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DVDs that contain lengthy docs. about stars or directors?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Eric Peterson, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. Eric Peterson

    Eric Peterson Well-Known Member

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    I love watching biographical documentaries about stars & directors. Thanks to DVD, there are dozens of these documentaries available on DVD, and I would like to make a master list of all the titles that I own, and the titles that I would like to buy. Often, I want to watch a documentary, but without browsing through my entire collection, I don't remember which docs. I own. Here is a list of what I've found so far, and I would appreciate any additions that you may have.

    Bonus documentaries included on movie DVDs
    Alice Faye: The Girl Next Door Alexander's Ragtime Band
    Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Film: Vintage Hitchcock The 39 Steps
    Anthony Quinn: A Lust for Life Zorba the Greek
    Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady How to Steal a Million

    Bette Davis: Al About Bette Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Betty Grable: Behind The Pin-Up Down Argentina Way
    Billy Wilder: Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man Ace in the Hole (Criterion Collection)
    Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey Enter the Dragon
    Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon Enter the Dragon
    Bud Boetticher: A Man Can Do That Bud Boetticher Collection
    Buster Keaton: So Funny it Hurt Buster Keaton Collection (WB)
    Carlos Saura: Portrait of Carlos Saura Cría cuervos
    Carl Th. Dreyer Vampyr
    Cary Grant: A Class Apart Bringing Up Baby
    Charles Laughton: The Hollywood Greats Hobson's Choice
    Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl It
    Clark Gable: The King Remembered Gone With the Wind

    Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome San Francisco
    Claude Jutra: An Unfinished Story Mon oncle Antoine
    Clint Eastwood: Eastwood on Eastwood The Unforgiven
    Clint Eastwood: The Man From Malpaso Dirty Harry
    Dario Argento: Dario Argento's World Of Horror Suspiria {R2}
    Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker Grapes of Wrath

    David Lean: The South Bank Show : David Lean - A Life In Film This Happy Breed (R2)
    David Lynch: Pretty as a Picture Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (Korean Version)
    Don Ameche: Hollywood's Class Act In Old Chicago
    Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost Island in the Sun
    Douglas Sirk: Behind The Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk All That Heaven Allows
    Douglas Sirk: From UFA to Hollywood: Douglas Sirk Remembers Magnificent Obsession
    Elizabeth Taylor: An Intimate Portrait Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
    Erich Von Stroheim: The Man You Loved to Hate Foolish Wives
    Ernst Lubitsch: Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin The Doll
    Frank Capra: Frank Capra's American Dream The Matinee Idol
    F.W. Murnau: The Way to Murnau Tartuffe
    Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer An American in Paris (2-disc SE)
    Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait Laura
    George Cukor: The Men Who Made the Movies Philadelphia Story
    Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero The Ox-Bow Incident
    Henry Georges Clouzot: An Enlightened Tyrant Wages of Fear (Remastered)
    Howard Hawks: The Men Who Made the Movies Bringing Up Baby & Rio Bravo (2-Disc Edition)
    Humphrey Bogart: Bacall on Bogart Casablanca
    Jack Lemmon: The Man Behind the Magic The Jack Lemmon Collection
    Jack Warner: The Last Mogul Casablanca UCE (Truncated version. Full version available on DVD-R)
    Jacques Tati: In the Footsteps of Monsieur Hulot Trafic
    James Cagney: Top of the World Yankee Doodle Dandy
    James Dean: Forever James Dean East of Eden
    James Dean: James Dean Remembered Rebel Without a Cause
    Jean Cocteau: Autoportrait d'un Inconnu (Autobiography of an Unknown) Orphic Trilogy
    Jean Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell Dinner at Eight
    Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady The Song of Bernadette
    Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star Mildred Pierce

    Joan Crawford: A Film Profile Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
    John Ford: Omnibus, Part 1 Young Mr. Lincoln
    John Garfield: The John Garfield Story The Postman Always Rings Twice
    John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick Treasure of the Sierra Madrea
    Juan Antonio Bardem: Calle Bardem Death of a Cyclist
    Judy Garland: American Masters Easter Parade
    Judy Garland: Becoming Attractions Meet me in St. Louis
    Katharine Hepburn: All About Me - A Self Portrait Philadelphia Story
    Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director Ugetsu
    Lana Turner: A Daughter's Memoir The Bad & The Beautiful

