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DVD Shopping Bag: Clint Eastwood: 40 Film Collection

A perfect gift for Dad to make his day

By Robert T. Trate     June 04, 2013
Source: Mania.com

This week, Warner Brothers is releasing the Clint Eastwood: 40 Film Collection. That’s right, 40 films that star and are occasionally directed by the living legend, Clint Eastwood. Most actors only dream of having a career as long and as diverse as Mr. Eastwood’s. There is everything here from gritty westerns, war pictures, comedies, sci-fi, and an unstoppable one man police force. As I looked through this brick of movies, I was plagued with a horrible situation. How does one cover 40 films from one actor? The majestic part of this collection is that they were all released by Warner Brothers. 


Now, to be fair, there are only 38 feature films here. Warner brothers has included 2 documentaries on the man, the myth, and the legend that is Eastwood. Here are the titles in the box set in no particular order. 


  1. Million Dollar Baby
  2. Mystic River
  3. Pale Rider
  4. Pink Cadillac
  5. A Perfect World
  6. Absolute Power
  7. Any Which Way You Can
  8. Bird
  9. Blood Work
  10. Bronco Billy
  11. City Heat
  12. Dirty Harry
  13. Every Which Way But Loose
  14. Firefox
  15. Gran Torino
  16. Heartbreak Ridge
  17. Hereafter
  18. Honkytonk Man
  19. Invictus
  20. J. Edgar
  21. Kelly’s Heroes
  22. Letters from Iwo Jima
  23. Magnum Force
  24. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  25. Space Cowboys
  26. Sudden Impact
  27. The Bridges of Madison County
  28. The Dead Pool
  29. The Enforcer
  30. The Gauntlet
  31. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  32. The Rookie
  33. Tightrope
  34. Trouble with the Curve
  35. True Crime
  36. Unforgiven
  37. Where Eagles Dare
  38. White Hunter Black Heart
  39. Eastwood Factor Documentary
  40. Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Documentary

Here are my thoughts on select titles in the Eastwood box set. 


The Outlaw Josey Wales (#31)

One of the most realistic westerns ever brought to screen (or at least you hope so). Eastwood plays a Confederate solider who watches his entire company get slaughtered as they are surrendering. A reckoning happens and Eastwood is the man on the pale horse. It’s a classic if there ever was one. 


Heartbreak Ridge (#16)

Eastwood is at his best as an old Gunnery Sergeant about to retired. He gets one last chance to be a real Marine as he straightens out a bunch of screw ups. The film is a perfect mixture of one liners and brothers in arms. Though some might see it as a war picture, Eastwood delivers laughs and drama in this well rounded picture. There is something here for everyone. Yes, even the ladies. 


White Hunter Black Heart (#38)

In a fictional telling of the real story behind John Houston’s filming of The African Queen. Here Eastwood plays “Houston” and we witness his obsession with Africa.  We also learn that his sole purpose for shooting in Africa was to go big game hunting. It’s a great film for anyone that loves John Huston movies and the real stories about how movies get made. 


Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can (#13 and #7)

The one with the Orangoutang, Clyde, and it’s subsequent sequel, ‘Nuff said. 


Letters from Iwo Jima (#22)

Eastwood, at first, didn't give faces to the American troops, which I think was wise.  He only showed faces when it was necessary to the story at hand.  Much like Flags of Our Fathers, the film shows us the brotherhood of combat and the insanity of war.  However, in Letters from Iwo Jima, we see men fighting for a cause that they know is hopeless and a country that is ready to fall.  We see how each man deals with it in his own way and we are told the story of a simple baker who promises his unborn child that he will come home. Letters from Iwo Jima made me see the world from a different perspective and that is its most powerful weapon.  There are two sides to every story and we are given both sides of the story of what happened at Iwo Jima.


Trouble with the Curve (#34)

I haven’t seen this one yet, but when I mentioned this box set to my Dad he immediately asked me for the film. He thought it was a good picture and Amy Adams is perfect as Eastwood’s daughter. It’s a good sign that this might be a perfect box set for Father’s Day. 


Dirty Harry #(12)

The quintessential Clint Eastwood picture. It is surprising now to watch the picture again after seeing David Fincher’s Zodiac. Real police work may not be all that glorious, but here we are presented with over-the-top popcorn entertainment. Thankfully, the sequels are here as well. Personally, I like The Dead Pool (#28). Eastwood uses a giant harpoon on someone and it features Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey!


This treasure trove of films is a great box set and huge addition to your library. There aren’t many worthwhile box sets out there, but this one makes the cut. A perfect for gift Father’s Day if ever there was one.


DVD and Blu-ray Releases for June 4th, 2013


ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

12 Rounds 2: Reloaded [Blu-ray]

23:59 [Blu-ray]

23:59

A Good Day to Die Hard (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) Starring Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney

A Good Day to Die Hard Starring Bruce Willis

The Bourne Identity (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper and Julia Stiles

The Bourne Supremacy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen and Julia Stiles

The Bourne Ultimatum (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn

Charlie Zone [Blu-ray]

Dante's Peak / Daylight Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring Amy Brenneman, Arabella Field, Barry Newman and Brian Reddy

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry / Race With The Devil [Blu-ray] Starring Peter Fonda and Susan George

Earthquake [Blu-ray] Starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy

Green Zone / The Kingdom Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring Ali Suliman, Amy Ryan, Ashraf Barhom and Brendan Gleeson

Gunfight at Ok Corral / Man Who Shot Liberty

In Old Arizona

In Old Arizona [Blu-ray]

