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Old 04-05-2006, 15:54   #21
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The original packaging was a huge box, approx. A4 in size, containing 3 layers of two side-by-side amarays. I bought the new Stanwyck box from Choices Direct; the packaging of this one was a standard-sized DVD box with three amarays inside, each housing two discs.
Thanks very much for the repy.

So if I buy the original "A4 big box" release, I can take each of the individual DVD covers out of the A4 box and they will be regular amarays, one for each film?
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Old 04-05-2006, 16:09   #22
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I found the review of the stanwyck box on beaver whitch confirms that there is an edition with individual amarays. Thats the one I want to buy. I'm horrible anal and have to store all my DVDs alphabetical, hence the need for individual amarays

My only problem is figuring out wich of the versions play sells is the one im looking for. The item discription and picture makes hard do find out which is which. Do anyone of you know if i should order "(Screen Goddess Collection) (6 Discs)" or "(Screen Goddess Collection) (Large Box)"

Money is no object. I'm a nerd, you see

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Old 04-05-2006, 18:52   #23
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Large box.
Six amarays.
That is all.
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Old 05-05-2006, 11:09   #24
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The catalogue number for the 'Barbara Stanwyck' large box is '8236803' if that helps.
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Old 05-05-2006, 14:12   #25
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The large format Hepburn, West, Loren and Day boxes were in the Trafford 'Costco' when I visited today and worked out, including VAT, at a few pennies over £18 for each six DVD set. Bizarrely they weren't with the DVDs, they were with the books...
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Old 11-07-2006, 13:50   #26
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Several etailers are carrying what they're calling Small Goddess: Marlene Dietrich - I think, and the pricing would suggest it, 'Small Goddess' is Universal's decription of the box (as opposed to those humongous 'large' Screen Goddess boxes) and not a description of la Dietrich herself. Like all the boxes, this is coming under the Universal Columbia Alliance label (UCA).

Anyhoo released the same day is Small Goddess: Ginger Rogers, and Small Goddess: Maureen O'Hara so it's a pretty safe assumption.

August appears to be Dietrich month, with, two weeks earlier, Universal producing an 18 disc box set devoted to her.

BTW, we were going to get a Screen Goddess box for Jean Simmons, Ava Gardner, Jane Russell and Janet Leigh, but UCA appear to have shelved the idea, at least for the time being.

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Two more Peter Sellers Box Set (Screen Legends) and Frank Sinatra Box Set (Screen Legends) (and an Anthony Hopkins box outside our remit).
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According to Play.com the upcoming "Small Goddess" Marlene Dietrich set will comprise the following films:
"The Lady Is Willing" (Mitchell Leisen/1942), "Shanghai Express" (Josef Von Sternberg/1932), "Destry Rides Again" (George Marshall/1939), "A Foreign Affair" (Billy Wilder/1948), "Blonde Venus" (Josef Von Sternberg/1932) and "The Devil Is A Woman" (Josef Von Sternberg/1935).
Strange mixture of Columbia, Universal and Paramount titles!

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Old 12-08-2006, 10:12   #29
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According to Play, the Ginger Rogers Small Goddess collection includes Billy Wilder's Major And The Minor, which as far as I know hasn't been available until now in any region.

Unfortunately though it has two of her films with Fred Astaire which I'm sure many of us have/will have from the Astaire and Rogers boxsets. I'll still happily buy the set for Major And The Minor and Bachelor Mother though - here's hoping they get good transfers...

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According to Play, the Ginger Rogers Small Goddess collection includes Billy Wilder's Major And The Minor, which as far as I know hasn't been available until now in any region.

Unfortunately though it has two of her films with Fred Astaire which I'm sure many of us have/will have from the Astaire and Rogers boxsets. I'll still happily buy the set for Major And The Minor and Bachelor Mother though - here's hoping they get good transfers...
That's great news. Even with the duplicate Astaire titles, I'm tempted by this. Will wait till it hits the sales though.
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I'd buy it just to get SHANGHAI EXPRESS at last...or will it and ANGEL be available separately from the big 18-film box, of which I previously obtained most titles, courtesy of Amazon.fr?
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I spotted the Ginger Rogers set in HMV today. It is indeed exactly the same as the small versions of the previous Screen Goddess sets - three amarays in a cardboard box. Packaging isn't particularly impressive, which combined with the £49.99 price tag meant I didn't buy. Still contemplating whether to buy it from Play...
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I spotted the Ginger Rogers set in HMV today. It is indeed exactly the same as the small versions of the previous Screen Goddess sets - three amarays in a cardboard box. Packaging isn't particularly impressive, which combined with the £49.99 price tag meant I didn't buy. Still contemplating whether to buy it from Play...
I've got it on the way from The Hut with their 10% discount code from the other week. Probably flog it if/when Major and the Minor and Bachelor Mother appear on R1. This was too tempting in the meantime though, particularly for Tight Spot, which I haven't seen.
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Right ... I got the Ginger Rogers: Small Goddess set today, and it's a real mixed bag. Three amarays, with six discs. Didn't bother looking at the two musicals since I've got/will shortly have both in the R1 WB sets. Of the rest, the two Sony/Columbia pictures fare best: Tight Spot is presented 1.85:1 anamorphic, and looks excellent. I presume this is the same version due for a stand-alone release in a couple of weeks. It Had to Be You is a bit grainier and has a little more dirt on show, but it's still very nice.

The Major and the Minor is merely OK - a fair bit of damage and dirt; it could really use cleaning up. I dug out my DVDR copy, from TCM (USA) and it's exactly the same print, damage marks and all.
As for Bachelor Mother, despite the packaging indicating "black & white" as it should be, what we get is a truly hideous Turner colourised version. Universal UK should be ashamed.

Based largely on that, I wouldn't recommend this set to anyone. I'll save the titles I want for posterity (if you *cough* get my meaning), then flog the set and wait for WB to release Bachelor Mother in R1. Ginger Rogers Signature Collection, anyone?

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Thanks for the review Jackal - glad I held off think I will wait in hope of a better Region 1 set...
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Wow, I can't believe they would put in a colorized version! Don't take anything for granted, I guess! I might get the separate release of Tight Spot as it's a Columbia title, IIRC, but otherwise shall hang on till the Signature Collection is announced for Ginger. Thanks for the review also.

I was hoping Shanghai Express would be there in the Small Goddess (what a terrible title) Dietrich collection as I've no desire to buy the £120+ set and who knows when it'll get a R1 release. Maybe something to look out for once the sales start as there's a few double dips involved .

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Blah has the Marlene Dietrich small goddess set (temporarily out of stock - will dispatch on arrival) for £17.99 here

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Blah has the Marlene Dietrich small goddess set (temporarily out of stock - will dispatch on arrival) for £17.99 here
It is mine! Had already got a few of the films in this set, but at that price, certainly well worth double-dipping!

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Got my 6 disc Dietrich set today. Like I guess many of the people on this forum, I have many of her films already on DVD, but was willing to double dip for Shanghai Express and The Lady is Willing (£18 for 2 films in effect).
Where I do have to draw a line on double dipping is the massive Dietrich box set that arrives at the end of October. I have everything in it, except Angel, but there is no way I could justify paying anywhere near that price for one film!
Here's hoping that it will be released on its own either in the UK or in France or the US maybe.
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Nick - I do so agree - "Angel" is the only film in that box I need to get hold of too!
Still waiting for my "Marlene - Small Goddess" set to arrive here - is picture quality as good in this set as the other Universal Dietrich's?

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