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Clint Eastwood 20-Film Collection

Clint Eastwood 20-Film Collection

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Warner Bros' massive collections actually started a few years ago but are just now hitting the affordable pricing market. The 20 film collection spanning Clint Eastwood's 40+ year career with Warner Bros. runs the gamut of action, Western, drama and a little comedy.

Eastwood's exclusive partnership with Warner Bros. harking back to the early days of Hollywood when actors would sign studio exclusivity contracts. WB has been good to Clint and Clint has been good to WB in return, garnering multiple Oscar wins as well as a massive box office return on relatively low budget films.

The set starts off with 1971's 'Dirty Harry', continues to the first film he produced under his Malpaso shingle, 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' and clear out of his early Western years into slightly misguided comedy like 'Every Which Way Buy Loose'. The set continues into his 90s resurgence and return to Westerners with 'Unforgiven' and the film that put him on the map as a true Oscar contender 'A Perfect World' in 1993. A noticeable gap occurs in this set after that critically acclaimed film skipping over 'The Bridges of Madison County', Absolute Power' and 'True Crime', returning with the oft-maligned 'Space Cowboys'.

From here, Eastwood regained his footing as a respectable director, helming the hugely successful and haunting 'Mystic River' and the Oscar winning 'Million Dollar Baby'. 'Gran Torino' saw Eastwood once again have a resurgence in 2008 as an actor and director, followed by a few films that could be considered attempts at Oscar bait and ending with 2012's 'Trouble With the Curve', the movie that saw him return in front of the camera that he wasn't directing for the first time since 1993's 'In the Line of Fire'.

The set is great, though it is missing a few Eastwood favorites. The quality is good, deteriorating the older the film gets but the biggest foul on this set comes int he form of the bonus features. Consisting of 2 discs including an all-new documentary and a rehashed doc, the features are good enough but they are presented on DVD for some reason. So the tag on back stating "22-disc Blu-ray Set" is a bit misleading.


Clint Eastwood has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning 3 as well as an honorary Oscar in 1995.

Peter Oberth
Review by Peter Oberth
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