|The Essential Steve McQueen Collection
Warner, 7 discs
|The Complete James Dean Collection
Warner, 6 discs
|Films||New to DVD: Never So Few (1959), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Tom Horn (1980). New transfer in two-disc set: Bullitt (1968). New edition: The Getaway (1972). Reissue: Papillon (1973).||New to DVD: East of Eden (1955). New transfer: Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Same as separate edition: Giant (1956). All three are two-disc sets.|
|Notable Directors||Sam Peckinpah (Getaway),
Norman Jewison (Kid),
John Sturges (Never).
|Elia Kazan (Eden),
Nicholas Ray (Rebel),
George Stevens (Giant).
|Acting method or Method Acting||Speak softly and carry a big shtick: long blue-eyed stares, animal ease at rest and in motion, unexpected grins. Languid with machines and women.||Second that emoting: pleading stares, slouching stumbles, sudden outbursts. He hesitates, tears words from within, and strikes a perfect pose.|
|Range and power shown here||Array of distinctive performances, from quicksilver kid who steals scenes from Frank Sinatra in Never to more meditative characters in Papillon and Tom Horn.||Although all films were made over just three years, his thrillingly instinctual and magnetic acting grows rapidly richer with each movie.|
|DVD Quality||Picture: Excellent contrast and rich colors. Sometimes overly grainy but detailed and bright, as if shot today. Sound: Crisp. The 5.1 mixes of Papillon and Never and the 4.0 mix of Bullitt are mainly front-channel.||Picture: Rebel has saturated colors, Giant luminous tones, and Eden a brown/yellow period look. All are a little short on detail. Sound: Giant could use more breadth, but the 5.1 mixes of Eden and Rebel have clean separation and convincing effects.|
|Extras||Commentaries: one for Bullitt, two each for Getaway and Kid. Documentaries: two (each feature-length). Featurettes: three.||Commentaries: one for each film. Documentaries: one feature-length and five hour-long ones. Featurettes: four. Also: deleted scenes, interviews, screen tests, etc.|
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