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Marilyn Monroe: The Premiere Collection

4.5 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews

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A gifted actress, her repertoire included goofball comedy and gripping drama alike. Featuring knockout performances by Monroe alongside some of Hollywood s biggest legends, this collection of 17 DVDs is a must-own for any film lover.

Includes the following films:

Volume One:

All About Eve
As Young As You Feel
Lets Make It Legal
Love Nest
Don't Bother To Knock

Volume Two:

Monkey Business
O. Henry's Full House
We're Not Married
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
How To Marry A Millionaire

Volume Three:

There's No Business Like Show Business
The Seven Year Itch
Bus Stop
Some Like It Hot
Let's Make Love
The Misfits

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.0), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 17
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20TH CENTURY FOX
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 1726 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030CRK4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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The info on Amazon is limited, so let me fill you in. There are seventeen disks... one per movie. The disks are grouped in a sort of jacket according to their release date. Their are three jackets (?) (Volume One(1950-2), Volume Two(1952-3), and Volume Three(1954-61). Each unfolds to reveal a picture of Marilyn on the back and the CDs for the set on the inside. The front of each volume is laid out much like a magazine with the movie names as headlines and a brief catch ("Getting your foot in the door","Tricks to looking younger", etc.), which I found quite cute. The back of the actual box shows all of the movies, their volumes, and brief summaries. As for the movies, there are 10 B&W and 7 Color movies. Here they are:

Volume One: 1950-1952:
All About Eve (B&W)
As Young As You Feel(B&W)
Lets Make It Legal(B&W)
Love Nest(B&W)
Don't Bother To Knock(B&W)

Volume Two: 1952-1953
Monkey Business(B&W)
O. Henry's Full House(B&W)
We're Not Married(B&W)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(Color)
How To Marry A Millionaire(Color)

Volume Three: 1954-1961
There's No Business Like Show Business(Color)
The Seven Year Itch(Color)
Bus Stop(Color)
Some Like It Hot(B&W)
Let's Make Love(Color)
The Misfits(B&W)

As for the packaging, I wasn't too pleased. I love the layouts, summaries, headlines, etc. but it's like thick paper and I can tell it's easily ripped, damaged, etc. I ripped a tiny bit of the packaging while taking out one of the DVDs! However, I plan on taking good care of it anyway and it's a wonderful set.

Overall, yes, I would recommend this to any Marilyn fan looking for a great, quality set.
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I've seen a lot of gripes about the packaging, and it really is terrible; cheap paperboard cases with simple slots to hold the disks in place. Add in the usual mistreatment packages suffer traveling through the USPS and you get shipping anarchy. In sets 1 and 2, Don't Bother to Knock and Niagara were free-floating and visibly scratched, and go figure, these are two of the movies I've been dying to see in restored versions (in fact EVERY disk seems scratched to some degree, and adorned with little flecks of paper and dust, incredible but true). You may want to check all of the disks by FF through them (as I am doing now - if The Seven Year Itch had been unplayable I would have been quite irate). Fortunately I had no problems with the disks, as I FF through them and didn't see any odd pauses or jumps. I've attached a photo of set 1 to show how lame that packaging is. As for the movies, I grew up seeing choppy old prints of Niagara on TV, and this restored version looks incredible - likewise DBTK. The Seven Year Itch and Bus Stop almost look like different movies compared to the old pan-and-scan versions of my youth. I can only imagine what blu-ray versions would look like. So be warned, the actual movies look and sound great, the artwork on both packaging and disks is very cute, but those paper slots, man, WTFWTT? One last note, Fox kind of boned us by NOT including River of No Return in this set, and it's probably NOT a coincidence that they just released it on blu-ray, but Marilyn fans simply cannot find a better deal when it comes to value for your money.
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First off, I am the biggest Marilyn fan there is, so this is not a knock on the movies. In even the ones where Marilyn has small roles, the films are still interesting. Not only is she gorgeous, she has great comic timing and was a very under-rated actress. The problem is that half the discs in the collection are unplayable, or have defects of some sort. I have had to return this set three times already and here are my experiences:

All About Eve (won't load)
As Young As You Feel (skips, freezes, ultimately becomes unreadable)
Let's Make It Legal (fine)
Love Nest (fine but Marilyn is barely in it)

Monkey Business (skips, freezes, eventually stops playing)
O. Henry's Full House (fine, but Marilyn is in one scene)
We're Not Married (skips, freezes, eventually stops playing)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (plays almost fine, slight skipping towards the end)
How to Marry a Millionaire (skips, freezes, you get the idea)
Niagara (won't load)

At this point, since I was watching the films in chronological order, I stopped watching and just returned the sets. I could have worked around the problems if Niagra and How to Marry a Millionaire played fine, but when they started to have problems, too..!

The problem is twofold, first, the pressing of the discs isn't the greatest, causing the defects. Second, as already mentioned, the discs come loose during the shipping process and always arrived scratched. I have heard people knock the Charlie's Angels complete set with its spindles, well, I will take that over this set anytime. That set had twenty-seven discs and each one of them worked. This one I can't even get through half the collection without finding a half a dozen defects. Amazon suspects its my player, yeah, right!
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Incredible "collection sets" like this fantastic Marilyn Monroe set truly make it worth still buying, collecting and owning DVDs. This is just a jaw-dropping set at such a low price. You get 17 Marilyn movies on 17 individual disks for less than $50--that's like $3 per movie. And in buying this one set you get to own practically all of Marilyn's most wonderful movies, all the best movies of the hands-down most iconic female movie star in all of movie history. Other reviewers have listed all 17 movies you get in the set, so I won't repeat that information. I'll just point out that the only 2 majorly significant Marilyn movies NOT included in the set are: River Of No Return (1954) and The Prince And The Showgirl (1957). There are also about 10 other films that Marilyn had cameos or small parts in that are not included in the set either. But overall, in this incredible set, you get 17 of her most famous movies, the vast majority of her biggest films. For lovers of classic movies and classic movie stars, this is a set that's just too good not to own. Highly, highly recommend this one.

PS: Other reviewers have noted the "unique" packaging. It is somewhat of an odd design, made to house 17 disks in a very compact packaging format. Though it may not be the most ideal packaging or greatest design, I think it can be considered a minor drawback and overlooked considering the set's incredible movies and great price. Also, just want to note that I ordered this through Amazon, got the free shipping, and had the set within 3 days of ordering. So hats off to Amazon again for their speedy shipping and quality service.
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