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Great Cinema: 15 Classic Films (4 Disc Set) (1975)

3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor; Bette Davis; Susan Hayward; Gregory Peck; Jose Ferrer; Chuck Connors; Vivien Leigh; Boris Karloff; Ava Gardner
  • Directors: Delbert Mann, Henry King, Paul Almond
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: TGG Direct
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00242KDEK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Great novels inspired these 15 critically acclaimed films starring Hollywood's most important stars. From Shakespeare's Macbeth and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Time I Saw Paris to Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Hollywood has captured the essence of these timeless stories on film.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Anna Karenina, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A Tale of Two Cities, Jayne Eyre, Legend of the Sea Wolf, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Jungle Book, Macbeth, Call of the Wild, Of Human Bondage, Little Men, David Copperfield, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Cyrano De Bergerac

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some pretty good movies, and some TV too June 22, 2011
Format:DVD
First, the box image here is more accurate. This really should be called "Great Literature Cinema" since that's clearly its theme. But by the time I picked up a copy (same UPC), it was two double-sided discs instead of four, and it was Great Cinema.

It seems that TGG always feels free to mix classic TV episodes and TV movies in with their cinematic sets. Six of the fifteen shows here were strictly small-screen.

Then again, there really are some good movies in this bunch. Here's the list, along with their 1-10 ratings from the users of IMDB, an Amazon company:

The Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1952 (6.3)
Anna Karenina, 1948 (6.5)
* A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, 1952 (5.8)
* A Tale of Two Cities, 1953 (5.8)
* Jane Eyre, 1970 (6.8)
The Legend of Sea Wolf, 1975 (4.6)
* Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1955 (8.0)
Jungle Book, 1942 (6.7)
Call of the Wild, 1972 (5.6)
* Macbeth, 1961 (7.4)
Of Human Bondage, 1934 (7.2)
Little Men, 1940 (5.8)
The Last Time I Saw Paris, 1954 (6.1)
* David Copperfield, 1969 (6.1)
Cyrano De Bergerac, 1950 (7.4)

* - TV episode or TV movie
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY Rare Sean Connery role July 6, 2011
Format:DVD
This is an inexpensive set of public domain movies and tv shows. The movies are widely available in sets like this. I haven't watched them all yet,but I have spot checked them; they all play, and the ones I have watched feature decent prints considering they are in public domain. It also has 3 very early tv series dramatizations, featuring Boris Karloff, John Carradine, Wendell Corey and Thomas Mitchell which are fun as well. The reason I bought this was a version of Macbeth starring Sean Connery from the early 60's. It appears to have been made for BBC, probably shortly before James Bond came into his life and is certainly an abbreviated script. The camera work is not good at all, odd framing to start with, and a rather murky print as well, (it compares closely with kinescope from U. S. television), but it's fascinating to watch Connery tackle the role. He is a young actor here and in his physical prime, if not at the top of his range as an actor. It would really have been interesting to see what he would have made of this role had he done the Polanski version 10 years later. All in all, if you are not interested in the television productions, lower the rating to 4 stars for ok prints of some widely available, but good movies. If you interested in something you may never find anywhere else, go for this. It's well worth having in my opinion.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY Poor quality July 21, 2010
By Ken
Format:DVD
I bought this disc for five dollars thinking how bad could it be. My advise is to save your money! Although this disc is widely distributed by large reputable company's, the quality looks like its been pirated. Enclosed are poor quality B&W's (for the most part), shaky video like it was filmed with a hand-held camcorder at a theater and very forgettable films or versions of them. What surprises me the most though is how reputable companies allowed this poor quality product to get into their distribution chain. Save your money & keep shopping because this is anything but "Great Cinema."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title, passable quality, but a good deal August 21, 2011
By sml17
Format:DVD
This collection includes many movies available on budget sale DVDs, such as "The Last Time I Saw Paris", "The Snows Of Kilamanjaro", and "The Jungle Book"; it also includes a few movies that are sold at more retail price, such as "Anna Karenina", "Of Human Bondage", and "Little Men". The rest of the material are 1950s teleplays or made-for-TV versions of literary classics: "Huck Finn", "A Connecticut Yankee", "Legend Of The Sea Wolf", "Call Of The Wild", etc. It's interesting to see some of the TV teleplays with their original commercials.

This collection is definitely worth the discount price for which it is sold; but be aware that in order to get so many of these literary classics on two discs the quality is compromised. It is recommended for students of Western literature and of film/theatre, so that one can see how these great books were translated onto the big or small screen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't beat the value August 14, 2010
Format:DVD
Yes, there is no remastering. It's not in widescreen. Not great quality. But there are several really really good movies, each of which is worth the cost of admission. Besides, many of these films probably have never been remastered anyway. A great value. Historic films and performances.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Got my money's worth November 28, 2010
By Demurr
Format:DVD
I bought 15 classics for $5. During Of Humnan Bondage, the dvd would "freeze" while the soundtrack played, then the film would run silently for a minute. Afterward the film coninued. This happened about every10 t0 15 minutes. Was it annoying? Of course. Did it ruin the film? Um. No. Did I mention I bought 15 classics for $5?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive August 3, 2013
Format:DVD
I was disappointed when I started watching this. Yes, it has a couple of outstanding movies; Snows of Kilimanjaro,l Jane Eyre, Jungle Book. But when I saw the Titles A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and A Tale of Two Cities, I was thinking Bing Crosby and Leslie Howard. These were TV episodes, and were not well done. And there are far more TV than movies. The '50s era car commercials were fun though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic Films? March 24, 2013
By JC1969
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The version of a "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" is from a tv show, and the quality of the product is weak.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Films
What a Bargain, 15 Classic Films, with Outstanding Actors and Actresses. THIS is a real Steal
Published 3 days ago by Beartrap
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
good
Published 2 months ago by leandro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cinema
This is a remarkable value, with a few high quality films headlining the 15-film collection (including rarities--how many have seen Sean Connery as Macbeth, after all...? Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. R, Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics for a collector
I collect movies, and this was a great collection of old movies rarely seen today. I enjoy watching all of these classics.
Published 5 months ago by Deanna Lloyd
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth A Brass Farthing!
Just because it has Elizabeth Taylor on the cover and lists a few great stars and all those great film titles... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris B
4.0 out of 5 stars NEVER miss a Liz DVD
What can I say? Liz is the greatest film star I have ever seen on her DVDs and believe me I have them all
Published 10 months ago by GIJoe
3.0 out of 5 stars TV plays--- not all classic movies.
This was not as expected. Quite a few made for TV dramas, not full movies as expected. Be more detailed in description of product please.
Published 11 months ago by Sara E. Moores
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cinema: 15 Classic Films (4 Disc Set)Elizabeth Taylor
Bought this for Sean Connery starring in a very grainy Macbeth in his early years.

This flick alone is worth the price. Read more
Published 17 months ago by William Shakespeare
4.0 out of 5 stars Still wort it
A couple of the movies had some viewing problems due to age, however I still enjoyed these classics. Great price. Would reccomend.
Published 17 months ago by Jeano D
5.0 out of 5 stars Some 'Classics' ... some ... well ...
I'll start by saying that ... if you don't have the eight films in this collection which are truly theatrical cinema releases, for the price being asked, this is a very good deal. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Calicokid
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