    Leni Riefenstahl: The Immoderation in Me White Hell of Pitz Palu
    Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel A Letter to Three Wives
    Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? This Sporting Life
    Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces Lon Chaney Collection
    Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu Pandora's Box (Criterion)
    Luis Bunuel: A propósito de Buñuel (Speaking of Buñuel) Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
    Luis Bunuel: A Mexican Buñuel Simon of the Desert
    Max Ophuls: Max by Marcel Lola Montes
    Merian C. Cooper: I am King Kong - The Life of Merian C. Cooper King Kong
    Mel Gibson: Birth of a Star Mad Max
    Michaelangelo Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials L'Avventura
    Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema L'eclisse
    Olive Thomas: Everybody's Sweetheart The Olive Thomas Collection
    Orson Welles: One Man Band F For Fake
    Otto Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker The Cardinal
    Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer [American Masters] Sullivan's Travels
    Rex Harrison: The Man Who Would Be King The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
    Roberto Rossellini Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy
    Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron Straw Dogs (Criterion Collection)
    Sam Peckinpah: Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade The Wild Bunch
    Samuel Fuller: The Men Who Made the Movies The Big Red One
    Spike Lee: The Evolution of a Filmmaker 25th Hour
    Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search For Truth Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 40th Anniversary
    Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool Bullitt
    Tyrone Power: The Last Idol Mark of Zorro

    Victor Fleming: Victor Fleming Master Craftsman Wizard of Oz (Blu-Ray)

    Victor Sjöström: Victor Sjöström The Outlaw and His Wife
    Vincent Price: A Versatile Villain Laura
    Vincente Minnelli: The Men Who Made the Movies Band Wagon
    Vittorio De Sica: That's Life Umberto D.
    Vivian Leigh: Scarlett & Beyond Gone With the Wind
    Warren Oates: Across the Border Cockfighter
    Wes Craven: The Directors The Hills Have Eyes
    W.C. Fields: Behind the Laughter W.C. Fields Boxset

    Will Rogers: An American Original Doubting Thomas
    William Castle: Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story The William Castle Collection
    William Holden: An Untamed Spirit Love is a Many Splendored Thing
    William A. Wellman: The Men Who Made Movies Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Volume 3
    Yasujiro Ozu: I Lived But... Tokyo Story

    Docs that cover multiple people or specific movies
    Orson Welles & William Randolph Hearst: The Battle Over Citizen Kane Citizen Kane
    Darryl F. Zannuck & Joseph Mankeweicz: The Making of Cleopatra Cleopatra

    David Lean and Robert Bolt: This Happy Breed (R2)
    John Ford & John Wayne: American Masters: The Filmmaker & The Legend Stagecoach
    Michael Powell & Leo Marks: A Very British Psycho Peeping Tom

    Separate Discs included in a boxset
    Alfred Hitchcock: AFI Salute to Alfred Hitchcock & Masters of Cinema

    Bette Davis: Stardust: The Bette Davis Story Bette Davis Collection Vol. 2
    Charlie Chaplin: The Life & Times of Charlie Chaplin Chaplin Boxset #1 (WB)
    Charlie Chaplin: Gentleman Tramp Chaplin Mutuals
    Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows The Dirty Harry Collection
    Errol Flynn: The Adventures of Errol Flynn Errol Flynn Boxset

    Frank Capra: Frank Capra's American Dream The Premiere Frank Capra Collection
    Greta Garbo: Garbo Greta Garbo Signature Collection
    John Cassavetes: A Constant Forge John Cassavetes Boxset (Criterion Collection)
    John Ford: Becoming John Ford Ford at Fox Boxset
    Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To The Thin Man Box
    Sylvester Stallone: A Rocky Road to the Top Rocky Boxset
    Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Stanley Kubrick Boxset
    Spencer Tracy: The Spencer Tracy Legacy Tracy/Hepburn Signature collection
    Tennessee Williams: Tennessee Willams' South Tennessee Williams Boxset
    Val Lewton: Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy Val Lewton Boxset
    William Powell: A True Gentleman The Thin Man Box


