Kim Novak Film Collection

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Overview

An actress with all the magnetism of an A-list star, but an elusiveness that made her difficult (perhaps impossible) to pinpoint, Kim Novak coupled a blonde sultriness with an intense, smoky voice and an ability to play stunningly diverse roles. From her heyday in the late 1950s and the early 1960s, through lesser known outings such as The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) and The Great Bank Robbery (1969), Novak succeeded at keeping audiences enthralled. This collection from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is pulled...
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Overview

An actress with all the magnetism of an A-list star, but an elusiveness that made her difficult (perhaps impossible) to pinpoint, Kim Novak coupled a blonde sultriness with an intense, smoky voice and an ability to play stunningly diverse roles. From her heyday in the late 1950s and the early 1960s, through lesser known outings such as The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) and The Great Bank Robbery (1969), Novak succeeded at keeping audiences enthralled. This collection from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is pulled largely from Novak's halcyon days. It includes five of the actress's most popular films: Picnic (1955, co-starring William Holden and Susan Strasberg; Jeanne Eagels (1957), co-starring Gene Lockhart and Agnes Moorehead; Bell, Book and Candle (1958), co-starring Jimmy Stewart; Middle of the Night (1959), co starring Frederic March; and Pal Joey, co-starring Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth. Bonus features include selected scene commentaries with Novak and Stephen Rebello, footage of Novak backstage and at home, original trailers, and 5.1 audio on Picnic and Pal Joey.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
This classic adaptation of Holiday, William Inge's tale of repressed small-town sexuality, stands as the cinematic highpoint of successful Broadway director Joshua Logan. The deceptively calm waters of a close-knit Kansas community are disturbed by the arrival of a handsome drifter to the all-important Labor Day picnic. Originally a small-town girl herself, sexy Kim Novak gives a vulnerable, touching performance as the local beauty queen who longs for romance, while a buff William Holden portrays the drifter as a well-meaning but none-too-bright loser -- alternately charming and awkward; always self-defeating. Almost stealing the show, veteran actress Rosalind Russell offers such a fascinatingly grotesque take on the standard spinster role that she tears across the screen like a force of nature. And the evocative production design by Jo Mielzner and cinematography by veteran James Wong Howe tie it all together, perfectly capturing the bleakness of the story's restrictive setting. Long regarded as one of the sexiest films ever made, Picnic's overheated melodrama forcefully expresses the playwright's critical view of the era's sexual mores, making it a striking representation of '50s America.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • UPC: 043396254664
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Novak
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Kim Novak Film Collection
1. Chapter 1 [2:47]
2. Chapter 2 [10:10]
3. Chapter 3 [16:46]
4. Chapter 4 [11:59]
5. Chapter 5 [14:29]
6. Chapter 6 [6:45]
7. Chapter 7 [15:39]
8. Chapter 8 [6:27]
9. Chapter 9 [5:01]
10. Chapter 10 [7:39]
11. Chapter 11 [6:50]
12. Chapter 12 [8:26]
1. Chapter 1 [:33]
2. Chapter 2 [:41]
3. Chapter 3 [7:45]
4. Chapter 4 [10:11]
5. Chapter 5 [7:18]
6. Chapter 6 [2:42]
7. Chapter 7 [5:41]
8. Chapter 8 [3:17]
9. Chapter 9 [4:47]
10. Chapter 10 [4:21]
11. Chapter 11 [6:28]
12. Chapter 12 [5:28]
Disc #2 -- The Kim Novak Film Collection
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [6:31]
3. Chapter 3 [7:42]
4. Chapter 4 [9:38]
5. Chapter 5 [7:19]
6. Chapter 6 [9:26]
7. Chapter 7 [5:40]
8. Chapter 8 [9:43]
9. Chapter 9 [9:09]
10. Chapter 10 [9:50]
11. Chapter 11 [7:23]
12. Chapter 12 [9:56]
1. Chapter 1 [9:42]
2. Chapter 2 [9:11]
3. Chapter 3 [11:40]
4. Chapter 4 [11:45]
5. Chapter 5 [9:59]
6. Chapter 6 [10:10]
7. Chapter 7 [10:45]
8. Chapter 8 [8:15]
9. Chapter 9 [9:56]
10. Chapter 10 [9:35]
11. Chapter 11 [8:17]
12. Chapter 12 [7:58]
Disc #3 -- The Kim Novak Film Collection
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
2. Chapter 2 [2:25]
3. Chapter 3 [6:23]
4. Chapter 4 [8:53]
5. Chapter 5 [12:30]
6. Chapter 6 [5:22]
7. Chapter 7 [8:52]
8. Chapter 8 [6:55]
9. Chapter 9 [9:22]
10. Chapter 10 [7:15]
11. Chapter 11 [3:04]
12. Chapter 12 [2:51]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Kim Novak Film Collection
   Play Jeanne Eagels
   Play Picnic
   Languages
      Audio
         English 5.1
         English Original Mono
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
      Jeanne Eagels
      Picnic
   Special Features
      Kim Novak's Hollywood Picnic
      Select Scenes Commentary for Jeanne Eagles With Kim Novak and Author Stephen Bello
         Play All
         Circus Life
         Jeanne Eagels Is a Smash!
         Bigger Than Life
      Previews
         Original Theatrical Trailer
         Original Theatrical Trailer Picnic
Disc #2 -- The Kim Novak Film Collection
   Play Bell Book and Candle
   Play Middle of the Night
   Subtitles
      English SDH
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
      Bell Book and Candle
      Middle of the Night
   Special Features
      Bewitched, Bothered and Beautiful
      Reflections in the Middle of the Night
      Previews
         Original Theatrical Trailer Bell Book and Candle
         Original Theatrical Trailer Middle of the Night
         The Treasures of Columbia Classics
Disc #3 -- The Kim Novak Film Collection
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Audio
         English 5.1
         English Original Mono
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Select Scenes Commentary With Kim Novak and Author Stephen Rebello
         Play All
         Opening Scene
         My Funny Valentine
         Dream Sequence
      Backstage and At Home With Kim Novak
      Previews
         Original Theatrical Trailer
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