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Barbara Stanwyck - Screen Goddess Boxset [DVD]

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  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Nils Asther, Adolphe Menjou, David Manners
  • Directors: Billy Wilder, Douglas Sirk, Frank Capra, Preston Sturges, Rouben Mamoulian
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, Carol Ryrie Brink, Clifford Odets
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 4front
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 541 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7VZN8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Double Indemnity / The Lady Eve / Bitter Tea of General Yen / Golden Boy / The Miracle Woman / All I Desire


In 1941, Barbara Stanwyck was offered two screwball roles equally suited to her tart intelligence, deft comic timing, and undeniable sex appeal, and it's a photo finish as to which was funnier--showgirl-on-the-lam Sugarpuss O'Shea, the title character in Howard Hawks's Ball of Fire, or con artist Jean Harrington a.k.a. Lady Eve Sidwich, the delirious fulcrum for this classic Preston Sturges comedy. Under Sturges's typically antic microscope, the collision between the gold-digging Harrington and the very rich, very hapless brewery-heir-turned-herpetologist Charles Pike (a wonderfully callow, guileless Henry Fonda) yields ample opportunity for the writer-director to skewer issues of class and sex; as always, Sturges is bold in pushing the censors' envelope, capturing a palpable erotic heat between the canny Jean and the literally feverish Charlie, who, after a year up the Amazon, is instantly smitten by the mere sight of her shapely ankles (in hindsight, a precursor to her subsequent effect in Double Indemnity). To give away the plot machinations driving the farce would spoil the fun, beyond confirming impersonations, mixed signals, and misunderstandings as the turns in a consistently rollicking ride that makes good use of Charles Coburn and screwball character veterans Eugene Pallette, William Demarest, and Eric Blore. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By the antiquary VINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
I like all of Preston Sturges' films, but this one I love - it is nearly perfect - one of those rare films that affect you long after you have watched it. Anyone who thinks old films are stilted, naive or wet should watch The Lady Eve, there is cynicism, and sophisticated and ribald dialogue you still wouldn't want a child to fully understand. To adapt a line from the film, it has a wonderful way of building up romance then bouncing it down again with wit. Having said that, it is still terribly romantic.

It is impossible not to fall for Barbara Stanwyck's character and at no point, despite being opposites, do the leads feel mismatched in any way. Both of their early screen personas were used by Sturges; Fonda's stiffness to convey a touching innocence and Stanwyck's tough yet vulnerable worldliness to rough him up.

A quick word about slapstick, which forms a part of almost all of Sturges' films, I'm not incredibly fond of it and quite often it can be a little tiresome and contrived for modern audiences, as anyone who has had to fast-forward through Rex Harrison's interminable solo scene in Unfaithfully Yours can attest, but here, though it is very important to the plot, it is limited and every instance fits naturally into the scene with perfect timing and, like the rest of the film, is still very, very funny.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michal Zahálka on 18 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
This box set contains some of the greatest Barbara Stanwyck films in great DVD prints: among them are The Lady Eve (a comedic masterpiece and one of my favorite films), Double Indemnity (a noirish masterpiece, of course) and All I Desire (an early Douglas Sirk melodrama, IMO very good). Truly a must for any fan of Miss Stanwyck or the golden era of Hollywood in general.

My only complaint is the lack of the special features: the only one is a trailer for The Lady Eve. The set also contains a nicely done booklet on Barbara Stanwyck, complete with pictures, biography and filmography, and is packed in a beautiful cardboard box - I love it. Each film is packed in its own DVD box, and The Lady Eve and Double Indemnity also contain their own information-packed booklets.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 21 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
------------------A LEGEND COMES TO LIFE IN A BOX ---------------------

Barbara Stanwyck was a true screen legend in life and death and her glory is embossed in this gorgeous packing with a box that is a delight ,and add the booklet on her biography and illustrious career in 16 glossy pages and you are in heaven .

The six dvds are all in great form with no extras but they are an art treasure -

LADY EVE -preston sturges directs her with henry fonda abroad a luxury cruiser in a screwball comedy as a con woman .

DOUBLE INDEMNITY -Billy Wilder has made a quint-essential film noir with fred Mc murray and her in a tale of treachery .

MIRACLE WOMAN -frank Capra directs her as an evangelist false messiah and she superbly suffering in her own deception .

GOLDEN BOY-she plays the woman behind a boxer on the rise played by Adelphe menjou in a sports drama.

ALL I DESIRE-Douglas Sirk makes a unique family drama where a runaway wife and mother reunites with her family .

THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN -Capra again directs her in war torn China involved in a forbidden love story with a local warlord .

now you cannot quite go wrong with six golden classics from the golden age of hollywood with this gorgeous woman in raging glory ,in divine diversity from war epics to comic antics and religious frenzy ,not to mention a femme fatale .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 July 2011
Format: DVD
Fresh from his Amazonian based jungle adventures, wealthy Charles Pike {Henry Fonda} is ripe for some female company, you would think? However, as he sets off home for New York aboard a luxury liner, Charles is oblivious to the attentions of all the women on board, with one exception, con-woman Jean Harrington {Barbara Stanwyck}. Who, aided by her card-sharp father, set about fleecing Pike of some serious cash. Until that is, Jean starts to fall for Charles and a turn of events will see The Lady Eve Sidwich put in an appearance.

The Lady Eve is one of Preston Sturges' best romantic comedies. Dripping with sly asides at the snobbish and fusing slap-stick with its gender inversion satire, "Eve's" ending may never be in doubt, but the journey getting there is an unadulterated joy. Flawless direction from Sturges and cracking performances from the leads, most notably Stanwyck who cements her standing as one of the finest comedienne's of her generation, "Eve" continues to this day to be a darling of critics and fans alike. Back in 1994 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, the reasons correctly cited as being culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.

Co-written by Sturges and Monckton Hoffe, the story is a loose reworking of a Hoffe story titled "Two Bad Hats" (also the original title for "Eve" the movie). A number of casting changes and rewrites to appease the Hays Office Censors occurred, but in the end it all worked out rather well, with the set apparently a fun and easy one to be on. It's something that shows thru in the best of Sturges' film's, that his cast are relaxed and knowing they are working for one of the sharpest and in tune writers of 1940s cinema.
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