Gary Cooper - The Signature Collection (Sergeant York / The Fountainhead / Dallas / Springfield Rifle / The Wreck of the Mary Deare)
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SERGEANT YORK TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION – Powerful. True. Cooper shines as the backwoods boy who became World War I's greatest hero. Directed by Howard Hawks. 2 Academy Awards (1941): Best Actor Gary Cooper, Best Film Editing. THE FOUNTAINHEAD – Uncompromising architect Howard Roark (Cooper) stands tall in Ayn Rand's salute to Individualism co-starring Patricia Neal. DALLAS – the war's over. His fight isn't. Ex-Rebel Cooper comes to the Texas boomtown and poses as Boston dandy to settle a score. SPRINGFIELD – It's the rifle that blasted its way into legend – and, as Maj. Lex Kearney, Cooper knows how to use it. THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE – Danger dead ahead! Screen legends Cooper and Charlton Heston join forces to solve the mystery surrounding a doomed freighter.]]>
Of the DVD presentations, Sergeant York gets the two-disc "Special Edition" treatment, with dry, but informative commentary by film historian Jeanne Basinger, a made-for-cable TV special about Cooper hosted by Clint Eastwood, and a welcome Warner Bros. cartoon, Tex Avery's "Porky's Preview" and short subject, "Lions for Sale," that replicate an old fashioned night out at the movies. The Fountainhead DVD includes a featurette about the making of the film. Cooper stands alone among Hollywood's leading men, but beyond his formidable presence, classic film buffs will bask in the nostalgic pleasures of Max Steiner's music in four of the five films, and appearances by great character actors (Walter Brennan and George Tobias in Sergeant York, a young Richard Harris in Mary Deare). --Donald Liebenson
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In THE FOUNTAINHEAD (my favorite here), Gary gives one of his best performances as Howard Roark, an architect (inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, no less!) who was in a constant battle against mediocre styles. Someone trully creative and visionary who would not compromise. "I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build!"
But another thing about this film is the eye-popping sets and designs.
INCREDIBLE... I still love that building all made of glass!!!!
In SERGEANT YORK, Gary portrays a pacifist (who is enlisted during WWI) who will discover the true meaning of fighting... and what being a Hero is all about. JOHN HUSTON was one of the screenwriters of this GREAT 1941 film who, I'm sure, did back then much more than just entertain. In fact, this is one of the best Hollywood war films during the 40's...
And, of course, with HOWARD HAWKS, you can never go wrong.
THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE is a big CinemaScope film where special effects trully shine. Again, here Gary cooper gives a superlative performance.
SPRINGFIELD RIFLE is a smaller Western by ANDRE DE TOTH with another great performance. Here, Cooper joins (undercover) a group of criminals in order to solve a mystery of stolen guns. This is an above average B-movie with a good script.
DALLAS is a post-Civil War drama of a man returning home to seek revenge. Another B-film with a great performance.Read more ›
This set offers five films from his work at Warner Brothers and MGM ranging from 1941 to 1959. The only real signature performance is
"Sergeant York" for which he won his first Academy Award as Best Actor.
This is one of his most interesting films in that he appears in almost every scene in its two and a quarter hours running time. Any actor who can hold that amount of screen time and keep the interest of his audience
is an exceptional actor. His tall, lanky frame and soft spoken drawl made him one of the most watchable of actors. He was the best example of the old maxim "less is more." Most of his dialogue was monosyllabic, but his face spoke volumes.
The second film "The Fountainhead" may not be among his best, but it is certainly one of his most intriguing. Playing an idealistic architect, Cooper seems ill-suited to Ayn Rand's wordy and often pretentious script
adapted from her own influential novel, but he turns in a most believable
performance. This is more than can be said for the rest of the cast. That fine actress Patricia Neal is reduced to giveing an over-stated eye-rolling performance that is not at all worthy of her talent. Raymond Massey and Robert Douglas ( both fine actors ) are saddled with some of the worst dialogue of their careers.Read more ›
When Ayn Rand wrote this book; the Fountain Head, she envisioned a hero, Howard Roark, that represents the ideal man, one we should get to know, understand and emulate. Individualism is the impacting message Ayn Rand leaves with us. Played by Gary Cooper; who takes on the role of the hero, the aspiring architect with an uncompromising creative vision, that will not bend when it comes to his beliefs and convictions... whether for a job, rewards, fame, or for acceptance. This movie represents a brilliant execution of one of the best books ever written! As a young child, Ayn Rand, witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, which she denounced from its outset. Living through the struggle made a mark on her personality, for through her writings we clearly understand the theory of individualism. Would highly recommend owning this movie if you want to learn about a hero who will relentlessly pursue his dreams without compromising his soul! Awesome!
In Dallas, Cooper is fun and as usual... debonaire. His role as Confederate raider Blayde "Reb" Hollister, is interesting to watch. The script is lively; with lots of action, and at times, rather funny, so we enjoyed it! We have watched most of the DVDs in this series thanks to the visit from one of our relatives; Arnold Kline, who simply... loves Cooper! Without a doubt, this DVD collection is something we should own, if we want to enjoy best in class performances!
The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Aboard the freighter Mary Deare we find Gary Cooper, alone, involved in what seems to be a rather mysterious ship abandonment. Charlton Heston, in the ship salvaging business, is rather interested in the freighter because he considers it a business opportunity. But, the plot thickens.Read more ›
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The product is fine - packaging is fine - Amazon service is as awesome as always. I have just a bit of personal (perhaps petty) irritation over the fact that the marketplace... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. McCormack
The disappointment in this group of films was 'Springfield Rifle'. It was just a B Western. The other 3 films were quite good, with solid stories and acting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Clarence E.
One of the greatest actors and probably will never be equaled. This collection is among his best known roles.Published 22 months ago by David
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