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Directed By Douglas Sirk [DVD]

Jane Wyman , Rock Hudson , Douglas Sirk    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Barbara Stanwyck
  • Directors: Douglas Sirk
  • Writers: Allan Scott, Carol Ryrie Brink, Edna L. Lee, Eleanore Griffin, Fannie Hurst
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 650.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Douglas Sirk's body of work collected for posterity. The man is a Hollywood icon to actors and producers that have followed in his footsteps. His influence is still felt in the work of Todd Haynes, Rainer Fassbinder, John Walters, Martin Scorsese and others.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Black & White, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: These seven films covered the decade of the fifties, starting with Has Anyone Seen My Gal? and finishing with what has to be the ultimate full blown melodrama 'Imitation of Life', cemented Sirk's reputation and future. His influence is still felt today in the work of Todd Haynes, Rainer Fassbinder, John Walters, Martin Scorsese and others. Has Anyone Seen My Gal? (1952): A rare comedy from Sirk, but still dealing with family issues and status. Samuel Futon (Charles Coburn) decides to leave his millions to the family of a lost love. However, he tests their worthiness by taking a room in the family home, working for the family business and secretly donating a large amount of money. A good cast of Universal contract players led by Piper Laurie and the emerging young Rock Hudson. All I Desire (1953): Naomi Murdock played by Barbara Stanwyck, returns to the hometown she deserted to follow her acting career. She encounters much conflict with the people she left behind. Stanwyck goes to town in a very immoral and, certainly for the time, daring role as she flirts and tries to manipulate all around. Magnificent Obsession (1954): The one that really started it all and made Rock Hudson a star, in this classic love story with more ups and downs than a rollercoaster and just as bumpy. Rich spoilt brat, Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson) has an accident, using the only respirator in the town, thus causing the death of the local doctor. He then meets Helen (Jane Wyman) the docto...Douglas Sirk Collection - 7-DVD Box Set ( Has Anybody Seen My Gal / All I Desire / Magnificent Obsession / All That Heaven Allows / Written on the Wind / The Tarnished Angels / Imitation of Life )

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
There are some very different reviews on this box set, and what many probably ask themselves is whether or not this set is worth purchasing. As a student, I don't have much money, so for the cheap price that amazon is selling this item it is definitely worth it. The films themselves are great, with a couple of masterpieces and some others that, while not masterpieces, are still very enjoyable and worth watching. The qualities of the prints are never terrible, and in a few cases quite good. Some of them, particularly Imitation of Life, are a bit soft, and more often than not the colours are somewhat off, which is a shame considering the fantastic cinematography in these films. These issues can be excused, but what cannot be, is the wrong aspect ratio. Magnificent Obsession and Imitation of Life both look wrong to me, and it is the closest one can come to a deal breaker on this set.

That said, though, I still feel that anyone with a limited budget should get this. You won't get all these films individually, with good quality, to such a low price, and while the visual issues might bother you, it is never bad enough to ruin the films themselves. Particularly Imitation of Life, which was substandard, I forgot about all these issues because I was drawn into the film. It is very easy to vindicate this box set for its average quality, but the bottom line is that it is very cheap, and for people like me who live on a tight budget, it is a very affordable box featuring some great classics, so it is a bit hard to criticize the box too harshly. The films themselves are, without a doubt, worth getting, and this box set gives a good look at Sirk's 50's American output. Recommended for people on a budget, or who are just curious about the work of Douglas Sirk.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 Mar 2007
As great as it is to have Magnificent Obsession and Tarnished Angels on DVD at last, it's disappointing to see what Universal have - or rather, haven't - done here. The cropping of MO - as detailed by the two previous reviewers - and the soft dull colours of the other films are not a pleasure to behold. Imitation of Life seems to have copied the same soft transfer as the previous Region 1 release, while the transfer of Written on the Wind is nowhere near the eye-popping sharpness of the Criterion DD from a few years back. Sadly, Criterion no longer have the rights to the Sirk films, so it looks like this is the best we're going to get... unless Universal puts some work into fresh versions for a Region 1 release.
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145 of 158 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Directed by Douglas Sirk 7 Feb 2007
This SHOULD have been one of the most eagerly greeted director's boxes since Sternberg or Ozu, containing as it does the bulk of Sirk's 50s work and two titles previously unavailable on DVD, Tarnished Angels and Magnificent Obsession.

