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The Hollywood Collection - Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend

Clarke Gordon , Celeste Holm , Wombat Productions  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Clarke Gordon, Celeste Holm, Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Sheree North
  • Directors: Wombat Productions
  • Format: 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 (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013FCWVG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Description

A revealing look at Marilyn Monroe's incredible, short-lived career and life, boasting home movies, film clips and commentary from Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Susan Strasberg, and others. Eschewing the seamier side of the Monroe saga, this documentary focuses on the sunnier side of Marilyn's feisty pursuit of fame. Richard Widmark narrates. 115 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still one of the best Monroe documentaries February 25, 2011
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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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3 of 3 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary March 28, 2014
By Sherry
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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 comedienne. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marylyn Monroe Beyond the Legend February 26, 2014
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She is as interesting now as she was when she was alive. In fact I think she is even more interesting now. It is too bad that she never realized how much people liked her as an actress. I think this Collection shows how much she cared for others. She was well beyond the dumb blond that was attached to her by the media. She was very well informed and a great performer. I think she was one of the best Hollywood had during her time and beyond.

It was very informative and cleared up many misconceptions people had about this wonderful actress who was ahead of her time.

Enjoy it if you watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn .... November 1, 2013
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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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by Kathleen McCue
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 6 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 7 months ago by sillybilly312
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so interesting ... and quite boring.
I didn't really care for the format of this book. I quit reading it after a few chapters. It was a waste of my time.
Published 7 months ago by TxLadyrah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping with amazon prime!
Fast shipping with amazon prime! Great documentary! Very true love this story about her. Love the length of it and has lots of deatails. Perfect for a Marilyn Fan!
Published 7 months ago by Joshua Coburn
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This is just a collection of quotes about Marilyn in different stages of her life. Most quotes did not feel very insightful
Published 7 months ago by C. Warner
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to Read!
I'm not a big biography reader, but I enjoyed the things that people said who knew Marilyn well. It was refreshing to learn some "everyday" things about a person who had... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shay
5.0 out of 5 stars marilyn monroe bio
i like seeing biography about movie star i really like...marilyn monroe is no exception...the story is sad of course and you get to see how she lived and died... Read more
Published 10 months ago by connie
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but has its limits
It's well worth watching. For the most part, the interviewees avoid talking about the difficulties of working with Monroe. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eric V. Fry
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