'Hollywood's Best and Brightest' [+ Digital]
(Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, et al / 4-Disc DVD+Digital / NR / 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Enjoy this legendary documentary collection that pays tribute to Hollywood's Best and Brightest stars. Featuring 15 female and 15 male performers, we go in-depth on their lives and careers as Mill Creek Entertainment honor these shining celebs and their blockbuster works.
DVD Verdict: Chock full of 30 living legends and the Hollywood history they have all made along the path of their respective careers, Made, 'Hollywood's Best and Brightest' is over 12 Hours of Hollywood biographies that's sure to amaze you - not to mention make you aware of things that you never knew about each celebrity!
Featuring such Hollywood luminaries as: Warren Beatty, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Wagner, Michael York, Julie Andrews, Kim Basinger, Candice Bergen, Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Goldie Hawn, Lauren Hutton, Angela Lansbury, Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret, Barbra Streisand, Kathleen Turner, and the always-adorable Raquel Welch, this list is exactly the way that each one is broadcast to us over the four discs.
I obviously won't go over each and every one of these wondrous stars of the big and small screen, but kicking off in style with Warren Beatty, well, his alone is chock full of good, bad and ugly. An Oscar-winning director and actor known for such films as Bonnie and Clyde, Reds and Heaven Can Wait, aside from all that known stuff, we learn that he was born March 30th, 1937, in Richmond, Virginia.
His mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a teacher from Nova Scotia. His father, Ira Owens Beaty, had studied for a PhD in educational psychology and worked as a teacher and school administrator, in addition to dealing in real estate. You see, and as they all tend to start off, it's things that like, the lesser-known stuff that really is the core of these biographies.
Another incredibly revealing biography is that of Jack Nicholson. Born in Neptune, New Jersey, on April 22th, 1937, he grew up in Manasquan, New Jersey, about 50 miles south of the city on the Jersey Shore. The people he believed to be his parents were named John and Ethel May Nicholson. Now, come on, isn't just that fact alone well worth the price of admission here.
Another great one is actress Faye Dunaway. Born on January 14th, 1941, in Bascom, Florida, she worked onstage before moving to the big screen and starring in the pioneering film Bonnie and Clyde, for which she received an Oscar nomination.
The last one I'll start for you is that of Ann-Margret, one of my all-time cinematic Gods. Ann-Margret was actually born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson, who worked for an electrical company.
She came to America at age 6, studied at Northwestern University and left for Las Vegas to pursue a career as a singer. All these and more can be found here in this wonderful 4-Disc box-set from Mill Creek Entertainment. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.