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Marilyn Monroe: The Collection Volume 1 DVD Review

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by AVForums Oct 1, 2004

    Marilyn Monroe: The Collection Volume 1 DVD Review
    SRP: £39.99

    Picture

    These movies, wisely, have not been colourised. Instead we have a strangely clear transfer for We're not Married and a more dirty one for Love Nest. This may be because Love nest is a year older, or the dirt in 'Married is more even, but the differences are plain. Neither is good, but then it's to be expected. However, as this is a fairly major release, extolling the virtues of Monroe, then surely some form of cleanup could have been under taken?
    Marilyn Monroe: The Collection Volume 1 Picture

    Sound

    Not bad, if you can get past some unnecessary musical dubbing. Much like the Shirley Temple movies, these have a dialogue bias which makes most other sound seem recessed, in comparison. Again, as the technology wasn't around for really good sound, this compromise is a good one.
    Marilyn Monroe: The Collection Volume 1 Sound

    Extras

    There are none.
    Marilyn Monroe: The Collection Volume 1 Extras

    Verdict

    Despite what I said about Marilyn Monroe, she does seem to have acknowledged the Hollywood machine as it was and still is. To quote: “In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo. You're judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty?” With insightful comments like that and her biography being what it is I find it astonishing that there are no extras. Fox, what do you think you're playing at? A few documentaries; some celebs talking of her influences; who was she on the phone to when she died? - would have made this set much more palatable. As it stands, though, Marilyn Monroe Collection Vol1 seems underwhelming.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    6

    Picture Quality

    3

    Sound Quality

    3

    Overall

    5

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