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Sure, you love Clint Eastwood, but can you handle 35 years, and 35 movies, worth of the Oscar-winning actor and director? You've got to ask yourself one question ... 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?

And yes, 'Dirty Harry' is among the classic Eastwood flicks included in the massive new DVD box set 'Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years,' a Warner Bros. Home Video package that includes the actor and filmmaker's efforts from 1968's 'Where Eagles Dare' through his Golden Globe-nominated 2008 drama 'Gran Torino.'

The 19-disc collection actually includes 34 Eastwood films -- including 'Kelly's Heroes,' 'The Enforcer,' 'Every Which Way but Loose,' 'Sudden Impact,' 'Heartbreak Ridge,' 'Bird,' 'Unforgiven' 'Mystic River,' 'Million Dollar Baby' and 'Letters From Iwo Jima' -- with the 35th entry coming from film critic Richard Schickel's 'The Eastwood Factor,' a short bio of the actor's personal and professional lives. The box set also includes hours of extras like audio commentaries and making-of featurettes, as well as an excerpt of Schickel's book, 'Clint: A Retrospective,' and scores of photos and mementos, including a glimpse at Eastwood's studio correspondences.

The attractively-packaged collection is spilling over with Eastwoodness, in fact, and gave us a hankering for other DVD box sets that focus on one performer or filmmaker and make for great marathon viewing. After the jump, 10 of the best ...
Sure, you love Clint Eastwood, but can you handle 35 years, and 35 movies, worth of the Oscar-winning actor and director? You've got to ask yourself one question ... 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?

And yes, 'Dirty Harry' is among the classic Eastwood flicks included in the massive new DVD box set 'Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years,' a Warner Bros. Home Video package that includes the actor and filmmaker's efforts from 1968's 'Where Eagles Dare' through his Golden Globe-nominated 2008 drama 'Gran Torino.'

The 19-disc collection actually includes 34 Eastwood films -- including 'Kelly's Heroes,' 'The Enforcer,' 'Every Which Way but Loose,' 'Sudden Impact,' 'Heartbreak Ridge,' 'Bird,' 'Unforgiven' 'Mystic River,' 'Million Dollar Baby' and 'Letters From Iwo Jima' -- with the 35th entry coming from film critic Richard Schickel's 'The Eastwood Factor,' a short bio of the actor's personal and professional lives. The box set also includes hours of extras like audio commentaries and making-of featurettes, as well as an excerpt of Schickel's book, 'Clint: A Retrospective,' and scores of photos and mementos, including a glimpse at Eastwood's studio correspondences.

The attractively-packaged collection is spilling over with Eastwoodness, in fact, and gave us a hankering for other DVD box sets that focus on one performer or filmmaker and make for great marathon viewing. Below, 10 of the best ...

The Premiere Frank Capra Collection (Sony)
'It's a Wonderful Life' is MIA, but this six-disc set still brims with the feel-good flicks of one of the all-time great directors, from those other Jimmy Stewart classics 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' and 'You Can't Take It With You' to the Clark Gable comedy 'It Happened One Night' and the original 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' with Gary Cooper. The collection also features commentary from Capra's oldest son, a scrapbook, a Capra documentary hosted by Ron Howard and the lone non-Oscar-winning film in the set, 1932's 'American Madness,' which featured Capra's first run-on-the-bank scene, later made much more famous in 1946 in 'It's a Wonderful Life.'

The Elizabeth Taylor Signature Collection (Warner)
Her scandal and tragedy-plagued personal life has usually gotten the headlines, but this gem-packed, albeit brief, four-film package is a nice reminder of Taylor's on-screen talents, including her star-making turn in 'National Velvet,' 'Father of the Bride,' 'Butterfield 8,' the film for which she won her first Best Actress Oscar, and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' the 1958 Paul Newman collaboration that should have nabbed her a Best Actress statue.

AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa (Criterion Collection)
This packed 2009 box set was released to mark the late filmmaker's 100th birthday (March 23, 2010) and collects 25 of his best movies, including 'Rashomon,' 'Seven Samurai' and 'Yojimbo.' The linen-covered, bright orange package also includes an illustrated book on Kurosawa's works, and four flicks making their DVD debut: 'Sanshiro Sugata,' 'The Most Beautiful,' 'Sanshiro Sugata Part II' and 'They Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail.'

The Mel Brooks Collection [Blu-ray] (Fox)
His Oscar winner, 'The Producers,' is missing, sigh, but 'Young Frankenstein,' 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Spaceballs' are all in there, as are audio commentaries, deleted scenes, interviews, trivia tracks and six Brooks comedies released on Blu-ray for the first time: 'Silent Movie,' 'High Anxiety,' 'To Be or Not to Be,' 'History of the World Part 1,' 'Twelve Chairs' and 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights.'

