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Rock Hudson Screen Legend Collection (The Golden Blade / Has Anybody Seen My Gal? / The Last Sunset / The Spiral Road / A Very Special Favor)

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Handsome, witty and extremely talented, Rock Hudson was the embodiment of the Hollywood leading man during his illustrious film career. Join this iconic actor as he lights up the screen with five of his most impressive films in the Rock Hudson: Screen Legend Collection. Featuring co-stars Piper Laurie, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas and Burl Ives, these films highlight the diverse career of an actor whose status as a screen legend will live on in cinema history. Has Anybody See My Gal: In this charming musical comedy, Rock Hudson plays a faithful soda jerk who finds his attentions to the lovely Millicent (Piper Laurie) turned down after her family gains a large sum of money. A Very Special Favor: The war of the sexes heats up when a sleek businessman (Rock Hudson) attempts to seduce an attractive psychiatrist (Leslie Caron) who seems immune to his charms. The Golden Blade: Follow Rock Hudson on an epic adventure as a brave warrior who uses the magical Sword of Damascus to save his people and claim the heart of a princess (Piper Laurie). The Last Sunset: Journey to the Wild West with a haunted sheriff (Rock Hudson) as he joins an outlaw (Kirk Douglas) in a treacherous cattle drive and finds his heart captive to the wanted man's former lover. The Spiral Road: When an opportunistic physician (Rock Hudson) travels to the jungles of Java, a shocking meeting with a black magic witch doctor forces him to re-evaluate his selfish past.

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This three-disc, five-film set spans a decade (1952-62) in Rock Hudson's career. It is not the ideal introduction to the strapping, ruggedly handsome leading man who, in his prime, was among Hollywood's top five biggest box office stars for eight years running. But his fans will want to add these more obscure and admirably diverse films--each making its DVD debut--to their collections. The most entertaining film, Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952) is an amusing trifle set in the 1920s, but it does mark Hudson's first film with Douglas Sirk, who would direct Hudson in some of his best films, including Written on the Wind, All That Heaven Allows, and Magnificent Obsession. Hudson is cast in a small but pivotal role as a poor but honest soda jerk in love with Piper Laurie, whose social-climbing mother does not approve. Charles Coburn is the real star as an eccentric millionaire who teaches the family that "it's not money that makes a person happy." Look for an uncredited James Dean at the soda fountain counter. Hudson was perhaps best known for his romantic comedies opposite Doris Day, and what a difference Day's absence makes in the somewhat icky A Very Special Favor (1965). Womanizer Hudson brings "fulfillment" into the life of career woman Leslie Caron at the request of her father (!), portrayed by Charles Boyer. The Arabian Nights adventure The Golden Blade (1953) is pure escapism with a questionably cast Hudson as Harun, who becomes embroiled in Baghdad palace intrigue as he searches for his father's killer. He is armed with the magical Sword of Damascus, which only seems to work when he wields it.

The most provocative film in this set is the 1961 Western The Last Sunset, co-starring Kirk Douglas as a killer sheriff Hudson has sworn to bring in to be hanged. But first, they agree to help Joseph Cotten drive his cattle across the border from his Mexican ranch. Dorothy Malone costars as Cotten's wife and Kirk's lost love, whose 16-year-old daughter's true parentage will cause Kirk some disquieting problems after he romances her. The Spiral Road (1962), very long at nearly three hours, stars Hudson as an arrogant, upstart doctor who seeks to advance his career by working in the Borneo jungle with Brits Jansen (Burl Ives), whose groundbreaking work with leprosy Hudson wants to chronicle. While none of these films rank among Hudson's most essential work, it is a Rock-solid collection that charts the development of an old-school movie star. --Donald Liebenson


Special Features

Disc 2 - The Golden Blade:
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - The Last Sunset:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas, Burl Ives
    • Directors: Michael Gordon, Nathan Juran, Robert Mulligan, Douglas Sirk, Robert Aldrich
    • Writers: Stanley Shapiro, John Rich, John Lee Mahin, Joseph Hoffman, Nate Monaster
    • Producers: Stanley Shapiro, Richard Wilson, Robert Arthur, Ted Richmond, Eugene Frenke
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: French, English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
    • Run Time: 526 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000HA4WSO
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Rock Hudson Screen Legend Collection (The Golden Blade / Has Anybody Seen My Gal? / The Last Sunset / The Spiral Road / A Very Special Favor)" on IMDb

