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Rock Hudson Screen Legend Collection (The Golden Blade / Has Anybody Seen My Gal? / The Last Sunset / The Spiral Road / A Very Special Favor) (1952)

Rock Hudson , Piper Laurie , Nathan Juran , Michael Gordon  |  NR |  DVD
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Rock Hudson Screen Legend Collection (The Golden Blade / Has Anybody Seen My Gal? / The Last Sunset / The Spiral Road / A Very Special Favor) + The Doris Day and Rock Hudson Comedy Collection (Pillow Talk / Lover Come Back / Send Me No Flowers)
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  • Actors: Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas, Burl Ives
  • Directors: Nathan Juran, Michael Gordon, Robert Mulligan, Douglas Sirk, Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: Stanley Shapiro, John Rich, John Lee Mahin, Nate Monaster, Neil Paterson
  • Producers: Richard Wilson, Stanley Shapiro, Robert Arthur, Eugene Frenke, Edward Lewis
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 526 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HA4WSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rock Hudson Screen Legend Collection (The Golden Blade / Has Anybody Seen My Gal? / The Last Sunset / The Spiral Road / A Very Special Favor)" on IMDb

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This three-disc, five-film set spans a decade (1952-62) in Rock Hudson's career. It is not the ideal introduction to the strapping, ruggedly handsome leading man who, in his prime, was among Hollywood's top five biggest box office stars for eight years running. But his fans will want to add these more obscure and admirably diverse films--each making its DVD debut--to their collections. The most entertaining film, Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952) is an amusing trifle set in the 1920s, but it does mark Hudson's first film with Douglas Sirk, who would direct Hudson in some of his best films, including Written on the Wind, All That Heaven Allows, and Magnificent Obsession. Hudson is cast in a small but pivotal role as a poor but honest soda jerk in love with Piper Laurie, whose social-climbing mother does not approve. Charles Coburn is the real star as an eccentric millionaire who teaches the family that "it's not money that makes a person happy." Look for an uncredited James Dean at the soda fountain counter. Hudson was perhaps best known for his romantic comedies opposite Doris Day, and what a difference Day's absence makes in the somewhat icky A Very Special Favor (1965). Womanizer Hudson brings "fulfillment" into the life of career woman Leslie Caron at the request of her father (!), portrayed by Charles Boyer. The Arabian Nights adventure The Golden Blade (1953) is pure escapism with a questionably cast Hudson as Harun, who becomes embroiled in Baghdad palace intrigue as he searches for his father's killer. He is armed with the magical Sword of Damascus, which only seems to work when he wields it.

The most provocative film in this set is the 1961 Western The Last Sunset, co-starring Kirk Douglas as a killer sheriff Hudson has sworn to bring in to be hanged. But first, they agree to help Joseph Cotten drive his cattle across the border from his Mexican ranch. Dorothy Malone costars as Cotten's wife and Kirk's lost love, whose 16-year-old daughter's true parentage will cause Kirk some disquieting problems after he romances her. The Spiral Road (1962), very long at nearly three hours, stars Hudson as an arrogant, upstart doctor who seeks to advance his career by working in the Borneo jungle with Brits Jansen (Burl Ives), whose groundbreaking work with leprosy Hudson wants to chronicle. While none of these films rank among Hudson's most essential work, it is a Rock-solid collection that charts the development of an old-school movie star. --Donald Liebenson

