Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Film Collection 5 Disc Set

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  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?:Mike Nichols’ first directorial effort represents a milestone in psychological realism and “foul” language in American cinema. George and Martha, as played superbly and without vanity by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, are as far from the bourgeois 1950s perfect married couple as you can get, alternatively badgering, berating, abusing and loving each ot

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The British-born Elizabeth Taylor was the quintessential Hollywood screen goddess. The Welsh-born Richard Burton was one of the most compelling British actors of his generation. Together, they were a perfect storm of talent, glamour, and offscreen scandal, which made even their lesser films essential viewing for those fascinated by cinema’s royal couple. This four-film set captures the prolific couple at the height of their 1960s heyday… More >>

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Film Collection 5 Disc Set

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5 Comments
  1. Taylor is a star, a great star like Sophia Loren but, for exemple, “The Comedians” is boring. The best is somewhere, and with Losey she was geatest, but “Who’s afraid” rest a good performance and a great melo. Burton as the theatrical presence.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. About the missing chef-d’oeuvre “Boom”, let’s quote Tenessee Williams :

    “This is the best movie ever made after one of my plays”.

    It says it all.

    But we can add : It’s a film by Joseph Losey, there’s a superb music by John Barry, and Noel Coward is at his best. Not to mention Burton/Taylor.

    But -please- this is not a “camp” film. It’s a very poetic film, that ‘s all. If you want “camp” by Losey, you can watch “Modesty Blaise”.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Great collection, but how ridiculous to release this without the inclusion of the cult classic BOOM! It’s Burton and Taylor at their most strung-out and self-absorbed and one of those films that must be seen to be believed.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. I have removed my former “review” of this package due to my own error in complaining about “Boom!” not being included. It dawned on me afterwards that “Boom!” is a film from another studio, and is not owned by the studio releasing this boxed set. (I’m ashamed of myself for not realizing that immediately!!!!!) But, that doesn’t let Universal off the hook for not releasing it! And, also for stating “Virginia Woolf” should have been deleted from this set to make room for “Boom!”. Again, afterwards, I became aware of the supplementary material that will be inlcuded with “Virginia Woolf”. That and, finally, the widescreen version of “The V.I.P.’s” will make this set a “must have”. Taylor and Burton went directly from “Cleopatra” to “The V.I.P.’s”, which was released while “Cleopatra” was in its “roadshow engagement” (playing only in selected large cities). Therefore, most of the world got its first view of Taylor and Burton together on screen in “The V.I.P.’s”. Despite Taylor rarely being more beautiful, Margaret Rutherford, who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this role, nearly steals the movie as the delightfully charming, bumbling, Duchess of Brighton.

    Now that the films in this collection are on DVD, when will the studio release the other Taylor films still to see the light of DVD day? Most notably the roadshow verion (already released on VHS) of “Raintree County”, for which Taylor received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. Great set of films… not sure if Warners is dumped the usage of the classic poster art for the covers of the films being that they have the NEW Warner Bros Logo as opposed to the Seven Arts that was used during that period. See Petulia for an example / Also Warner bros went cheap on the packaging instead of full size DVD cases we get slimline cases even for the 2 Disc of Virginia Woolf?!! I know this may not bug most people but I thought it was a let down. The films themselves are fine some bonus features for The V.I.P.S. would have been nice to have. Overall the films get high marks even if some are bad films… only thing lacking was Warner Bros. packaging.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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