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#1 of 66 Eric Peterson

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Posted March 10 2005 - 12:26 AM

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 of 66 dave bula

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Posted March 10 2005 - 05:37 PM

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 of 66 NeilM

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Posted March 10 2005 - 07:32 PM

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.

#4 of 66 Amy Mormino

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Posted March 10 2005 - 08:41 PM

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.

#5 of 66 Runar_R

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Posted March 10 2005 - 10:23 PM

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
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#6 of 66 Eric Peterson

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Posted March 11 2005 - 12:13 AM

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.

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


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

#7 of 66 Dane Marvin

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Posted March 11 2005 - 12:54 AM

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

#8 of 66 Charles Ellis

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Posted March 11 2005 - 01:38 AM

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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Posted March 11 2005 - 01:52 AM

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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#10 of 66 Eric Peterson

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Posted March 11 2005 - 02:19 AM

Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer [American Masters] Sullivan's Travels: The Criterion Collection


One of the best: A propósito de Buñuel (Speaking of Buñuel) on the second disc of Criterion's "Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" release.


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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Posted March 11 2005 - 02:38 AM

I'd like to add another great documentry that isn't on the list:

"The Battle Over Citizen Kane" on the Citizen Kane DVD.
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Posted March 11 2005 - 03:37 AM

"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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Posted March 11 2005 - 08:29 AM

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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Posted March 11 2005 - 11:13 AM

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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Posted March 11 2005 - 12:07 PM

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.Posted Image
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Posted March 11 2005 - 10:32 PM

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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Posted March 12 2005 - 01:45 AM

THE SPENCER TRACY LEGACY included with the Tracy / Hepburn Signature collection.
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Posted March 12 2005 - 02:07 AM

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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Posted March 12 2005 - 03:33 AM

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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Posted March 12 2005 - 05:16 AM

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.

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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.
Yeah, those are great documentaries, Eric.

I love the whole Martini-obsession that Buñuel had! I thought I was alone! Posted Image