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The Sidney Poitier Collection (Edge of the City / Something of Value / A Patch of Blue / A Warm December) (2009)

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  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 405 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001K2KM82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sidney Poitier Collection (Edge of the City / Something of Value / A Patch of Blue / A Warm December)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes: Edge of the City, A Patch of Blue, Something of Value, A Warm December
  • Theatrical trailers
  • A Patch of Blue: Commentary by director Guy Green, stills gallery, Sidney Poitier: The Legacy essay, awards notes
  • All movies have English mono track and English and French subtitles.  All but A Warm December also have a French mono track.  A Patch of Blue also has Spanish subtitles.

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Sidney Poitier Collection (DVD)

Spanning three decades, this box set presents four of actor/director Sidney Poitier's lesser known, but still historically and artistically important films, including the long-unavailable debut of Hud filmmaker Martin Ritt. Originally called A Man Is Ten Feet Tall--the title featured in the accompanying trailer--Edge of the City combines the rough with the smooth as Midwestern transplant Axel (an excellent John Cassavetes) takes a job at the New York docks, where he enters the spheres of the open-minded Tyler (Poitier) and close-minded Charlie (Jack Warden). To Tyler, the racist foreman represents "the lowest form of human life," but Charlie helped Axel to secure his position, so the latter kicks him back a portion of each paycheck. Things start looking up for Axel after Tyler and his wife (Ruby Dee) set him up with a shy schoolteacher (Kathleen Maguire), but then Charlie takes his extortion campaign to the next level and corruption leads to homicide. In retrospect, Ritt's first film plays like a precursor to Cassavetes' directorial debut, the Big Apple-based, African-American-oriented Shadows.

One of the first studio films to deal with interracial romance (or even the possibility of it), A Patch of Blue was a huge hit upon its release, appealing to those looking for both social protest and a smart date movie. Poitier plays Gordon, a compassionate stranger who befriends a blind white girl named Selina (Elizabeth Hartman). Selina, the next thing to a shut-in, can only judge people by their voices, and Gordon's is unusually patient, kind. Troubles ensue when Selina's abusive mother (Shelley Winters in her second Oscar-winning performance) happens upon the pair during one of their park rendezvous. Ivan Dixon plays Poitier's militant brother, and veteran Wallace Ford appears as Selina's kindly lush of a grandfather. Jerry Goldsmith earned an Oscar nomination for his lilting piano theme, surely one of the simplest, most effective pieces of music to grace a Hollywood film. With commentary from director Guy Green.

For Something of Value, Richard Brooks, who directed Poitier in Blackboard Jungle, takes on Richard C. Ruark's bestseller in which boyhood friends become bitter enemies. Born and raised in Kenya, Kimani (Poitier), a Kikuyu native, and Peter (Rock Hudson), the son of British settlers, live as equals until they reach adulthood in the mid-1940s, by which point Kimani's limited options lead him to join the Mau Mau's struggle for independence. Though a solid Hudson receives top billing, Poitier steals the show, not least because he speaks with an accent, while Hudson does not This version omits the original Winston Churchill introduction, but still ends with his resonant quote, "The problems of East Africa are the problems of the world." The set concludes with mystery-romance-glorified PSA A Warm December starring director Poitier as doctor and motorcycle racer Matt Younger. On vacation with his daughter in London, the widower falls for Catherine (Esther Anderson), a foxy mama harboring more secrets than the script can bear, like a rare medical condition and men who follow her around town. If December is the weakest entry, it still offers its pleasures: groovy threads, funky Afro-beat, and the chance to watch Poitier cut a rug. By 1974’s Uptown Saturday Night, he would find his footing as a filmmaker. Consider this collection, then, a closer look at his talents as an actor of rare sensitivity and conviction. --Kathleen C. Fennessy and Glenn Lovell

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"Patch of Blue" is probably the best known film in this collection. Poitier plays a man who befriends a blind white girl who has a horrible home life. Shelley Winters plays the negligent mother, and she is hard to watch as she abuses both her daughter and her father. However, the mother and grandfather unite in their dislike of the daughter's friendship with Poitier. Poitier doesn't play an all-out good guy here, he actually speaks of the girl as being a bit of a burden to him, yet he is genuinely concerned about her welfare.

"A Warm December" from 1974, was actually directed by Poitier. I always thought it was an unusual and good film, but many people don't seem to share my opinion. Poitier plays a doctor on a long vacation in England. There he meets the daughter of an African diplomat and falls in love with her. The woman has many secrets, however, and many of her mysteries amount to her not leveling with Poitier's character. It is a good and rare examination on film of the difference in cultures of American and African blacks.

"Edge of the City" is a hard-hitting 1957 film directed by Martin Ritt. Poitier and John Cassavettes play the best of friends, two New York City longshoremen. Jack Warden plays the boss of the two who is jealous of the happy nature and home life of Poitier's character. Warden performs an incredible act of violence that you think he's going to get away with until the very end.

"Something of Value", directed by Richard Brooks, has Rock Hudson and Poitier as best friends at the time of the Kenyan struggle for independence. The friends turn to enemies when Poitier joins the Kenyan struggle for independence and takes up its violent ways as well. Poitier's part is well acted and real here, some time before he began to get mainly good-guy roles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Memories March 20, 2009
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I remember seeing these movies in the movie theaters. All these years later, I found them still enjoyable. They are great. Too, they provide a history lesson on how relationships were fifty years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three for free! April 4, 2012
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I had wanted the movie "Patch of Blue" for a LONG time. Everywhere I looked it cost around $20. Then I saw 4 movies on DVD of Sidney Poitier for under $20 from Amazon, including my "Patch of Blue". I thought, that's the price of the one movie alone. I ordered it immediately. It came sooner than I thought it would. Oh Wow! The other movies could have been nothing and I still got a deal, but they were great also. I love Amazon, and Sidney Poitier! I struck GOLD!!! Thank you Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks April 23, 2013
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Very good condition. Thanks. Watched Sidney and am very pleased. Thanks again and hope to have and enjoy for many years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Actor March 4, 2013
By Sweets
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This was an awesome buy, would recommend it to all my friends and relatives. This is a phenomonal deal with the great actor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the sidney poitier collection February 4, 2013
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if your are a big sidney Poitier fan. You will enjoy there movies. I enjoy Patch of Blue, i can never get tried watching this movie. Patch of Blue was main reason buying his set. The edge of the City was another favor of mine. and i was surpise how good was Something of Value and A Warm Decemeber was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poitier collection August 25, 2013
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Great value and great selection. One of my all time favorite actors. Highly recommend it is a great price and good value.
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