her husband George, an associate history professor. An ambitious teacher (George Segal) and his mousy wife (a heartbreaking Sandy Dennis) arrive for an unforgettable night of such emasculating sport as "Humiliate the Host," "Get the Guests," and "Hump the Hostess." The V.I.P.s (1963) is a star-studded soap opera about a group of notables stranded at a fog-shrouded airport, each desperate to get off the ground. In addition to Orson Welles as a film director trying to stay one step ahead of the British tax man and Margaret Rutherford (who earned an Academy Award) as a financially strapped duchess, we have Taylor as the unhappy wife of magnate Burton, set to elope with a reformed (?) gigolo (Louis Jordan). The Sandpiper (1965) is one of those vaunted enjoyable "golden turkeys" that at least has the beautiful Big Sur coast and the Oscar-winning song "The Shadow of Your Smile" as consolation for the silly illicit romance between Taylor, an unconvincing bohemian artist, and Burton, the tortured Episcopalian reverend to whose school Taylor's illegitimate son has been sent. The Comedians (1967) is hardly a laughing matter. Graham Greene adapted his novel of upheaval in Papa Doc-run Haiti. You have to jump 40 years to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to find another couple with Taylor and Burton's wattage. This collection gives a time capsule glimpse at what all the fuss was about. --Donald Liebenson

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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MISSING LIZ MOVIES ON DVD October 17, 2006
The movie BOOM was obviously not included as it is a Universal release, whereas the 4 titles are Warners and MGM[library owned by Warners]. My big gripe is the fact that Elizabeth Taylor's MGM movies from the '50s are still not available on DVD: Beau Brummell, Rhapsody, a decent transfer of The Last Time I Saw Paris, Raintree County, The Girl Who had Everything. These are now owned by Warners, and it's a disgrace that they have never been released on DVD. Hopefully, with the new Liz/Burton collection, someone at Warners is paying attention. A gem in the new collection is THE VIP's - made after Cleopatra and rushed into release before Cleo hit the screens, to capitalise on the red-hot duo, the movie is glossy, all-star fun.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Warners Box-Set release December 8, 2006
Only one film in this set, IMO, is a classic, and that's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF, and it receives a nice two-disc special edition. You can get it separately, and I can't complain too loudly if you go that route. But 2 of the other films, the Haitian-based, Graham-Greene written THE COMEDIANS, and the glossy soap-opera THE VIPS are both very much worth seeing, relics of a long-gone widescreen full-colored, full-bodied era. VIPS has a great credit sequence, and if you like airports like I do, the great cast and highly competent production will make it a winner, although it certainly isn't a 100-best flick of any sort. Same with the COMEDIANS; a great cast and international-intrigue atmosphere, plus good widescreen photography make it one I'll return to, even if it isn't THE THIRD MAN.

That leaves THE SANDPIPERS, which Pauline Kael called a classic; yes, she meant a classic of bad cinema, but a classic of bad cinema is not the same as lousy cinema, and any film directed by Vincent Minelli, starring Burton, Taylor and Charles Bronson as a sculpter (!) is worth a look. It's not good, but it's not one you'll regret seeing if you think you're curious, with typical glossy Hollywood production values and good Big Sur footage.

So one great, two good (and rewatchable) and one compelling turkey. And I like the slimline cases, I have no room as it is; more box sets, Warner -- a Vincente Minelli set of the many MGM flicks he made with Sinatra, Douglas, Mitchum, etc. would be welcome.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BUT DIFFICULT VIEWING June 18, 2007
Author Graham Greene wrote the screenplay for THE COMEDIANS based on his intricate novel. To translate it to the screen would have been impossible with another writer--it would fizzle out. Granted, the movie is uneven, but it is extremely watchable thanks to great location backdrops and some fine performances by an all star cast.

The story of common last-named people set against the backdrop of the tumultous reign of terror under Papa Doc in Haiti is the setting for this relatively long movie. "The Comedians", is anything but comedy. It is the mask everyone wears to conceal their true selves. People have affairs but are not in love. They play parlor games to amuse themselves, but never get to the truth of the matter. Some are frauds, and others cynics.

