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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of Marilyn Monroe!
Any fan of Marilyn Monroe would agree she just steals any picture she's in. Her presence on screen is unmatched by any actor or actress since her.

The four films in this collection are her most popular and successful; Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch and How To Marry A Millionaire.

In these four films she either plays a...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Island gets screwed yet again....
This set, with identical artwork, is also being released in the US at the end of July. Except their edition contains SEVEN films (The Misfits, There's no Business Like Show Business and River of No Return are the titles we're not getting). WHY? (and there's a fine irony in that Amazon.com is already full of aggrieved postings concerning the lack of so many other Monroe...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of Marilyn Monroe!, 12 Jan 2014
Any fan of Marilyn Monroe would agree she just steals any picture she's in. Her presence on screen is unmatched by any actor or actress since her.

The four films in this collection are her most popular and successful; Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch and How To Marry A Millionaire.

In these four films she either plays a dumb blonde or something like it, which is what people perceived her to be back in the day- hence why these films were her most popular.

Her comedic talent shines in these 4 films throughout. This is a must-have for any fan of Marilyn Monroe. Timeless Marilyn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Marilyn [1953 - 1959] [Four Film Collection] [Blu-ray], 18 Aug 2012
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Forever Marilyn [1953 - 1959] [Four Film Collection] [Blu-ray] Marilyn Monroe forever stands alone as Hollywood's quintessential icon of sex appeal and timeless allure. Her breathy voice, voluptuous figure and wide-ranging talents catapulted her to superstardom, where she remains as legendary today as ever. Immortalised here in this must-own collection are four of her best and most popular films, presented on these 4 stunning Blu-ray discs - the perfect format to showcase Marilyn Monroe's flawless beauty and captivating performances as they're meant to be seen.

Some Like It Hot [1959] Marilyn Monroe is the lead singer of an all-girl band joined by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who are posing as women to hide from the mob.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [1953] Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell co-star as showgirls who set a course for love and laughter on board a luxury liner sailing to France.

The Seven Year Itch [1955] Marilyn Monroe plays a seductive starlet who tests the wedding vows of married man Tom Ewell when she moves into the apartment above him.

How to Marry a Millionaire [1953] Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall play three Manhattan models who concoct a wild scheme to meet the men of their dreams and hopefully marry a Millionaire.

FILM FACTS: `Some Like It Hot' was awarded an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Orry-Kelly) and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White (Ted Haworth, Edward G. Boyle), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Academy Award for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

FILM FACTS: As a result of `Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' success, Monroe and Russell were given the chance to put their hand and foot prints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre; a spectacle that got a lot of publicity for both actresses.

FILM FACTS: Because of the success of `The Seven Year Itch' Tom won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Billy Wilder was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award.

FILM FACTS: `How to Marry a Millionaire' had the following Awards: 1954 Academy Awards: Best Costume Design, Color, Charles LeMaire and William Travilla. Writers Guild of America 1954: Best Written American Comedy and Nunnally Johnson. BAFTA 1955: Best Film (USA)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, George E. Stone, Edward G. Robinson Jr., Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, Taylor Holmes, Norma Varden, George Winslow, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Oscar Homolka, Donald MacBride, Victor Moore, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, Anne Buydens, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Alex D'Arcy, Fred Clark and William Powell

Directors: Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks and Jean Negulesco

Producers: Billy Wilder, Sol C. Siegel, Charles K. Feldman and Nunnally Johnson

Screenplay: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, Charles Lederer, George Axelrod and Nunnally Johnson

Composers: Adolph Deutsch, Eliot Daniel, Hoagy Carmichael, Jule Styne, Lionel Newman, Alfreo Newman, Milton R. Krasner and Cyril J. Mockridge,

Cinematography: Charles Lang, Robert Taylor and Joseph MacDonald

Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor and Black and White]

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1; 1.37:1; and 2.55:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono, Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono, Czech: Dolby Digital Mono, Hungarian: Dolby Digital Mono, Polish: Dolby Digital Mono, Thai: 2.0 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 DTS-HD, Italian: 5.1 DTS-HD, German: 5.1 DTS-HD, Russian: 5.1 DTS-HD and Catalan: 5.1 DTS-HD

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Cantonese, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish and Turkish

Running Time: 444 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 4

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review - It took forever, but at long last 'Forever Marilyn,' the first collection of Blu-ray films celebrating the inimitable, luminous talent of the incomparable Marilyn Monroe, has been released by Fox. Marilyn Monroe fans have waited a long time to enjoy the iconic blonde's delectable body of work! - in high definition, and this four-disc set, which features four films new to Blu-ray, includes some classic performances, all with beautifully restored video and audio.

