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Studio Stars Collection: Marlon Brando (The Fugitive Kind / The Young Lions / Morituri / Viva Zapata) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Yul Brynner, Jean Peters, Marlon Brando, Janet Margolin, Anthony Quinn
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet, Bernhard Wicki, Elia Kazan, Edward Dmytryck
  • Producers: Martin Jurow, Richard Shepherd, Darryl Zanuck, Al Lichtman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 503 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V7ZMGY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,869 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A set of four films starring Marlon Brando. In 'The Fugitive Kind' (1959), based on the Tennessee Williams play 'Orpheus Descending', Brando plays Val 'Snakeskin' Xavier, a guitar playing drifter who arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrance (Anna Magnani), a love-starved woman whose husband Jabe M. Torrance (Victor Jory) is dying of cancer in an upstairs room. Val is pursued by Carol Cutere (Joanne Woodward), the good-time-girl of fine family, who covets his snakeskin jacket as much as his body and tries to seduce him in the cemetery. Val is more interested in Lady Torrance who falls pregnant with his child. Southern high drama ensues. 'The Young Lions' (1958) follows the fortunes of three soldiers, one German and two Americans, from the time of their enlistment for World War Two to the end of the war. Christian Dietl (Brando) is a German who starts out as a dedicated soldier but gradually becomes appalled by the Nazi movement. The American soldiers (Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin) meet as draftees, one a young Jew and the other an entertainer, and together endure Boot Camp and the campaign to retake France. All three characters finally meet in a confrontation outside a concentration camp. The film was nominated for three Oscars. In 'Morituri' (1965), Brando plays Robert Crain, a German living in India during World War II who is blackmailed by the English into impersonating an SS officer on board a cargo ship leaving Japan for Germany carrying a large supply of rubber for tyres. His mission is to disable the scuttling charges so the captain (Yul Brynner) cannot sink the ship if they are stopped by English warships. A film about the conflicts between duty and beliefs, each character is on a mission not of their own choice or making. Elia Kazan's film, 'Viva Zapata' (1952), with a screenplay by John Steinbeck, depicts the rise of the Mexican peasant Emiliano Zapata (Brando), from his role as revolutionary leader to his eventual ascendancy to the Presidency. Anthony Quinn plays Zapata's brother for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brand X on 27 Dec 2009
I got this collection mainly to see 'The Fugitive Kind', an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play, 'Orpheus Descending', directed by Sidney Lumet. It' s usually reviewed as being a pretentious failure but I don't see why this film garnered such bad reviews. Sure, it's not in the classic league of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and it's a little slow in places, perhaps, but it's still fascinating, at least if you have any interest in Tennessee Williams' themes or Marlon Brando in prime form. Apparently Williams' wrote the character of Valentine Xavier for Brando, and he inhabits the role (a modern-day Orpheus) beautifully, with great support from Anna Magnini and Joanne Woodward. David Lynch appears to have been influenced by the film, in that the male protagonist of his film 'Wild at Heart' wears a near identical snakeskin jacket to the one Brando wears in this film, and which he claims several times, 'represents my individuality and my belief in personal freedom'-- which is in a literal way what it means for Brando's character (though there are other levels of symbolism too in 'The Fugitive Kind'-- Xavier has come to the small town outside of New Orleans after a brush with the law and is trying to change his life, or 'shed his skin'... I'm sure there's others to be found).
The Young Lions is a very decent film in both senses of the word. Directed by Edward Dymytryk, and based on a novel by Irwin Shaw, it follows two American characters played by Dean Martin and Montgomery Clift, and one German, played-- in a typically bold choice of role-- by Brando.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara S. Elston on 9 Aug 2010
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Especially The Fugitive Kind - Brando and Magnani excel. A masterful production and well ahead of its time in the acting stakes given it was produced so many years ago. Remains a gem today
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Burciu Mihai on 11 April 2009
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Studio Stars Collection is among the fewest collections that contain really great selection of movies. So it happens that this collection has 4 great movies from one of the best actors Hollywood produced in the beginning of the 50's.

The Fugitive Kind (d. Sidney Lumet) is dark and controversial. A bit unusual for director Sidney Lumet, but still one of his best. Marlon is a young and handsome newcomer looking for trouble... won't say more than this.

The Young Lions (d. Edward Dymitrik) and Morituri are two strong war movies having a great impact even today after 51 years and 44 years. Although the lengh of The Young Lions is 160 minutes, the movie never cease to amaze. The same for Morituri which is more of a spy war movie which lasts almost 2 hours.

Viva Zapata (d. Elia Kazan) is an epic story about Mexico. Did not see it yet...

This collection brings out the versatility that Marlon had before his movies became worse and worse. It's great entertainment.
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By G. Wilson on 2 April 2011
Although I am reviewing the collection, I have not had time to watch Young Lions or Viva Zapata yet. Morituri was watchable, but for me the Fugitive Kind well worth the set. Tremendous acting from Brando and co stars, some of Brabdo's soliloquoys were magical, as was his presence
Great value and quality.
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