    Discs sold seperately
    Akira Kurowsawa: Kurosawa (Wellspring)
    Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula
    Bob Hope: America's Entertainer (Biography)
    Brothers Warner, The

    Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon (A&E DVD Archives
    Charlie Chaplin: Unknown Chaplin
    Chuck Jones: Extremes & In Betweens
    Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
    Clint Eastwood: The Eastwood Factor (Coming June 1)
    Fritz Lang: Circle of Destiny
    Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (American Masters)
    George Cukor: On Cukor (American Masters)
    George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
    Harry Langdon: The Forgotten Clown
    James Dean: Sense Memories (American Masters)
    James Dean: Forever Young
    James Dean: Biography (A&E DVD Archives)
    John Ford: Directed by John Ford
    John Wayne: American Legend
    Katharine Hepburn: Biography (A&E DVD Archives)
    Leni Riefenstahl: Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
    Louis B. Mayer: Biography (A&E DVD Archives)
    Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu OOP
    Marion Davies: Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies
    Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember
    Marx Brothers, The: The Unknown Marx Brothers
    Marx Brothers, The: The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell
    Mary Pickford: A Life on Film
    Rita Hayworth: Rita
    Robert Evans: The Kid Stays in the Picture
    Rudolph Valentino: The Legend of Rudolph Valentino
    Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (American Masters)
    Samuel Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
    Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (Scorcese)
    W.C. Fields: Straight Up

    The Directors Series

    • Steven Spielberg
    • Clint Eastwood
    • Robert Altman
    • Ron Howard
    • Spike Lee
    • Barry Levinson
    • Sydney Pollack
    • Rob Reiner
    • Martin Scorcese
    • Wolfgang Petersen
    • Barbara Streisand
    • William Friedken
    • Lawrence Kasdan
    • Joel Schumacher
    • Milos Forman
    • Terry Gilliam
    • David Cronenberg
    • James Cameron
    • Joel McTiernan
    • Norman Jewison
    • Adrian Lyne
    • Roger Corman
    • Zucker, Abrahams, & Zucker
    • John Frankenheimer
    • Sydney Lumet
    • Robert Zemeckis
    • Michael Mann
    • Wes Craven
    • Garry Marshall

    Boxsets
    Heroes of Horror includes:

    • Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince
    • Boris Karloff: The Gentle Monster
    • Lon Chaney, Jr.: Son Of A Thousand Faces
    • Peter Lorre: The Master Of Menance
    • Vincent Price: The Versatile Villian

    The Hollywood Collection (Janson Media )


    • Anthony Quinn: An Original
    • Audrey Hepburn Remembered
    • Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach
    • Cary Grant: The Leading Man
    • Charlton Heston: For All Seasons
    • Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero
    • Grace Kelly: The American Princess
    • Gregory Peck: His Own Man
    • Ingrid Bergman Remembered
    • Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman
    • Joan Crawford: Always the Star
    • Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend
    • Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold
    • Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star
    • Roger Moore: A Matter of Class
    • Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels
    • Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling
    • Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge
    • Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough
    • William Holden: The Golden Boy (was supposed to come out April 20, but appears to be delayed or cancelled)
    • Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King
     
  2. dave bula

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    Eric, I share your appreciation for substantial biographical documentaries. Thanks for the list. There are a few on there that I was not aware of. Hopefully, others who read this thread may be able to come up with a few more.

    I understand that this coming Tuesday, there will be a couple more. "Men Who Made The Movies - Vincente Minelli" will be on the new Band Wagon 2 disc. And an American Masters profile of Judy Garland will be on the new Easter Parade 2-disc.
     
  3. NeilM

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    well there's a "Biography" documentary about Vincent Price in the release of "Laura".

    it's 40 mins long, but's good and quite entertaining.
     
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    The "Laura" release also contains a "Biography" doc on Gene Tierney, so you get two for the price of one! The "Biography" mini-docs are probably the best extras that Fox offers on their classic releases.