One of the most legendary stars in the annals of Hollywood, the voluptuous Marilyn dazzled audiences with her tasteful mix of sex appeal, innocence, and vulnerability, and though many don't appreciate her unique talent, there's no disputing her magnetism. Few movie stars connect with the camera more intimately than Marilyn Monroe, who projects palpable electricity without seeming artificial. Sadly, most of her films are only memorable because she appeared in them, but with a kittenish smile, flip of the head, playful giggle, or wide-eyed glance she raises their stature immeasurably, making us want to return to them again and again, if only to revel in her hypnotic presence. Sex symbols come and go, with most forgotten before they make their mark, but Marilyn endures because sex is only a by-product of her image. Warmth, accessibility, humour, and the priceless ability not to take oneself too seriously all contribute to a full-bodied (yes, the adjective is intentional) persona that transcends our basest instincts.

All that said, why didn't Fox see fit to lavish more care and attention on Marilyn Monroe's Blu-ray debut? She's still as popular as ever; maybe even more so, so why not honour her in the manner she deserves? I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, because I hope Fox will continue to release a steady stream of Marilyn Monroe films in high-definition, but from a packaging standpoint, this 4 film set looks really good and especially in beautifully printed solid housed cardboard box set that contains the Four Blu-ray discs in their individual Blu-ray cases. Here we have one of the most beloved and influential personalities in cinema history, and Fox, as the studio did while she was a contract player, treated her like a commodity instead of one of its most prized assets.

At this moment in time, this particular Box Set ice of films. Just like the first DVD collection of Marilyn Monroe movies, this grouping includes `Some Like It Hot' 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,' 'How to Marry a Millionaire' and 'The Seven Year Itch.'

The best Blu-ray debut of this bunch would have to be 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,' Howard Hawks' sparkling adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, featuring Monroe as quintessential dumb blonde and philosophical gold-digger Lorelei Lee. It's the role that both made Marilyn a megastar and would sadly typecast her in future endeavours, but it proves her worth as a leading lady and musical dynamo. From the sexy opening number "Two Little Girls from Little Rock" to the dazzlingly elegant and impeccably staged "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," this tuneful romantic romp is a tailor-made showcase for Marilyn Monroe's comic and musical abilities. Whether trading wisecracks with co-star Jane Russell, cooing over bumbling billionaire Tommy Noonan, or asking awkward assistance from moppet George Winslow, Marilyn Monroe is charming, funny, and disarmingly alluring.

'The Seven Year Itch' also spotlights Monroe's talents as a light comedienne, but this adaptation of George Axelrod's examination of the aging male libido never quite realises its potential. Most notable for the iconic shot of Monroe's white dress billowing in the breeze as the star stands over a subway grating, this Billy Wilder directed comedy was regarded as risqué in 1955, but seems rather tame today. Tom Ewell plays a middle-aged Manhattan husband who fantasizes about the nubile sexpot upstairs while his wife and son are away on summer vacation. Marilyn Monroe plays the object of his vivid daydreams who winds up teaching him a thing or two about true love. Once again Marilyn Monroe's fresh-faced vivacity and sincerity save the day and temper Ewell's broad portrayal.

'How to Marry a Millionaire,' which was the second film, after 'The Robe,' to be shot in the brand new CinemaScope process, is a breezy, painless primer on snagging a wealthy husband, as a trio of down-to-earth beauties such as Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe masquerade as members of the sophisticated elite to meet eligible men. Betty Grable, the long-reigning queen of Fox, passed the torch to Monroe following this picture, along with her standing as the studio's top curvaceous blonde. In a clever twist on her dumb blonde image, Marilyn plays a blind-as-a-bat bombshell bookworm who fears spectacles will ruin her appeal to the opposite sex. This cute comedy also falls short of expectations, but the bright personalities of its stars manage to salvage it.

Of course, the rarefied realm is where Marilyn Monroe resides, and her status as a Hollywood icon of beauty, sex, stardom, turbulence, and tragedy will never waver. These films exhibit the many facets of her fascinating personality and showcase her often underrated talents in a variety of settings, genres, and guises. But like the mediocre film in which she so often starred in, Marilyn Monroe rises above any treatment that the studios did to the wonderful woman, and all we see is her inimitable brilliance, unadorned and unfiltered. And in the end, that's all we really want anyway and this starlet will shine forever.

