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Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. (DVD Review)

15 Feb, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

Street 2/16/10
$179.98 19-DVD set

It’s difficult to know where to start with Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros., one of the largest DVD collections ever assembled for a single actor/director.

Do you revisit the Best Picture winners (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven)? Make a day of the “Dirty Harry” flicks? Or maybe check out some of Eastwood’s lesser-known fare, like Bird (1988) or White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)?

Maybe you’ll find something you haven’t seen in years, like Bronco Billy or Tightrope. There’s a good chance there’s at least one film in here that you missed.

Wherever you start, you’ll eventually end up on The Eastwood Factor, a short documentary at the end of the set. Created by Time Magazine critic and film historian Richard Schickel, the documentary mostly follows Eastwood around the Warner lot, revisiting film locations there. Warner includes a code for a free DVD copy of the extended version of the documentary, which consumers can claim this summer.

Packed into a large book with movie posters and pictures of Eastwood on various sets, the collection also includes a 24-page booklet, which is a large excerpt from Schickel’s 288-page book Clint: A Retrospective. It includes an introduction by Eastwood. There’s also a packet of photos and studio letters regarding Eastwood.

The Eastwood collection isn’t without flaws. All but a couple of the films are on dual-sided flipper discs, meaning easy scratches and messy fingerprints if you’re not careful. And the timeline may throw some people off: two of the films (Where Eagles Dare, 1968, and Kelly’s Heroes, 1970) are from MGM, and a couple others (Dirty Harry, 1971, and Magnum Force, 1973) fall before the 35 years Eastwood has been wandering around the Warner lot on a permanent basis. You’ll need to go online to get the full-length copy of Schickel’s documentary (free code is included), and you’ll have to shop elsewhere to find Flags of our Fathers (a Paramount/DreamWorks release), the companion flick to Letters From Iwo Jima, which is in the set.

But those are minor concerns, considering the breadth of films, the bonus documentary, the slick packaging, the overall “wow” factor of the set, and the slim SRP (it works out to about $5 a film).

One of a kind for DVD, the Eastwood collection guarantees at least a week of entertainment, and makes a nice showpiece for the living room.

Included in the collection:
Where Eagles Dare, 1968
Kelly's Heroes, 1970
Dirty Harry, 1971
Magnum Force, 1973
The Enforcer, 1975
The Outlaw Josey Wales, 1976
The Gauntlet, 1977
Every Which Way but Loose, 1978
Bronco Billy, 1980
Any Which Way You Can, 1980
Honkytonk Man, 1982
Firefox, 1982
Sudden Impact, 1983
City Heat, 1984
Tightrope, 1984
Pale Rider, 1985
Heartbreak Ridge, 1986
Bird, 1988
The Dead Pool, 1988
Pink Cadillac, 1989
White Hunter, Black Heart, 1990
The Rookie, 1990
Unforgiven, 1992
A Perfect World, 1993
The Bridges of Madison County, 1995
Absolute Power, 1997
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, 1997
True Crime, 1999
Space Cowboys, 2000
Blood Work, 2002
Mystic River, 2003
Million Dollar Baby, 2004
Letters from Iwo Jima, 2006
Gran Torino, 2008
Eastwood Factor 2009 Documentary

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