|Giant - is a movie of huge scale and grandeur in which three generations of land-rich Texans love, swagger, connive and clash in a saga of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly rich oil tycoons. It's also one of the most beloved works of director George Stevens, who won an Academy AwardO* for this film, one of 10 Oscar nominations** the film earned.Rebel Without a Cause - In one of the most influential performances in movie history, James Dean plays the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of postwar teens - and still reverberate 50 years later. Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo were Academy Award nominees* for their achingly true performances. Director Nicholas Ray was also an Oscar nominee for this landmark chosen as one of the all-time Top 100 American Film by the American Film Institute.Based on John Steinbeck's novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden is the first of three major films that make up James Dean's movie legacy. The 24-year-old idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas Valley youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean's performance earned one of the film's four Academy Award nominations.* Among the movie's stellar performances, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.Format: DVD MOVIE|
Editor's NoteThree movies from that impeccable icon of cool, James Dean, are collected here. EAST OF EDEN: The strong screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1952 novel features the debut of James Dean. Like Cain with Abel, a black sheep competes with his brother for his father's love--with tragic results.GIANT: Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga was the source of Stevens' sprawling epic, which stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean, in his last film appearance. When Texas cattleman Bick Benedict (Hudson) goes to Virginia in the early 1920s to buy a prize stallion, he falls in love with Leslie Lynnton (Taylor), an aristocratic, independent-minded beauty, and they quickly marry. He takes her back to Reata, his 600,000-acre ranch, where sister Luz (Mercedes McCambridge), the family matriarch, does her best to make Leslie feel unwelcome. Leslie is appalled by the second-class status accorded to women and racist attitudes toward the local Mexicans, neither of which seem to bother her husband. Out of compassion, she befriends surly ranch hand Jett Rink (James Dean), who comes to worship her from afar, envying Bick for both his wealth and his wife. He strikes oil on land bequeathed to him by the deceased Luz and his wealth and power grow apace. As the years pass, the bewildered Bick often finds his children thwarting his wishes and criticizing his beliefs, pushing the millionaire to question his values for the first time in his life. The film's outstanding cast, which also features Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Carroll Baker, Earl Holliman, and Chill Wills, inject vitality into a project that occasionally suffers from longueurs.REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE: The age-old theme of teenage violence and delinquency is given distinctive insight by the well-cast Dean-Wood-Mineo trio. Perhaps the best teen-age drama of the 1950s. Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor--Sal Mineo, Best Supporting Actress--Natalie Wood, Best Motion Picture Story.
|Jo Van Fleet|
|Elia Kazan - [Eden] Director|
|George Stevens - [Giant] Director|
|Nicholas Ray - [Rebel] Director|
|George Stevens, Winner, [Giant] Best Director|
|James Dean, Nominee, [Giant] Best Actor|
|Sal Mineo, Nominee, [Rebel] Best Supporting Actor|
|Natalie Wood, Nominee, [Rebel] Best Supporting Actress|
|James Dean, Nominee, [Eden] Best Actor|
|Jo Van Fleet, Winner, [Eden] Best Supporting Actress|
Great James Dean Movies12/21/2010
This is an outstanding group of JD movies for those who like old movies and great actors. What a deal for all of these in one box.
Must have for Dean fans1/3/2008
I bought set this as gift to myself. It is incredible. Each of three movies contains two discs. The second disc in each contains previously released Dean TV specials, interviews, deleted scenes, ect. The quality of the remastered DVD's and the content on the second discs make this a must have for all Dean fans.
This set was okay for some old movies
A strong recommendation for younger viewers1/3/2008
All three films in this set are marvelous in their own right, and each very different, but what sets them apart is Dean's characterizations, which were seminal in introducing a new, young acting style which paved the way for what we've seen since.