Killer Elite (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro

Patrick Swayze: Triple Feature [Blu-ray]

Scum: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] Starring Ray Winstone

True Grit / Searchers [Blu-ray]

Vigilantes Are Coming

ANIME

Appleseed XIII: Complete Series (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring David Matranga, Luci Christian and Charlie Campbell

Appleseed XIII: Complete Series [Blu-ray] Starring David Matranga, Luci Christian and Charlie Campbell

Birdy the Mighty: Decode, The Complete Series S.A.V.E. Starring Luci Christian and Micah Solusod

Campus

Dark

Dirty Pair: The Original TV Series, Part 1 (Litebox)

Don't Tell My Mom I'm A Whore

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Complete Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Tsubasa Yonaga and Yumi Hara

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Complete Collection Starring Tsubasa Yonaga and Yumi Hara

Letter Bee Reverse Season 2 Collection 2

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom - Complete Series [Blu-ray] Starring Lindsay Seidel, Newton Pittman and Shay Moore

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, The Complete Series S.A.V.E. Starring Lindsay Seidel, Newton Pittman and Shay Moore

CARTOONS

Adventure Time: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hyden Walch and Tom Kenny

Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hyden Walch and Tom Kenny

Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hyden Walch and Tom Kenny

Best of Superman

Escape From Planet Earth [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] Starring Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais

Escape From Planet Earth Starring Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Gandolfini

CLASSICS

The Invisible Man [Blu-ray] Starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan

Midway [Blu-ray] Starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn and Glenn Ford

The Mummy (1932) [Blu-ray] Starring Boris Karloff, David Manners, Zita Johann

Perfect Understanding [Blu-ray] Starring Gloria Swanson and Laurence Olivier

Perfect Understanding Starring Gloria Swanson and Laurence Olivier

Rope [Blu-ray] Starring James Stewart and John Dall

The Sting (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw

W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection Starring Bela Lugosi, Billy Lenhart, Cab Calloway and Dick Foran

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

Identity Thief (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho and Amanda Peet

Identity Thief Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho and Amanda Peet

Odd Couple [Blu-ray] Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

Uncle Buck / Fletch Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring Amy Madigan, Elaine Bromka, Gaby Hoffman

Warm Bodies Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich

Warm Bodies [Blu-ray] Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton

HORROR

The Big Bad

Carrier

Chupacabra vs. The Alamo Starring Erik Estrada and Julia Benson

Creature From the Black Lagoon [Blu-ray] Starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning

Dream House (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Marton Csokas

Home Sweet Home Starring Alexandra Boylan, Christopher Dempsey, Raquel Cantu

Phantom of the Opera (1943) [Blu-ray] Starring Nelson Eddy, Claude Rains, Susanna Foster and Edgar Barrier

Sadako [Blu-ray] Starring Satomi Ishihara, Kôji Seto, Yûsuke Yamamoto

Shaun of the Dead / Hot Fuzz Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring Anne Reid, Bill Nighy, Billie Whitelaw and Dylan Moran

Silent House (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens

The Thing (2011) (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton

MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY

A Beautiful Mind / Cinderella Man Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Austin Pendleton

Out of Africa (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY / SUPERHERO

Battlestar Galactica: Razor / Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring Aaron Douglas, Edward James Olmos, Grace Park

Children of Men / Repo Men Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring RZA, Alice Braga, Carice Van Houten and Charlie Hunnam

Doom / Street Fighter Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring Ben Daniels, Brian Steele, Byron Mann and Damian Chapa

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome [Blu-ray] Starring Mel Gibson, Tina Turner and Bruce Spence

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior [Blu-ray] Starring Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston and Max Phipps

Paul (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen and Jason Bateman

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin

The Shadow [Blu-ray] Starring Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, John Lone and Tim Curry

TV LAND

Breaking Bad - The Fifth Season (2 Discs Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Dean Norris

Breaking Bad - The Fifth Season (3 Discs) Starring Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Dean Norris

Combat!: The Complete Third Season Starring Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Anthony Eisley and Gary Lockwood

Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] Starring Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy and Maxim Knight

Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season Starring Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy and Maxim Knight

The Lone Ranger: Collector's Edition

Lone Ranger: 28 Thrilling Episodes Starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels

Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Third Season Starring Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Holly Marie Combs

Rawhide: The Sixth Season - Volume One

Rawhide: The Sixth Season - Volume Two

The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season Starring Rod Serling, William Shatner, Burgess Meredith

BOX SETS

Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Anthony Perkins, Barbara Bel Geddes, Cary Grant

Clint Eastwood: 40 Film Collection

Clint Eastwood: 20 Film Collection [Blu-ray]

Daniel Craig 007 Collection [Blu-ray]

Mad Max Trilogy (Mad Max / The Road Warrior / Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome) [Blu-ray]

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exfan 6/6/2013 7:03:15 PM

 i just watch Judge Dredd again, and when he talk to the rookie and say 'remarkable'....It s all begin with Clint eatwood saying 'marvelous.....'

he s the one, the source of inspiration for all Viril character on today s film...

domino2008 7/8/2013 8:11:40 PM

Eastwood made so many good films ; Dirty Harry series that should end with Grand Torino , Westerns : Outlaw Joes Wales ,For A few Dollars More , Good , Bad and the Ugly , Unforgiven  War : Where Eagles Dare , Kellys Heroes an many more . The Combat series , Twilight Zone series , Breaking Bad series .

domino2008 8/5/2013 6:07:29 PM

I wish they put The Driver on the list to BluRay , if you never saw it , you should

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