(BEWARE: THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE VIDTAPE-VERSION OF THIS RELEASE FROM 2005)
Being interested in the life of James Dean, I was very excited when I bought this DVD from a private seller for only a few bucks. However, the excitement quickly faded after I'd put the disc in the player and was ready to see SOMETHING FOR AN EMPTY BRIEFCASE, a rare TV-movie starring Jimmie which I hadn't seen before. Unless I received wrong disc (which I doubt, as it read THE JAMES DEAN ERA) this release is another sad chapter in the history of false advertisement. On the cover, this DVD claims to include the following rarites:
- Three James Dean TV-movies, SOMETHING FOR AN EMPTY BRIEFCASE, THE UNLIGHTED ROAD and I'M A FOOL
- Original commercials with James Dean
- Rare outtakes
- Trailers from the films GIANT, EAST OF EDEN AND REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
- Film posters
- Photo gallery
- Car racing footage
- Special James Dean recordings: "Playing bongos '54," "Dean's Lament" and "Jungle Rythm"
Sounds rather fantastic to any admirer of the fascinating actor....however, this is not what we are given. My disc contains the documentary FOREVER JAMES DEAN, the trailers from the three films and advertisements for other DVD's, i.e. some Johnny Cash-stuff. FOREVER JAMES DEAN is an interesting enough documentary, as it includes several interviews with friends and colleagues of the actor, but it is by now already available on the EAST OF EDEN-DVD from Warner Brothers, so its inclusion feels superfluous. The same goes for all the trailers. I've searched through the DVD several times and can't find anything else. Avoid this item and buy the version from Eclectic DVD Dist instead; it doesn't include all the goodies that this release was supposed to, but at least it doesn't claim to offer more than it actually does.