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Directed By Douglas Sirk [DVD]


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  • Actors: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Jane Wyman, 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJRBFY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,746 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lehmann on 7 May 2009
Format: DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Satish Nimkar on 17 Oct 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this collection of Douglas Sirk some time back. This is a magnificently produced collection of some of his best known films.
The collection contains a richly illusrated booklet about the films and the director. So I do not want to say much about the films and restrain myself to a personal ranking of the films:

- The Tarnished Angels(an excellent study of social outsiders,in this case, the daredevil pilots making living with the stunts)

- Imitation of Life (an excellent melodrama,could have been a Bollywood film without song and dance, but this one done with more finesse)

- Written on the Wind

- All I Desire

- All That Heaven Allows

- Magnificent obsession

- Has Anyone Seen My Gal? (It is more a comedy than a melodrama. Are you a James Dean fan? You will find him in this film a very young James Dean as an extra,sitting at the bar of a drug store and giving his order)

All in all I would strongly recommend this collection to anyone who loves good films
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EmmAngel on 25 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
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. I can't say I noticed the flaws mentioned - I was too caught up in the stories!

I've just spent a week of enjoyable evenings with improbable story lines and high drama. I generally judge a good melodrama by how much it makes me shout at the screen - 'you're [kids/sister/lover] are evil - don't listen to them!' 'don't go back to him - it's a mistake!' 'don't leave him, you idiot!' along with other, less printable outbursts. But with these films there was also an occasional sharp intake of breath where something hit home as a well aimed criticism of the social norms of the time. Much fun was had (Has Anyone Seen My Gal was an unexpected comic bonus), glad to own this set!
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By NGH Garlick on 15 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Burns on 1 May 2008
Format: DVD
In my opinion I think some of the reviews here are bring a little unfair. The RRP for this box is £70, but amazon is now selling it for under £20 which is a true bargain.

Yes unfortunately it's true, Magnificent Obsession has been cropped, and while I agree that this is a shame and that Sirk's framing and composition is very meticulous, this film is unavailable on any other R2 DVD and so I'm still relatively happy with it.
As for the rest of the films in this set the aspect ratios seem to be fine. I also think the picture quality is pretty good, the colour and vividness that Sirk's films are intended to display are definitely there. Okay, they might not look as good as a criterion edition, but then that's why a single criterion dvd costs more than this entire set.

Overall, if I had paid the full £70 then I'd be giving this a two or three stars (that's a lot of money no matter how good the dvd's are) but for a mere £17.97, this really is a bargain.
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