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Handsome, witty and extremely talented, Rock Hudson was the embodiment of the Hollywood leading man during his illustrious film career. Join this iconic actor as he lights up the screen with five of his most impressive films in the Rock Hudson: Screen Legend Collection. Featuring co-stars Piper Laurie, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas and Burl Ives, these films highlight the diverse career of an actor whose status as a screen legend will live on in cinema history. Has Anybody See My Gal: In this charming musical comedy, Rock Hudson plays a faithful soda jerk who finds his attentions to the lovely Millicent (Piper Laurie) turned down after her family gains a large sum of money. A Very Special Favor: The war of the sexes heats up when a sleek businessman (Rock Hudson) attempts to seduce an attractive psychiatrist (Leslie Caron) who seems immune to his charms. The Golden Blade: Follow Rock Hudson on an epic adventure as a brave warrior who uses the magical Sword of Damascus to save his people and claim the heart of a princess (Piper Laurie). The Last Sunset: Journey to the Wild West with a haunted sheriff (Rock Hudson) as he joins an outlaw (Kirk Douglas) in a treacherous cattle drive and finds his heart captive to the wanted man's former lover. The Spiral Road: When an opportunistic physician (Rock Hudson) travels to the jungles of Java, a shocking meeting with a black magic witch doctor forces him to re-evaluate his selfish past.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated actor November 12, 2006
By St Ives
It is great to see Universal release more of Rock Hudson's films to dvd. And thankfully the three discs in this collection are single sided. I thoroughly enjoyed The Spiral Road - a very good drama set in and around Borneo in 1936 and which also stars Burl Ives. Both are doctors and surprised I had never heard of it until now. By the way, three of the films, including Spiral Road, are presented in their OAR of 1:85 ( widescreen )and are Anamorphic. The label on the dvd incorrectly lists Spiral Road as 2:35. If you are a fan of Rock Hudson don't hesistate to pick up a copy.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait... November 20, 2006
By RKA
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Finally, The Spiral Road is available on DVD, and that alone is worth the cost of this collection. Amazon indicated the format was standard and I was prepared to accept that. Thankfully, it was issued in widescreen. I agree this is an obscure title, but an excellent movie. Grab it while you can.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Five Films in this Screen Legend Collection are....... September 21, 2006
From another site, these minor films of Rock will be included

Screen Legend Collection - The Franchise Collection

- Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)

- Very Special Favor, A (1965)

- Golden Blade, The (1953)

- Last Sunset, The (1961)

- Spiral Road, The (1962)

Five stars for honoring this legend. Let's have more and better RH films on DVD!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection...except for the misquote November 24, 2006
Universal is starting to get better with their franchise collection DVDs, including this one, as they are released on single discs with only one to two movies on each. This allows for better quality unlike the dual-sided discs crammed with up to four movies a disc.

While this collection features rare Rock Hudson movies, I must say the entertainment value is well worth the expense. At about 4 or 5 dollars a movie, it's cheaper than a movie ticket. AND YOU GET TO KEEP THEM! With this release also came out similar collections of Cary Grant and Bing Crosby. Unfortunately, there is some technical skipping or stoppage in one of the Cary Grant discs--the only technical malfunction so far as I still have more of the collections to watch. (Skipping and stopping has been an issue with Universals Franchise Collection DVD packaging for awhile now, but slowly it's getting better.)

The packaging is nicely done with some interesting side notes on each film inside the casing. However, there is a misquote on the three films he did with Doris Day (at least in my copy there is). It states the three movies Rock did with Doris were Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and <EM>Come September</EM>? The first two are correct, but the latter is suppose to state <EM>Send Me No Flowers</EM>. He did Come September the same year as Send Me No Flowers, but he did it with an italian actress, Gina Lollibrigida as their second movie together.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK HUDSON WAS A VERY TALENTED HANDSOME MAN! April 23, 2009
By Teresa
I am a Rock Hudson fan, and I enjoyed these movies, I had never seen any of these movies before!
I remember seeing Rock Hudson on TV for the first time, when I was a very young little girl, watching a Rock Hudson movie on TV, with my parents, and I thought that he was the most handsome man in the world! I think that he was the first handsome man, that I'd ever seen! Rock Hudson is one good looking, beautiful man! Wow! He is my all-time favorite handsome leading man, and to this day, I have not seen anyone out do Rock!

In this movie collection HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL, is a very good movie, it gives you a idea of how it was with the roaring 20's, college era, and about people who have money, and the people who don't! I loved the funny, old man who was the secret, rich, millionare! I enjoyed it!

And my favorite was THE GOLDEN BLADE, I just loved it, and I loved the chemisty between Rock Hudson, and Piper Laurie, who played the beautiful princess! This movie I will watch again, it is your classic romantic, love story, with your dashing handsome hero(Rock Hudson), that saves the princess, and her kingdom!

