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DVD Review: “Tyrone Power Collection”

(20th-Century Fox. 2007. B&W/Color. 5 Discs. Various directors. Music by Alfred Newman and others.) Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1941, directed by John Cromwell), Blood and Sand (1941, dir. Rouben Mamoulian), Captain From Castile (1947, dir. Henry King), Prince of Foxes (1949, dir. King), The Black Rose (1950, dir. Henry Hathaway).

Superb box set from Fox with five of Power’s features from his heyday in the 1940s. Not his five best movies, mind you (that would have to include The Razor’s Edge and Witness for the Prosecution), but a great introduction to the studio’s leading star of the Golden Age. Captain (co-starring the lovely Jean Peters) is the most familiar movie here, and it’s fine, but I liked Blood and Sand best (Ty’s a matador torn between wife Linda Darnell and lover Rita Hayworth, appearing here just before her siren years at Columbia). Look for Hayworth’s future husband, Orson Welles, as Ty’s co-star in both Rose and Foxes (the latter a good B&W which should have been in color). Set includes a booklet on the star’s career and lots of enjoyable extras. Best are the featuettes Family Reunion with his second wife, actress Linda Christian, and his three children sharing their memories (it’s scary how much his only son, born 6 months after his death, looks like him); and Leading Ladies with several co-stars reminiscing (okay, they’re mostly gushing).

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