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Relive some of the most spectacular and innovative films of all time with Volume 2 of the United Artists Cinema Greats Collection! This four disc assortment includes the landmark films ROCKY, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, and WEST SIDE STORY!

ROCKY: With the first punch, ROCKY became the undeniable box-office champ of 1976. Knocking out stiff competition, the underdog story took home the coveted Best Picture Academy Award creator Sylvester Stallone became the heavyweight star of the year, and the highly successful Rocky franchise - with six films under its belt - was born!

THE GREAT ESCAPE: In 1943, he Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn - who worked on what became the largest prison break ever attempted.

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR: Brilliantly created by the Oscar-nominated director of Moonstruck, and starring Faye Dunaway (Network) and Steve McQueen (THE GREAT ESCAPE), this "well-tooled and professionally crafted" (Variety) suspense thriller has all the dazzling personality of the intriguing crime it portrays.

WEST SIDE STORY: A triumph on every level, this magnificent winner of 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) set a standard for modern movie musicals that remains unsurpassed to this day. Featuring an unforgettable score and groundbreaking choreography, the film sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against the backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York City. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiras, WEST SIDE STORY is "the best film musical ever made" (The New Republic).


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 205741136
UPC 027616090508
UPC 14 00027616090508
Format DVD
Release Date 10/23/2007
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/2.20:1/1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Burt Young - [Rocky] Actor
Carl Weathers - [Rocky] Actor
Charles Bronson - [Great] Actor
Faye Dunaway - [Thomas] Actor
Jack Weston - [Thomas] Actor
James Garner - [Great] Actor
Jerome Robbins - [West] Director
John G. Avildsen - [Rocky] Director
John Sturges - [Great] Director
Natalie Wood - [West] Actor
Norman Jewison - [Thomas] Director
Paul Burke - [Thomas] Actor
Richard Attenborough - [Great] Actor
Richard Beymer - [West] Actor
Rita Moreno - [West] Actor
Robert Wise - [West] Director
Russ Tamblyn - [West] Actor
Steve McQueen - [Great, Thomas] Actor
Sylvester Stallone - [Rocky] Actor
Talia Shire - [Rocky] Actor
Winner (1977) Golden Globe, Rocky, [Rocky] Best Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, John G. Avildsen, [Rocky] Best Director,Oscar, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, [Rocky] Best Picture,Oscar, Richard Halsey, Scott Conrad, [Rocky] Best Film Editing
Winner (1969) Golden Globe, Michel Legrand, et. al., [Thomas] Best Original Song,Oscar, Michel Legrand, [Thomas] Best Music, Original Song
Nominee (1964) Golden Globe, The Great Escape, [Great] Best Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, Ferris Webster, [Great] Best Film Editing
Winner (1962) Oscar, George Chakiris, [West] Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Rita Moreno, [West] Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, [West] Best Director,Oscar, Robert Wise, [West] Best Picture
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Thomas] Sexual chemistry - that's what it's all about. Despite a competent caper plot and some interesting visual flourishes by director Norman Jewison, the real attraction of The Thomas Crown Affair is the relationship between Steve McQueen's title character and Faye Dunaway's Vicky Anderson. These two steam up the screen without revealing much flesh; when they're together, it's almost impossible to remember that the film purports to be about a masterfully executed, daring daylight bank robbery. And, while it's unfair to claim that no one really cares about that aspect of the production, once McQueen and Dunaway start their mating dance, it's undoubtedly a secondary concern...Perhaps the most innovative aspect of The Thomas Crown Affair is the use of multiple screens during the heist sequence. On several occasions, as many as six or seven separate images appear on the screen at the same time, each showing a different character. It's an effective way of cramming a lot of information into one frame, and, since it is used sparingly, it's unlikely to confuse the average viewer.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Review [Great] Coming on the heels of John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven three years earlier, 1963's The Great Escape shows how quickly the ambitious epic can turn into a rote, readymade piece of filmmaking -- a Hollywood masterpiece by design. There's a formal, somewhat stilted feel to its three-hour story about a group of imprisoned World War II officers and their struggle to break out of a Nazi P.O.W. camp, and anybody who thinks that Michael Bay is a bullying thug of a filmmaker who likes pushing people's emotions around can come here to see where he got it from. But for all its flaws, Escape has some of the most memorable moments in any war film, and some excellent performances from its ensemble cast...There are other parts of Escape worth cheering -- James Coburn's humor, Elmer Bernstein's wonderful score -- but John Sturges isn't a very clever director, and his approach to the war story itself often feels pat and insubstantial. The script suffers from its share of improbabilities and cliches -- none worse than the way Bronson gets a sudden case of claustrophobia at just the wrong time after spending his life making tunnels.
Reviewer Mark Athitakis
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Rocky] His name is Sylvester Stallone, and, yes, in 1976 he did remind me of the young Marlon Brando. How many actors have come and gone and been forgotten who were supposed to be the "new Brando," while Brando endured? And yet in "Rocky" he provides shivers of recognition reaching back to "A Streetcar Named Desire." He's tough, he's tender, he talks in a growl, and hides behind cruelty and is a champion at heart. "I coulda been a contender," Brando says in "On the Waterfront." This movie takes up from there...And then there's Talia Shire, as the girl (she was the hapless sister of the Corleone boys in "The Godfather"). When she hesitates before kissing Rocky for the first time, it's a moment so poignant it's like no other.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
At-A-Glance Film Reviews [West] ...astonishingly powerful...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice [Rocky] ...Stallone's performace is sheer magic...
Gerry Shamray, Sun Newspapers [Rocky] Stallone is perfect in the ultimate boxing flick.
James Rocchi, NetFlix [Thomas] Caper films don't come much better.
The Hollywood Reporter [Great] A great adventure picture, tense with excitement, rich in character.
The New York Times [West] Nothing short of a cinema masterpiece!
Time Out New York [Thomas] ...a slick romantic thriller...
Variety [Great] ...entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs...

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