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Mutiny on the Bounty

Charles Laughton , Clark Gable , Frank Lloyd    Unrated   VHS Tape
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Frank Lloyd's 1935 version of the famous story is broadly superior to later attempts. Charles Laughton is brilliant as the harsh captain of the 18th-century British naval vessel Bounty, and Clark Gable gives an intelligent performance as Fletcher Christian, the first mate burdened with leading a mutiny in the South Seas. This is one of those archetypal stories that seems to invite a variety of creative and moral interpretations (see both the 1962 and 1984 versions, the latter called The Bounty), but this first shot across the bow still seems truest and least massaged for hidden meaning. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie! April 9 2014
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I really love this movie, it's better than the other one with Marlon Brando. The acting by far is excellent! For it's time, this movie was very realistically portrayed and I didn't mind that it was in black and white, although colour would add to the tropical background scenes. This I would recommend highly, the delivery was on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellnt film Jan. 9 2013
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Cette première version de l'histoire du Bounty est remarquable mais n'empêche pas d'apprécier les deux autres versions réalisées depuis.Celle-ci ajoute à l'histoire le charme d'un film tourné il y a longtemps,avec des moyens moins perfectionnés que maintenant,mais avec une authenticité peut-être plus intéressante,en particulier au niveau du navire,de la navigation et de la vie sur place à Tahiti.
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I was interested in the 1935 Version of this film,just to compare the events with the 1962 Version,
its a very good movie and I recomment people to get it,its worth to experience all...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Best Picture Winner Disappoints Somewhat March 15 2004
Format:DVD
The 1935 Academy Award for Best Picture. The AFI list of best 100 films of the century (the 20th, that is). With this pedigree, I expected great things from "Mutiny on the Bounty." But this film for me, while never less than entertaining, fell far short of greatness. It's a solid action film with a script more literate than your average action movie to be sure, but I was still left somewhat cold by it.
Much of the adoration of this film seems to spring from a love of the central performances, namely those of Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. Both of course are good, but Laughton's character suffers from a silent movie villain's one-noteness. He does sadistic well, but that's about all he's required to do. Clark Gable impressed me more, and made me think that maybe he's a better actor than I ever gave him credit for. But for me, the standout performer (and the one I hear the least about) is Franchot Tone, playing a young idealist, enamored with the romance of life at sea and not prepared for the petty brutalities and politics. Tone is forced to give the most nuanced performance, as he straddles the line between loyalty to upper command and humanity for his fellow shipmates. In contrast to Laughton and Gable's showy roles, Tone's is quiet and thoughtful, except for a last-minute soliloquy that he handles well.
The production is never less than impressive, especially for 1935. The special effects are solid, as is the attention paid to period detail. But for some reason, despite the good things I have to say about the film, I just never got that into it. It's like any number of solidly crafted films released today: competent, fairly intelligent and well done, but not especially artistic or unique. One gets the feeling that it achieves what it sets out to do; one just wished it had set out to do a little more than it does.
Grade: B
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not historically accurate March 21 2004
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OK, while miles ahead of the 1960s remake, ruined by an over-the-top performance by a very miscast Marlon Brando, this version still does not tell the true story of the HMS Bounty and its ill-fated voyage. (See James A. Michener's "Rascals in Paradise" for a historically accurate, but brief, picture of Bligh and the mutiny.) The movie stays close to the novel by Hall & Nordhoff and uses a fictious midshipman, Roger Byam, as the main character and we see both Christian and Bligh mostly through his eyes.
The acting by Gable and Laughton are, of course, excellent and the film shows the money spent by M-G-M wasn't wasted. The Bounty, itself, was a beautiful replica and the filming at sea--especially during storms--is hair-raising. In short, if you are after historically accurate drama--then this isn't your film, but if you want an entertaining, thrilling sea adventure from Hollywood's golden age--then by all means take a chance with this great picture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THRILLING SEA EPIC IN VERY NICE LOOKING TRANSFER Feb. 3 2004
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
"Mutiny On The Bounty" is a classic sea epic about the crew of a British tall ship who revolt after their captain (Charles Laughton) becomes tyrannical on the high seas. Clark Gable cuts a handsome swashbuckling figure as Fletcher Christian - king of the mutineers. His ability to insight revolt leads to a disastrous outcome for all concerned. Franchot Tone give a poignant performance as one of the wronged sea men, put on trial but eventually exonerated from the charge of mutiny. For adventure on the high seas there's none to touch this harrowing classic!
Warner Brothers' transfer is a mixed blessing. Though much of the footage shot on indoor stages seems to have held up well over time the exterior and location photography is riddled with age related artifacts, slightly out of focus image quality and glaring film grain, dirt and grit. The gray scale sometimes has a well balanced look to it. At other times it appears to be suffering from low contrast levels. Blacks are never solid or deep. There are no digital anomalies. Fine details are never realized. The audio is mono but very nicely cleaned up. Extras include a couple of featurettes and a trailer. Ho-hum...the pirates life for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version July 12 2004
Format:DVD
Skip the 1962-version with Brando or the 1984-effort with Mel Gibson...
THIS is the 1. The production values are very high(of course - it`s from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) and the star performances still survives... With MGM`s "San Francisco", the best b&w melodrama of the 30s... No wonder they called Clark Gable "The King of Hollywood" - here the monarch is at his youthful and masculine BEST:-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality DVD of classic adventure!
Okay, so there are some corny MGM movie moments here and there, but on the whole this is a timeless adventure classic with standout performances by Laughton, Gable and Tone. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Nelson Aspen
2.0 out of 5 stars Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 version better
I wish they would release it in DVD, I saw the 3 versions.
I prefer the 1962 version it's a lot better, can't wet
to buy it (The DVD 1962) rate 4 1/2 stars. Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by michel lebrun
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST PICTURE 1935 awesomely restored classic on DVD!
Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc and Turner Entertainment Co. have cooperatively restored and remastered Hollywood's Golden Age Movie Classics and released them under Warner Home... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by forrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Get over it!
If you want history, go read a book. For Pete's sake, this is a movie, made for entertainment. And entertain it does. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars We Came To See The Sea
You'll noticed most of the early Oscar winners were films that were heavy-handed. They appeared as if they wanted to be seen as important. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Alex Udvary
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly simplified
This incarnation of The Mutiny on the Bounty is good, but having read both Bligh's account of the mutiny and the Nordhoff and Hall version of the mutiny, I am absolutely convinced... Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2003 by Adam Dukovich
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