The Complete Marilyn Monroe (2000)

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Is there another star in the history of movies (with the possible exception of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp) who was as recognizable, as analyzed, or as much of an icon as Marilyn Monroe? The answer, simply, is no-- and the proof would seem to be in this DVD collection of snippets from the edges of her career. "A Collector's Dream" is how they bill the section of the video program devoted to trailers from Monroe's films--including films such as "Love Nest" and "Let's Make It Legal," in which she barely appears--and it's hard to imagine anyone but a Marilyn completist being satisfied by this disc. The trailers are notable mostly for how much of the movie they show. But they account for the bulk of the video content on this disc, along with approximately half an hour of newsreel footage of Monroe, which is the real find here. Aside from the footage itself from those pre-infotainment days, the newsreels are an intriguing peek into the way news was disseminated during the decade when TV was coming of age. The package also includes a lengthy audio section, containing all of the songs Monroe sang in films (most of which are available elsewhere on CD). --Marshall Fine
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