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From Here to Eternity (1953) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Montgomery Clift , Burt Lancaster , Fred Zinnemann    Blu-ray
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Not much of a bonus package on the DVD, considering the film's classic status. The best is the audio commentary, which features Tim Zinnemann, the director's son (and a filmmaker in his own right), and Alvin Sargent, who connects with Fred Zinnemann in two unrelated ways: he wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Zinnemann's Julia, yes, but years before that he was an obscure actor who had a couple of scenes in From Here to Eternity. Their comments are pleasantly anecdotal, shedding insider light on the making of the film and Fred Zinnemann's meticulous approach. Fans of Montgomery Clift will be intrigued by the different, conflicting memories of that troubled actor. A making-of featurette is a bogus montage of very brief location footage, and patching together a few excerpts from an interview with Fred Zinnemann doesn't constitute much of an extra feature (why not include the entire interview?). The usual trailers and skeletal filmographies fill it out. --Robert Horton

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Not much of a bonus package on the DVD, considering the film's classic status. The best is the audio commentary, which features Tim Zinnemann, the director's son (and a filmmaker in his own right), and Alvin Sargent, who connects with Fred Zinnemann in two unrelated ways: he wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Zinnemann's Julia, yes, but years before that he was an obscure actor who had a couple of scenes in From Here to Eternity. Their comments are pleasantly anecdotal, shedding insider light on the making of the film and Fred Zinnemann's meticulous approach. Fans of Montgomery Clift will be intrigued by the different, conflicting memories of that troubled actor. A making-of featurette is a bogus montage of very brief location footage, and patching together a few excerpts from an interview with Fred Zinnemann doesn't constitute much of an extra feature (why not include the entire interview?). The usual trailers and skeletal filmographies fill it out. --Robert Horton

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Monty's Best Films Nov. 12 2012
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I'm a Montgomery Clift fan, and From Here to Eternity was in my opinion one of his best performances. He was at the height of his career, and the power of his personality really comes through. The tragic ending is the only reason I won't give this movie a five out of five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Sinatra stole the show Nov. 17 2013
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Sinatra's Maggio won a best supporting actor Emmy and the movie got best picture for 1953. This movie deserved the 8 Emmys, not like 2012's "best picture" Argo. (What a joke - and an embarrassment to Canadians!) The plot takes place in Honolulu at an army base just before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. It revolves around Clifton Montgomery, a transferree who refuses to join the base's boxing team, and Burt Lancaster, the base staff sergeant who romances the commander's bored wife. It's a complex movie, and a must see to appreciate how good movies were during the 1950s, before TVbecame mass produced.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Wretched Transfer Feb. 25 2002
By ctg
Format:DVD
I consider myself to be a BIG fan of 'From Here To Eternity' but no DVD has disappointed me more. Artifacts are apparent throughout, especially with this being black & white stock. How bad? It looks like it's snowing in Hawaii for crying out loud! This film needs & deserves extensive restoration. If you want to see a great B&W transfer of a film from the same genre I'd recommend 'In Harm's Way'. True FHTE is one of AFI's top 100 but it seems Columbia/Tri-Star shoved another classic out the door with sheer contempt for film buffs. ('On The Waterfront' DVD was another poor effort by CTS released at the same time). This studio has continually proven that they are not concerned with film preservation, only profits motivated by corporate greed. Alas, Prewitt & Maggio deserved a better fate.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Aspect Ratio, anyone? Oct. 22 2001
Format:DVD
Finally, another classic is released on DVD. But not in it's original format - this is a fullscreen edition. Where is the widescreen version of the film? Why are movie fans continuously short-changed when it comes to classic movies? Five stars for the film itself, one star for the DVD. Pathetic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film - Poor Release Sept. 28 2001
Format:DVD
Why go to all the trouble of releasing a great classic filim, without providing it in Widescreen format????? There is no reason anyone should purchase this DVD, if you already own a good quality VHS edition. The "extra materials" are not worth the price, if you don't get the complete movie!!!!! I refuse to purchase any film on DVD that is not provided in Widescreen format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Peacetime Classic ! Dec 20 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"From Here to Eternity" is a Hollywood classic. It may be the finest film ever about the military in peacetime. The background is Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in the Fall of 1941. That was the old "brown boot" Army! This reviewer is a Vietnam era vet, so I can't address the realism of the setting. Judging by the crisp dialog and snappy khaki uniforms, I'm giving the director the benefit of any doubt. I always thought