Sadly Universal have cruelled the box with a transfer of Magnificent Obsession in a cropped matted format of 2.00:1. The original shooting ratio was 1.37:1(Academy) and although released in 1954 it is highly unlikely, even in the post 53 Widescreen/Scope era that Sirk and DP Russell Metty would have shot and composed it for any masking greater than 1.66:1. By 1956 Sirk and Metty were composing All that Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind to accomodate widescreen masking, in which format those titles appear in the boxset (and on the earlier Criterion DVDs.)

Unfortunately the damage done to Magnificent Obsession by this is a travesty. A carefully composed progression of design and layout leads to key 2 shots and 3 shots which are lit and structured on vertical axes to show Wyman increasingly overpowered by faces and objects after she becomes blind, for instance. These sequences are completely ruined by the masking. Similarly Rock Hudson's character developes into a man literally hiding his true identity (an underlying subtext in Sirk's work with Hudson) and the mise en scene gradually alters Hudson's dominant position in framing to a subservient one, again in vertical composition and again ruined by the 2.00 masking.

This set should have been a real prize for what it promised but unless Universal were moved to recall Magnificent Obsession and re-issue it in a correct ratio, the Collection is quite literally tarnished.
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117 of 128 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disaster 13 Feb 2007
DVD companies take a lot of criticism, much of it justified, for finding ways to get consumers to re-purchase the same titles over and over. For example, with this box set, instead of including All I Desire, which had already been available on DVD for some time, they could have included a different Sirk film like There's Always Tomorrow. This time, however, I had nothing but good feelings about buying this set. Two of my most desired films that had not been released on DVD before, Magnificent Obsession and The Tarnished Angels, were finally coming out! But the way they botched the release of a great film like Magnificent Obsession is inexcusable.
The colors are off (everything is too pink), there is way too much visible "grain" in the transfer, and many scenes have a blurry look, probably due to improper alignment of the three separate strips of the film elements.
Worst of all, as the other reviewer already pointed out, they were way off on the aspect ratio. Back in mid-1954 when this film came out directors and cinematographers were still composing for 1.37:1, or 1.66:1 at the very widest. Sirk and Russell Metty meticulously set up each shot to show important characters, objects, and relationships between them composed in a particular way. For some reason, Universal has seen fit to retain masking to roughly 2:1 that was applied at some point after Magnificent Obsession's initial release.
If this seems like tech geekery or home-theater hair-splitting to you, imagine how different it is seeing the film reduced to a completely strange-looking state by intruding cuts way into the top and bottom boundaries of the frame, starting with the Universal logo at the beginning and continuing all the way through the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Buy.
Got the main title i wanted OK., and every other tittle offered was really really good and well chosen.
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Published 15 months ago by bernard stivala
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Sirk
This box is really tremendous value at the current Amazon price: seven breathtaking films in prints which are sometimes excellent and never less than acceptable, demonstrating (by... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by Master Jacques
2.0 out of 5 stars New Packaging and No Booklet!
The product you will recieve is not the product advertised!!!!!
The set I recieved this morning has the seven discs as per the photo above. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2012 by Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable box set
I was nearly put off by the reviews of the box set, but I wanted to see the films, and it was a good price. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by EmmAngel
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic cinema
This is a great box set with classic films from a bygone era. I love Rock Hudson and have seen all his comedies with Doris Day. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2010 by Raggielass
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection
This is an especially good collection for us in the US because at least 3 titles are unavailable otherwise and several others are only available as Criterion Collection selections. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2010 by Philip R. Jaeger
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent quality product for the price I paid - a great collection of underated gems - if you like films by Almodovar or wondered where Haynes drew inspiration for 'Far from... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2010 by Mr. S. J. Lannin
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
what a great purchase! really good price, a xmas present for my mum, rock hudson being her heart throb as a young girl. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2009 by Janice Osullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodramas for intelligent
I bought this collection of Douglas Sirk some time back. This is a magnificently produced collection of some of his best known films. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2009 by Satish Nimkar
5.0 out of 5 stars DOUGLAS SIRK - 50'S MELODRAMAS
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