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Old 22-11-2005, 19:21   #1
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The R2 & R1 Screen Goddess and Screen Legend Collections; new releases for 2007

Just a note on those UK 'Screen Goddess' Collections from Universal (or more correctly UCA - the Universal Columbia Alliance) released recently; I saw them in the flesh for the first time a couple of days ago - my God! They are humongous boxes aren't they? Over A4 in size with two DVDs lying on their sides, stacked on top of each other in three separate slots.

Considering the price, I suppose Universal UK is trying to offer value for money, but it's the complete antithesis of their US arm's philosophy with their 'Franchise Collection', sometime four films on one disc and banged out at budget prices. I know which looks more attractive (and we have the advantage of DVD 9s v DVD 18s) but with storage of these bright shiny discs coming at such a premium...

Anyhoo, the Beaver has the skinny on The Bitter Tea of General Yen, a superb film from the Barbara Stanwyck set here, and the full list of those sets available - Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Barbara Stanwyck and Mae West - and the films therein can be seen at DVD Times here.
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Old 22-11-2005, 19:28   #2
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John, I suppose it's too much to hope that El Cid in the Sophia Loren set is in OAR? (I must be for even thinking it).
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Old 22-11-2005, 19:31   #3
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Nope it's not; and The Magnificent Showman in the Hayworth box, shot in 70mm Technirama, is pan and bloody scan. It looks like a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
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Old 23-11-2005, 00:43   #4
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I saw these in my HMV recently. They had all of them lined up together on their own seperate shelf. Looked very impressive and would make impresive gifts to those who may be fans of whatever star. Not sure I'd actually buy one myself though
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From the Stanwyck box, DVDBeaver has added reviews of The Miracle Woman and All I Desire.
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I would guess that they may feature in the sales in January (I hope)
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The Stanwyck boxset is sounding pretty good. Will be keeping an eye out for the prices to drop then I'll snap one up.

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Universal is adding two more sets to the collection next month, both three-discers and not six, both £14.99 each at Play.com:

Grace Kelly Box Set: Rear Window / High Noon / The Grace Kelly Story (3 Discs)
Audrey Hepburn Box Set (Screen Goddess Collection) (3 Discs)
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Nope it's not; and The Magnificent Showman in the Hayworth box, shot in 70mm Technirama, is pan and bloody scan. It looks like a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
It looks like the Japanese dvd is the only decent version around at the moment, but as per usual with their stuff, only available for big notes.

The Rita Hayworth 4 disc set (You Were Never Lovelier, Gilda, Cover Girl, Pal Joey) is still £7.99 at 101cd.com. Says out of stock at the moment, but didn't take long for them to get more in when I ordered. Was very pleasantly surprised by the set, as each film has something to delight.
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To poach the post from the Classic Bargain Forum, these are now £19.99 instore in Asda, which makes them a whole lot more attractive if you have a title or two already (or just considering the odd dud titles).

I have to say the Stanwyck set seems the standout one to me, considering it contains two new to dvd Capra films plus the rare Sirk

EDIT:oh, and it's the only set of the three that I bought (Stanwyck/Herburn/West) that came with a souvenir booklet.

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Old 06-03-2006, 00:01   #11
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Yes, contray to my post above, I REALLY want the Stanwyck set, especially at that price. Gotta stay strong though. DVD'S? Just Say NO!!
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Just got to say what a revelation the Hayworth box set is! And all for £8. Amazing!
Gilda was superb, and You...Lovelier put a broad smile on my face... almost tempted to go to tap lessons now.
Amazon.co.uk have a couple or three other Hayworths at about £5.
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Does anyone know if booklets are included in each of these sets?

So far I've got a booklet in the Monroe and Sophia Loren boxes but none in the Rita Hayworth and Katherine Hepburn sets.

EDIT: Just re-read Person A's post above. So it seems that there aren't souvenir booklets with every title?

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In both large box and small box formats, those 'Screen Goddess' collections are on offer at Choices here.
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After 'Screen Goddesses' come the 'Screen Legends' for James Stewart (two for him, one titled 'westerns'), Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Bing Crosby, Robert Redford, Fred Astaire - full details here at here at Play.com.

Doesn't appear to be much new to R2, except in the 'Cary Grant' set.
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Cheap Screen Godesses – packaging enquiry

Play have all the universal Screen Goddess boxes at a shockingly low price,

These box sets are more appealing than Mae West in a sarong, however, I am puzzled by the fact that there are two versions of each box, (Screen Goddess Collection) (6 Discs) and (Screen Goddess Collection) (Large Box). The specs appear to be the same, so I’m assuming that the only difference is the packaging.

Can anyone who have seen these in the store comment on how they are packaged? Digipack, amarays in a case?

Thanks a lot, and “come up ‘n see me some time”

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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.
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& the huge box version has the amarays in posh pull-out drawers. Myself, I'd save £5 and concentrate on the content.
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The Stanwyck box is calling me...
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