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MARILYN The Premium Collection [Limited Release] [Blu-ray]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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260 of 263 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! August 4, 2012
By Tiffany
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The info on Amazon is limited, so let me fill you in. There are seventeen disks... one per movie. The disks are grouped in a sort of jacket according to their release date. Their are three jackets (?) (Volume One(1950-2), Volume Two(1952-3), and Volume Three(1954-61). Each unfolds to reveal a picture of Marilyn on the back and the CDs for the set on the inside. The front of each volume is laid out much like a magazine with the movie names as headlines and a brief catch ("Getting your foot in the door","Tricks to looking younger", etc.), which I found quite cute. The back of the actual box shows all of the movies, their volumes, and brief summaries. As for the movies, there are 10 B&W and 7 Color movies. Here they are:

Volume One: 1950-1952:
All About Eve (B&W)
As Young As You Feel(B&W)
Lets Make It Legal(B&W)
Love Nest(B&W)
Don't Bother To Knock(B&W)

Volume Two: 1952-1953
Monkey Business(B&W)
O. Henry's Full House(B&W)
We're Not Married(B&W)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(Color)
How To Marry A Millionaire(Color)

Volume Three: 1954-1961
There's No Business Like Show Business(Color)
The Seven Year Itch(Color)
Bus Stop(Color)
Some Like It Hot(B&W)
Let's Make Love(Color)
The Misfits(B&W)

As for the packaging, I wasn't too pleased. I love the layouts, summaries, headlines, etc. but it's like thick paper and I can tell it's easily ripped, damaged, etc. I ripped a tiny bit of the packaging while taking out one of the DVDs! However, I plan on taking good care of it anyway and it's a wonderful set.

Overall, yes, I would recommend this to any Marilyn fan looking for a great, quality set.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've seen a lot of gripes about the packaging, and it really is terrible; cheap paperboard cases with simple slots to hold the disks in place. Add in the usual mistreatment packages suffer traveling through the USPS and you get shipping anarchy. In sets 1 and 2, Don't Bother to Knock and Niagara were free-floating and visibly scratched, and go figure, these are two of the movies I've been dying to see in restored versions (in fact EVERY disk seems scratched to some degree, and adorned with little flecks of paper and dust, incredible but true). You may want to check all of the disks by FF through them (as I am doing now - if The Seven Year Itch had been unplayable I would have been quite irate). Fortunately I had no problems with the disks, as I FF through them and didn't see any odd pauses or jumps. I've attached a photo of set 1 to show how lame that packaging is. As for the movies, I grew up seeing choppy old prints of Niagara on TV, and this restored version looks incredible - likewise DBTK. The Seven Year Itch and Bus Stop almost look like different movies compared to the old pan-and-scan versions of my youth. I can only imagine what blu-ray versions would look like. So be warned, the actual movies look and sound great, the artwork on both packaging and disks is very cute, but those paper slots, man, WTFWTT? One last note, Fox kind of boned us by NOT including River of No Return in this set, and it's probably NOT a coincidence that they just released it on blu-ray, but Marilyn fans simply cannot find a better deal when it comes to value for your money.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING COLLECTION FOR AMAZING PRICE August 25, 2012
By TruAim
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Incredible "collection sets" like this fantastic Marilyn Monroe set truly make it worth still buying, collecting and owning DVDs. This is just a jaw-dropping set at such a low price. You get 17 Marilyn movies on 17 individual disks for less than $50--that's like $3 per movie. And in buying this one set you get to own practically all of Marilyn's most wonderful movies, all the best movies of the hands-down most iconic female movie star in all of movie history. Other reviewers have listed all 17 movies you get in the set, so I won't repeat that information. I'll just point out that the only 2 majorly significant Marilyn movies NOT included in the set are: River Of No Return (1954) and The Prince And The Showgirl (1957). There are also about 10 other films that Marilyn had cameos or small parts in that are not included in the set either. But overall, in this incredible set, you get 17 of her most famous movies, the vast majority of her biggest films. For lovers of classic movies and classic movie stars, this is a set that's just too good not to own. Highly, highly recommend this one.

PS: Other reviewers have noted the "unique" packaging. It is somewhat of an odd design, made to house 17 disks in a very compact packaging format. Though it may not be the most ideal packaging or greatest design, I think it can be considered a minor drawback and overlooked considering the set's incredible movies and great price. Also, just want to note that I ordered this through Amazon, got the free shipping, and had the set within 3 days of ordering. So hats off to Amazon again for their speedy shipping and quality service.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, Amazon has bad copies of it June 17, 2013
By D. Hill
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First off, I am the biggest Marilyn fan there is, so this is not a knock on the movies. In even the ones where Marilyn has small roles, the films are still interesting. Not only is she gorgeous, she has great comic timing and was a very under-rated actress. The problem is that half the discs in the collection are unplayable, or have defects of some sort. I have had to return this set three times already and here are my experiences:

All About Eve (won't load)
As Young As You Feel (skips, freezes, ultimately becomes unreadable)
Let's Make It Legal (fine)
Love Nest (fine but Marilyn is barely in it)

Monkey Business (skips, freezes, eventually stops playing)
O. Henry's Full House (fine, but Marilyn is in one scene)
We're Not Married (skips, freezes, eventually stops playing)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (plays almost fine, slight skipping towards the end)
How to Marry a Millionaire (skips, freezes, you get the idea)
Niagara (won't load)

At this point, since I was watching the films in chronological order, I stopped watching and just returned the sets. I could have worked around the problems if Niagra and How to Marry a Millionaire played fine, but when they started to have problems, too..!

The problem is twofold, first, the pressing of the discs isn't the greatest, causing the defects. Second, as already mentioned, the discs come loose during the shipping process and always arrived scratched. I have heard people knock the Charlie's Angels complete set with its spindles, well, I will take that over this set anytime. That set had twenty-seven discs and each one of them worked. This one I can't even get through half the collection without finding a half a dozen defects. Amazon suspects its my player, yeah, right!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is difficult for history to forget Marilyn Monroe.
Published 9 days ago by Jameel Rawls
5.0 out of 5 stars A bunch of great movies bundled in a small box to save room ...
Ultimate collection for Marilyn Monroe fans. A bunch of great movies bundled in a small box to save room in your movie collection.
Published 11 days ago by Craig R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very very nice Marilyn Monroe collection
Very very nice Marilyn Monroe collection. The packaging includes numerous pictures of the actress which adds to its appeal and glamour. Would definitely purchase again!
Published 1 month ago by Jess D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Most of Marilyn's films are right here in this one collection!!!
This is a nice collection of her work. But some of these movies are really bad... EXCEPT FOR THE PARTS WITH MARILYN. She really was fabulous on film!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by AMERK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great collection. high definition
Published 1 month ago by Sybillle Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality of the video and discs is perfect though!
The box is cheap but some of these films are very hard to find. Quality of the video and discs is perfect though!
Published 1 month ago by VN
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Deal for Us Marilyn Lovers!
Love it! So excited to be able to watch some of my all time favorite Marilyn Monroe movies as well as discover new ones I've never seen before! Who cares if the case is flimsy? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gloria A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection!
Bought this at Target really nice Collection! and nice Movies i'm looking forward to watching them the DVD's don't stay in real well but that is no problem
Published 2 months ago by xdisneyloverx
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't like Marilyn
Who doesn't like Marilyn. This is a nice group of movies. Definitely worth the money. I didn't realize Marilyn was such a good actress.
Published 2 months ago by Deanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money
We ordered the smaller collection and loved it. When this collection was offered as one of the hourly specials, we decided to get this one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William C. Hanson, Jr.
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