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The Hollywood Collection - Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend

Clarke Gordon , Celeste Holm , Wombat Productions  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Clarke Gordon, Celeste Holm, Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Sheree North
  • Directors: Wombat Productions
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013FCWVG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This fine film looks at the brighter side of the Monroe story: her charm and talent and her fighting spirit. --The Wall Street Journal

Treats Marilyn s career with dignity, tact: not once in this commendable one-hour documentary do you hear the words Kennedy, barbiturate or suicide. Instead of rehashing of her political liaisons, drug use and other affairs of the heart and mind, film fans get a look at her brilliant career and what made her one of the best-ever... --Miami News

Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend… emphasizes the inner radiance she skillfully projected onto the big screen. --The Muncie Star

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend is a DVD biography beloved movie star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Focusing on her passionate if somewhat tumultuous life rather than the seamy rumors about her and her tragic death, Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend includes highlights from her greatest movie moments in films such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "Some Like It Hot", and more. Extra features include a photo gallery, a "meet the producers" segment, and an interview with director Gene Feldman. An upbeat tribute that pays homage to the unforgettable pop culture contribution of a Hollywood icon. 115 minutes, color (some black-and-white scenes).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still one of the best Monroe documentaries February 25, 2011
This is still one of the most comprehensive documentaries on the short life and career of Marilyn. MARILYN MONROE: BEYOND THE LEGEND (1987) carries a wealth of solid film clips and candid interviews with some of the friends and co-stars who knew the real Monroe.

Narrated by Monroe's "Don't Bother to Knock" leading man Richard Widmark, BEYOND THE LEGEND focuses on Monroe's professional career and personal life, but stops short at exploring the lurid and still highly-controversial aspects surrounding her untimely death. The interviews are often very frank: Celeste Holm doesn't shy away from sharing what she thought of the young Monroe when she first arrived on the set of "All About Eve" in 1950.

Shelley Winters talks about the days when she and Marilyn were starlets dreaming of fame and husbands. Director Joshua Logan discusses his surprise at the quality and depth of Monroe's performance in "Bus Stop" (and co-star Don Murray remembers the difficulties the director had in filming a crucial intimate scene in CinemaScope). Susan Strasberg, whose family took Monroe in for a period of time, talks about the shy, insecure little girl inside the blonde bombshell body. There are also interview segments with Sheree North, Laszlo Willinger and Clark Gordon.

There's only ever been one Marilyn. This documentary paints a selective picture, but for her fans it will be a must-see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good March 21, 2013
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I'm a big fan of Marilyn Monroe so there was little here that was new except for the interview with Robert Mitchum. It was interesting to learn he knew Marilyn when she was Norma Jeane Baker. He worked with her husband.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can be said of Marilyn? March 14, 2013
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There is a reason she is the ICON she is today. She was far ahead of her time, because she is timeless. Marilyn never looks dated, she could fit in today. I just wished she had been able to live to a ripe old age, cause she still would have been beautiful.
Love all the people's comments who knew her well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it February 10, 2013
By PMartin
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Love Marilyn. This was a good doc and it was nice to see her in candid moments and speaking off screen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative! May 27, 2014
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I had to write an essay on Marilyn and found out that I really didn't know anything about her! This was a great resource!
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By Chinkie
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Hollywood collection: Marilyn Monroe, beyond the legend
I did not care so much for this video. Maybe I'm not the biggest Marilyn fan, but It is good to see that she was so determined and committed to becoming a star that she finally broke through and got the respect that she deserved. After all the photo of her standing on the grate with her dress blowing up is legendary. Just highlights her never give up attitude & perserverence. Very sad that she never found any real happiness
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hollywood Collection/Marilyn Monroe June 18, 2014
I have just about purchased all of the Hollywood Collection's Greatest Stars and their biographies on DVD and all of them are excellent and well worth the money that I have paid. Each biography goes into great detail about the lives of the actors from the
1940's; 1950's; and 1960's; and the producers whom produced each of the biographies such as Marilyn Monroe, Charelston
Heston; Robert Mitchem; Walter Mattheau; Jack Lemmon; Yul Brynner, Shirley Mclaine; William Holden; Burt Lancaster and
others. These were real actors whom knew how to perfect their craft and knew how to act and all of the hardships they faced
signing contracting with the big Hollywood Moguls. These DVD biographies were absolutely wonderful and would make a fine
addition to your library collection. Also there was Gregory Peck; Ingrid Bergman; and other great actors of their time. It is very
sad that the movies industry is gone and no longer has the quality actors of the time of the baby boomers and prior. I wish that
the Hollywood Collection had made more biographies about the greatest actors and perhaps they will. I am so very happy they
were shipped in a timely manner and packaged beautifully. Thank you so very much to the Hollywod Collection.
Mrs. Dione L. WilliamsCrayton, - Naperville, Illinois 60563 USA
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This was pretty good! Nothing really new
This was pretty good! Nothing really new, but entertaing.
Published 1 month ago by Faye B
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you've never seen a bio on Marilyn before!
Nothing new in this bio. If you haven't seen a bio about Marilyn and want to know about the side of her that wanted to be recognized for her acting ability, this will give you a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good, but...
It was good but they did not have Marilyn speaking for her self much. Though you can see a lot from pictures and how any of those stars could like their fans is beyond me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Evelyn M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching.
Fairly good documentary. Very nice collection of photos, video clips, and interviews. If you loved Marilyn you should see this.
Published 6 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary
Fascinating documentary. What I liked about this is it didn't focus on the Kennedy's or her death, but had some great old footage and showed her to be a very talented actress and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sherry
4.0 out of 5 stars Find her Interesting
Wish it went into more details Like to know more about her childhood and life with the "Kennedys" More on movies
Published 7 months ago by Kathleen McCue
5.0 out of 5 stars Marylyn Monroe Beyond the Legend
She is as interesting now as she was when she was alive. In fact I think she is even more interesting now. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alton Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn ....
I loved it because it tells the whole story..So many times the focas is negative..I will watch this again..She was a Legend
Published 11 months ago by cjinnorthwest
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting history of a icon star
This gave a personal look into Marilyn. You can appreciate the star quality of her and I found this very interesting. Streaming was great and this was a very good watch.
Published 12 months ago by glindagoodwitch
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment
The book begins well, covering Monroe's early Hollywood career. As it goes on, the material is flimsy and shallow and leaves the reader wanting much more. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sillybilly312
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