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1492: Conquest of Paradise [Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean, Ángela Molina
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Rose Bosch
  • Producers: Alain Goldman, Garth Thomas, Iain Smith, Marc Boyman, Mimi Polk Gitlin
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: Jan. 1 1998
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6302787300
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One of Ridley Scott's most wrong-headed films, this one (like all of his movies) looks fabulous and sounds utterly ridiculous, almost from the beginning. His first mistake was casting the wonderful Gerard Depardieu as Columbus and forcing him to speak English, which Depardieu does with decided difficulty. After spending way too much time on the ocean with Columbus's three ships (you kind of wish they would sail over the edge of the world), they arrive in the West Indies, only to turn around and sail back. The rest of the film deals with the not particularly comprehensible politics of Columbus's venture, which leads to the violent slaughter of trusting natives by a band of cardboard villains. Depardieu, who radiates sympathy, looks like he's at sea with this material. --Marshall Fine

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Format: VHS Tape
Okay, kids, let's forget all about the "Columbus was a bad dead white male" business and get to the real reason why this film had "lackluster" performance at the box office.
"1492" is loaded with gratuitous and gruesome violence. It was clear from the first reviewers a decade ago that the images of burning at the stake, garotting, the beheaded sailor with the harelip, and the guy leaping to his death and having his bones poke through the skin (what's up with that?) were not easy to forget. What was easy to forget was the rest of the movie, because much of it is boring (oh, almost neglected to mention the Spaniard with the bloody urine...sorry). Forget about the use of Spanish in the film, most of it is in "furry English", courtesy of Depardieu and his Euro cinema pals.
Cool, 15th century adventure stories are not well served by hangups with "a more brutal time", or politically correct references to the Carib indians or "the Moors". If you want to have them in furry English, you may as well have them speak Spanish and Italian (and Carib?) and just use subtitles.
Better luck with the movie version on the 600th anniversary of the Columbus voyage? Don't hold your breath.
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By A Customer on Oct. 19 2003
Format: VHS Tape
1492: Conquest Of Paradise, is a beautiful, and wonderful looking movie. Not only that, but it's perfect from my standpoint. People would be able to see this film again if a DVD is released. And alot of people would grow to love this movie. Yes, it's about Christopher Columbus, but the movie is about a little more than just him. History wise, I don't know that much about Christopher Columbus, other than just some of the historical facts about him, and the film presents them all reasonably well. History facts aside, the movie does it's job to entertain the viewer, and presents to us a fair interpretation of Columbus and what he accomplished through his life. Ridley Scott, uses the world Columbus inhabits and achieves glorious results, along with working with Vangelis, what we have here is a rare breed of film where the soundtrack and the images, in some scenes in the film work together to make the viewer think about the subject matter. Like in 2001: A Space Oddessy, this is about equal to it, the soundtrack is amazing. Gerard Depardieu provides us with a solid, enjoyable performance, he is so fun to watch on screen in 1492. For a French actor, he is believable as an Italian, because his nose helps, and his accent is abstract and different from the people he associates with to accomplish what he did in Spain at the time. The movie is incredible, it makes you think about life. I think a DVD release by, I think, Paramount, is not just a good idea, rather a necessity, since this film covers such important subject matter for because of Christopher Columbus, we call our home America. I think it's crazy that the studio hasn't released this on DVD yet.
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I had to watch this movie for my University history class. I thought that the videography was great, beautiful scenery etc, but I ended up having to rent this one again just so I could rewind to catch all the parts I couldn't understand due to Gerard Depardieu's accent. Why do did they have a Frenchman playing an Italian in Spain, but speaking English. We as a class decided that there was a lot of Historical inacurracy, not only in events as they happen in the movie, but also in the character of Columbus as well. Sorry folks. He was the not NICE GUY that this film makes him out to be. I also felt that they needed to explore a bit more into the tensions of the crew during the voyage and after landing. This would have made those scenes much better. I recommend this film for the beautiful scenery and the good acting (albeit hard to understand sometimes), but I would not recommend it if you are a stickler for historical truth.
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By A Customer on July 7 1999
Format: VHS Tape
First of all, Gerard Depardieu is OBVIOUSLY FRENCH! I don't believe Christopher Columbus talked like Inspector Clousseau! They could have at least attempted to be historically accurate. The film also makes it look like he was some beneficiary of the natives, though he was the one who ordered their enslavement in most cases to search for gold for his own wealth and standing.
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This one, will not only show the flaws that every average "man" suffers from, but it will overwhelmingly show you what strength of character and the sacrifice of persistent suffering yield. As any R. Scott would do, visually stunning and a delight to the eye. In terms of plot, if you have studied the actual tale, and very fully perceived the film's script, it's bitterly sweet and exhaustively warming and reafirms your faith in man-kind: every single scene counts. Not an awful lot of people know that the investment in this dude produced a 200 MILLION percent return in the 16th century alone. If you "go amidst the noise, haste and confusion" painting your life like a commusant artist, the ending of this epic will make you glow and know that "life has more imagination than you hold in your dreams" and you will rise above. Everything. Because he did.
Two factual untruths in it - 3 ships sailing back and tobacco on the 1st voyage. So what! All the important stuff is there though.
R Scott at his best, Vagelis at his best, Gerald at his best, for the best biography, of a simple man, you'll ever encounter.
Buy yourself the flick: "Get behind the weather."
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