Love Marilyn (2012)

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Released 6-Nov-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Interviews-Crew-Director Liz GArbus
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 103:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Liz Garbus
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

   

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe. A number of her films were shown and there were various documentaries aired leading to the perennial question of why exactly she remains a pop culture icon when plenty of other great (greater?) actors and performers have faded into obscurity?

Is it something to do with the complicated nature of society or is it as simple as that women wanted to be her and men wanted to be with her? Both men and women wanted to save her from her decline and death.

As is pointed out early in this documentary by Liz Garbus there have been over 1000 books about Marilyn Monroe. With her story having been laid out many times before, most recently in semi-fictional terms by Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn, what could possibly be new or revelatory in this documentary?

Liz Garbus presents us with two new elements. The first is that there was a recent discovery of a treasure trove of personal letters, diaries and private notes at the home of her acting coach Lee Strasberg. The second is that she has recruited some of Hollywood's top actors to read the excerpts and other contemporary materials. Therefore we have a cast of multitudes including Glenn Close, Paul Giamatti, Uma Thurman and others performing readings.The readings are acted but without anyone trying to dress or act as Marilyn.

The effect is interesting and gives new life to the materials. It is up to the individual to decide whether they are interested in more information about Marilyn. In truth, the comments made in the diaries and the notes obtained are not particularly insightful or controversial. They pretty much show the same troubled woman as has previously emerged from films and documentaries about Marilyn. Nevertheless, this is definitely worth a watch for fans of Marilyn and those with an interest in the pop culture history of cinema.

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Transfer Quality

Video

Love, Marilyn comes to DVD in a 1.78:1 transfer consistent with its original aspect ratio.

It is 16×9 enhanced.

The film consists of a combination of historical footage, which has been brushed up for the film, as well as the new material being the presentations by the actors. These are sharply presented on high-definition digital. The historical materials look good too making this a fairly high quality seamless presentation.

The colours are strong and clear. The flesh tones are accurate.

There are no technical problems with the presentation.

There are no subtitles.

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Audio

   

The sound for Love, Marilyn is by way of an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track running at 448 Kb/s.

In fact, the documentary really doesn't require a sophisticated sound presentation. This is more than adequate for a film which consists primarily of monologues, voice-over and music.

There is not much for the surround track to do and the sub woofer is not engaged. Nevertheless this is a good sound presentation.

There are no technical defects with the sound.

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Extras

The DVD contains two extras.

Interview with director Liz Garbus(9.42)

In this short series of interviews the director talks about the moment when, through the new documents, she gained a real impression of a flesh and blood woman as opposed to a two dimensional woman.

Theatrical trailer (2.07)

The trailer for the film.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

   The UK Region 2 has the same features as our version whereas the Region 1 does not have the extras. Buy local!

Summary

  

That we are still talking about Marilyn Monroe some 50 years after her death indicates that she will probably always be a part of pop culture in a way that is both understandable and inexplicable. This new documentary does not really break any new ground or produce any amazing revelations yet I still found it fascinating.

The addition of actors performing as Marilyn and other people in her life seems gimmicky at first but certainly elevates the film above a mere step-by-step biography. The DVD is of good quality in sound and vision terms.

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© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC-LX 81 7.1
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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