Ford at Fox (Fox)
This hefty set provides insight into why John Ford influenced his contemporaries, like Orson Welles and Ingmar Bergman, as well as current directors like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, collecting some of Ford's best-known films -- Best Director Oscar winners 'The Grapes of Wrath' and 'How Green Was My Valley' and 'My Darling Clementine' among them -- as well as his more unheralded productions for Fox, where he made more than four dozen movies. Among the most noteworthy: Three collaborations with actor and humorist Will Rogers ('Doctor Bull,' 'Judge Priest' and 'Steamboat Round the Bend'); 1936's 'The Prisoner of Shark Island,' about Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned after giving medical aide to John Wilkes Booth after Booth, unbeknownst to Mudd, had assassinated Abraham Lincoln; and 'Wee Willie Winkie,' Ford's 1937 version of a Rudyard Kipling story, starring Shirley Temple. 'The Collection' also includes a coffee table book on Ford's career, and the documentary 'Becoming John Ford.'

The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (Universal)
There were two Marx Brothers DVD box sets released in 2004 ... what makes this one THE must-see collection? If nothing else, it's the inclusion of 'Duck Soup,' the one Marx romp no self-respecting movie fan can miss. From Groucho's irreverent ruling of Freedonia and war with Sylvania (in the Brothers' spoof of movie musicals and war) to one of the most famous, and oft-copied, gags in cinema history with the Groucho/Harpo/Chico mirror scene, the 'Soup' is the thing. The 'Silver Screen Collection' also includes 'The Cocoanuts,' 'Animal Crackers,' 'Monkey Business' and 'Horse Feathers,' though true Marxians will also want to check out Warner's 'The Marx Brothers Collection,' which is heavier on special features and includes 'A Day at the Races,' 'Go West,' 'The Big Store,' 'A Night in Casablanca,' 'Room Service,' 'At the Circus' and 'A Night at the Opera,' featuring the also-classic stateroom scene ("And two hard-boiled eggs ... make that three hard-boiled eggs").

Alfred Hitchcock -- The Masterpiece Collection (Universal)
The films, of course, are the draw for this set -- 'Psycho,' 'Rope,' 'Rear Window,' 'The Birds,' 'Marnie' and 'Vertigo' among them -- but the fancy maroon-colored velvet box also contains a wealth of nifty bonus materials, including a photo-filled book, 14 behind-the-scenes movie featurettes, movie storyboards, original theatrical trailers and a whole disc devoted to Hitchcock documentaries and interviews, with a 1979 AFI tribute special where no one looks more bored with the endless string of praise than Hitchcock himself. All 14 films in the collection have also been digitally remastered.

The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 2 (Warner)
Sadly, there's no one single collection that features every entry on the must-see list of Davis' resume, and Warner's 'Bette Davis Collection' is broken up into three volumes, but the second set is a good bet, with the two-disc special edition of 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' the deliciously creepy 1962 thriller that finally paired Davis with her real-life nemesis Joan Crawford and earned Davis her final Best Actress Oscar nomination. 'Vol. 2' also includes 'Jezebel,' the romantic drama that paired Davis with Henry Fonda and won her a second Best Actress Academy Award, and 'Stardust: The Bette Davis Story,' an Emmy-winning documentary.

Preston Sturges -- The Filmmaker Collection (Universal)
Lovers of everything from 'Moonlighting' to 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' to 'Gilmore Girls' owe a thanks to Sturges, one of the most adept writer-directors to ever pepper his screwball comedies with witty, fast-paced dialogue. This seven-movie collection shows off the finest examples of his work, including 'The Great McGinty,' the 1940 political comedy that won Sturges a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, 1944's 'Hail the Conquering Hero' (which earned an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay), 'The Palm Beach Story' and 'Sullivan's Travels,' the 1943 satire that features the movie-within-the-movie title, 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' that inspired the Coen brothers' 2000 George Clooney comedy adventure of the same name.

Stanley Kubrick: Warner Home Video Directors Series (Warner)
'2001: A Space Odyssey,' 'A Clockwork Orange,' 'Full Metal Jacket,' 'The Shining' and the mess -- a fascinating one, at least -- that is the Kubrick collaboration with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on 'Eyes Wide Shut' are all featured in this set. All but 'Jacket' are remastered, two-disc versions of Kubrick's seminal works, while the collection also includes 'Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures,' a feature-length documentary made by Kubrick's assistant, Jan Harlan, narrated by Cruise, and containing Kubrick family home videos and interviews with most of his Hollywood cohorts.