The Marlon Brando Collection: The Early Years (5 DVD Boxset) £5.97 delivered @ Tesco Ent
The Marlon Brando Collection: The Early Years (5 DVD Boxset) £5.97 delivered @ Tesco Ent

The Marlon Brando Collection: The Early Years (5 DVD Boxset) £5.97 delivered @ Tesco Ent

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Contains some of Brando's finest, but, lesser known performances: Burn, The Formula, Bedtime Story, The Men, One Eyed Jacks (also directed by Brando).

Burn (Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo, 1969): (English - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono / Fullscreen)

Manipulative English mercenary Sir William Walker (Marlon Brando) is posted to a Portuguese colony in the Caribbean. Once there he uses his skills to engineer a slave revolt as part of his calculated plans for the English to seize control of the colony.

'Burn' glows with the fires of Pontecorvo's unique filmmaking genius and Brando's portrayal of a man who is both gentleman and scoundrel, revolutionary and colonialist ranks amongst his best performances. Ennio Morricone's haunting music underscores a very powerful story.

The Formula (English - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono / Fullscreen)

(Dir. John G. Avildsen, 1980): This intriguing thriller is based on Steve Shagan's best-selling 1979 book of the same name. It begins in Germany, 1945, as the Third Reich realize that the end is at hand. A general is sent to Switzerland with a truckful of documents containing information on the German discovery of a formula for the manufacturing of synthetic fuel. He is intercepted by an American who believes the world will become one big corporation at the end of the war.

The scene cuts to present day Los Angeles and the discovery of the dead body of Thomas Neely, an ex-police officer who has recently been dealing in cocaine. His friend, Lieutenant Barney Caine, is put on the case. Shortly after he talks to Neely's ex-wife, she is shot to death. Caine follows some clues and meets Adam Steiffel, the wealthy and shrewd head of an international oil cartel. Through a computer check, he finds out that Neely was the American officer who dealt with the German general.

Caine leaves for Germany where he tracks down both the chemist who developed the formula and the scientist who headed the Nazi synthetic fuel program. A stunning German model related to the chemist serves as his translator. Caine's investigations reveal a conspiracy of mammoth proportions to keep the formula for synthetic oil off the market.

The Formula is a fascinating yarn that raises interesting questions about business ethics and the moral bankruptcy of the very rich. George C. Scott's portrait of Caine as a driven and principled cop is top-notch. Marlon Brando's delineation as Adam Steiffel, an "ivory tower hoodlum," makes him a powerful adversary. Also featured are Marthe Keller, John Gielgud, G. D. Spradlin, and Beatrice Straight.

Bedtime Story (Dir. Ralph Levy, 1964): (English - Dolby Digital (5.1) / Fullscreen)

When conman and former soldier Freddy Benson arrives in the south of France, he clashes with fellow conman Lawrence Jameson. To determine who will leave they arrange a wager to see who can con $25,000 from next woman they see.

The Men (Dir. Fred Zinnemann, 1950): (English - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono / Fullscreen)

This is Marlon Brando's screen debut; he plays a paraplegic World War II veteran who sinks into depression until his former girlfriend (Teresa Wright) manages to bring him out of it. Controversial at the time for it's vivid semi-documentary style and it's no-holds barred treatment of sexual problems.

One Eyed Jacks (Dir. Marlon Brando, 1961): (English - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono / Fullscreen)

Revenge and gold are his only motiviation! Marlon Brando plays Rio, a ruthless outlaw who has been double crossed by his partner Dad Longworth, following a bank robbery. Whilst Rio plots his escape from jail with revenge planted firmly in his mind, Longworth has become a sheriff...

Directed by and starring Academy Award winner, Marlon Brando.


Great films, particularly One Eyed Jacks and Burn - but a pity they have never been released in their original screen ratio.

Anybody know otherwise?

Scorching price anyway!

One Eyed Jacks is the only one that i've seen out of the bunch and i'd say it's worth getting for that alone.

Burn was called Queimada when it was released here and gets 7.1/10 on IMDB. The Formula is supposed to be the weakest of the lot.
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