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TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Joan Crawford (4FE)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: July 24 2012
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B007FQXEYG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,904 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Joan Crawford (4FE)

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The Joan Crawford Collection brings together a potent group of films from Crawford's career renaissance: her Warner Bros. run of the late 1940s, beginning with Mildred Pierce. Four of the titles are from that heated, noirish streak, including Crawford's 1945 Oscar-winning turn in Mildred, a great Hollywood example of an actress's persona meeting the zeitgeist moment. In this adaptation of the James M. Cain novel, Crawford plays a sacrificing mother perfectly willing to claw her way to success for the sake of her ingrate daughter. Michael Curtiz directed, snapping Crawford out of a long career slide.

Humoresque (1946) was promptly given the top-drawer treatment, and it's a truly epic melodrama about a restless society woman who takes up the cause of a young violinist (John Garfield) from the slums. Possessed (1947) gave Crawford a thorough workout as a woman in complete obsessive breakdown from various romantic traumas. What Crawford lacks in subtlety she makes up for in sheer will, which suits the character well (and brought another best actress Oscar nomination). The Damned Don't Cry (1950) is a film noir smash-up, with Crawford as a low-rent dame who brazens her way into becoming a fur-lined mobster's moll (it was loosely inspired by the Bugsy Siegel-Virginia Hill story). It's overripe but entertaining.

1939's The Women, an MGM picture, doesn't fit the mood of the collection, although it has its fans. George Cukor directed this catty version of the Clare Booth Luce play, which has an all-female ensemble cast; Crawford is in very good form as a bad girl. The movie's reputation is somewhat beyond its actual witchy charm. (Packaging gaffe: the photo on the back cover is from Seven Women.) DVD extras tend toward smallish documentaries, save the absorbing 90-minute career profile The Ultimate Movie Star on the Mildred Pierce disc, an even-handed study that includes frank revelations from director-lover Vincent Sherman and the "wire hangers" story from adopted daughter Christina. Sherman contributes a commentary on The Damned Don't Cry. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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I own this set of films and watched the Damned don't cry the other night - Joan Crawford .....wow what an amazing actress. In this film she sold her soul to get what she wanted and didn't care who she hurt - they don't make acresses like this anymore - or films !
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Really enjoyed the movies in this TCM collection, starring Joan Crawford, especially Humoresque.

The additional features, including a lengthy bio about Ms. Crawford were excellent too. Wow, what a life she led, and for the most part, not a happy or balanced one. And, if even half of what was brought up was true, regarding her sexual escapades, I'd say the "lady was a tramp, with a capital T". But lack of morality aside, there is no disputing that Joan Crawford had the drive and ambition to make it to the top of the Hollywood heap and to stay there for a long time.

I'm taking off one star for TCM's continued packaging shortcomings, stacking dvds one on top of the other, on one spindle. SO easy to scratch this way.
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This boxed set is a must for any true Crawford fan. Aside from the obvious merit of the films chosen for inclusion in this collection, the documentary entitled, "Joan Crawford: the Ultimate Movie Star" is itself worth the price of the boxed set. This is a balanced and fair analysis of Joan Crawford the person, the actress, the mother, and ultimately, the image. It is indisputable that Ms. Crawford's daughter's tell-all book, "Mommie Dearest" has irretrievably damaged Joan Crawford's reputation, possibly deservedly so. Child abusers are not generally to be looked up to or admired in any way. And yet, despite her obvious and significant parenting deficits, she played a major role in the evolution of Hollywood movies, and her movies remain by and large, highly entertaining. This boxed set provides high quality entertainment created by a woman who truly personified the "movie star", and who should at the very least be remembered for her drive and talent. She had a most enviable career, in possibly the most competitive field imaginable. As can be seen from the documentary included in this boxed set, this is a fact that even Ms. Crawford's children acknowledge.
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All nice clean transfers/copies of some of Joan's best work. Each film included here is classic Crawford all the way. Highly recommended set!
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Joan Crawford !!! One of the best actors of her era!!! This DVD collection is some of her best movies in her later movie life! She is gorgeous and it displays some her best acting in some of her best roles!!! GET IT ! YOU WONT BE SORRY!!!!
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