Richard Burton is quite good as the hotel owner who believes in nothing. Elizabeth Taylor plays a diplomat's wife who is having an off/on affair with Burton. She is the weakest link in the movie. Her German accent is atrocious and her character completely unbelievable. However, Alex Guiness and Peter Ustinov are outstanding, as are Lillian Gish and Paul Ford as pacifistic vegetarians. Also look for early performances by James Earl Jones, and Cicely Tyson (in a bit part).

This movie has been transferred in Widescreen to DVD and is clean. The soundtack drops a bit now and then, but overall, the quality is excellent. It is housed in a "slimline jewel case" which many may assume is a bootleg. But it is an official Warner Brothers release.

This is not a movie to watch leisurely. It requires your complete attentiion in order to understand the characters. The violence of Papa Doc's Tontons Macoute is at times vividly graphic.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
As a great admirer of Richard Burton's filmwork, I snatched this set up immediately. All the films, save for Vicente Minnelli's "The Sandpiper" held my interest throughout, with "Virginia Woolf" and "The Comedians" (based on the Graham Greene novel) taking top honors.

"The VIPs" was a pleasant surprise as I was completely unfamilar with this Burton/Taylor venture. Supporting cast is excellent with Rod Taylor, Louis Jourdan (as Tayor's lover), and the unmistakably impressive Orson Welles, in a semi-comedic role opposite Elsa Martinelli.

Melodrama to be sure, but done with class, wit, and an engaging storyline that holds one's interest throughout its entire 119 minutes. It is amazing how some actors, like Burton and Taylor can take a relatively bit of fluff from Terrence Rattigan's screenplay, and transform it into something absorbing and grand.

What makes these films work? One would have to argue that the chemistry between Burton and Taylor in so many of their films was unmistakable; certainly Mike Nichol's "Virginia Woolf" is a masterpiece, but these are performers who have a intrinsic quality that is rarely seen in actors today--I think we would call it PRESENCE--players ultimately in command of their material and the roles they play who make acting seem effortless and entirely convincing. Burton is a master of roles. He can play the burnt-out professor in "Virginia Woolf" as well as a conflicted, upstanding minister and school headmaster whose life, contrained as his clerical collar, tempts an extramarital affair with the free-spirited mother (Taylor) of one of his students in "The Sandpiper."

The commentaries and extras on "Virginia Woolf" are both ample and exemplary, while shedding a new critical light on this classic play.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best collection ever!
Published 11 days ago by Liliana Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely great! We were living in Cotonou but working in ...
absolutely great! We were living in Cotonou but working in Porto Novo, Dahomey, now called Benin) when they were filming certain scenes in 1967.
Published 2 months ago by G.Charlotte Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movies
Published 3 months ago by lanelle b. smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good cast in a good movie.
Published 3 months ago by ronald
5.0 out of 5 stars Political History
Burton and Taylor together is always a powerful cast. The story is shocking, yet accurate, a must see for anyone with open eyes and mind.
Published 4 months ago by CRAZYGOOD
4.0 out of 5 stars The Comedians staged in Haiti ( actually filmed in Dahomey, otherwise...
The story is very good, the setting makes you really feel in Haiti,. The mais actors are all great stars and the local haitiens are all very good
Published 5 months ago by Philip Michael Dwyer
3.0 out of 5 stars not my favorite graham greene movie
and I'm not a fan of Liz & Dick, but it was interesting non-the-less. If you are getting into graham greene, I would recommend The Third Man and Our Man In Havana over this one.
Published 8 months ago by Laszlo Kopec
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This case, although it has existing items in Brazil, contains some bonuses, like DVD extras on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "The Sandpiper", rare... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Adriano Ferreira da Silva
3.0 out of 5 stars They were (and are) magic together.
Although I have always liked Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, seeing these movies again just didn't seem to be able to hold my attention as they did, when they came to our... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keith R. Sauerwald
3.0 out of 5 stars Liz and Dick sans Cleopatra
Though their famous take on "Cleopatra" is not included (as overwrought a film as ever there was one), I believe this covers all the Liz & Dick early collaborations (pre '67). Read more
Published 11 months ago by ru2112sh
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