Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release
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Warner Bros. | 1971 | 102 min | Rated R | Region free
| Jun 03, 2008
Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is a tough, streetwise San Francisco police detective well known for his vicious take-no-prisoners attitude toward criminals. With the city of San Francisco being terrorized by the psychotic killer...
Warner Bros. | 1978 | 114 min | Rated PG | Region free
| Jun 01, 2010
This unusual combination of bare knuckle fighting and lighthearted romp was also a comedic
change of pace for its rugged star Clint Eastwood. Eastwood plays trucker Philo Beddoe, a
revered brawler who lives in a shack with...
Warner Bros. | 1977 | 109 min | Rated R | Region free
| Jun 01, 2010
Clint Eastwood plays an alcoholic, dim-witted cop, Ben Shockley, who has to escort an irate
prostitute, Gus Mally (Sondra Locke), from Las Vegas to Phoenix so she can testify in a
mob trial. Gus immediately warns Ben of the...
Warner Bros. | 1986 | 130 min | Rated R | Region free
| Jun 01, 2010
A Marine Corp lifer, starting his last tour of duty before retirement, sees the bumpy road his life has taken become more complicated, due to feisty recruits, by-the-book officers and a salty ex-wife to whom he's still attracted.
The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's
rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and...
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Warner Bros. | 2011 | 137 min | Rated R | Region free
| Feb 21, 2012
As the face of law enforcement in the US for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Warner Bros. | 2006 | 140 min | Rated R | Region free
| May 22, 2007
Sixty-one years ago, US and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, several hundred letters are unearthed
from that stark island's soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the...
Mysterious murders of underworld figures are taking place all over San Francisco. Criminals who have escaped prosecution are getting the justice they deserve, the sort of justice you'd think Detective Harry Callahan would...
Warner Bros. | 2004 | 133 min | Rated PG-13 | Region free
| Nov 14, 2006
"I don't train girls", trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something's different about Maggie, the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn's gym. All she wants is a fighting chance. Encouraged by his old friend, gym...
Warner Bros. | 2003 | 138 min | Rated R | Region free
| Feb 02, 2010
Three friends who grew up in working-class Boston drift apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events reconnect them. Jimmy’s 19-year-old daughter is coldly murdered. Dave is a suspect. And Sean, now a cop, scrambles...
Warner Bros. | 1976 | 136 min | Rated PG | Region A, B (C untested) | May 29, 2012
Josey Wales is a peaceful farmer and devoted family man, until renegade soldiers murder his family and destroy his farm. Fueled by hatred and branded an outlaw, he becomes dedicated to seeking vengeance on the people who took...
Warner Bros. | 1985 | 116 min | Rated R | Region free
| Jun 01, 2010
After corporate mining boss Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart) begins a campaign of terror to drive independent pan miners out of the area, a nameless stranger called Preacher (Clint Eastwood) rides into the underdogs' camp. He becomes...
Warner Bros. | 1993 | 138 min | Rated PG-13 | Region free
| Jun 05, 2012
Set in the 1960s, this story is about the relationship that develops on the road between an escaped convict and the young boy he has kidnapped. The police chief who is tracking the two knows a vital truth about the convict's past.
Warner Bros. | 2000 | 130 min | Rated PG-13 | Region free
| Jun 01, 2010
In 1958, the members of Team Daedalus, a group of top Air Force test pilots, were ready to
serve their country as the first Americans in space but were pushed aside. Now, as a Russian
satellite fails and is about to crash...
Sensitive to outcries of police brutality, the superiors of San Francisco Detective Harry Callahan have sent him on an out-of-town assignment until things cool down. But wherever Harry goes, things just get hotter. Clint Eastwood...
Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman play retired, down-on-their-luck outlaws who pick up their
guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote
Wyoming town of Big Whiskey. Richard Harris...
In the documentary The Eastwood Factor, the legendary director, actor and producer describes
the day when he decided to hang his hat at Warner Bros., where his Malpaso Productions has
since been headquartered for over three decades. The arrangement has been mutually beneficial.
Warner has provided Eastwood with a stable base for his restless cinematic exploration, while
Eastwood has provided Warner with a steady supply of films that usually turn a profit and, with
increasing frequency over the years, burnish its artistic respectability (not to mention its trophy
case). Even the flops haven't been costly, due to Eastwood's legendary thrift.
