By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 01 Mar 2010
And you thought Warner Home Video was done with large Clint Eastwood sets.
Following the Feb. 16 DVD debut of Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Brothers, the largest DVD film collection assembled for a single actor/director, Warner will debut four new Eastwood collections June 1, including a 10-disc Blu-ray set for the high-def crowd.
The Clint Eastwood Collection (Blu-ray, $149.99) features 10 films, four of which have never made it to high-def: The Rookie, Kelly’s Heroes, Where Eagles Dare and Absolute Power. Gran Torino, Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven and Dirty Harry fill out the collection.
Warner updated the artwork for the releases, and Jeff Baker, EVP and GM of theatrical catalogue for Warner Home Video, said he hopes the collection will appease Eastwood fans who wanted 35 Films 35 Years on Blu-ray. Baker said every one of the films in the Feb. 16 collection would eventually see a Blu-ray release.
“We will make that investment,” he said. “It’s a major undertaking. … We feel like we’re breathing new life into these films.”
After the June 1 releases, there will be 15 films from the collection that will still be awaiting a Blu-ray release: The Outlaw Josey Wales, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can, Honkytonk Man, Firefox, City Heat, Tightrope, Bird, Pink Cadillac, White Hunter, Black Heart, A Perfect World, The Bridges of Madison County, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, True Crime and Blood Work.
Also coming June 1 (preorder April 27) is Essential Eastwood: Director’s Collection, which includes Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Unforgiven. It will be available on DVD ($34.92) and Blu-ray ($79.98).
And, just for DVD, comes Essential Eastwood: Action Collection ($34.92), which includes Firefox, Heartbreak Ridge, Kelly's Heroes and Where Eagles Dare.
Also, for $29.98 each, Eastwood fans will find a selection of Blu-ray double features, including Kelly’s Heroes/Where Eagles Dare, The Enforcer/Sudden Impact and Dirty Harry/Magnum Force. Absolute Power, Heartbreak Ridge and The Rookie will be available as single-disc Blu-rays.
Lastly June 1 the full-length documentary The Eastwood Factor, narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Time Magazine critic and film historian Richard Schickel, will be available for $14.97, one day after it makes its world debut on Turner Classic Movies May 31 (Eastwood’s 80th birthday).
“It happens to be a bit of a perfect storm,” Baker said of the documentary’s air date and the release of the new collections in time for Father’s Day. “When you look at the entire package, the documentary, it airing May 31, you look at Invictus coming out around that time, and you consider historically, during June, Eastwood products have always peaked, we think it’s going to be a good month.
“It’s going to be the month of Eastwood.”
Baker couldn’t offer a specific release date for Eastwood’s latest directorial turn, Invictus, starring Freeman and Matt Damon.
Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Brothers will also be made available again, this time with the full-length version of the documentary. The current version includes a 22-minute version of the documentary, but owners of that set will eventually be able to upgrade to the full-length DVD for free by visiting www.wbshop.com/Eastwood.
“We felt it was important to do a soft launch [of the collection], but we’ve done the right thing by the consumer,” Baker said, adding editing of the documentary and the addition of Freeman’s narration held up the release of the full-length documentary.