many big stars in Hollywood history, but the idea that all movie stars must be with the big
studios and do the same formulaic stupidity over and over again to make money
sends the wrong message about stardom and moviemaking.That kind of message has been destroying
filmmaking, as a matter of fact, which is why the new trailers set dubbed The Charles Bronson Film Collection is
will be amazed that one star could have such a run without big studio support,
but it is not studios that make stars, it is ultimately the public.That is why all of us at the site are so sick
of even actors we like being shoved in our faces to death, the promo
departments on steroids trying way too hard to make stars happen.Bronson did it the old fashioned way, the
camera liked him and he had good taste in material for a very long time.
collection offers 38 trailers for the following films:
Showdown At Boot Hill
Machine Gun Kelly
The Magnificent Seven
The Great Escape
This Property Is Condemned
The Dirty Dozen
Guns For San Sebastian
Once Upon A Time In The West
Rider On The Rain
You Can’t Win Them All
The Red Sun
The Valachi Papers
The Mechanic (aka Killer Of Killers)
The Stone Killer
From Till Three
The White Buffalo
The Evil That Men Do
Messenger of Death
widescreen, others are not, but all of the scope (2.35 X 1 films) are usually
shown at 1.85 X 1, if not pan and scan!Image quality is usually good and many of these clips are rare.Some are classics, some clips are not on the
DVDs issued of them, and some are on DVD with no trailer at all!Many are not on DVD yet and a few were barely
on VHS, if at all.The Dolby Digital 2.0
Mono reads on the back of the case as if it were 1.0 Mono based on the diagram,
but it is better sound than it gives itself credit for.The only extra is a text biography of
was smart enough to work with directors who could really help him, such as
Terence Young, Richard Fleischer, or J. Lee Thompson, but the first Death Wish (there were five of them he
starred in before his death, and one extremely dreadful remake we’ll skip
comment on) turned his career into a new direction that ultimately did not help
him.By the 1980s, he suddenly fit in to
a cycle of reactionary films that quickly became a laughable formula, and he
landed up trivializing himself.He was
surviving, making films, but being stuck at the now-defunct Cannon Pictures was
like a slow death.
political correctness, he was disposed of by Hollywood altogether, demonstrated by how
his death was virtually ignored by all media when it happened.Most of the same people who ignored him
likely never saw his best work, if any of it, and most of the filmmakers today who
try to fit into the latest sch0ool of commercial filmmaking thought will never
make films anywhere near as good or as memorable as Bronson’s very best.The simplest reason is that most of them are
too busy trying to look good and fit in, instead of taking risks and having
something to say.
trailers are pretty much laid out in chronological order and Bronson’s career
takes place form a very unique perspective to see the profound changes the
industry went through over four decades.Bronson too was interesting when the material was right and gave some
key performances in films like Once Upon
A Time In The West (reviewed elsewhere on this site).With the industry in a twisted situation of a
very bad run of ill-greenlighted money machines posing as entertainment, this
is a great time to check out The Charles
Bronson Film Collection.
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