    Also, it hasn't come out yet, but the Errol Flynn set will contain a documentary on his quite entertaining life.
     
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    Don't know if it fits your request exactly, but the documentary on Cleopatra is one of the best I've seen on that specific era of Hollywood
     
  6. Eric Peterson

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    Thanks guys. I was aware of most of the upcoming releases except for the docs on Laura. I will update the list with those titles.



    Yeah, it doesn't really fit what I'm looking for here, but without a doubt it is definitely one of the best documentaries that I've ever seen. In fact, I've had the disc since it was released, but have never watched the movie, only the doc.:b
     
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    Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer [American Masters] Sullivan's Travels: The Criterion Collection
    Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey Enter the Dragon
    Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon Enter the Dragon
     
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    Most of these were orginally shown as either installments of A&E's Biography series or as Turner Classic Movies specials. On the whole, I've seen most of these and there are indeed fabulous in their reverence to their subjects and the clips used.

    On a related matter, there was a real disaster with Fox's Cleopatra DVD set. It includes the 2-hour AMC documentary on the making of the film, but there are no chapter stops whatsoever in the entire documentary! How stupid can you get??? If you stop in the middle of the documentary, you have to start allover again and FF 'til you reach the point you left off. I hope those yahoos at Fox have learened from this!
     
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    One of the best: A propósito de Buñuel (Speaking of Buñuel) on the second disc of Criterion's "Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" release.
     
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    Wow! How did I forget both of these? I need to broswe through my Criterions and see if I missed anymore. I've watched both of these and the Sturges one twice.
     
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    I'd like to add another great documentry that isn't on the list:

    "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" on the Citizen Kane DVD.
    Great biography on both Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst. Two hours long and nominated for an Oscar to boot! [​IMG]
     
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    "The Hills Have Eyes" DVD from Anchor Bay contains the entire "Directors" doc on Wes Craven. Very entertaining. The "Directors" discs were at one time available separately... they're pretty scarce to buy new separately now. I really enjoyed all of the ones I've seen.
     
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    Ok, how about this then:

    The korean version of "Twin Peaks:Fire walk with me" includes the documetary on David Lynch called "Pretty as a picture". 80 minutes and very interesting.
     
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    Douglas Sirk: Behind The Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk All That Heaven Allows
    Jean Cocteau: Autoportrait d'un Inconnu (Autobiography of an Unknown) Orphic Trilogy
    Otto Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker The Cardinal
     
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    Heroes of Horror features five 45 min. docs on Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince, Boris Karloff: The Gentle Monster, Lon Chaney, Jr.: Son Of A Thousand Faces, Peter Lorre: The Master Of Menance, & Vincent Price: The Versatile Villian. I think it's from Biography but I'm not sure. It's really good.[​IMG]
     
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    Anthony Quinn: A Lust for Life Zorba the Greek
    Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady How to steal a million
    Judy Garland: Becoming Attractions Meet me in St. Louis
    Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron Straw Dogs (Criterion Collection)

    Separate disc:
    Clint Eastwood: Out of the shadows
     
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    THE SPENCER TRACY LEGACY included with the Tracy / Hepburn Signature collection.
     
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    A&E BIOGRAPHY--SYLVESTER STALLONE: THE ROCKY ROAD TO THE TOP

    (as found in the Limited Edition release of the ROCKY ANTHOLOGY DVD boxed set)
     
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    L'Avventura: Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials

    L'eclisse: Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema

    The 39 Steps: The Art of Film: Vintage Hitchcock

    Umberto D.: That's Life: Vittorio De Sica

    Suspiria: {R2} Dario Argento's World Of Horror

    25th Hour: The Evolution Of An American Filmmaker {Spike Lee, though very short}
     
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    Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember

    At over three hours it covers the legendary actor's amazing career. It's very funny and very beautifully put together. Mastroianni is one of my 'Heroes of Cinema'. A must for fans.

    Yeah, those are great documentaries, Eric.

    I love the whole Martini-obsession that Buñuel had! I thought I was alone! [​IMG]
     

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