Blu-ray Video Quality - The packaging and film selection of 'Forever Marilyn' is without doubt quite stunning and the video transfers do not let us down. Fox has done a stunning superior job honouring Marilyn Monroe with excellent restorations across the board that make these 50+ year-old films look like they were produced yesterday. I know all these movies intimately, and I can say without question they have never looked better on home video. The biggest revelation is of the oldest film, 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and from the instant Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell emerge from the curtains in their sparkling red sequin gowns in the film's opening shot, the exceptional video quality is instantly and jaw-droppingly apparent. From bold primaries to delicate pastels, colours are spectacularly rich and vibrant, yet never seem artificially pushed. Accents, such as red fingernails and lipstick, as well as Monroe's blonde hair and the shock of yellow on Russell's poolside attire, burst forth, while deep blacks and solid whites enhance the impact of various costumes. Flesh tones look surprisingly natural for a Technicolor film, with Monroe's creamy complexion and Jane Russell's bronze skin appearing fresh and well-modulated. Brilliant contrast and clarity, sensational razor sharp close-ups, and pleasingly crisp background elements combine with just the faintest touch of grain to create an almost perfect picture. ('Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend' is a videophile's dream come true.) No specks, marks, or age-related imperfections of any kind mar the image, and no digital enhancements or anomalies disrupt the integrity of this fantastic rendering.

'The Seven Year Itch' is also amazingly crisp and vibrant, though the use of single-strip colour lends hues a paler, less intense appearance. Still, detail in both background elements and close-ups are superb, and not a nick or scratch of any sort sullies the antiseptically clean print. 'How to Marry a Millionaire' looks brilliant as well, although it's obvious not quite as much care went into their renovation. Grain is slightly more pronounced and clarity seems a hair under the bar of the other two films. The transfers are still stellar, outclassing many other classic movie offerings, but they fall just short of the standard Fox set with the Monroe movies described above.

In short, if you're a Marilyn fanatic, these delectable transfers will thrill you beyond belief. They exceeded my expectations and fuel my desire for more Marilyn Monroe Blu-rays in the future. I'm no psychic, but I'm sure somewhere, Marilyn is smiling.

Blu-ray Audio Quality - All the films feature brand new 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks, and the results are quite good. Though surround activity is practically non-existent, some nice stereo bleed across the front channels widens the sound field somewhat. Nuances and accents are more apparent and pronounced than ever before, and subtle atmospherics, such as the ocean current in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' add vital and heretofore unheard aural texture to the films.

The instrumental music scores, thanks to a wide dynamic scale, possess marvellous presence and tonal depth, while the songs from all the musicals sound bright, clear, and bold. Monroe's honey-toned vocals caress the listener, and you won't miss a word of her breathy dialogue. Conversations are nicely prioritized and bass is well integrated into the whole, adding gentle weight without overpowering the mix. Distortion is never an issue, and any age-related defects, such as hiss, pops, and crackles, have been meticulously erased, leaving clean, crystal clear tracks that are a joy to listen to. Fox has treated the audio of these films with just as much care as the video, which makes for a complete - and completely wonderful - cinematic experience.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Because there is such a vast amount of Special Features and Extras, I will only be listing the title of each extra and if you want to know more details and information, then it is best to check out individual web sites detailing what each extra contains.

Some Like It Hot Extras:
Commentary featuring an interview with Tony Curtis, Archived Interview with Jack Lemmon and Commentary by Paul Diamond (son of I.A.L. Diamond) and Screenwriters Lowell Gannz & Baboo Mandel
The Making of `Some Like It Hot'
The Legacy of `Some Like It Hot'
Nostalgic Look Back Documentary
Memories from the Sweet Sues Documentary
Virtual Hall of Memories
Original Theatrical Trailer

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Extras:
Movietone News: Marilyn and Jane in Cement
Theatrical Trailer [This is really shockingly bad quality]
More Monroe Movie Trailers

The Seven Year Itch Extras:
Commentary by Author Kevin Lally [Billy Wilder Biographer]
Isolate Score Track [5.1 DTS-HAD Master Audio]
The Hayes Code: Picture-in-Picture with Sexual Innuendo Meter
Marilyn Monroe Interactive Timeline
Monroe & Wilder: An Intersection of Genius
Fox Movie Channel Presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman
Deleted Scenes
Hollywood Backstories: The Seven Year Itch
Publicity
Still Galleries

