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Moguls & Movie Stars: History of Hollywood [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Christopher Plummer , Daniel Selznick    DVD
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  • Actors: Christopher Plummer, Daniel Selznick, Gregory Orr, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., A. Scott Berg
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Limited Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2011
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MQ6W5K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moguls and Movie Stars 6 Feb 2012
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The story of the Silents is extremely well told in Moguls & Movie Stars: A History Of Hollywood (Please note this is Region 1 Discs), is packaged like a hard back book (digi book) with three disc on the outer covers and includes inside, a 40-page booklet with vintage photographs. The three-disc set is divided into seven episodes of approximately one hour duration plus bonus items with reflections by film historians on various aspects of this excellent box-set. This Turner Classic Movies in production covers a wide array of material from the beginning of cinema in the 1890's through the decline of the mogul dominated Hollywood studio system in the 1960's. At the heart of this fast paced series are the lives and work are the men and woman who created a century of cinematic history. This production is much better than the recent shown `Film Odyssey' (released by Network DVD in April 2012). The seven hours flies along at a brisk pace, the interviews are short and to the point, with excellent narration by Christopher Plummer, making it one of those DVD's that you can watch over and over again because there is so much in it. There are of course other discs out there about individual studios such as, `When The Lion Roars', `Warner Bros The Last Moguls', `20th Century Fox The First Fifty Years' etc..

Highly recommended definitely one of my top ten box sets for the Desert Island, (Old Peoples Home!) picture quality obviously variable due to age of material, but very good on the modern interviews.
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i love this series on hollywood and how the film studios evolved and developed into the money-makers and star-makers they became. the detail and depth is quite simply, breath-taking and exhausting.
however, i was most disappointed that comedy legends laurel and hardy were not mentioned, not once. if lesser talented teams like the marx brothers can be mentioned and discussed, then so can laurel and hardy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GREAT AS I THOUGHT 21 Dec 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars The evolution of American cinema 5 May 2011
By D. Yarbrough - Published on
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Moguls & Movie Stars: A History Of Hollywood is an excellent documentary series that originally aired on Turner Classic Movies in late 2010. The series covers a wide array of material from the beginning of cinema in the 1880's through the decline of the mogul dominated Hollywood studio system in the 1960's, with everything in between. The set is divided into 7 episodes on 3 discs, running approximately 7 hours. Also included is a 40-page booklet with vintage photographs and each episode has bonus reflections by film historians and writer/producer Jon Wilkman. I will include a very brief description of each episode and the people discussed within them. Each one contains much more than I'm listing and gives you a great idea of how Hollywood went through its many transitions.

Episode 1: Peepshow Pioneers (1889-1907) - The series begins with a look at film in its infancy, taking a look at people such as Thomas Edison, Auguste and Louis Lumière and Georges Méliès. Also covered is the role of the newly arriving immigrants in America and their role in shaping the history of cinema, particularly in starting some of the earliest Nickelodeons for people to view movies.

Episode 2: The Birth of Hollywood (1907-1920) - Most early American movies were filmed in and around large cities, such as New York and Chicago. These locations proved problematic for a lack of variety in shooting locations and for legal reasons. To solve their problems, many key players in the industry began to migrate west to California, establishing Hollywood as a movie maker paradise in the 1910's. Included in this episode are legends such as Charlie Chaplin, Samuel Goldwyn, Cecil B. DeMille, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish.

Episode 3: The Dream Merchants (1920-1928) - The 1920's proved to be the decade that brought us true Hollywood moguls. Many of the previously mentioned immigrants had accumulated vast amounts of wealth in their Nickelodeons, prompting them to produce their own films. Upon moving to Hollywood, many of them founded their own production studios which lead to the creation of many of the companies we still know today. Included are Louis B. Mayer (MGM), Adolph Zukor (Paramount), Carl Laemmle (Universal), and all four of the Warner brothers.

Episode 4: Brother Can You Spare a Dream (1929-1941) - During this period the film industry faced some major changes and hardships, such as the introduction of "talkies" and the Great Depression. This period also marked the arrival of many European filmmakers to Hollywood (Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and William Wyler to name a few), bringing with them unique styles and perspectives which would change movies forever.

Episode 5: Warriors and Peacemakers (1941-1950) - When America entered World War II the future of Hollywood was uncertain. Many filmmakers actually joined the military and saw combat, such as Frank Capra, John Ford, William Wyler and George Stevens. The directors took these experiences and made patriotic films and documentaries which helped our countries morale and helped rally us through the end of the war.

Episode 6: The Attack of Small Screens (1950-1960) - As the title says, this episode covers how Hollywood changed in response to growing popularity of Television. Many of the studio moguls were forced out during this decade which lead to a change in how movies were made. Films were now more realistic and a new generation of actors thrived in the new environment. Included are Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.

Episode 7: Fade Out, Fade In (1960-1969) - The last episode of the series covers what was basically the death of the old Hollywood system. Most of the moguls had either died or been forced out of the companies they started. Power shifted to directors and a few other individuals, such as agent Lew Wasserman, who is covered extensively in episode seven. The 1960's also marked another huge landmark in American cinema, the abolishment of the Hays Code, which had restricted movie content for decades. These factors, along with a new appreciation for foreign films, lead to what is now commonly called "New Hollywood".
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Overview of Hollywood History 9 May 2011
By The Movie Man - Published on
"Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood" is a three-disc DVD set that provides an excellent overview of the development of the American film industry from its peepshow beginnings. Each of its seven segments covers approximately a decade. Unfortunately, the overview ends with 1969, when most of the studios had been absorbed by conglomerates. Therefore, such topics as the rise of the independent film, development of digital technology, competition from pay TV, computers and personal devices, and the resurgence of 3D are not addressed.

However, what is included is first-rate and well edited. Film aficionados might be frustrated that many of the clips are quite short, but the scholarship and information imparted make the series a rich experience that even the most avid fans will embrace. The series details the personalities, relationships, collaborations, and conflicts that created an industry and an art form while also looking at how moviemakers responded to major historical events, such as the Great Depression, World War II, and the civil rights movement. Footage of moguls Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Lou Wasserman is included.

Most of the moguls of the title were European immigrants who turned to movies from other businesses when they sensed opportunity and saw the growing popularity of the flickers. They also liked that people paid to see a movie and then left without taking it with them. The movie could be shown over and over to new audiences as the nickels and dimes added up to big dollars.

The first three episodes offer some of the best material. These represent the silent period and cover the contributions of Thomas Edison, Georges Melies, and the Lumiere brothers as well as early inventions such as the kinetoscope and nickelodeon. Later material may be more familiar, but those episodes, too, contain solid, fascinating information.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moguls and movie stars 2 May 2011
By robert a mcaleer - Published on
This film is' The Civil War by Ken Burns' of movies- watch it the first-time, its great- the second-time, its better-- do yourself a favor if your a film-fan- buy it !
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 13 Nov 2011
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Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood is a well-paced, entertaining, and informative journey into the history of one of the most important industries in worldwide culture. The series documents the rise and fall of the Hollywood moguls and covers a lot of ground on some of the most important stars in cinema. It shouldn't matter if viewers are film buffs, film students, or historians who have an itch for a better understanding of the film industry past. This is essential viewing for everyone wanting an immensely enjoyable and well made documentary experience. The high quality of the series itself makes this release worthy of 5 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great series - lively and lovingly done 28 Oct 2011
By David Smith - Published on
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7 episodes, three discs, panel discussion after each episode, great clips all on the development of the men who created and ran the movie studios. My wife and I found the entire series compelling. For anyone interested in the men who created and ultimately lost the studio system this series is a most.
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