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Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection (Bus Stop / How to Marry a Millionaire / There's No Business Like Show Business / Gentlemen Prefer Blondes / The Seven Year Itch / The Final Days)
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In The Final Days, producer-director Patty Ivins chronicles Monroe's final, aborted feature film, Something's Got to Give, which was ultimately shut down after the star was dismissed from the production. Beyond Monroe's fragile emotional and physical health, this well-crafted profile examines the financial crisis facing her studio as well as the mounting frustration of meticulous director George Cukor and his cast, including costar Dean Martin, as Monroe's absences drove the shoot over budget. The documentary concludes with a 40-minute reconstruction of footage completed for the feature, which would subsequently be reshot as a vehicle for Doris Day and James Garner, Move Over, Darling.
- Contains Bus Stop, How to Marry a Millionaire, There's No Business Like Show Business, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, & The Seven Year Itch
- 2001 documentary Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days, including 40 minutes of exclusive, never-before-seen footage from Marilyn's never-completed final film, Something's Got to Give
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The Technicolor quality & clarity of all the movies are worth the price of admission. This 6 DVD set allows us into the hey day of Hollywood with Marilyn becoming the most celebrated star of her era. These movies are all upbeat musicals (Theres No Business Like Show Business & Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Monroe & Jane Russell were honored & immortalized at Graumans Chinese Theatre (foot & handprints) for there success in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.) or comedies (How to Marry a Millionaire, Seven Year Itch (the famous subway grate dress scene), Bus Stop, & Something's Got to Give (her final incomplete film restored and edited for our enjoyment (40mins)).
Marilyn was captured on film forever but now her true beauty & talent explode off the screen with these restored beauties.
This collection has the beauty, the vulneribilty and talent of Marilyn Monroe. These DVD's are the best sampling of Marilyn's eternal stardom, total audience appeal & obsession with her.
MM is totally delightful in all these upbeat color filled movies. She always steals the scenes, lights up the screen & audiences always want more of Marilyn.
She can act (comedy & drama), dance, sing & win our hearts.
If you have ever wondered about this Hollywood phenomenon you can now see for yourself the true talent & beauty of Marilyn Monroe. There are many extras but the movies are the candy. So sit back and enjoy this Diamond Collection of this legendary star immortalized forever on these DVD's.
James Ellroy fans (and homicide cops) will tell you: Don't fall in love with a dead woman. It's an occupational hazard of theirs, and they know it well; it leads to heartbreak, ulcers, early retirement, or eating a hollowpoint. This DVD may present you with a bit of insight-maybe a little more than you have in mind-as to this state of affairs.
"Something's Got To Give", a remake of a story as old as silent theatrical film, was to have been a quick and profitable moneymaking project for 20th-Century Fox, who were in serious economic straits over the massively overbudget production of 'Cleopatra". It starred Marilyn Monroe, Cyd Charisse, and Dean Martin, and became a quagmire of its own due to problems with Marilyn and director George Cukor. Eventually MM was fired, Dean Martin refused to work with her replacement Lee Remick, MM rehired and production rescheduled when Marilyn was found dead at her house, 8/05/1962. Of course that ended the movie: its footage was put in a vault, essentially unmolested for forty years.
In 1999, American Movie Classics paid to have the extant footage built out as far as it would go, making a release that is in essence an abruptly ending 37 minutes of what would have been a roughly 90 minute film. The film quality is superb and the scenes marvelous, including the famous swimming pool sequence which would have been the first nude scene in an American theatrical release, at least since the days of the Hays code (as it turns out that honor went to MM emulator Jayne Mansfield in 1963's 'Promises,Promises'.)
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Picture quality is astonishing. The people who carried out the restoration and video remastering aren't afraid to talk about it, too, because each disc has a few technical notes after the movie ends. This technology didn't even exist just a few years back. The technical notes compare the new DVD with a prior restoration (noticeable difference) and with the originally-released VHS (puts VHS to shame). By and large the color is magnificent, stable and true. If there is any tendency, it is to go with flesh tones, to understate the color with a champagne tone. The exception to this is "Bus Stop," which used three-strip Technicolor. The magenta strip had shrunk and so that element of the three-strip process had to be restored FRAME BY FRAME! Extraordinary.
As owner of an old-fasioned "mono" TV, I do sometimes have trouble with the sound. You may remember that when musical CD's were brand new, they drove people crazy with overexaggerated dynamics. Something of the same thing is at work here: get the volume up high enough to hear people speak and the music--particularly incidental music--can blast you though the sofa. Solution: fiddle with the options given you. I usually do best to turn off the Surround 5.1 and go with ordinary stereo or whatever the film originally used.Read more ›
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I was pleasantly surprised to hear Frank Sinatra singing the theme song for Someting's Gotta Give and be able to see what would have been of this film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by neely ohara
IT WAS A GIFT FOR SOMEONE ELSE, THEY ARE ENJOYING IT. tHANKSPublished 14 months ago by Dorothy Carter
good value, sad story, movies are classic but from today's perspective a little silly in content... Still classic!Published 16 months ago by Barry
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