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Marilyn Monroe: Diamond Collection [Import]

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  • Actors: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Tom Ewell, Betty Grable
  • Directors: Billy Wilder, George Cukor, Howard Hawks, Jean Negulesco, Joshua Logan
  • Writers: Anita Loos, Arnold Schulman
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 6
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: May 29 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000059GEE
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Contains: *Seven Year Itch *Gentlemen Prefer Blondes *How to Marry a Millionaire *There's No Business Like Show Business *Bus Stop *Marilyn Monroe: Final Days


The Diamond Collection consists of five Marilyn Monroe films plus the documentary The Final Days. Bus Stop (1956) stars Monroe as a singer who finds herself trapped at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) was built around a trio of female stars, Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable, who play friends who come up with a plan to find and marry rich men. Monroe plays an ambitious showgirl in 1954's There's No Business Like Show Business, which brings together two giants of Broadway, Ethel Merman and Irving Berlin, to celebrate the glories that were vaudeville. Howard Hawks's 1953 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes stars Monroe and Jane Russell as friends who go to Paris looking for mates. The film is charged by Hawks's stylish snap, a famous set piece or two (including Monroe descending that staircase while singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), Russell's wit, and songs by Leo Robin and Jule Styne. The Seven Year Itch (1955) is a memorable laugh machine. As a married man left alone during a hot summer, Tom Ewell shows off crack timing matched by Monroe's zesty comic flair, and the scene in which her white dress is blown skyward by a passing subway train has entered the encyclopedia of great movie images.

In The Final Days, producer-director Patty Ivins chronicles Monroe's final, aborted feature film, Something's Got to Give, which was ultimately shut down after the star was dismissed from the production. Beyond Monroe's fragile emotional and physical health, this well-crafted profile examines the financial crisis facing her studio as well as the mounting frustration of meticulous director George Cukor and his cast, including costar Dean Martin, as Monroe's absences drove the shoot over budget. The documentary concludes with a 40-minute reconstruction of footage completed for the feature, which would subsequently be reshot as a vehicle for Doris Day and James Garner, Move Over, Darling. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: VHS Tape
OK, finally, the six videos in the first Diamond Collection, meaning her 20th Century Fox pictures. Not all are flawless gems, but rather most are the ones she is best known for, and we get an indepth, well-detailed narrative of her aborted last movie.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Yes, the musical that put Marilyn on the map after the success of Niagara. This movie is dated, but there's also the mindset of the opposites of its two stars. Lorelei Lee will simply drool over a diamond, while Dorothy drools over big pecs. Things aren't that way today. And the classic "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" led Madonna to duplicate that scene in her "Material Girl" video. Good songs and numbers mask a so-so plot and characters. Rating: 3.5
How To Marry A Millionaire: The second Cinemascope film made, Millionaire has MM teaming up with Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall, out to snag rich husbands. MM is Pola, a myopic blonde who keeps bumping into walls and things without her glasses, which she is reluctant to wear because "men aren't attracted to women who wear glasses." That's what she thinks. Again, the materialistic "money is everything" theme prevalent in the 1950's. Not bad, though. (Rating: 4).
There's No Business Like Show Business: Marilyn only has a supporting role as Donald O'Connor's love interest in this one, with the really hot Latin-flavoured "Heat Wave" number a highlight. Most of the drama in this splashy but with no substance movie goes to Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, and O'Connor. Rating: 3
The Seven Year Itch: This has been my favourite MM film, not because of the skirt scene.
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Format: DVD
This review refers to the "Marilyn Monroe-Diamond Collection" DVD Collectors Edition(20th Cent Fox)...
Okay you've been warned. If you watch these films back to back your mouth muscles will tire from smiling so much! They are, like Marilyn herself, simply irresistable. They are also jammed packed with lots of other wonderful stars, fabulous music, snappy dialouge, and they are restored beautifully in the original widescreen and glorious technicolor.The set includes five fun films from the 50's, a captivating documentary, and an edited, reconstructed version of her final but unfinished project.
You'll find Marilyn and pals Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable foraging for rich husbands in "How To Marry A Millionaire"(1953). The men they set their caps for include David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell and even William Powell.
Marilyn and Jane Russell sail for France and declare "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend" in the delightful romp "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"(1953). This one co-stars the wonderful Charles Coburn.
Next up from 1954 Marilyn shares the spolight in "There's No Business Like Show Business" with Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor. This one will delight musical lovers with it's lavish song and dance numbers, and wait till you see some of Marilyn's outfits!
Even happily married Tom Ewell is not safe from Marilyn's charms in "The Seven Year Itch". The wife's away for the summer and poor Tom must find a way to cool off poor Marilyn from the hot weather! Hmmm....Delightful....and of course, this one has the famous skirt scene.
Can a girl with a past and a naive rancher find love? It's a pleasure finding out in this poignant tale of "Bus Stop"(1956). it also stars Don Murray, Arthur O'connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart and a very young Hope Lange.
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Format: DVD
Marilyn Monroe was a true diva of the movie screen. That her personal life failed to measure up to the dizzying heights of her film career is a tragedy and one that none of her on-screen performances ever seems to hint of. FOX STUDIOS have outdone themselves on this collection of her best work. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is the movie with Monroe's signature trademark, 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend'. But this is hardly a one hit wonder. As a DVD, Fox's lurid Technicolor comes across loud and clear with remarkable resolution and clarity. The same can be said for the rest of the films included in this box set (The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, There's No Business Like Show Business, How To Marry A Millionaire) though film purists will note that both "Millionaire" and "Itch" have retained some of their grain and splice seams, an inherent flaw of early Cinemascope photography. Still, this is the best any of these films have ever looked, save their original Hollywood premiere. The remarkable fidelity of Alfred Newman's "A Street Scene", the overture played prior to "Millionaire" is so stirring I found myself straining to hear the imperfections of 1950's recording technology. They are practically non-existent. This box set also includes the wonderful documentary, Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days as well as a reconstruction of the footage shot for Monroe's last, incomplete film, "Something's Got To Give". This is a wonderful chance to see the Monroe that never was or will be, a last look at the goddess that defined an era of sexuality and innocence, strangely blended to perfection in the embodiment of one angelic, but sadly, thoroughly lost little girl.
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