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Gary Cooper - The Signature Collection (Sergeant York / The Fountainhead / Dallas / Springfield Rifle / The Wreck of the Mary Deare)

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Gary Cooper: The Signature Collection (DVD)

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.


Springfield Rifle, one of five films included in this set, may miss the bullseye as a true Gary Cooper classic, but there's a line that speaks to his enduring status as a screen icon and "American Legend." In this 1952 Western, his follow-up film to High Noon, Cooper's character has been drummed out of the army and branded a coward. Suffice to say that all is not what it seems, and an observer is asked how Coop will handle the pressure. The response: "He'll stand up." That is quintessential Cooper. He's a stand-up guy, and the "dang swangest hero," as he is hailed in Sergeant York, this collection's calling card. Directed by Howard Hawks and co-written by John Huston, Sergeant York earned Cooper an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Alvin York, a Tennessee mountain hellraiser who finds religion after surviving a lightning strike. His newfound pacifist beliefs are put to the supreme test when he is forced to enlist in WWI. Cooper also displays the (Frank Lloyd) Wright stuff as architect Harold Roark in The Fountainhead (1949), adapted for the screen by Ayn Rand from her towering and controversial bestselling novel about a "fool visionary" who refuses to compromise his principles or conform his work to popular taste. The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959), his penultimate film, finds Cooper desperately trying to clear his name before an inquiry determines what really happened aboard the mysteriously abandoned eponymous ship. Costar Charlton Heston gives him a run for Most Piercing Blue Eyes honors. Last, and least, but still entertaining, is Dallas (1950), in which Cooper stars as a Confederate outlaw who impersonates a sheriff to settle an old score. Cooper is not the most chameleon-esque of actors, but in these representative films, he displays intriguing shadings to his heroic persona. Roark in The Fountainhead has a definite dark side, while his "Reb" Hollister in Dallas is something of a rascal.

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

Special Features

  • Sergeant York (1941)
  • Two-Disc Special Edition includes:
  • Commentary by film historiann Jeannine Basinger
  • New making-of featurette: Sergeant York: Of God and Country
  • Vintage biographical profile: Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend
  • Vintage short Lions for Sale
  • Classic Cartoon Porky's Preview
  • Cooper trailer gallery
  • Color, 1.33, English 1.0, French 1.0
  • The Fountainhead (1949)
  • New featurette The Making of The Fountainhead
  • Theatrical trailer
  • B&W, 1.33, English 1.0, French 1.0
  • Springfield Rifle (1952)
  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
  • Color, 2.35 anamorphic, English 1.0, French 1.0
  • Dallas (1950)
  • Color, 1.33, English 1.0 only

Product Details

  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Patricia Neal
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4EI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gary Cooper - The Signature Collection (Sergeant York / The Fountainhead / Dallas / Springfield Rifle / The Wreck of the Mary Deare)" on IMDb

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By Paulo Leite on September 24, 2006
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So you get five film starring this LEGENDARY ACTOR who never gave a anything but great performances... Even in so-so films, Gary Cooper would shine all over with hos leading style... his easy command of the screen... his magnetic persona... his sincere smile and on-screen will that would drive you love him in any character he portrayed.

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.
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Gary Cooper was the most important screen actor to bridge the gap between silent pictures and the talkies. As Clint Eastwood, host of the documentary included in this 5-disc set,aaya "In a time now fast receding, Gary Cooper was the greatest of all movie stars." This is indeed true, for Cooper was the the natural precursor to such popular screen giants as James Stewart, Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.

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.
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The Fountain Head
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.
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