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East of Eden [Blu-ray] [1955]

  • SKU: 5747211
  • Release Date: 03/11/2014
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by Richard Schickel
    • Forever James Dean documentary
    • Featurette: East of Eden: Art in Search of Life
    • 1955 New York City premiere
    • Actors' screen tests
    • Wardrobe tests
    • Deleted scenes
    • Theatrical trailer


    East of Eden
    This truncated 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. When Adam invests in a chancy and wholly unsuccessful method of shipping his crops east, his wealth plummets. In an effort to save the business, Cal obtains money from his estranged mother (the proprietor of a whorehouse) and invests it in a risky new bean crop. The gamble pays off (thanks in no small part to the war), but Adam refuses to take the money from Cal, and the resultant quarrel causes Adam to have a stroke. Released the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden provided Dean with his first Oscar nomination, for Best Actor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Julie Harris
      Julie Harris - Abra
    • James Dean
      James Dean - Cal Trask
    • Raymond Massey
      Raymond Massey - Adam Trask
    • Burl Ives
      Burl Ives - Sam, the Sheriff
    • Dick Davalos
      Dick Davalos - Aron Trask

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    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic James Dean Film


      The fact that the only three films James Dean made were all masterpieces in their own way is incredible to me (Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant). To have lived such a short life, yet so full. This is an outstanding picture with a very odd character played by James Dean. Masterful directing by Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, Splendor in the Grass, A Face in the Crowd).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic 1950's film

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Dean's agent pick the correct film for Mr. Dean to start his career. With the fine direction of Elia Kazan and a Steinbeck novel for material the timing was perfect. A touching story of human interaction, Mr. Kazan traces people attempting to move through life successfully. An Oscar went to Jo Van Fleet for best supporting actress. One of the best films from the 1950's.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Restored classic

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      As I sat to watch this film again on Blue ray I can't get over the way it was remastered in HD. Some good works are worth looking over you might see something you missed.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      James Dean is all what I can say. I really like his movies and it is even better on bluray especially getting a book with the movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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