If you’re a fan of actor-director-icon Clint Eastwood
, who just turned 80 this week, then what Warner Bros. did to celebrate his birthday is going to make your day (and maybe your Father’s Day, too). In addition to the feature-length documentary The Eastwood Factor
narrated by Morgan Freeman that is available on DVD, no less than five new Eastwood collections arrive at stores. Here is what to expect:
Clint Eastwood Collection: This is a new Blu-ray box set (the DVD set has been available for some time) featuring 10 Eastwood favorites, four of which (The Rookie, Where Eagles Dare, Absolute Power and Kelly’s Heroes) make their BD debut here. Gran Torino, Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven and Dirty Harry finish off the handsome set.
The Man With No Name Trilogy: Warner Bros. isn't the only studio Eastwood romanced over the years. MGM wants to get in on the birthday action with its Blu-ray release of Sergio Leone's classic Western trilogy, including A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Each features Eastwood as the legendary "Man With No Name" and is loaded with commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, radio spots, trailers and even hidden Easter eggs for fans willing to dig.
Essential Eastwood: Director’s Collection: This set features some favorite Eastwood-helmed movies and is available on both DVD and Blu-ray. Here we have Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Unforgiven.
Essential Eastwood: Action Collection: This set of adrenaline-charged films is only available on DVD at the moment and includes Firefox, Heartbreak Ridge, Kelly's Heroes, and Where Eagles Dare, although the latter three movies can be found in other collections or individually on Blu-ray.
Eastwood Blu-ray Double Features and Debuts: Warner Bros. is bundling a few Eastwood action favorites together in two packs: Kelly's Heroes/Where Eagles Dare, The Enforcer/Sudden Impact and Dirty Harry/Magnum Force. Also new for individual sale this week are Absolute Power, Heartbreak Ridge and The Rookie. Curiously, out of all the movies mentioned in all of the sets, Firefox is the only one that doesn’t get a high-definition makeover. Maybe Warner Bros. is saving that one for Eastwood’s birthday next year.