Clint Eastwood – 35 Films 35 Years At Warner Brothers DVD Collection Review

Few movie stars are as legendary as Clint Eastwood, and you now have an unprecedented opportunity to own an icon. Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Brothers brings together an incredible assortment of films that span a legend’s career, complete with some great bonus material. It’s hard to imagine another star who could fill a collection so fully with films that are must owns, going all the way back to 1968 and still bring great efforts to the table within the last decade. Clint’s power is such that even goofy titles like Every Which Way but Loose managed to become a film with its own place in history.

The collection, considered the largest feature film box set ever released for a single artist, contains 34 classic Eastwood films from the Warner library and highlights the breadth and depth of his work — from Where Eagles Dare through Gran Torino. Included are his “Dirty Harry” movies, his Best Picture Oscar® dramas and nominees, his Westerns, his war movies, his comedies, and more. (A complete list is available at the end of this release.)

The 35th film is The Eastwood Factor, an intimate short film from Time magazine critic and film historian Richard Schickel. The Eastwood Factor presents Eastwood in a way he’s rarely seen — visiting film locations or sites where his movies were created, and on the Warner lot visiting the costume department and Eastwood Scoring Stage, as well as at his home. Eastwood’s candid, intelligent and often humorous interviews about his body of work and the choices he made, along with Schickel’s selection of scenes from his movies (including his upcoming Invictus), results in an up-close and personal portrait of one of the great icons of our era. The end result is a clear reminder of why Eastwood’s career as both a great filmmaker and actor has been so enduring and his work so respected.

This last is a great documentary look at the man behind the legend, and reliving some of the best moments of such a career with the man himself is priceless. From a look back on passion projects like Bird, to reliving moments from his first days as an actor, there’s a bit of everything here. Personally, I love his discussion on being told early on to play something “ballsy,” and not really knowing what that was supposed to mean. There are funny moments, most of which come from Clint’s looking back almost like he still was that fresh kid, and managing to be a little in awe of how things turned out.

The box set also includes a 24-page booklet extracted from Richard Schickel’s new monograph Clint: A Retrospective, as well as Studio letters and photos. Packaged in a 20-page double-wide album, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. is a 19 discs collection.

Select titles from Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. are also be available for download via iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune Marketplace, Amazon Video on Demand and other digital retailers.

Eastwood’s relationship with Warner Bros. began in 1975 with the signing of a long-term pact, and Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions moved onto the studio’s storied lot. Among the many awards the actor/filmmaker has received for his work are four Oscars® and 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director Academy Award® wins for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, both of which were made at Warner Bros. Eastwood has also received five Golden Globes®, countless critics association accolades and Lifetime Achievement awards from, among others, the Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, the American Film Institute and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Cecil B. DeMille Award). In addition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Recently, Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor (Légion d’honneur), cited for his “body of work, his longevity and his ability to delight audiences around the globe.”

Early in his career, Eastwood starred as the “Man with No Name” in A Fistful of Dollars, his first “spaghetti western,” which was a box office success and drew attention to the young actor. Additional roles followed, including the role of Harry Callahan in five “Dirty Harry” films, beginning in 1971. That same year, he made his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me. Other noted Eastwood films include the Charlie Parker biography Bird; The Bridges of Madison County; In the Line of Fire; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; White Hunter, Black Heart; Absolute Power; Space Cowboys; Mystic River; Flags of Our Fathers; Letters from Iwo Jima; and, most recently, Gran Torino. His newest film, Invictus, stars Oscar® winners Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with Francois Pienaar, captain of South Africa’s rugby team, to help unite their country.

Here’s the full list of films.

Own it on DVD Today! The Collection is also available for Download!

To find out more about the collection, and learn all about where you can purchase the set, or the films via download, visit the offical site here.

Check out a few interesting videos below.

 

Dirty Harry Trailer

The Enforcer Trailer

Space Cowboys Trailer

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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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