This special 3-disc collection of James Dean's best films includes:
East of Eden" This screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn Salinas Valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Only Aron's girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) and kindly old sheriff Sam (Burl Ives) can see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal. Released the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden provided Dean with his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor .
"Rebel Without a Cause" Inarticulate teenage alienation, rebelliousness and torment break out in violence in this character study about a sullen youth (James Dean) who moves with his parents to a well-to-do Los Angeles suburb, where he finds love with the local gang leader's girlfriend (Natalie Wood).
"Giant" George Stevens' sprawling adaptation of Edna Ferber's best-selling novel stars Rock Hudson as Bick, a Texas rancher who brings his beautiful new bride, Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor) back to their estate where she quickly begins a fractious relationship with the rancher's sister, Luz, played by Mercedes McCambridge. Complicating matters further, Jett (James Dean), a poor ranch-hand, continually butts heads with Bick but is adored by Bick's daughter.