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Old 16-09-2006, 17:14   #41
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You may well all know this, but Play.com have the screen goddess boxes for £17.99 at the mo - although the Dietrich set seems to be £16.99.

The Ginger Rogers box may be worth a punt at that price, & finally the Barbara Stanwyck set will be mine
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Old 16-09-2006, 21:29   #42
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Dietrich Small Goddess

Not had a chance to check the quality on Dietrich, but my feelings on the Ginger Rogers are akin to the earlier review on this thread. Well worth picking it up for £18.
Tight Spot, It Had To Be You and The Major and the Minor all looking very pleasing, but Bachelor Mother is just dreadful- not only "colorized" but from a early video port-awful. I am glad I recorded BM off of BBC2 a year or so ago, onto a DVD-R in proper black and white. Not bothered about the Astaire/Rogers musicals as I shall watch or have watched them off of the R1 Warner sets.
As I say recommended for the 3 titles mentioned above, especially as only 2 are available as standalones. Also although Universal has been trying to tap into their vast Universal/Paramount archive on region 1, it is somewhat erratic ( a fine set of film noirs about 2 years ago and then nothing!). Columbia seems to have all but given up on classic releases in region 1, which as I say makes the sets all the more appealing.
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Sophia Loren Box Set

Has anyone purchased the Sophia Loren set. Priced at £18 I might be tempted to buy this, but for just one film, namely Carol Reed's The Key. However, I would only be interested if it was widescreen (2.35) and enhanced. Does anyone know please?
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Got my Marlene "Small Goddess" box set yesterday - and I have to say, I am a little disappointed with the picture quality of "Shanghai Express" - not the best print, and even the start of film with the Paramount logo is clipped, with a few splices going through over the titles. It gets a little better into the feature, but lacks the sharpness of the other Dietrich Paramounts in this series. Good to have it, though!
The other films seem to be on a par with the European releases of the same titles, at a first viewing. Will dip into this set later.

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The R2 Screen Goddess and Screen Legend Collections; new releases for 2006

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Has anyone purchased the Sophia Loren set. Priced at £18 I might be tempted to buy this, but for just one film, namely Carol Reed's The Key. However, I would only be interested if it was widescreen (2.35) and enhanced. Does anyone know please?
Yes, THE KEY is definitely 2.35 enhanced.
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Old 23-09-2006, 15:26   #46
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Yes, THE KEY is definitely 2.35 enhanced.
Thanks for that. Just what I needed to know. Now ordered from play at £14.99.
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Marlene Dietrich Small Goddess set now also £14.99 at Play
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Nice spot. They've lowered the boom on a few of those - full list here
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Fopp in Manchester had a few Sophia Loren large boxes for £10. Not in very obvious place either so may not go too quickly.
online here: http://www.fopp.co.uk/product_info.p...ducts_id/30965
(no affiliate link) - news to me that you could buy from their website.

edit: Marilyn Monroe set a tenner too: http://www.fopp.co.uk/product_info.p...ducts_id/30992

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Fopp in Manchester had a few Sophia Loren large boxes for £10. Not in very obvious place either so may not go too quickly.
online here: http://www.fopp.co.uk/product_info.p...ducts_id/30965
(no affiliate link) - news to me that you could buy from their website.

edit: Marilyn Monroe set a tenner too: http://www.fopp.co.uk/product_info.p...ducts_id/30992
both the Loren and Munroe boxes can be had for £8.97 in Music Zone (Manchester store had a few of each)
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Any further word on the Janet Leigh, Jean Simmons or Ava Gardner Glamour Collections?
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Marlene Dietrich Small Goddess set now also £14.99 at Play
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both the Loren and Munroe boxes can be had for £8.97 in Music Zone (Manchester store had a few of each)
the large Sophia Loren box is now £6.99 at 101cd here
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the Katherine Hepburn set is a mere £8.45 here
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From the upcoming thread:
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Play have some new Universal collections listed: the rumoured Goddess sets for Janet Leigh, Jane Russell and Jean Simmons and Screen Legend sets (mostly repackaged, I think) for Charlton Heston, Kirk Douglas, David Niven, Bob Hope and Rock Hudson.

Jane Russell: The Paleface, Foxfire, Son Of Paleface, Road To Bali
Jean Simmons: How To Make An American Quilt, Spartacus, Divorce American Style, A Bullet Is Waiting
Janet Leigh: Psycho, Touch of Evil, My Sister Eileen, Who Was That Lady
Interesting; 'The Bob Hope Screen Legends' set apparently rescues The Lemon Drop Kid and The Cat and The Canary (yes!) from PD hell. The Charlton Heston set has the R2 debuts of Major Dundee and Julius Caesar, while the Rock Hudson set has two Raoul Walsh westerns new to R2 Gun Fury and The Lawless Breed.

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Ginger Rogers Screen Goddess Collection now for £5.99 at HMV
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From the upcomng thread:
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James Stewart: Screen Legend Collection the 12th june.
Universal region 1

Next Time We Love
Edward H. Griffith(1936)
You Gotta Stay Happy H.C. Potter(1948)
Thunder Bay Anthony Mann
The Glenn Miller Story Anthony Mann
Shenandoah Andrew V. McLaglen
Thunder Bay is the big come on there, and all the specs are here.

And some more re-releases in June's other R1 release in this line, John Wayne : The Screen Legend Collection but it will be first time in anamorphic widescren on that side of the pond at least for Rooster Cogburn, The War Wagon and The Hellfighters. I don't think they can improve on the current Reap The Wild Wind which is simply gorgeous.

EDIT - I have it the damn disc and still got it wrong earlier - The Glenn Miller Story is already anamorphic widescreen.
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Play have the mammoth Stewart collection's contents as such:

1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
2. The Rare Breed (1966)
3. Shenandoah (1965)
4. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
5. Rear Window (1954)
6. Harvey (1950)
7. Destry Rides Again (1939)
8. Vertigo (1958)
9. Night Passage (1957)
10. The Glenn Miller Story (1953)
11. Thunder Bay (1953)
12. Bend Of The River (1952)
13. Winchester '73 (1950)
14. Rope (1948)
15. The Far Country (1954)
16. You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)
17. Vivacious Lady (1938)
18. Airport '77 (1977)
19. Next Time We Love (1936)
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Really happy with the Stewart Screen Legend Collection. I mainly bought it for the earlier titles, NEXT TIME WE LOVE and YOU GOTTA STAY HAPPY and again GREAT work from Universal this year. I cannot comment on GLENN MILLER or SHENANDOAH because I did not own the earlier releases, but I have always loved both films. THUNDER BAY is a fabulous film as you all know. Really pleasantly surprised about the quality of the earliest title from 1936, very impressive for a film its age, and at long last a nice tearjerker on DVD! Universal has really done wonders with its classics this year.
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Just seen this at Matalan of all places for £5.99!!! I know about the poor transfer quality of The Quiet Man, but what are the others like?
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