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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Renato Salvatori, Timothy Carey, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens
  • Directors: Marlon Brando, Gillo Pontecorvo, John G. Avildsen, Ralph Levy, Fred Zinnemann
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • 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: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 544 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008JIHIU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Including Burn, The Formula, Bedtime Story, The Men, One Eyed Jacks

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PaulB_30 on 13 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
From a cinematic point of view, this collection represents a mixed bag of Marlon Brando's work. Although Amazon lists this as "Marlon Brando Collection - The Early Years," the phrase, "The Early Years" does not appear anywhere on the packaging and is somewhat misleading. "The Men," Brando's first film, was released in 1950. Eleven films and as many years later, in 1961, "One-Eyed Jacks" was released. The remaining three films were released in 1964, 1969, and 1980, which would hardly seem to qualify them as being part of his early years/work.

More importantly, the video quality of these five titles is quite poor. I cannot say with assurance if they were transferred from video tape, however I would feel confident in saying that they were not digitally remastered from film. The image lacks the crispness one usually expects from even lesser quality DVDs and, for those titles in colour, the colour is very inconsistent, sometimes appearing over-saturated (bleeding) and other times washed out (aberrations quite common to old video tapes) and even sometimes both in the same scene. Sadly, many of the titles in this collection have not been released on DVD in any better quality.

Despite the message at the beginning of the disc indicating that these are licensed reproductions (although there is nothing on the packaging that indicates any connection to the studios that actually produced the films), these remind me of the reproductions of public domain material one might find on DVD at the local bargain store.

Although the packaging is attractively designed, there is zero information about any individual title. However, it does state that all the DVDs are in the full-screen format (1.33:1).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By G. Huang on 10 Mar. 2009
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Like the heading to this review states, this product doesn't have a bad selection of Brando's films. If you're a Brando lover (like me), you want to watch as many of his films as possible - thus the reason for my buying this collection. However, beware - despite it being cheap, the films are DVD copies of VHS originals. The films are 4:3.

Bit disappointed but still - you get what you paid for, huh.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M Ross on 19 Oct. 2013
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Even as a Brando fan (which girl isn't?) there are some films here that are less well known than others
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very disapponting collection 12 Feb. 2011
By PaulB_30 - Published on Amazon.com
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From a cinematic point of view, this collection represents a mixed bag of Marlon Brando's work. Although Amazon lists this as "Marlon Brando Collection - The Early Years," the phrase, "The Early Years" does not appear anywhere on the packaging and is somewhat misleading. "The Men," Brando's first film, was released in 1950. Eleven films and as many years later, in 1961, "One-Eyed Jacks" was released. The remaining three films were released in 1964, 1969, and 1980, which would hardly seem to qualify them as being part of his early years/work.

More importantly, the video quality of these five titles is quite poor. I cannot say with assurance if they were transferred from video tape, however I would feel confident in saying that they were not digitally remastered from film. The image lacks the crispness one usually expects from DVD and, for those titles in color, the color is very inconsistent, sometimes appearing over-saturated (bleeding) and other times washed out (aberrations quite common to old video tapes) and even sometimes both in the same frame. Sadly, many of the titles in this collection have not been released on DVD in any better quality.

Despite the message at the beginning of the disc indicating that these are licensed reproductions (although there is nothing on the packaging that indicates any connection to the studios that actually produced the films), these remind me of the reproductions of public domain material one might find on DVD at the local dollar store and, in my opinion, at $39.95 (what I paid for it) the collection is severely over-priced. At the current $29.95, it is simply over-priced.

Although the packaging is attractively designed, there is zero information about any individual title. However, it does state that all the DVDs are in the full-screen format (1.33:1). Unfortunately, most of these titles were originally released in wide screen (which would lend support to a conclusion that these transfers were derived from video tape sources).

I purchased this collection because I had read similar reviews regarding the poor video quality of the individual region 2 release of "Bedtime Story" and was hoping that the transfer included in this collection would be better, which it definitely does not appear to be. Overall, a big disappointment. Unless you are desperate to own these titles on DVD, regardless of their video quality, I would recommend that you save your money. I wish I had.
Great box set but only watchable on computer on a limited basis. 13 Nov. 2013
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Be aware that this is Region 2 and none of the 5 discs in this set can be played on US dvd players, only on computer for limited viewings.

1. That said, it's the only place where I could find a decent copy of Bedtime Story, 1 of the 5 films included, and it is as funny and awkward and politically incorrect as I remember it from decades ago. It's no wonder it's not available in US market, Brando doing comedy is a clumsy thing indeed. Not his best but maybe his most fun, he and David Niven apparently cracked each other up during its production. It's a sordid tale of 2 Mediterranean Coast gigolos in a contest to see who can bed a young heiress first. The winner gets to retain the territory for further exploits, the loser is banished to ply his trade elsewhere. Niven is the consummate cultured bon vivant, Brando is the coarse American in disguise as a military officer. It's all in bad taste and remade less effectively years later as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

2. Another entry. The Men, is a solid take on casualties of battle set in a real veteran's hospital during Korean War. Brando's first film, as a paprapalegic, and he sets a sharp tone for sullenness and inner turmoil here that he maintained in other select films throughout his career.

3. Rarer still is Burn!, purportedly Brando's favorite of his own work. This is a sweeping story of a slave rebellion on a Caribbean Portuguese colony. Brando is a conniving but charming British agent who instigates a rebellion but later quells it, double-crossing a protoge when it is no longer politically expedient. Nasty business and Brando is excellent as a morally corrupt self serving colonial agent provocateur.

4. My favorite Western ever is also here; One Eyed Jacks, a story of unbridled vengeance. It is great stuff and it is Brando's lone directing effort. Overlooked as one of the great modern anti-Westerns, right up there John Ford's more heralded The Searchers shot within a couple years of each other. One Eyed Jacks is available in many dvd issues and is a must see even if not purchased in this box.

5. Lastly, The Formula from the 70s is here, a detective thriller co-starring George C. Scott. Scott takes it rather seriously and Brando camps his way through it by wearing false teeth and a bad comb over. One of many in his later career where Brando creates absurd characterizations to keep from being bored. Some of his late career over-the-top portrayals are brilliant (Missouri Breaks) and some are ludicrous, count The Formula among them.
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