In case you missed it, my look at megasets for possible holiday giving is here. Then there's the following news about Eastwood, getting retrospective treatment so major it makes me wondering if he is retiring or ill:
Warner Home Video (WHV) will celebrate Eastwood and his 35-year association with the studio through Malpaso Productions with a comprehensive, elegant giftset, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros., to be released February 16, 2010.
The collection, considered the largest feature film box set ever released for a single artist, contains 34 classic Eastwood films from the Warner library and highlights the breadth and depth of his work -- from Where Eagles Dare through Gran Torino. Included are his “Dirty Harry” movies, his Best Picture Oscar® dramas and nominees, his Westerns, his war movies, his comedies, and more. (A complete list is available at the end of this release.)
The 35th film is The Eastwood Factor, an intimate short film from Time magazine critic and film historian Richard Schickel. The Eastwood Factor presents Eastwood in a way he’s rarely seen -- visiting film locations or sites where his movies were created, and on the Warner lot visiting the costume department and Eastwood Scoring Stage, as well as at his home. Eastwood’s candid, intelligent and often humorous interviews about his body of work and the choices he made, along with Schickel’s selection of scenes from his movies (including his upcoming Invictus), results in an up-close and personal portrait of one of the great icons of our era. The end result is a clear reminder of why Eastwood’s career as both a great filmmaker and actor has been so enduring and his work so respected. . . .
A sampling of the documentary is scheduled to run on a minimum of 10,000 screens nationwide in the first quarter of 2010. Additional moments from this remarkable retrospective of Eastwood’s career will be glimpsed over the course of the media campaign in support of the release.
The box set will also include a 24-page booklet extracted from Richard Schickel’s new monograph Clint: A Retrospective, as well as Studio letters and photos. Packaged in a
20-page double-wide album, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. will contain 19 discs and will sell for $179.98 SRP. Orders are due January 12.
Select titles from Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. will also be available for download via iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune Marketplace, Amazon Video on Demand and other digital retailers.
The full 288-page book from Richard Schickel, entitled Clint: A Retrospective, will be published at the end of February/early March by Sterling Publishing Inc. This definitive appraisal contains 325 photographs, meticulously researched from Warner Bros.’ files and other key image archives. It is Schickel’s homage to the actor who, Schickel says, has most inspired him as a critic over the years. Eastwood himself provides an introduction. A 20-minute version of the full-length documentary will accompany the book, which will also be released in all English-speaking territories overseas. Translations by major publishers will follow in France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Spain and Japan.
After the jump is the list of movies in the set. It's a very impressive body of work, but I wonder how many Eastwood fans already have many of the movies in it. And, if 35 movies are being put on 19 discs, that doesn't leave a lot of room for extras.
Film Titles in the 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. Collection
Where Eagles Dare, 1968
Kelly's Heroes, 1970
Dirty Harry, 1971
Magnum Force, 1973
The Enforcer, 1975
The Outlaw Josey Wales, 1976
The Gauntlet, 1977
Every Which Way but Loose, 1978
Bronco Billy, 1980
Any Which Way You Can, 1980
Honkytonk Man, 1982
Sudden Impact, 1983
City Heat, 1984
Pale Rider, 1985
Heartbreak Ridge, 1986
The Dead Pool, 1988
Pink Cadillac, 1989
White Hunter, Black Heart, 1990
The Rookie, 1990
A Perfect World, 1993
The Bridges of Madison County, 1995
Absolute Power, 1997
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, 1997
True Crime, 1999
Space Cowboys, 2000
Blood Work, 2002
Mystic River, 2003
Million Dollar Baby, 2004
Letters from Iwo Jima, 2006
Gran Torino, 2008
The Eastwood Factor, Short Film, 2009