The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection
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But even that image got topped by the moment in The Seven Year Itch when Monroe's white dress gets blown up by a breeze from a subway grate. Monroe's pleasure in the moment fuses innocence and sensuality, cementing her lasting star persona. This was her first movie with the great writer-director Billy Wilder; the second, Some Like It Hot, is ranked by many critics as the greatest comedy ever made. Monroe enters "like Jell-O on springs," marvels Jack Lemmon. Lemmon and Tony Curtis drive the plot as a pair of musicians in drag who are hiding from the mob, but it all revolves around Monroe. Her boozy jazz singer is an adorable mix of sweetness and cynicism and delivers yet another iconic singing performance: her dreamy "boop-boop-be-doop" in "I Want to Be Loved by You" drips with sensuality. Sadly, her character's drinking reflected Monroe's own crumbling personal life. Her final completed film, The Misfits, the last in this set, captures Monroe, Clark Gable, and Montgomery Clift as an adrift divorcée and a couple of down-on-their-luck cowboys struggling to rebuild their lives. The performances, the compelling script by Arthur Miller, and John Huston's powerful direction are potent as it is; knowing about the actors' personal lives gives The Misfits an extra layer of sadness. But even as she's falling apart--or perhaps especially when she's falling apart--Marilyn Monroe is never less than magnetic. --Bret Fetzer
Disc 1: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Disc 2: How to Marry a Millionaire
Disc 3: River of No Return
Disc 4: There's No Business Like Show Business
Disc 5: The Seven Year Itch
Disc 6: Some Like it Hot
Disc 7: The Misfits
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A collection of comedies, a drama, a western and a musical have one dynamic influence ‒ Marilyn Monroe. She was never anything less than gorgeous whether in full make-up as in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and her showcase number "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" or in pioneer rags in "River of No Return." Still, intelligence and sadness lived just beneath her remarkable beauty. She was an iconic sex symbol, yet women liked her as well, drawn perhaps by her unspoken vulnerability and innocence. Everyone knows about her battle with severe depression and childhood sexual abuse. Today she would have been diagnosed with PTSD and there would have been medication and therapy to help her.
Extras in "The Seven Year Itch" reveal that her illness began to appear during filming when she started being late to the set and had trouble remembering her lines. Problems took hold after the famous subway grate sidewalk shoot. According to Monroe's assistant, the actress came to work the next day with bruises all over her arms, the results of a fight with then-husband Joe DiMaggio. There is some - surprising - speculation as to DiMaggio's anger over his wife's sexy posturing and jealously over how the crowds cheered for her. Regardless, they were divorced soon after.
Later, when asked why she wasn't replaced, co-writer/director Billy Wilder replied that he had an 80-year-old aunt who always showed up on time, but no one would pay to see her in a movie.Read more ›
Who the heck made these decisions? Why? And what was the thought process?? I wish they asked us as fans to pick what we would like to see in a blu ray collection.Read more ›
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Pro: The films all look fabulous in HD and Marilyn is a gorgeous delight to watch, even though mostly cast in lightweight bimbo roles, either an airhead, or a golddigger, or a... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Ed Urd
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