The Complete James Dean Collection (R2) in June

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Complete James Dean Collection for 6th June 2005. Celebrating the iconic film star James Dean WHV are releasing for the first time ever his complete motion picture legacy. A DVD Box Set will include East of Eden (available for the first time on DVD), Rebel Without a Cause (new two-disc Special Edition) and Giant (two-disc DVD Special Edition).

The DVDs are filled with special features, including new documentaries, commentaries, deleted scenes, Behind the Scenes segments, screen tests and more. The Complete James Dean Collection will be available for £39.99 RRP. East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant will also be available individually for £19.99 RRP each.

Details of The Complete James Dean Collection Films

East of Eden (1955) - Based on John Steinbeck's novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden, unavailable on VHS since 1995, is the first of three major films that make up James Dean's movie legacy. The 24-year old idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas Valley youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean's performance earned one of the film's four Academy Award nominations. Among the movie's stellar performers, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress.

DVD Special Features Include:
Disc One:
  • New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements
  • Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Commentary by Richard Schickel
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two:
  • All-New Documentary East of Eden: Art in Search of Life
  • Forever James Dean Documentary
  • 1955 New York Premiere Footage
  • Screen Test Footage
  • Wardrobe Tests Gallery
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Set Design Test Footage

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) - In one of the most influential performances in movie history, James Dean plays Jim Stark, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of postwar teens - and still reverberates 50 years later. Natalie Wood (as Jim's girl Judy) and Sal Mineo (as Jim's tag along pal Plato) were Academy Award nominees for their achingly true performances. Director Nicholas Ray was also an Oscar nominee for this landmark chosen as one of the all-time Top 100 American Films by the American Film Institute.

DVD Special Features Include:
Disc One:
  • Commentary by Douglas L. Rathgeb, Author of The Making of Rebel Without a Cause
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two:
  • Two Documentaries:
    • All-New Rebel Without a Cause: Defiant Innocents
    • James Dean Remembered
  • Three Behind the Cameras Segments from the Warner Bros. Presents TV Series including the "Drive Safely" public service announcement:
    • Natalie Wood
    • Jim Backus
    • James Dean
  • Screen Test Footage
  • Wardrobe Test Footage
  • Deleted Scenes (without sound)

Giant (1956) - Based on Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga about a Texas family of ranchers and oilmen, Giant stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and Dennis Hopper. In his final film role, Dean stars as wrangler turned oil baron Jett Rink. Directed by the legendary George Stevens, this sprawling epic received ten Academy Award nominations including a Best Actor nod for Dean. Giant held its place as Warner Bros.' top-grossing feature film for more than 20 years following its initial 1956 release.

Two-Disc DVD Special Features include:
  • Commentary by filmmaker/Stevens family archivist George Stevens Jr., screenwriter Ivan Moffat and critic Stephen Farber.
  • Nearly 3 hours of new and vintage documentaries in which stars, filmmakers and Texans who took part in the location shooting recall their experiences:
    • George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him
    • Memories of Giant
    • Return to Giant
  • New York premiere TV special
  • Hollywood premiere and project kickoff newsreels
  • 2 Warner Bros. Presents behind the cameras featurettes
  • Breathtaking, all-new digital transfer from Revitalized Picture and Audio Elements
  • Photo and Document Galleries
  • Extensive production notes, director filmography and introduction by George Stevens Jr.

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