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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) (1953)

Ethel Merman , Marilyn Monroe , Billy Wilder , George Cukor  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor, Don Murray, Jane Russell
  • Directors: Billy Wilder, George Cukor, Howard Hawks, Jean Negulesco, Joshua Logan
  • Writers: Anita Loos
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059GEK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "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)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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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Marilyn in her billowy white skirt and the scene that made her a legend. Co-starring Tom Ewell. "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954, 117 min.) - A glamorous tale about the trials and tribulations of a veteran vaudeville family. Co-starring Ethel Merman and Donald O'Connor. "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953, 95 min.) - Discover Marilyn's phenomenal comic talent as she leads an outrageous man-hunting scheme in this classic comedy. Co-starring Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953, 91 min.) - Marilyn is sensational, performing the timeless hit "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Co-starring Jane Russell. Also includes the acclaimed documentary "Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days," available only in this box set, plus forty minutes of exclusive, never-before-seen footage from Marilyn's never-completed final film, "Something's Got to Give."

The Diamond Collection consists of five Marilyn Monroe films plus the documentary The Final Days. Bus Stop (1956) stars Monroe as a singer who finds herself trapped at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) was built around a trio of female stars, Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable, who play friends who come up with a plan to find and marry rich men. Monroe plays an ambitious showgirl in 1954's There's No Business Like Show Business, which brings together two giants of Broadway, Ethel Merman and Irving Berlin, to celebrate the glories that were vaudeville. Howard Hawks's 1953 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes stars Monroe and Jane Russell as friends who go to Paris looking for mates. The film is charged by Hawks's stylish snap, a famous set piece or two (including Monroe descending that staircase while singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), Russell's wit, and songs by Leo Robin and Jule Styne. The Seven Year Itch (1955) is a memorable laugh machine. As a married man left alone during a hot summer, Tom Ewell shows off crack timing matched by Monroe's zesty comic flair, and the scene in which her white dress is blown skyward by a passing subway train has entered the encyclopedia of great movie images.

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.

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
MM (Marilyn Monroe) was and now again (due to these magnificent widescreen digitally restored picture & sound DVDs) the most celebrated film star of Hollywood.
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five out of six ain't bad. April 17, 2002
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This set, for the most part, is an absolute dream. Monroe really shines in the SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BUS STOP, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, and GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. The runt of the litter is, of course, THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS. Come on, guys, what the hell were you thinking? With LET'S MAKE LOVE, DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK and NIAGARA, a predominantly Ethel Merman movie with cameos by Monroe was chosen for the Diamond Collection? I hated that movie. It was mostly Ethel Merman not being able to shut up even if her life depended on it. NIAGARA not on DVD - what's that about? But, moving on, THE FINAL DAYS was the clincher, an unedited, uninterrupted version of the great American Movie Classics documentary. When I watched this last June, I thought it would be interesting to see the lost footage. My God, I had no idea how great she was all this time. "Something's Got to Give" would have been a smash if finished and released. Monroe's scenes are very poignant and very funny. I loved her first scene coming home for the first time in 5 years. This was Marilyn Monroe as she had never been seen before. It would've been great. Buy this set - pretend THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS isn't in the box. In its place, rent THE MISFITS or SOME LIKE IT HOT.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act July 19, 2001
There's an awful lot to gain and little to lose for the Marilyn Monroe fan who invests in this groundbreaking DVD series of movies she made in the Fifties for 20th Century-Fox. Even people who have one or two of these movies "in the can" in previous DVD or VHS might still consider this a worthwhile collection.
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Fall In Love With A Dead Woman November 29, 2004
I'll confine this review to the disc,"Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days", which does not seem to be available elsewise in the United States. That said...

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'.)

There's the tough part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good value, sad story, movies are classic but from today's perspective a little silly in content... Still classic!
Published 22 days ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Monroe what else needs to be said
One of the most original actors and one of the most misunderstood actors of our time. She new how to turn Marilyn on and off, but struggled with her personal life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Daniel Magrone
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My opinion in this area might be a bit biased because I am a huge Marilyn Monroe fan but this is a must have for any collector of her dvds. Beautifully remasters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dana Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Purchase!
This was a fabulous purchase! A great price for an 'almost new' boxed set of classic Marilyn Monroe films. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BMix
1.0 out of 5 stars dissatisfied
I wasn't aware that is was on VHS, and because I don't have a vhs player anymore, it was a waste of money.
Published 11 months ago by Riverboat Magic
4.0 out of 5 stars MM: The Diamond Collection (Volume One)
I'm giving it 4 stars because I'd rather have another movie than the documentary.
MM is totally beautiful in these films and she's very under-rated as an actress and a singer. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Marilyn
I really liked all the movies except The Final Days made me sad. There's No Business Like Show Business didn't have enough of Marilyn as far as I was concerned. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ginger-Glendora
5.0 out of 5 stars MARILYN COLLECTION
Published 21 months ago by enchanted florist
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn is forever
Great set for everyone ,Love Marilyn,cover of playboy the year I was born, I was just a kid,her candle burned out long ago.
Published 23 months ago by Steven Frobel
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for Marilyn!
Marilyn "sings" (not her best talent), dances, & just has fun. This collection kept me watching all day. Read more
Published on December 18, 2011 by fuzz
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