Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Elia Kazan box set

Yesterday saw the release of a huge, 18-DVD Elia Kazan box set. Of course, having 18 DVD's isn't exactly cheap, and there's a list price approaching $200, although at Amazon you can get a 30% discout making the set cost "only" $140.

Unsurprisngly, Kazan's major works, such as Gentleman's Agreement, A Streetcar Named Desire, and On the Waterfront, are all part of the set. Five of the movies are new to DVD, including Wild River, which I blogged about back in April 2009. There's also the underrated anti-Communist drama Man on a Tightrope, which is currently in the Fox Movie Channel rotation, getting two airings later in November and one in December; it's going to be the subject of a blog post when one of those future airings is scheduled. Appaarently, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn never made it to DVD in the US before this.

Sadly, the information on the box set says that at the present time, there are no plans to make any of the DVDs from this box set individually available. Still, if you're looking to start a DVD collection, I suppose there could be worse places to start.

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