Make that eight!
Mill Creek Entertainment has added the four-film DVD release of Hollywood Legends: Elizabeth Taylor to its Mar. 17 release calendar, bringing to eight the number of silver screen legends being celebrated with DVD selections under the company’s “Hollywood Legends” promotional banner.
Included in this four-film, double-disc collection are actor/director Richard Burton’s 1967 film adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s 17th Century Elizabethan stage play, “The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus of Doctor Faustus,” which was shortened to simply Doctor Faustus for its theatrical release. Burton stars in the title role, while Taylor appears as several women of great beauty and Oxford University Prof. Andreas Teuber appears as Mephistophilis.
Jumping ahead to 1972 we find Elizabeth Taylor cast opposite Michael Caine as battling wife and husband in director Brian G. Hutton’s X Y & Zee. Susannah York co-stars and provides the third leg of this swinging London love fest.
Two years later Taylor starred — as an unlikely “spinster” — in the Italian film production of Muriel Spark’s novel, The Driver’s Seat. Rome is the backdrop and her dance with a deadly destiny awaits … Ian Bannen and Andy Warhol, yes that Andy Warhol, appears in a brief cameo role. This is a guilty pleasure that seems completely out of reason for an Elizabeth Taylor film production.
Lastly, Mill Creek Entertainment has included director Richard Brooks’ 1954 film release of The Last Time I Saw Paris, which features an all-star cast that includes Van Johnson, Eva Gabor, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed and future James Bond, Roger Moore.