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    Some Like It Hot - Special Edition
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    River of No Return
  • French: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • German: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • English: Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround
    Bus Stop
  • French: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • German: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • English: Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround
    Let's Make Love
  • French: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • German: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • English: Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround
  Subtitles
    Some Like It Hot - Special Edition
    English, Hebrew, Czech, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese, English - Hearing Impaired, Turkish, Swedish, Norwegian
    River of No Return
    Dutch, English - Hearing Impaired, Danish
    Bus Stop
    French, Japanese, Czech, Hungarian, Dutch, English - Hearing Impaired, Danish
    Let's Make Love
    Dutch, English - Hearing Impaired, Danish
  Extras
    Some Like It Hot - Special Edition
  • 6 Theatrical trailer
  • Featurette
  • Photo gallery
  • Animated menus
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • Documentaries
  • Film highlights
    River of No Return
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Featurette
  • Photo gallery
  • Digitally remastered
    Bus Stop
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery
  • Digitally remastered - Restoration example
    Let's Make Love
  • 1 Theatrical trailer
  • 1 Photo gallery
  • Digitally remastered - restoration comparison
Marilyn Monroe - The Diamond Collection Volume 3
20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox . R4 . COLOR . 418 mins . PG . PAL

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To my mind, there are only two totally indispensable Marilyn Monroe movies, which should be part of every collection. They are Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like it Hot.

This collection, while not having the former, has the latter. And as all serious cinema enthusiasts know, Some Like it Hot is one of the greatest comedies master director-writer Billy Wilder ever crafted, right up there with his early masterpiece, The Major and the Minor. It is obligatory viewing for anyone serious about comedy.

This set also has River of No Return, which teams Marilyn with the brooding, husky Robert Mitchum in a very silly but amazingly appealing Western action movie with Monroe as a bar-room singer with a heart of gold (hmmmmm, I think she played that role more than once!). This is one of my very favourite Monroe movies, but anyone else should sample before buying!

Bus Stop and Let's Make Love have their moments of appeal, but are definitely just making up the volume here.

Apart from Some Like it Hot, which has two special documentaries, the discs are pretty threadbare. They all feature good anamorphic transfers, but the only 'bonus' on the other three discs is a trailer for the movie.

Individual titles reviews
REVIEW: Let's Make Love
"Marilyn sings My Heart Belongs to Daddy, but her heart's not really in it in this strangely lacklustre comedy. It's pleasing, but has none of the potency of her best film outings."
- Anthony Clarke

REVIEW: Some Like It Hot - Special Edition
"The definitive version of one of cinema’s most classic comedies, presented with a great transfer and a comprehensive set of extras."
- Gavin Turner

REVIEW: River of No Return
"Laid-back bruiser Robert Mitchum meets his match when he runs into the bar room singer with a heart of gold, Marilyn Monroe, in this Boy's-Own, gung-ho action Western. "
- Anthony Clarke

REVIEW: Bus Stop
"Moronic cowboy virgin falls in love with well-used bar-room chanteuse in a film most notable for giving Marilyn Monroe the rare chance to prove she can act."
- Anthony Clarke

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The star attraction of this set, Some Like it Hot, can be purchased separately. The other titles can only be found as part of this collection. Unless you're a Monroe-fanatic, I'd recommend buying Some Like it Hot and renting the other titles. I've got a personal liking for the very hokey River of No Return, but I'm prepared to accept that I may be a bit odd there...

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      And I quote...
    "This third box-set in the Marilyn Monroe series contains only one totally indispensable movie - it's definitely a renter, unless you're a Monroe-fanatic. "
    - Anthony Clarke
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