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East Of Eden (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1955]

James Dean , Julie Harris , Ted McCord    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
Price: 11.75 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Actors: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Jo van Fleet, Burl Ives
  • Directors: Ted McCord
  • Producers: Leonard Rosenman, Elia Kazan
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009E2OPQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,427 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Elia Kazan's classic adaptation of Steinbeck's novel, set in a small farming valley in California in 1917. Two brothers rival for the love of their stern, over-bearing, widowed father. However, when Cal (James Dean), the rejected 'rebel' son, discovers that his mother is not dead but running a nearby brothel, he decides to tell his brother. This spiteful decision soon leads to the destruction of his relationship with his brother, who in a drunken frenzy runs off to enlist in an army unit being shipped overseas to the battlefields of France. Unable to bear the loss of his favourite son, Cal's pacifist father breaks down completely.


Based on John Steinbeck's novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden is the first of three major films that make up James Dean's movie legacy. The 24-year-old idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas Valley youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean's performance earned one of the film's four Academy Award nominations.* Among the movie's stellar performances, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Dean at his best as always 8 Dec 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I was 14 when i looked at a saturday matinee film and became struck by a scene on a ferris wheel in which a handsome man showed his pent up feelings for his brother's girlfriend. After that i became hooked on James Dean who seemed the most beautiful,sensitive man ever. I sought out his films (sadly only three), books about him and his television work. While looking over his career i saw his talent was always outstanding. However, it was this role as Cal Trask (the Cain character in a modern update of the Cain and Able story) that was him at his best. It was a crime he did not get an oscar for it and his premature death meant he was unable to see the sucess of 'Rebel without a cause' and 'Giant'. What makes this film more meaningful is how the director, Elia Kazan, described the role of John Steinbeck's Cal being made for Dean. Jimmy being a man who had a troubled relationship with his dad as well as the actor who played his father in the film. It is an amazing film that shows how having quality actors can make a film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Is Born 17 Jun 2005
What can I say about this film that hasn't already been said? Nothing. But I just wanted to say that this is without doubt Jimmy Dean's greatest film and this is a great DVD package. The picture and sound are great and well done to Warners for finding any new extras after 50 years. "Rebel" may be more iconic, "Giant" more epic - but this is the film where Dean reminds us that it takes more than poster boy looks to last 50 years - he was a great actor and still, in my opinion, ranks amongst the handfull of really great movie actors. Buy and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 15 Jun 2007
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Note: The review that follows was written more than two years ago and featured by Amazon US. At that time, it was available only in a VHS format. Fortunately, this superb film is now available in a DVD format. Thank you to those resposible for an overdue but nonethrless most appreciated provision. That said, as for the review itsdelf, I still have the same opinions it expresses.

It has been (hard to believe) 52 years since this film first appeared, in the same year during which Rebel Without a Cause was also released. Both feature James Dean. I have often wondered to what extent his unique and abundant talents as an actor would have developed, had he not perished in a car accident immediately after the filming of Giant had been completed. Of course, we will never know. His was a compelling presence in each of only three films and especially so in East of Eden in the role of Cal Trask.

The basic story is derived from the Biblical account of Cain and Abel. Adam Trask (Raymond Massey) has two sons, both of whom he presumably loves. However, he favors Aron (Dick Davalos) because he (unlike Cal) never says or does anything to irritate him. Aron is "the good son," complete with a girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) whom his father obviously adores. Of course, Cal feels resentment toward both his father and brother. He desperately wants his father's love. (Later in the film, he even tries to buy it with profits he earns from investments enriched by World War One.) Under Elia Kazan's brilliant direction, tensions build relentlessly to what seems certain to be a tragic conclusion. Feeling rejected by his father, Cal seeks out his mother who left her husband and sons years ago. Kate Trask (Jo Van Fleet) now owns and manages a brothel in another town nearby and has become wealthy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars talented cast make this film a classic 28 Mar 2005
Format:VHS Tape
East of Eden is one of these films that has been unfairly lost in the space of time, with the myth of one of the stars being bigger than the film. This therefore means that many people have missed out on actually sitting down and witnessing some of the best acting from the 50s 'golden era'. James Dean gives one of the most striking performances I have ever seen-truly inspiring. The story centres around Cal, played by Dean, who is forever in his brother's shadow, and who desperately wants the approval of his father. When he finds out he has been lied to all his life, and that his mother isn't dead but in fact runs a brothel in a nearby town, he causes havoc for the whole family. His intriguing relationship with his brother's girlfriend (played by Julie Harris) is sensitive and innocent, and both actors portray this excellently. All the supporting characters give great performances, all bouncing off each other, and it is in scenes between cal and his brother, and cal and his mother that this is clear. The most striking piece of acting is when (not to give too much of the plot away) Cal finds out that something he had been working on for a long time as a gift for his father was not wanted and his father once again shuns him. Dean crumbles visibly in front of the audiences eyes and clings to his father in a desperate plea to be loved. It is marvellous, and literally had me crying hysterically. The film can be a bit slow moving at times (as to be expected when a lot of the film centres around the farming profession) but Kazan directs his cast brilliantly, making for some stunning scenes, visually.
I urge you to see this film, but try to put to the back of your mind Dean's fate and the myth that surrounds him-it is enjoyable as a piece of A-star quality acting that could teach actors around today a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars East of Eden [Special Limited DigiBook Blu-ray] [1955]
East of Eden [Special Limited DigiBook Blu-ray] [1955] Based on John Steinbeck’s novel and directed by award-winning director Elia Kazan, East of Eden was James Dean’s breakout... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars James Dean forever
James Dean at his Best.He was one of the greatest Actors ever.Shame they dont come nowadays like that anymore!Brilliant Film.
Published 12 months ago by Christina
2.0 out of 5 stars If you've not read the book, this film would put you off (unfairly-...
As other reviewers have commented, this is just a small part of the actual book - and that part is tweaked and utterly altered to its detriment. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sally tarbox
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
A supposed classic, but this film is very dated now. It was good value but I don't think I'll watch it again
Published 14 months ago by Janine
5.0 out of 5 stars East Of Eden How do you do it for such a low price.
I was pleased with my purchase the sound and colour where super. More importantly the film was presented in its original Cinemascope version, which gives you a cinema theatre... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Russel M Mulvihill
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good edition
Excellent edition of this unforgettable classic by Elia Kazan. High quality of image and very interesting bonus, especially the 50th Anniversary Documentary about the film and the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Antonio Marti Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars East of Eden
This film is great and you will see exactly why James Dean has remained a movie icon for more than fifty years.
Published 23 months ago by Harry
3.0 out of 5 stars Steinbeck should never have authorized that betrayal
This film is a classic because of James Dean who is probably at his best here; It is a classic too because it usurps the title of a classic novel by John Steinbeck. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by Jacques COULARDEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering Debut and Kazan
Seen in 2010, East of Eden stands the test of time. Masterful direction by Elia Kazan creates a work of art, and a debut performance by Dean that quite simply explodes. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by John
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had so enjoyed the book that I bought the video which had good reviews - why?
The film picks up the story two thirds of the way through the book - one of the main characters... Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by Mrs. Linda J. Edwards
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