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Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection (The Seven Year Itch / Gentlemen Prefer Blondes / Niagara / River of No Return / Let's Make Love / Marilyn - The Final Days)


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**SEVEN YEAR ITCH **GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES **NIAGARA **RIVER OF NO RETURN **LET'S MAKE LOVE **MARILYN: THE FINAL DAYS

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The Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection consists of five Marilyn Monroe films plus the documentary The Final Days. 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 Niagara, Monroe is a full-fledged sex goddess, a scheming wife tormenting husband Joseph Cotten in their cabin by the falls. This Technicolor slice of pseudo-Hitchcock is a fun location picture with a genuinely exciting climax. Otto Preminger's River of No Return has Monroe livened up by the presence of costar Robert Mitchum, in a strong outdoorsy Western that catches the two stars in appealing form. By the time of 1960's Let's Make Love, Monroe looks tired. This backstage musical is more interesting as a time capsule than as a romance, although one number shines: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."

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.


Special Features

  • Each film in its original aspect ratio.
  • Fox Movietone News footage
  • "AMC Backstory: The Seven Year Itch" featurette
  • Two deleted scenes from The Seven Year Itch
  • Restoration comparisons
  • Still and poster galleries
  • Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Yves Montand
  • Directors: Billy Wilder, George Cukor, Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Jean Negulesco
  • Writers: Anita Loos
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 609 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMGJAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Tenchi Masaki on September 19, 2006
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Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection, celebrates Marilyn Monroe turning 80 years old, this collection includes some of the films Marilyn was most famous for. Unlike "The Diamond Collection" this one includes the original artwork which is way more colorful, however this collection does include the exacted same thing that was in "The Diamond Collection". I can understand if you buy this one too, but don't except anything new, I bought this one because "The Diamond Collection" I had went underwater when the levies broke back in Louisiana, plus now that it is out of print, it is really high in price. This set also includes "Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days" which is a documentary on Mariyln & her last film which was never completed. After the documentary or you can skip it they still include the incomplete film which they remastered & edited into a short, if Marilyn never died I'm sure the film would have been really cute, plus she plays a mother on screen & just by telling you know she loved children. Overall this boxset is an A+, but it reminds me of something that never was, who never really had a chance of being a person maybe a movie star, but never a person in general, someone who was taken way before their time.

The films include, by year:

Niagara (1953) - Full Frame 1.33:1 - Restoration comparison, still photo gallery, Original theatrical trailer.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) - Full Frame 1.33:1 - Fox movietone news: Grauman's Chinese Theatre: Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell immortalized in cement, restoration comparison, one sheet still gallery, Original theatrical trailer.

The River Of No Return (1954) - Widescreen 2.55:1 - Restoration comparison, still photo gallery, Original theatrical trailer.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By joseph Corey on May 30, 2006
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If you've already bought both of the Diamond Collections, then this boxset holds nothing for you - except for a brand new box cover.

from Vol. 1: SEVEN YEAR ITCH, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES & MARILYN: THE FINAL DAYS
from Vol 2: NIAGARA, RIVER OF NO RETURN & LET'S MAKE LOVE

The documentary Marilyn the Final Days is about her failed film "Something's Got To Give" and has an edit of all the complete scenes in the film put together.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jack on June 5, 2006
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If you own the orignal Diamond Collection sets this set may not be for you, but I sold off my originals and purchased this set based on the fact the covers of each DVD feature the Original Poster Artwork for the films not just a giant pic of Marilyn herself. Hopefully FOX will release another set fewturing How to Marry a Millionaire and Don't Come Knocking as well as many others in the FOX/MONROE Cannon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Selitrenny on September 12, 2009
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Well, this is by no means the definitive Marilyn Monroe Collection, but represents just the highlight movies of her career as an actress.
One should also own "Bus Stop", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "Monkey Business", "Don't Bother to Knock", "O'Henry's Full House", "Asphalt Jungle" and "The Misfits", in order to have a somewhat complete picture of her movie career.

But if one wants to start somewhere, this is the Basic Marilyn Monroe Collection, starting in order with "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", a very funny and
successful Comedy, followed by "Niagara", a romantic thriller, "River of No Return", also starring Robert Mitchum in a very interesting Western (in which Marilyn seems to be far more herself in a natural part and not so stereotyped as usual), "The Seven Year Itch", the iconic comedy which actually made
Marilyn into a myth and one of the last movies, "Let's Make Love", with French actor/singer Yves Montand at her side, which can be considered a lukewarm and pale example of unsuccessful comedy, attempting to revive her career.

In addition to these, comes a feature long documentary about her "Final Days", which includes, toward the end, the reconstructed and alas, truncated (due to her premature death) final movie in which Marilyn was supposed to appear, opposite Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse, called "Something Got to Give".
A true rarity and a unique document in time.

All the copies are special Anniversary editions, which also appeared earlier in different boxed sets, which means that they all received a digital remastering of picture elements and a full digital transfer on DVD.
The sound is on all, and where possible, either in Stereo or Surround and this has been achieved with a very accurate remastering, giving by now, the best audio quality possible.

I call it an excellent package and deal for this price.

A must, for all those who remember Marilyn with fondness and respect.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronald S. Fernandez on December 12, 2006
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While the films are a great choice and the prints are in great shape, how about some commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes. Except for SEVEN YEAR ITCH, there is nothing. Marilyn made so few films, only 12 starring roles, as compared to other superstars who've made dozens, I wish there were more to each movie...expecially deleted scenes. I know every one of these film had deletions, but no one has ever said WHAT WAS DELETED. In the case of NIAGARA, much must have been deleted because it seems so choppy. Never sure what day is when. In BLONDES, the first part of the movie also seems a bit disjointed, and one night moves into the next without explanation. I know Mr. Zanack was a stickler for short films and he cut his films a bit too much. So when and if new materials are found and put in these films, I won't be buying any more of them.
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Aspect Ratios of three of these reissues?
Sorry, Dick, but I can confirm that SYI, RoNR, and LML are all in wideframe in this set as well...are we the only 2 people in the universe who enjoy seeing more face and less scenery?
Mar 16, 2008 by L. B. Kestner |  See all 2 posts
Anniversary Collection Volume 2?
Nothing has been announced, but with the sucess of this set, hopefully Fox will release a follow up with How to Marry A Millionaire, Bus Stop, The Prince and the Showgirl, There's No Business Like Show Business, and Don't Bother to Knock.
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