Combustible Celluloid

Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. (2010)

4 Stars (out of 4)

A Day-Maker

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Warner Home Video has released this awesome 35-film collection on 19 discs, highlighting one of a most impressive relationship between one star and one studio (it retails for about $180). It's far from a complete collection of Eastwood films (some of them belong to other studios), and even this one omits Warner titles like Flags of Our Fathers, but it contains a few masterpieces and many hours of pure entertainment. Eastwood directed 23 of the films, and fans can trace his evolution over the years, with fascinating commentaries on violence, an odd fear of/fascination with women, and a hokey sense of humor that sometimes recalls John Ford. In the past 20 years, his style has evolved into a classically clean, masterful flow, with keen, practiced eye in filling the frame.

The 35th film in the set is a new "featurette," The Eastwood Factor, directed by critic Richard Schickel, though it's only a 20-minute preview for an upcoming feature. Schickel follows Eastwood around some of his old sets and sound stages, and through a wardrobe closet, getting a delightfully warm interview from the legendary icon.

The following is the complete list of films included. The links go back to my original reviews. (If there's no link, that means I haven't seen or reviewed the film yet. I still have some catching up to do!)

Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Magnum Force (1973)
The Enforcer (1975)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Gauntlet (1977)
Every Which Way but Loose (1978)
Bronco Billy (1980)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Honkytonk Man (1982)
Firefox (1982)
Sudden Impact (1983)
City Heat (1984)
Tightrope (1984)
Pale Rider (1985)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Bird (1988)
The Dead Pool (1988)
Pink Cadillac (1989)
White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
The Rookie (1990)
Unforgiven (1992)
A Perfect World (1993)
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Absolute Power (1997)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
True Crime (1999)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Blood Work (2002)
Mystic River (2003)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Gran Torino (2008)
The Eastwood Factor (short film)

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With: Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Burt Reynolds, Genevieve Bujold, Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Kevin Costner, Meryl Streep, John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, James Woods, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Gay Harden, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, Judy Davis, Jeff Daniels, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Laura Linney, Hilary Swank, Ken Watanabe, Sondra Locke, etc.
Written by: Paul Haggis, Michael Butler, John Lee Hancock, Brian Helgeland, Dennis Shryack, William Goldman, Philip Kaufman, Richard LaGravenese, David Webb Peoples, etc.
Directed by: Clint Eastwood, etc.
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Date: February 16, 2010
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