In honor of the studio's year-long 90th anniversary celebration, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of the Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection, which includes twenty previously released Eastwood films on Blu-ray and features two documentaries: Eastwood Factor and Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story. The set arrives on June 4, 2013.
Clint Eastwood's illustrious motion picture career has spanned more than half a century and touched generations of filmgoers. The filmmaker/actor has received five Academy Awards and his films have grossed more than $2 billion at the domestic box office. Eastwood's relationship with Warner Bros. began in 1975 with the signing of a long-term pact, and Eastwood's Malpaso Productions moved onto the studio's storied lot. Among the many awards Eastwood has received for his work are four Oscars and ten nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director wins for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood has also received five Golden Globes, countless critics association accolades and Lifetime Achievement awards from, among others, the Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, the American Film Institute and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In addition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Recently, Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor (Légion d'honneur), cited for his "body of work, his longevity and his ability to delight audiences around the globe."
Early in his career, Eastwood starred as the "Man with No Name" in A Fistful of Dollars, his first spaghetti western, which was a box office success and drew attention to the young actor. Additional roles followed, including the role of Harry Callahan in five Dirty Harry films, beginning in 1971. That same year, he made his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me. Other noted Eastwood films include the Charlie Parker biography Bird; The Bridges of Madison County; In the Line of Fire; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; White Hunter, Black Heart; Absolute Power; Space Cowboys; Mystic River; Flags of Our Fathers; Letters from Iwo Jima; Gran Torino; and Invictus.
In addition to his most recent film, Trouble with the Curve, the Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection will include Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story, produced by Richard Schickel. This unprecedented new film focuses on Eastwood's directorial style as seen through the eyes of many of his producing partners and actors. It explores how Eastwood's style is unique and illustrates why he has managed to be successful for more than four decades. The major talent participating includes Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman.
Come on, Warner. How about releasing Tightrope and Bridges of Madison County instead of re-rerealising titles and boxsets already out there? As for the guys at Universal, it would be nice to have Beguiled and Two Mules for Sister Sara in HD. Just saying.
ehh, not enough classics to make me care. Why not give the man some more digibook releases for being with WB for so long?
Or a definitive collection of all his work. Is it really that difficult? It's WB 90th, where's the effort?
Seriously where the hell is The Bridges of Madison County!? The movie took ages to be finally released in Widescreen on DVD so what we have to wait decades to see it reach the light of day on Blu-ray!?
I don't really get the point or appeal - it's like Eastwood for newbies; fans of half of those films would want their sequels too, some of which are only available in combo sets with the film they're already buying in this one. Even if they finally remastered and included a decent BD for The Unforgiven, I'd wait until the remastered copy filtered into the stand alone market.