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Forever Marilyn Collection [Blu-ray]

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Marilyn Monroe forever stands alone as Hollywood's quintessential icon of sex appeal and timeless allure. Her breathy voice, voluptuous figure and wide-ranging talents catapulted her to superstardom, where she remains as legendary today as ever. Immortalized here in this must-own collection are seven of her best and most popular films, presented on Blu-Ray - the perfect format to showcase Marilyn's flawless beauty and captivating performances as they're meant to be seen.

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Whatever makes a movie star shine, Marilyn Monroe had it. Take There's No Business Like Show Business (one of seven movies buffed up for the Blu-ray disc compilation Forever Marilyn): Ethel Merman, who could whip up a frenzy on the stage, comes across as stiff and old-fashioned performing some of Irving Berlin's most popular songs--but when Monroe pops up to sing the little-known number "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It," she lights up the screen. Monroe has something that always feels modern and immediate, which may be why she feels out of place in River of No Return, a humdrum Western with some snappy dialogue but sluggish pacing and clumsy river-rafting effects. (She looks great in those dance-hall-girl outfits, though.) Fortunately, the other five movies in Forever Marilyn are all winners. Monroe plays a gold digger with a heart of gold in both How to Marry a Millionaire (costarring Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (costarring Jane Russell), a pair of fizzy comedies. In Blondes, Monroe's performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in a snug pink dress became one of those career-defining moments, demonstrating the charisma that transcends simple beauty.

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

Special Features

Book 1:

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

Book 2:

Disc 5: The Seven Year Itch
Disc 6: Some Like it Hot
Disc 7: The Misfits

Product Details

  • Actors: Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell
  • Directors: Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Howard Hawks, John Huston, Jean Negulesco
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Box set, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089J27VY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,615 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert Rechter on July 25, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Just got the magnificent FOREVER MARILYN blu-ray dvd set of 7 films yesterday. Very nice box and presentation, with a little booklet of pictures and lines from the films as a keepsake. I must say the films look stunning, particularly 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'. 'How to Marry a Millionaire' looks extraordinary its its full very widescreen ratio (16:9) and so does 'There's no business like Show Business'. I've watched most big production numbers like 'Heatwave' and 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend' again and again, and seeing them on blu ray on my big flat screen HD TV, is like seeing them glisten with real detail, depth and color for the first time. The blacks are black, the whites white, and Marilyn's lips and nails are a real luscious fire engine red. 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' in (4:3) ratio is glorious, the transfer just sparkles with sheer magic and jumps right out at you. Made just before widescreen became popular, I do believe only one number from the film, 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend' was filmed in Cinema-Scope as a test. That would've been nice to see here as an extra, because if any musical number EVER deserves to be seen in widescreen, its that one. The sound (dts-HD) on all films overall is impressive too, clear and crisp, especially through big speakers. The song and dance sequences are breathtaking. Mesmerized I found myself looking at everything technically, the clothes, the sets, the makeup all seemed so perfect as to be surreal. Marilyn is just beautiful, so is Jane and Lauren and Betty too. The awesome technicolor they achieved in the color films here, and the technical excellence will never ever be repeated. The brilliant 'Some Like It Hot' was made for black and white, and as the greatest comedy ever made, it is an absolutely perfect movie.Read more ›
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MARILYN NEVER LOOKS anything less than marvelous, especially on these seven films marking their debut on the 50th anniversary of her death, Aug. 4, 1962. Five have been re-mastered for high-definition Blu-ray viewing, along with "Some Like It Hot" and "The Misfits" that were upgraded earlier.

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.
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I am like millions a huge Marilyn Monroe fan and was so excited to hear a blu ray collection was on it's way as well as the new Marilyn Premiere Collection which includes 17 dvd's. I received both sets today and from a packaging standpoint it freed up ALOT of room for your DVD shelves. While I adore Marilyn I am utterly confused about these sets. The bluray package is very nice and is the size of a standard DVD case made of cardboard however, it is easily damaged, mine was crushed and now I am awaiting a replacement. Also if you get this open it with CAUTION as my blurays and the dvd sets fell out of their holders which are NOT sturdy enough to keep the discs in place. The cardboard sleeves also had small tears making the blu rays slide right out of place. The blu rays look great. Gentlmen Prefer Blondes is stunning and the best of the bunch in my opinion. All the others are very nice and clear but in my opinion this title of GPB' looks the best. Gone are the special features from The Diamond Collection with the exception of The Seven Year Itch. If you love Marilyn the set IS worth getting based on the clarity alone and it's the best we will get I am sure, for a very long time. What ANNOYS me is the selection of films. Where is Niagara, Lets Make Love, Bus Stop AND most importantly the documentary The Final Days with the reconstructed mini film of Something's Got To Give???? Even more odd is in The Premiere DVD Collection it has 17 films but excludes "River of no Return". WHY!!!!! Granted if you buy both sets you will have all her films just a handful in blu ray.

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.
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