Warner Bros goes ahead and makes your day with a Clint Eastwood box set

Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya? You should, if you’re a Clint Eastwood fan, because Warner Brothers has announced the forthcoming release of a massive retrospective box set of his work at the studio. Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years at Warner Bros. is set to hit stores Feb. 16 at $179.98, and will cover a large swathe of the squinting icon’s filmography, from 1968’s Where Eagles Dare to last year’s Gran Torino (which by my fifth-grade math skills, is 40 years, but I’m not complaining). It will also include Eastwood Factor, a documentary on the filmmaker by Time magazine critic Richard Schickel.

The 19-disc set will, of course, comprise the Dirty Harry pentalogy, as well as his Oscar-festooned works like Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. It also has some of his not-so-classics, like the geriatrics-in-orbit Space Cowboys (which could have been renamed Apollo 83) and the orangutan buddy comedy Every Which Way But Loose. Although, thankfully, we’re spared the Eastwood/Lee Marvin hopalong singalong Paint Your Wagon since it was made for Paramount. (“Gonna use oil-based paint, ’cause the wood is pine!”)

But the real gems that make this set worthwhile are the truly excellent films scattered throughout his career that weren’t made during his much-revered Philip Rothian late-life burst of creativity. Like Bird, his beautiful biopic of Charlie Parker; White Hunter, Black Heart, his thinly veiled biopic of John Huston; the emotionally draining A Perfect World; and The Outlaw Josey Wales, which demonstrated an interest in deconstructing the genre that made him famous, the Western, way before Unforgiven.

Here’s one of my favorite scenes from Gran Torino, and one that shows why, despite its irascible-racist-learns-to-care trappings, the film is actually one of the best comedies of the decade.

That’s the surprising versatility of the guy who went from The Man With No Name to one of the most important names in film-making. What say you, PopWatchers? Are there any Eastwood films you think must absolutely be included? Any that shouldn’t?

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  • Jill

    Absolutely should include “Pale Rider”. Nothing like a good piece of hickory.

  • chelle

    Awesome. My husband was just saying the other day that he wanted to fill in all the holes of his Clintwood collection, so he’d like some of his DVD’s. One box-set bought, and done! (I hope I’m not being hood-winked and he’s already heard about this.) =]

  • darclyte

    Boy, does my ass hurt from all the guys at the construction job…FTW!!!

  • WTF

    Gran Torino was funny. The reading of the will was hilarious. And Every Which Way But Loose is a good one, as is Bronco Billy.

    • Urvy

      Guns, Cowboys, Bridges, and Monkeys-A Big Set!

  • paige

    i wonder if Pink Cadillac is in there

  • Allan

    I already own most of Clint’s films, but I will probably buy the box set anyway. I can always give my other copies to friends and relatives.

  • eric

    Clint was sorely overlooked last year for Gran Torino….Invictus looks strong – maybe Oscar time again!

  • Chris

    Here is the list:

    Where Eagles Dare
    Kelly’s Heroes
    Dirty Harry
    Magnum Force
    The Enforcer
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    The Gauntlet
    Every Which Way But Loose
    Bronco Billy
    Any Which Way You Can
    Honkytonk Man
    Sudden Impact
    City Heat
    Pale Rider
    Heartbreak Ridge
    The Dead Pool
    Pink Cadillac
    White Hunter, Black Heart
    The Rookie
    A Perfect World
    The Bridges of Madison County
    Absolute Power
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    True Crime
    Space Cowboys
    Blood Work
    Mystic River
    Million Dollar Baby
    Letters from Iwo Jima
    Gran Torino

  • Basil

    “Where Eagles Dare” and “Kelly’s Heroes” fit in this set about as well as “Paint Your Wagon.” Neither was a Warner Bros. film. Both were made for MGM. Warners may now own the rights, but they are not Warner Bros. films.

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