it fascinating that an Austrian born Director could be at the helm of such classics as "High Noon" and FHTE -in consecutive years no less. What did Mr. Zinnemann know of the Old West or the American Army? The male lead is Burt Lancaster as First Sergeant Warden, a tough but fair NCO that any enlisted man would want for his "top". The second male lead is Private Prewitt, played by Montgomery Clift. Prewitt is a top bugler who isn't allowed to bugle and a top boxer who reuses to box for the company team! How that automatic conflict plays out is the heart of the movie. Another conflict is between Frank Sinatra, a happy go lucky but harmless enlisted man who trouble seems to follow and an evil Ernest Borgnine, the top MP at the Schofield stockade. Their "dispute" plays out too, with Clift a surprise key figure in its' "resolution". This reviewer believes that far too much attention has been lavished on the affair between Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, the wife of the Company Commander. I found it hard to swallow that any serious career man would run around openly with an officer's wife. Lancaster was one step away from a bust down to the lowest private and a trip to the stockade. The real female star here was Donna Reed, a bar "hostess' who would be a prostitute in real life. Her sensitivity toward Clift produces some of the best scenes in FHTE. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Convincing First Sergeant Dec 12 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a case of an outstanding movie being adapted from a great book.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY presents a realistic portrait of army life in Hawaii immediately before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film features strong performances by Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine and Montgomery Clift. An extremely competent supporting cast includes Jack Warden, Philip Ober and Mickey Shaughnessy.
Burt Lancaster makes a convincing first sergeant. One who is running the show and is full of knowledge about how the army really works. He also has good instincts when it comes time to act as he demonstrates in the showdown with the sadistic "Fatso" played by Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine himself is exceptional in his most famous impersonation of a villain.
Frank Sinatra definitely deserves his Oscar in the role of the defiant Maggio. However, after seeing Lee Marvin play a drunk it is hard to appreciate any other actor's attempt compared with Marvin's portrayal in PAINT YOUR WAGON.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY was a relatively low-budget production but it still managed to receive five Academy Awards and eight nominations.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 1950's Hollywood Mess
The Godfather got Sinatra the part of Maggio, but I think the producer was right; Sinatra stinks in that part. Talk about over acting; Sinatra has no subtlety at all. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by R. A Rubin
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, so-so DVD
While the digital transfer is good and I enjoyed the movie for the first time without all the white noise and sound pops, all the special features that it boasts are... Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by Tyler Tanner
3.0 out of 5 stars A Superbit waste
Yes, it's a good film but why release it in a Superbit version? It is filmed in full sceen (4x3), in black & white, and with a mono (DTS yet) soundtrack. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2003 by w.brown
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Oscars in a Single Film
This movie is mostly about soldiers stationed at an army base in Honolulu before World War II. Above all the film features superb acting performances and an absorbing... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Rosemary Brunschwyler
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
First of all let me say that Montgomery Clift was phenominal in the role of Robert Prewitt, he was so good that it earned him an academy award nomination. Read more
Published on July 10 2003 by G. Crofford
4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting in a story for its time--not TOP but near
It is so tiring to keep hearing about a movie, not on its merits, but on how it fits the "political correctness," of today, and worse yet that the sexual portrayal isn't explicit... Read more
Published on March 21 2003 by The Professor Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Daddy, how many Oscars did you say?
OK, this is a fine film and by 1953 standards probably deserving of all the honors. But unfortunately this Peyton Place version of Pearl Harbor doesn't quite make it these... Read more
Published on March 19 2003 by Ghenghis
2.0 out of 5 stars "A man don't go his own way, he's nothing."
Fred Zinnemann's "From Here to Eternity" simply has not aged well. It's place in cinematic history remains secure: Frank Sinatra's Oscar, Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr embracing... Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by Steven Y.
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic, yes, but with holes and a bit slow
Undoubtedly considered a classic, this movie won 8 Oscars in 1953, including best film. I enjoyed it, but it isn't a movie that I think I would want to own. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The real love story - a man and the army
My favorite scene in this movie isn't the famous Burt Lancaster (Sgt. Warden) - Deborah Kerr (Karen Holmes) beach romp, but that of Montgomery Clift's Private Robert E. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002 by Desiree Koh
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