- Actors: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Janet Leigh, Joanne Woodward, Lita Milan
- Directors: John Huston, Arthur Penn
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 5
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 27 Nov. 2006
- Run Time: 523 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000JJS97S
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,885 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Paul Newman Collection : Harper / The Drowning Pool / The Left Handed Gun / The Mackintosh Man / Somebody Up There Likes Me (5 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
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Five films starring Paul Newman. In 'Harper' (1966), Detective Lew Harper (Paul Newman) is hired by a millionaire's wife (Lauren Bacall) to find her missing husband. The LA private eye's investigations bring him into contact with a number of seedy characters, including a played-out actress (Shelley Winters) and a religious fanatic (Strother Martin) who has a sideline running a smuggling operation. Paul Newman reprised the role a decade later in 'The Drowning Pool' (1975). This time he is hired by an unfaithful wife (Joanne Woodward) who is being blackmailed for an infidelity she didn't actually commit. In the course of his investigations he crosses swords with a ruthless oil baron (Murray Hamilton) and has a close encounter with his employer's wayward daughter (Melanie Griffith). 'The Left Handed Gun' (1958) is a more-realistic-than-most account of the life of Billy the Kid, with Newman portraying Billy as a cowardly, unthinking killer. Billy is befriended by a rancher and when the man is murdered, Billy goes on a vengeful killing spree. His exploits are documented and mythologised by a Western pulp writer (Hurd Hadfield). The part of Billy the Kid was originally to go to James Dean, who died shortly before the project started. In 'The Mackintosh Man' (1973), Joseph Rearden (Newman) takes the fall for a robbery and ends up in jail. From there he escapes in the company of a convicted spy, and is taken to a remote manor at an unknown location where he is kept isolated. He overpowers his guard and flees, but nothing is quite what it seems in this drama of intrigue as Rearden pursues his quarry from Ireland to Malta. 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' (1956), directed by Robert Wise, sees Newman in an early performance as the fighter Rocky Granziano. Granziano is building a career in crime when he's finally caught and arrested. In jail he is undisciplined and always getting into trouble. When he gets out after many years he decides to start a new life - but is drafted into the army. However, they can't keep him and he goes AWOL. Rocky discovers boxing as a way of earning quick money, and is discovered as a new talent.
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Somebody up There likes me-is a story of the rise of a common convict to the lofty status of the American middle weight boxing champ as 'Rocky' and is a very realistic portrait of a boxer,set in New York city chronicling the life and career of the champion .
While 'Left handed gun' is a stylishly violent under-rated' Western 'with an understated yet atmospheric portrayal of a 'vandetta job' gone wrong ,with a poignant portrayal by Paul newman as the leading man and an outlaw ,directed deftly and photographed in a moody monochrome to enhance an affective script about unrequited love and issues dealing with bigotry and racism in western milieu .
Together all five are great to have in one box -well worth the price for the commentary alone in Harper alone.
Languages (DD 1.0): English, Italian, French.
Subtitles: English, Italian, French.
Aspect ratios (all original ARs):
Somebody Up There Likes Me: 1.80:1
The Left Handed Gun: 1.80:1
The MacKintosh Man: 1.80:1
The Drowning Pool: 2.41:1
All films have great extra features as mentioned by chap above, and they come in those ultra slim cases which I love, and wish all DVDs were boxed in. It is one of the best purchases I've made and I can't wait to see the other 4 movies. If you are a Paul Newman fan (and let's face it, who isn't?) then snap this one up. An absolute bargain.
Hardly seems fair now does it.
This is quite a good box set. Some films are better than others.
I was impressed with "Somebody up there likes me" which is about a boxer and a film early in Newman's
career and one that I had never seen. I thought it was very well played.
The Mackintosh Man was least enjoyable. There is a very informative and detailed
review on this particular film which recommends the book The Freedom Trap by Bagley.
2 others are very 60's in style. Newman is very watchable even when the film isn't 100% to our
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Some of Paul Newman's best films - most of his films were great - and this was another Christmas present tPublished on 24 Mar. 2013 by TVW
It's Paul Newman - brought it for the Harper movies as been so long since I saw them last and can't remember when they were last on t.v. Great value.Published on 8 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer