When he died in 1955 at the age of 24 in a car crash, James Dean was mourned by millions of fans throughout the world. Despite only making three films – all of them for Warner Bros. – Dean became one of Hollywood’s most spectacular stars, and almost 60 years later still remains an internationally compelling force, an iconic image, and a cult favorite of timeless fascination.
Warner Home Video have released East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant (a George Stevens production), on remastered Blu-ray™ as the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition – a limited and numbered six-disc set that boasts three feature-length documentaries about Dean’s life including James Dean Forever Young, narrated by Martin Sheen; American Masters James Dean Sense Memories and George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey. Packaged in a double-wide gift set, the collection also contains a 48-page photo book with behind-the-scene images and rare insight into each film.
All three films were 4k restorations from original camera negatives at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI). Due to color fading, the original camera negatives could no longer yield an acceptable photochemical print.
For Rebel Without a Cause, the stereo soundtrack was reconstructed from the magnetic soundtrack stripes of Cinemascope release prints. The film’s restoration was done by Warner Bros. in collaboration with The Film Foundation. Restoration funding was provided by Warner Bros., Gucci and The Film Foundation.
Details of the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition
East of Eden (1955)
Based on John Steinbeck’s novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden is the first of three major films that make up James Dean’s movie legacy. The idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas, California youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean’s performance earned one of the film’s four Academy Award® nominations[i]. Among the movie’s stellar performers, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress (1955).
• Commentary by Richards Schickel
• “Forever James Dean” [1987 Documentary]
• “East of Eden: Art in Search of Life”
• Screen Tests
• Wardrobe tests
• Deleted Scenes
• 3/9/1955 NYC Premier
• Theatrical Trailer
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
In one of the most influential performances in movie history, Dean plays Jim Stark, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of postwar teens – and still reverberates 50 years later. Natalie Wood (as Jim’s girl Judy) and Sal Mineo (as Jim’s tag-along pal Plato) were Academy Award® nominees[ii] for their achingly true performances. Director Nicholas Ray was also an Oscar® nominee for this landmark film which was released less than one month after Dean’s fatal car crash.
• Commentary by Douglas L. Rathgeb
• “James Dean Remembered” featurette
• “Rebel Without A Cause: Defiant Innocents”
• Dennis Hopper: Memories from the Warner Lot
• Screen Tests
• Wardrobe Tests
• 16 Deleted Scenes
• “Behind The Cameras: Natalie Wood”
• “Behind The Cameras: Jim Backus”
• “Behind The Cameras: James Dean”
• Theatrical Trailer
Giant (a George Stevens production) (1956)
Based on Edna Ferber’s best-selling family saga about a Texas family of ranchers and oilmen, Giant stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and Dennis Hopper. In his final film role, Dean stars as wrangler turned oil baron Jett Rink. Directed by the legendary George Stevens, this sprawling epic received ten Academy Award® nominations[iii] including a Best Actor nod for Dean and earned Stevens a win for Directing (1956).
• Introduction by George Stevens Jr.
• Commentary by George Stevens Jr., Ivan Moffat and Stephen Farber
• “George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him”
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