How to Marry A Millionaire Extras:
Movietone News: How to Marry A Millionaire CinemaScope
Trailers
More Monroe Movie Trailers

Finally, Marilyn Monroe is forever alluring, beguiling, warm, sensual, playful, innocent, funny, sensitive, and heart-breaking, and 'Forever Marilyn' showcases all those facets with a solid, varied, seven-disc collection of the icon's work in spectacular 1080p image. One can't argue that it's high time Marilyn Monroe was feted on Blu-ray, and Fox has put its money where it really counts, producing video and audio restorations of the highest calibre and completely befitting one of the greatest stars in Hollywood history. If you haven't yet experienced Marilyn Monroe's magnetism, then by all means do so now. And if you're already a seasoned fan, let me tell you, Marilyn Monroe is even more mesmerizing in high-definition, where her often underrated gifts shine more brightly than ever before. The films themselves run the gamut from excellent to mediocre, yet like truly great stars, Marilyn Monroe meets the demands of the fine ones and rises above any substandard material. Blondes come and go, but there's only one Marilyn Monroe - now once and forever, like the title of this essential collection says, Marilyn Monroe can now live forever. One other thing I must reiterate and that is the Blu-ray title `Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' again like I said above, the biggest revelation is of this oldest film, 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and from the instant Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell emerge from the curtains in their sparkling red sequin gowns in the film's opening shot, the exceptional video quality is instantly and jaw-droppingly apparent, well if you want to really dazzle your friends and relations, then put this particular Blu-ray on, as they will be totally astonished and stunned by the images they will view, as they will view what is best about the Blu-ray format and you will believe that this particular film was made in the 21st Century and again Fox has done a stunning job in bringing Marilyn Monroe to a new viewing generation, as well as the older generation fans of Marilyn Monroe. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller - Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn shines in HD, 5 Feb 2013
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Great Four movie package, all looking a lot better in HD than DVD. The red dresses Monroe and Russell wear at the start of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' leap off the screen.

Excellent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Marilyn, 27 Jan 2013
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Love these Blu-rays. Great quality when you compare them to the dvds. I used to have an old dvd copy so straight away i could see a massive improvement on the picture quality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see, 22 Feb 2013
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These Blu-ray discs are wonderful and I never enjoyed Marylyn Monroe as much as with this high image quality. What else to say about these film that they represent how Hollywood performs the best. Worth purchasing and seeing again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on Blu Ray, but still lagging behind, 12 Jun 2014
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This boxset contains the 4 Films of Marilyn Monroe, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like it Hot, How to Marry a Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch.

It is great to finally see these films in Blu Ray, as a fan of Marilyns for many years, i have seen these on all formats VHS, DVD and now Blu Ray and can say there is a remarkable difference in colour, and sound, and even suprised that blu ray which relies on colour and clarity was even good on a Black and White movie, these are a welcome addition to the Marilyn fan,

My only gripe, is that we in the UK seem to have bog standard releases, where as Spain, Italy and US versions were all released with 7 movies (No Business,River of No Return, The Misfits) were also included and had presentation boxes and postcards,included, which would have been a nice gesture for the UK market too.

Still that aside it is still worth 5 stars to see Marilyn sparkle like a diamond in true HD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Marilyn, 8 Jun 2014
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I was really pleased with the box set! I'm a big fan of Marilyn Monroe's movies and was so pleased when they brought some of her films out in blu ray! The picture quality is very good. Much better than the normal DVD. would recommend it to any Marilyn Monroe fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, 2 Jun 2014
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very good quality and value item which I bought for my daughter for xmas, would purchase similar again if looking for a Marilyn move box set
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff!, 23 July 2012
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My review is based on the quality of the blu rays which I received today. They were for my birthday so the price was not so relevant to me however 26 for 4 movies sounds reasonable to me. Anyway, the picture quality is beautiful, colours so rich and clear, I love them and of course the movies themselves are top notch stuff, they just dont make them like this no more!...if you are in doubt as to whether to buy, my advice is go for it they are truly gorgeous and so well presented, well done on the HD upgrade here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift, 11 Oct 2013
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Lovely collection of movies for all ages to watch, a great gift for youngsters who may not be familiar with these films.
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