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    It is great to see Universal release more of Rock Hudson's films to dvd. And thankfully the three discs in this collection are single sided. I thoroughly enjoyed The Spiral Road - a very good drama set in and around Borneo in 1936 and which also stars Burl Ives. Both are doctors and surprised I had never heard of it until now. By the way, three of the films, including Spiral Road, are presented in their OAR of 1:85 ( widescreen )and are Anamorphic. The label on the dvd incorrectly lists Spiral Road as 2:35. If you are a fan of Rock Hudson don't hesistate to pick up a copy.
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    Finally, The Spiral Road is available on DVD, and that alone is worth the cost of this collection. Amazon indicated the format was standard and I was prepared to accept that. Thankfully, it was issued in widescreen. I agree this is an obscure title, but an excellent movie. Grab it while you can.
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    From another site, these minor films of Rock will be included

    Screen Legend Collection - The Franchise Collection

    - Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)

    - Very Special Favor, A (1965)

    - Golden Blade, The (1953)

    - Last Sunset, The (1961)

    - Spiral Road, The (1962)

    Five stars for honoring this legend. Let's have more and better RH films on DVD!!
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    Universal is starting to get better with their franchise collection DVDs, including this one, as they are released on single discs with only one to two movies on each. This allows for better quality unlike the dual-sided discs crammed with up to four movies a disc.

    While this collection features rare Rock Hudson movies, I must say the entertainment value is well worth the expense. At about 4 or 5 dollars a movie, it's cheaper than a movie ticket. AND YOU GET TO KEEP THEM! With this release also came out similar collections of Cary Grant and Bing Crosby. Unfortunately, there is some technical skipping or stoppage in one of the Cary Grant discs--the only technical malfunction so far as I still have more of the collections to watch. (Skipping and stopping has been an issue with Universals Franchise Collection DVD packaging for awhile now, but slowly it's getting better.)

    The packaging is nicely done with some interesting side notes on each film inside the casing. However, there is a misquote on the three films he did with Doris Day (at least in my copy there is). It states the three movies Rock did with Doris were Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and <EM>Come September</EM>? The first two are correct, but the latter is suppose to state <EM>Send Me No Flowers</EM>. He did Come September the same year as Send Me No Flowers, but he did it with an italian actress, Gina Lollibrigida as their second movie together.
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    I am a Rock Hudson fan, and I enjoyed these movies, I had never seen any of these movies before!
    I remember seeing Rock Hudson on TV for the first time, when I was a very young little girl, watching a Rock Hudson movie on TV, with my parents, and I thought that he was the most handsome man in the world! I think that he was the first handsome man, that I'd ever seen! Rock Hudson is one good looking, beautiful man! Wow! He is my all-time favorite handsome leading man, and to this day, I have not seen anyone out do Rock!

    In this movie collection HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL, is a very good movie, it gives you a idea of how it was with the roaring 20's, college era, and about people who have money, and the people who don't! I loved the funny, old man who was the secret, rich, millionare! I enjoyed it!

    And my favorite was THE GOLDEN BLADE, I just loved it, and I loved the chemisty between Rock Hudson, and Piper Laurie, who played the beautiful princess! This movie I will watch again, it is your classic romantic, love story, with your dashing handsome hero(Rock Hudson), that saves the princess, and her kingdom!

    The movie A VERY SPECIAL FAVOR, reminded me of some of Rock Hudson's movies with Doris Day, but in this movie Leslie Caron was the leading lady, and of course Rock was your handsome playboy! I loved the man who was the matchmaking father, who was trying to fix up his beautiful daughter, with Rock!

    I just loved this movie THE LAST SUNSET! Kirk Douglas was the handsome outlaw, and Rock Hudson was the handsome cowboy hero! Wow! Rock Hudson as a cowboy! My favorite scene in the movie was when Rock Hudson moved the wagon to point to the north star, so that he could seek the attentions of the pretty widow Belle, who was in the wagon.
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    This is an awesome set of movies starring Rock Hudson released by Universal Studios. All of these movies vary between 1hr and 22min to 2hr long. There are three disks and there are no double sided disks, so it's easier to get to the right movie. Two out of the five are in Widescreen format and all movies are in color too! The quality of the movies are great and clear! Also, there a brief details about Rock Hudson and the movies in this collection when you open the binding to get the DVDs. These movies vary from early 50s to mid 60s. These movies also star: Kirk Douglas, Piper Laurie, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten, Charles Coburn, Burl Ives, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Neville Brand, Jack Elam, plus others! Overall this is the best Rock Hudson collection out there and a must have for any Classic Movie fan.
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