Kim Novak Film Collection
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Kim Novak Film Collection

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Director: Delbert Mann, George Sidney, Joshua Logan

Cast: Delbert Mann, George Sidney, Joshua Logan, Kim Novak

     
 
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

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
UPC:
0043396254664
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Novak Actress,Betty Preisser,Jeanne Eagels,Gillian Holroyd,Linda English,Madge Owens
James Stewart Shepard Henderson
Rita Hayworth Vera Simpson
William Holden Hal Carter
Frank Sinatra Joey Evans
Fredric March Jerry Kingsley
Jeff Chandler Sal Satori
Rosalind Russell Rosemary Sydney
Agnes Moorehead Mme. Neilson
Glenda Farrell Mrs. Mueller, Betty's Mother
Jack Lemmon Mickey Holrod
Albert Dekker Walter Lockman
Barbara Nichols Gladys
Betty Field Flo Owens
Charles Drake John Donahue
Ernie Kovacs Sidney Redlitch
Bobby Sherwood Ned Galvin
Hermione Gingold Mrs. De Pass
Larry Gates Al Brooks
Martin Balsam Jack
Susan Strasberg Millie Owens
Cliff Robertson Alan
Elizabeth Patterson Mrs. Casey
Elsa Lanchester Queenie
Barry Bernard Anderson

Technical Credits
Delbert Mann Director
George Sidney Director
Joshua Logan Director
Richard Quine Director

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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