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Marilyn the Premiere Collection (2012)

Marilyn Monroe  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.0), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 17
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 1726 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030CRK4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,422 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A gifted actress, her repertoire included goofball comedy and gripping drama alike. Featuring knockout performances by Monroe alongside some of Hollywood's biggest legends, this collection of 17 DVDs is a must-own for any film lover.

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242 of 244 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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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Packaging and Special Features November 26, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There is nothing wrong with the actual films, as long as you adore Marilyn Monroe.

Unfortunately, no matter how well the seller packs this item or how new it is, it will arrive already damaged. The exterior will look perfect but the discs inside, will almost always be loose. In my case, 14 out 17 discs were loose and all were scratched. And being that it is not the seller's fault, but the manufacturer, I don't see how anything could be done. So it may be somewhat of a risk to purchase, depending on how roughly the Post Office handles it.
A plus on the packaging is the magazine cover article titles pertaining to each film listed- "All About Eve-Do you have a secret admirer?" "Some Like It Hot- How to spice up your relationship".
An oversight on Fox's part is that on the back of the dvd set, there is a disc image of a film not included, River of No Return.

Overall, the packaging is visually attractive but cheap.

The films included:

Volume 1 1950-1952

All About Eve
As Young As You Feel
Let's Make It Legal
Love Nest

Volume 2 1952-1953

Monkey Business
O. Henry's Full House
We're Not Married
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
How to Marry a Millionaire

Volume 3 1954-1961

There's No Business Like Show Business
The Seven Year Itch
Bus Stop
Some Like It Hot
Let's Make Love
The Misfits

This set includes her main films but excludes River of No Return and The Prince and the Showgirl, along with many of the small role films she appeared in. It would have been nice to see Love Happy and the remaining footage of her final film, Something's Got to Give, included in this set.

Each disc includes special features.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Monty
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one great box set of Marilyn's films (17 in this set) on 17 single DVDs. It's also awesome you get all these movies from Fox (not public domain) for under fifty bucks!! There are just a few special features on the movies, but I want the Monroe movies to watch. Looks as if these are older transfers, but still look good for DVD. This is "The Premiere Collection" so don't expect Marilyn Monroe film school 101. These movies are great by themselves without a bunch of special features to dig through. My only complaint is the way Fox houses the discs. Could have been better, but hey I have never seen a 17 disc set so thin!! This could have been a monster of a box set. Glad it sits well on my shelves. This is NOT a complete collection of her films. There are several missing (including River of No Return) that should have been included in this set. Wonder why Fox didn't take the time and money to remaster each film? I have MANY collections on DVD and I find this set one of the most enjoyable! Now, where is the blu ray 17 disc set? Now, THAT would be a treasure!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's The Prince and The Showgirl?
Why The Prince and The Showgirl is not Include!!! the box set have title from 20th century fox and MGM, but the one she made for the Warner Bros is not here...
Published 2 days ago by Claude Gariépy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling pleaser
I bought this collection for my younger sister who admires Norma Jean. With all of her, in my sister's opinion, best films ever. A must have for any Marilyn Monroe fan.
Published 8 days ago by Bj Koosbane
2.0 out of 5 stars Factory packaging, terrible
The way they pack the movies in the slotted cartons, ends up scratching the movies. Result: in the collection there is about 4 movies that are defective and freeze up, not playing... Read more
Published 16 days ago by J. CRUZ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good price for the set
The discs fall out easily for the sleeves.

I am fully satisfied with my order.
I would not mind buying from you again.
Published 1 month ago by AJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn the Premier Collection
I bought this for my husband, he is a Marilyn fan. He has enjoyed it. Says some of the movies aren't that great but overall he likes it.
Published 1 month ago by L. Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This one was for my wife who loves it to death! She loves anything to do with or watch
Published 1 month ago by FKohler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain
I love Marilyn Monroe, and this set gives me a lot of her movies to watch. Very nice set.
I would recommend this for any fan.
Published 2 months ago by Loves to read
5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy for a marilyn monroe fan
this boxset is great I have no problems with the disks I don't know what the people are saying about the terrible disks the special features aren't that special. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aidan
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Though I have seen a few of these movies it is worth getting as a collector. There are 17 movies plus extras such as trailers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. You
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Monroe DVDs
My wife wanted these movies as she really liked Marilyn. I figured she deserved the gift and I also like the movies.
Published 2 months ago by Skip
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It is 17 discs. This is one of the best packaged sets I have ever seen of any collection. I just got mine today.
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