A Legend in His Time and Ours?

The Complete Motion Picture Legacy

Available on DVD May 31

East of Eden
(DVD Debut)

Rebel Without a Cause
(Debut of Two-Disc Special Edition DVD)

(Two-Disc Special Edition)

DVDs Headline James Dean 50th Anniversary 2005 Yearlong Multifaceted Global Celebration

Burbank, Calif. February 8, 2005 ? On May 31, Warner Home Video will celebrate the iconic film star James Dean with the release for the first time ever of his complete motion picture legacy. A DVD Gift Set will include East of Eden (available for the first time on DVD), Rebel Without a Cause (new two-disc Special Edition) and Giant (two-disc DVD Special Edition).

The DVDs are filled with special features, including new documentaries, commentaries, deleted scenes, Behind the Scenes segments, screen tests and more. The Complete James Dean Collection will be available for $68.92 SRP. East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant will also be available individually for $26.99 SRP/ $19.95 MAP. Orders are due May 3.

When James Dean died in a car crash in 1955, he was mourned throughout the world with mass hysteria that had never before been experienced. One of Hollywood?s most spectacular stars, with the briefest of careers, 50 years later he remains an internationally compelling force, an iconic image, and a cult favorite of timeless fascination.

Born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, James Byron Dean moved to Los Angeles with his parents when he was five, but was sent back to Indiana at the age of nine to be raised by an aunt and uncle in a Quaker community when he lost his mother to cancer. He developed a love of performing by giving speeches at the local church on the evils of alcohol and began acting in high school plays. Returning to L.A. after high school, his career began with a few small parts in movies and commercials. Unable to land more substantial movie roles, a frustrated Dean moved to New York to study under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. After rave reviews for his work in a Broadway production of "The Immoralist," he returned to Hollywood. Dean got his big break in 1955 when he was cast in the Elia Kazan production of John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Shortly thereafter came Dean?s first starring role, the one which fixed his image forever in American culture -- that of the brooding red-jacketed teenager Jim Stark in Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause.

It was less than two weeks after he completed filming his third and final feature film, Edna Ferber's Giant, that Dean?s Porsche Spyder collided with another car in Cholame, California on September 30, 1955. In 1956 Dean became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award® nomination when he was nominated for his work in East of Eden. He then received a second Best Actor nomination the following year for Giant.

Details of The Complete James Dean Collection Films

East of Eden (1955) ? Based on John Steinbeck?s novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden, unavailable on VHS since 1995, is the first of three major films that make up James Dean?s movie legacy. The 24-year old idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas Valley youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean?s performance earned one of the film?s four Academy Award nominations. Among the movie?s stellar performers, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress.

DVD Special Features Include:

Disc One:
New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements
Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Commentary by Richard Schickel
Theatrical Trailer
Languages: English & French
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Disc Two:
All-New Documentary East of Eden: Art in Search of Life
Forever James Dean Documentary
1955 New York Premiere Footage
Screen Test Footage
Wardrobe Tests Gallery
Deleted Scenes
Set Design Test Footage

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) ? In one of the most influential performances in movie history, James Dean plays Jim Stark, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of postwar teens ? and still reverberates 50 years later. Natalie Wood (as Jim?s girl Judy) and Sal Mineo (as Jim?s tag along pal Plato) were Academy Award nominees for their achingly true performances. Director Nicholas Ray was also an Oscar nominee for this landmark chosen as one of the all-time Top 100 American Films by the American Film Institute.

DVD Special Features Include:

Disc One:
Commentary by Douglas L. Rathgeb, Author of The Making of Rebel Without a Cause
Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two:
Two Documentaries
All-New Rebel Without a Cause: Defiant Innocents
James Dean Remembered
Three Behind the Cameras Segments from the Warner Bros. Presents TV Series including the ?Drive Safely? public service announcement.
· Natalie Wood
· Jim Backus
· James Dean
Screen Test Footage
Wardrobe Test Footage
Deleted Scenes (without sound)

Giant (1956) ? Based on Edna Ferber?s best-selling family saga about a Texas family of ranchers and oilmen, Giant stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and Dennis Hopper. In his final film role, Dean stars as wrangler turned oil baron Jett Rink. Directed by the legendary George Stevens, this sprawling epic received ten Academy Award nominations including a Best Actor nod for Dean. Giant held its place as Warner Bros.? top-grossing feature film for more than 20 years following its initial 1956 release.

Two-Disc DVD Special Features include:
Commentary by filmmaker/Stevens family archivist George Stevens Jr., screenwriter Ivan Moffat and critic Stephen Farber.
Nearly 3 hours of new and vintage documentaries in which stars, filmmakers and Texans who took part in the location shooting recall their experiences:
· George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him
· Memories of Giant
· Return to Giant
New York premiere TV special
Hollywood premiere and project kickoff newsreels
2 Warner Bros. Presents behind the cameras featurettes
Breathtaking, all-new digital transfer from Revitalized Picture and Audio Elements
Photo and Document Galleries
Extensive production notes, director filmography and introduction by George Stevens Jr.
Feature film available in English and French (dubbed in Québécois); subtitles available English, French and Spanish.

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Dean?s death, there are events being planned throughout the year as outlined on the attached schedule. Additionally, James Dean, an in-depth, photographic biography of the star will be published in May by DK Publishing. Written by renowned movie star biographer George Perry, this candid portrait tells the story of the making of an American icon, uncovering new details about the man behind the legend, with in-depth commentary from his closest friends and family, including his cousin and executor of his estate, Marcus Winslow, and best friend and roommate William Bast.

Also in commemoration of the anniversary, WHV will re-price James Dean, the dynamic biopic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant; starring James Franco (Spiderman 2). The DVD will sell for $14.98 SRP.

The Complete James Dean Collection
Street Date: May 31, 2005
Orders Due: May 3
Catalog #: 68332
Price: $68.92 SRP (Collection)
$26.99 SRP/$19.95 MAP (Individual Titles)

East of Eden
Catalog #: 68322
Rating: NR
Run Time: 118 minutes Rebel Without a Cause
Catalog #: 68323
Rating: NR
Run Time: 111 minutes

Catalog #: 23221
Rating: NR
Run Time: 201 minutes James Dean
SRP: $14.98
Catalog #: T6640
Rated: NR
Run Time: 96 minutes

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James Dean 50th Anniversary


February 2005:

Launch of Warner Bros.? year-long global tribute to James Dean, with a press conference at the Warner Bros. Burbank lot on February 8th

Unveiling of James Dean Fest signature branding of all Anniversary activity Commemorative tribute trailer dedicated to James Dean?s WB motion picture legacy to be screened and released. Trailer will appear on multiple DVDs manufactured and distributed by Warner Home Video from May 1 to February 1, 2006

Unveiling of trailer/promo from new feature-length documentary, James Dean: Forever Young, narrated by Martin Sheen

May 2005:

World Premiere of James Dean: Forever Young at the Cannes Film Festival in conjunction with digital premiere of East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant

Variety to publish a stand-alone edition devoted to the 50th anniversary, headlined ?Cinema?s First Rebel?

June 2005:

?James Dean Fest? promotion, to be staged in Fairmount and Marion, Indiana, June 3-5 with an anticipated audience of 200,000 ? 250,000

U.S. digital premiere of James Dean: Forever Young and James Dean motion picture legacy, billed as the world?s largest digital ?drive-in?

Commemorative concert featuring major music artists (to be named)

September 2005:

Anniversary of Dean?s tragic death