In the usual manner of home video divisions, Warner can't resist the allure of double dipping,
and with an oeuvre as vast as Eastwood's, the possibilities are almost endless. On Blu-ray alone,
we've had The Clint Eastwood Collection, Essential Eastwood: Director's
Collection and the
five-film Dirty Harry: The Ultimate
Collection (replaced two years later by the more simply
named Dirty Harry Collection). Now, just in
time for Father's Day, Warner has given us the
Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection, which partially duplicates, but does not supercede, the
All of the films in Eastwood 20 have been previously released on Blu-ray, but not every
Eastwood Blu-ray to date is included. Let's start by listing titles from the existing collections that
have been omitted. They are: Absolute Power, Kelly's Heroes, The Rookie, Where Eagles Dare,
The Enforcer and The Dead Pool. But what's here is quite impressive for the price, especially for
someone who is just starting their Blu-ray collection. The set also includes two excellent
documentaries (unfortunately, only on DVD), one of which is brand new, and a mini-book of
photos excerpted from a recently published overview of Eastwood's career.
Since every title in the Eastwood 20 set has already been reviewed at Blu-ray.com, and none of
the discs are remasters, they are not being reviewed anew. The titles are listed below in the order
in which they appear in the collection, with links to their respective reviews:
Speculating about how someone else made up a list is always risky, but it's fairly obvious that
the collection stresses Eastwood's more recent work, including everything to which Warner has
rights beginning with 2003's Mystic River. (Changeling was a Universal film, and Flags of Our
Fathers was released by Dreamworks through Paramount.) Before that, the collection hops
around, landing mostly on award winners and signature roles.
To get a full sense of what remains, it's useful to compare the Eastwood 20 set to the so-called
Clint Eastwood: 40 Film Collection that Warner is releasing simultaneously on DVD. In reality,
it's a 38-film collection, because Warner counts the two documentaries to reach 40. Some of the
additional films have yet to appear on Blu-ray. The additions are as follows; a link means that a
Special features for individual titles are discussed in their respective reviews. The collection
itself comes with three new extras, each of them noteworthy.
The Eastwood Factor (extended version) (480i; 1.33:1; 1:28:18). Directed by
film critic and Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel, this documentary was
made while Eastwood was working on Invictus. It first aired on Turner Classic
Movies in 2010. Factor attempts to provide a complete overview of Eastwood's
career from his earliest days as a bit player to his current role as producer, director
and actor. Eastwood is the sole interview subject, and although he describes his
life and career with the same understatement that is characteristic of his directorial
style, much of what he has to say is enlightening.
Many of the film clips will be familiar, but a few are surprises. A scene from the
old Maverick television show exemplifies Eastwood's early days in television
before Rawhide made him a familiar face; he plays a tough guy confronting James
Garner's Maverick, who ends up in a typical saloon fistfight. Watching the
excerpt in isolation, one would never guess that the future Man with No Name has
just entered the room.
An inevitable tone of hero worship accompanies Schickel's presentation, but it is
somewhat counteracted by Morgan Freeman's dignified narration and Eastwood's own
self-effacement. Even after all these years in the spotlight, he refuses to take
himself seriously. Listening to him describe his lifelong frustration with the game
of golf, you might be eavesdropping on the average duffer.
It is unclear why this version of Factor is labeled "extended". The running time
matches that listed at IMDb. In English, with subtitles in English SDH, French,
Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (480i; 1.78:1, enhanced; 1:01:39): Also
directed by Schickel and initially shown on TCM, this new documentary focuses
on Eastwood's directorial style through interviews with actors he's directed,
writers who have written for him, executives for whom he has made films and
several notable fellow directors. Eastwood participates as well, but the bulk of the
commentary belongs to others. It's an impressive roster that includes:
Marcia Gay Harden
Tommy Lee Jones
Some remarkably candid insights emerge. Meryl Streep describes an incident
during the filming of The Bridges of Madison County when she complained to her
co-star and director that he was watching her performance rather than
participating in the scene. Eastwood agreed and promised it would not happen
again. (It didn't.) Several interviewees recount rare occasions when the usually
unflappable director briefly became angry on set. Martin Scorsese struggles to
find a vocabulary for describing a directorial style that he admires, but which is
the polar opposite of his own. And Eastwood himself talks about both of his two
major influences, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. In English, with subtitles in
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
Clint Eastwood: Master Filmmaker at Work: The mini-book included with the
set is a sampler of the 240-page volume published in 2012 by Michael Goldman
and Lisa Fitzpatrick with a preface by Morgan Freeman and a foreword by Steven
Spielberg. The cover is labeled "a selection of imagery", and indeed the book is
mostly photographs with relatively little text (although Freeman's preface is
included). The illustrations are first-rate, and I am seriously considering buying
the complete volume.
Give Eastwood another year or two of filmmaking, and Warner a little more time with its Blu-ray
catalog, and before you know it we should be looking at an Eastwood 20, Volume 2. The omitted
titles listed above include some major works that are long overdue on Blu, such as Bird, Tight
Rope and The Bridges of Madison County. This latest collection probably contains too much
duplication to be of great value for the typical Blu-ray afficionado, who will already have many
of these titles on the shelf. Then again, consider giving your duplicates to that friend or family
member who's just starting to build their hi-def library. Go ahead, make their . . . you get the
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