Marilyn Monroe would have been 87 years old, had she survived. Her persona is undiminished. Her work still eminently viewable, with much of it standing the test of time.
But take a quick look at more numbers, and it will be found that her output of feature films in a starring role, were reasonably minimal.
Making early appearances in 1947, it really wasn't until her appearance in a small role in All About Eve (1951), that the public (and the studio) seemed to not only take notice, but have some idea what to do with her.
She appeared in a handful of films with fourth or fifth billing, until Don't Bother to Knock (1952), playing opposite Richard Widmark, and with another nice role in Monkey Business, also 1952, before she received star billing in Henry Hathaway's Niagara in 1953. Niagara and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, were her only Technicolor productions, and they both look superb today.
Another eight films followed. The final being the incredible The Misfits in 1961.
That's eleven films with lead roles, upon which a legend has survived. Possibly the only performer with a major following today, and fewer films, might be James Dean.
After Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and with the exception of Some Like It Hot and The Misfits, every one of her films was shot on the extremely perishable Eastman Color 5248 stock. And all, to one extent or another, have problems today with color fade.
Bringing back the color to perfect day one standards is generally possible, but an expensive proposition. I mention this because Bus Stop (1956) has arrived with a very nice Blu-ray, but with typical color problems of the era.
Reds seem to look fine, as do blues. Blacks tend to be a bit weak, and facial tones never seem to be where they should. I'm certain that this isn't because attempts weren't made to solve to problem. But certain problems can't be solved without removing budgetary restraints, and even for a film like Bus Stop, that's not bound to occur, simply because so many other films share the same problems.
Bus Stop is a wonderful film. If you read contemporary reviews, you'll find that the general sentiment is that Marilyn Monroe proved her acting chops in this film.
As far as the Blu-ray goes, some color seems quite nice, and I've a feeling whatever problems there are, are on a reel by reel basis. Nothing terribly problematic here. Just don't expect Many-Splendored Thing.
Image - 3.75
Audio - 4.5