James Dean Ultimate Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
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I am considering returning it for these reasons...
ONLY the three films and the new 10 minute featurette with Dennis Hopper are BR
the FOUR other DVDs are the same ones I already own , James Dean : Sense Memories, James Dean Forever Young and George Stevens a filmaker's journey.... as well as the bonus DVD disc from the movie GIANT in standard def... so four of the seven discs are repeats for me without any upgrade content or quality.... NOW for the movies
like my title says, GIANT looks terrible... and that was my biggest shock. George Stevens began as a cameraman and his films are stunning normally from a visual standpoint and GIANT has that reputation. I can't see any improvement over the DVD and in fact in some areas I think it looks worse? Its format of 1:66 is almost full widescreen and I was really looking forward to the Texas vistas etc but find it blotchy , blocked up .. dull, and soft. Rebel Without A Cause is again not any substantial improvement over the excellent DVD already available and while East Of Eden is the oldest film , it is easily the best looking of the bunch but again , not a startling improvement over the existing fine DVD.
The bonus book is a one time flip through and the little packet of photos is more filler and fluff intended to make this box set resemble something collectible. In retrospect I think I'd have rather bought the individual films on BR that they had for sale.... I believe it would have come to a bit less price and I wouldn't have this big box to try and find a place for...Read more ›
As pointed out by Seb: While looking at the inset on both websites, it appears that all the contents (extras) are the same (postcards, book, posters). So, if you're looking to save a few dollars, check out the UK website. And yeah, all three movies are same: Giant, Rebel and East.
from Amazon UK and it arrived today. Three of the discs are region 2 and will NOT play in US blu ray players. I wouldn't recommend getting this version if you live in the USA.
The blu ray quality of "East of Eden" and "Rebel Without a Cause" were rather good. "Giant" was a bit of a disappointment.
I did received a total refund from Amazon UK. I have bought several region free blu rays from them and have always been pleased...but, not this time. It's normally a great way to save cash or get a title that hasn't yet been released in the USA.
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This set it's great! All the extra stuff are so cool! The posters, pictures, etc. If you are a fan of James Dean you should buy this! It's going to look great on your collection!Published 10 months ago by Joel.Merced
A must have for any James Dean fan or anyone who collects old movies!Published 15 months ago by Jessica Hagy
When I purchased the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray) (on sale for $56.99), I thought I was getting a good deal - that is until I played Giant. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Roger Messenger
A must have for any James Dean fan. PQ & AQ for all films are excellent. My only gripe with the set is the George Stevens documentary which seems out of place. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael P. Tomas
it was very very good well worth the wait for it it was very clear and really really enjoyable and pleasingPublished on February 2, 2014 by kaaren wilkinson
I have a SONY Blu-Ray player that upgrades all DVDs to 1080P. Isn't that close enough to Blu-Ray? And from the comments here, it seems like nobody is satisfied with these. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by William Dakota
The movies are excellent. The packaging is great. Love all the information and book that comes in the box. Just wonderful!Published on December 17, 2013 by nicklaf
With Dean I am chiefly a fan of East of Eden, but I was tempted by the word "Ultimate" here to get the entire package. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by T. Ballard
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