The movie A VERY SPECIAL FAVOR, reminded me of some of Rock Hudson's movies with Doris Day, but in this movie Leslie Caron was the leading lady, and of course Rock was your handsome playboy! I loved the man who was the matchmaking father, who was trying to fix up his beautiful daughter, with Rock!

I just loved this movie THE LAST SUNSET! Kirk Douglas was the handsome outlaw, and Rock Hudson was the handsome cowboy hero! Wow! Rock Hudson as a cowboy! My favorite scene in the movie was when Rock Hudson moved the wagon to point to the north star, so that he could seek the attentions of the pretty widow Belle, who was in the wagon.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiral Road surprise February 27, 2008
By PJR
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PLOT SPOILER
Spiral road turned out to be an excellent, thoughtful film. It was too long in obscurity. Hudson plays an ambitious doctor and top competitive athlete who feels utterly self-confident. He is not sympathetic to people who can't handle life without community or for example religion.The film has lush tropical atmosphere in color, but such a view of humanity is the core issue here.

Ives is the crusty old world expert on leprosy who is too busy treating patients and coping with jungle life to publish his stack of research findings. He maintains a tough exterior but gains deep respect and affection for Hudson, that he tries to conceal.

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Toward the remarkable ending Hudson cracks under quite strange but believable psychological pressures. He is being outwitted and starts making dumb mistakes as any human might under such alien circumsances. If you are the sort who thinks YOU wound never ever make such mistakes, forget this film. Anyway he falls apart mentally out alone in the jungle. He has to be rescued. All that saves him is that other human beings who love him more than he loves them have come to care about him. It is implied that he comes to realize that loving human bonds are not simply weaknesses but are critical to human survival and give meaning to life.

Elsewhere I read that the film is about atheism versus religious belief. The film does involve missionaries who run a leper colony, Hudson's disdain for religion, and it does end with a quote from the Bible, but the overall characterization is misleading. All these elements largely raise issues for the viewer to ponder. For example suppose Hudson's scientific arguments were correct, and the religious position was wrong. So what?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Hudson Screen Legend Collection
I loved all the movies in this collection & the price was GREAT! Rock Hudson still ROCKS it to us on the screen!
Published 1 month ago by Barbie Doll
4.0 out of 5 stars I only bought it for one movie
I wanted the movie "Has Anybody Seen My Gal" and I bought it on dvd from Amazon, only it was for European dvd players. I didn't know that, so I had to send it back. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Movielovinmom
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC collection!! A MUST have!!
The one & only thing I don't care for about this box set of is the picture of him on the cover. I don't understand why they tried to lighten his eyes like they did. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Once Upon A Time
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST LOOKING MAN EVER BORN.
World War III was the main movie I wanted to see, but I'm such a Rock Hudson fan that I'd see and enjoy anything he is in. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Deanna D. Setter
5.0 out of 5 stars I received the dvd in a timely manner and the dvd was in great...
great collection of Rock Hudson movies...he's a classic and so are his movies. Great to have 5 movies on 1 DVD.
Published 9 months ago by Sabrina E. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars More Jack Elam
Jack Elam was in this movie collection and I love Jack Elam. Where would westerns and other movies be without Jack Elam.
Published 11 months ago by Kram Noskcire
3.0 out of 5 stars Rock Hudson Screen Legend Collection
I originally purchased this collection for my Mother who watched his movies as a teenager and has always been a keen Rock Hudson fan. Read more
Published 12 months ago by trish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five movies as advertised.
I purchased the set for only one movie, "The Spiral Road". It was the only source I found for that movie and I enjoyed watching it. As a set of great movies it isn't. Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Rock Hudson Film Collection !
All these Rock Hudson films were great to watch. Particular favorite is A Very Special Favor,a fun 1965 comedy with fine support by Nita Talbot.
Published 13 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars top trader
A great trade as usual. Arrived promptly with no hassle. You can trust this trader, I will be buying more.
Published 14 months ago by Berne
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