Not all actors can make the move from actor to director and not all those who do can make it successfully. Clint Eastwood is an obvious exception and, in my humble opinion, his films have grown in stature over the years. His early films, e.g. the "Dirty Harry" series and the range of westerns were all good examples of the genre, indeed, they helped establish genres but as he has grown older and matured, his films have deepened and, in place of the (some would say gratuitous) violence, "messages" and "meanings" of a much more humane, philosophical and generous nature are emerging. "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" are excellent films, shedding the macho approach to war and looking at the effects on the lives of those involved - a war from both points of view. "Gran Torino", its central character possibly one of the embittered, post-war generation, tackles gang culture, city ghettoes, the generation-gap and the difficulties of stepping outside one's atavistic existence to see other human beings and is a moving film with a surprising ending."Mystic River" and "Unforgiven" complete the collection, both great films.
RJ0521 (Bielefeld)'s review and the product details give all the additional information required but, suffice to say, this is an excellent collection from a director who has matured into the directorial chair with ease and an ability (and the financial clout) to choose his increasingly sensitive and sophisticated stories (in the best sense of the word) with great care and portray them on screen with a sensitive, acute eye for what works to drive the stories and plots forward.
Well worth the money - a lot cheaper than an evening at the cinema and hours of thought-provoking enjoyment.