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Mutiny on the Bounty (Special Edition) [DVD] (1962)

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4C0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,990 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip.... Based on the classic novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, this magnificently-photographed three-hour tour charts the tortuous and tragic course of the Bounty, which, in 1787, sailed from England to Tahiti on a "grocer's errand" to transplant breadfruit plants in Jamaica.

As the voyage progresses, tensions mount between the heartless disciplinarian Captain Bligh (a commanding Trevor Howard) and his chief officer, Fletcher Christian (Marlon Brando), who does not subscribe to Bligh's philosophy that cruelty with cause is not cruelty. Richard Harris costars as John Mills, an abused crewmember who plants the seeds of treason against Bligh.

Mutiny on the Bounty is a see-worthy saga that boasts a provocative Brando performance (his Christian is initially so foppish he makes Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow look like Errol Flynn in The Sea Hawk) and great action set pieces (a raging storm as the Bounty attempts to navigate Cape Horn). And in how many did this film inspire dreams of sailing away to Tahiti? Brando was among them. He married his ravishing costar Tarita, and later bought himself a French Polynesian island.

This "Special Edition" replicates the film's original prestigious road show presentation, complete with Overture, Intermission, Entr'acte, and Exit music. --Donald Liebenson

Product Details:

Actors: Marlon Brando
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Dubbed: French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
Run Time: 185 minutes

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on April 26 2001
Format: VHS Tape
When the news broke that MGM had the audacity to remake the hallowed 1935 classic "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, the critics were aghast. As the news leaked out about trouble in production, they whipped themselves into a self-righteous frenzy. Brando was a lightening rod for criticism because he was renowned as arrogant hothead. Compared with Gable, who was universally loved and adored, Brando was a boor. It was almost sacrilegious to put Brando in any part Gable had played. When the film opened, it never had a chance. It was ripped to shreds. Brando was ridiculed as a lower class character actor who couldn't step up to the part, and derided for his dreadful attempt at an English accent. The film was a box office loser and critics smugly declared they told us so.
The film was beset by problems throughout production. The full-scale replica of the Bounty arrived on location two months after the film was scheduled to begin shooting. There were three deaths among the film's personnel and the film ran well over budget. The biggest problems were the result of Brando's constant temper tantrums as he tried to rewrite the entire film from the set. At least six writers came and went. After countless confrontations, director Carol Reed gave up and quit to be replaced by Lewis Milestone ("All Quiet on the Western Front'). Milestone was an utterly intractable director that Brando couldn't bully. The result was a battle between the immovable object and the irresistible force, with daily emotional pyrotechnics that further delayed the film. Although Milestone usually prevailed in the fracases, this film turned out to be his last in a 37-year career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 31 2009
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Yes, I've heard all the detractors. Brando was poor, it's not historically accurate, they didn't like the ending and on and on.
It's a movie.
And it is a rather wonderful movie - arguably the best of the 3 or 4 that have been made I'd say! Regardless of whether you like Brando or not, or have other issues with it, the strong cast, the good story (it does actually have many historical accuracies in it), the fabulous cinematography , the ship (the star of this film), this film shows it is a classic.
I've enjoyed this film many many times, from first time release in the theatre, to vhs on tv, to (gladly and what took you so long!) dvd !! Hurray!! At last!
This is a good movie - a very good movie in so many ways. And although Bligh was not the ogre he's made out to be in all of the movies made on this story, Trevor Howard makes Bligh an understandable bully in a very strong performance among many strong performances.
Do yourself a favour and add this wonderful film to your library. I never tire of watching it. It's a winner in my book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack on Nov. 12 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This remake of the 1935 classic is a much-maligned film, although it's certainly worth checking out. Part of the problem is Marlon Brando's oddly mannered performance (and horrible attempt at a British accent!), but by the film's end Brando will grow on you... in fact, there's a dramatic payoff to his icy aloofness. What the film's critics are really rebelling against is the refashioning of what many consider a perfect movie. With typical '60s relativism, the story's heroic aspects are undercut by a much darker and complex plotline... Trevor Howard's Captain Bligh remains, like Laughton's, a greedy and cruel man, but in this version he is much more sympathetic. Here, Bligh is needled and derided by first mate Fletcher Christian, an aristocratic fop who looks down his nose at his rigid, uptight commander. Brando's character is also a breezy dilletante ultimately driven to act on the sailor's behalf as much by his rivalry with Bligh as by any moral concerns. The sailors see this situation and, as Bligh's repressive behavior comes to a boil, they cynically exploit Christian's hatred of the captain to push him, unwillingly, to lead the mutiny. The ending of the film is markedly different, as well, and for anyone willing to entertain this story's historical value, the new view of Pitcairn Island is worth checking out. The long interlude on Tahiti, though a bit racist and tinged by a dated, Hugh Hefner-y sense of naughtiness, is also quite compelling... It also includes some nice, reasonably authentic Polynesian dancing, and a compelling scene where Brando meets his non-English speaking bride. Of the two films, this one feels much more real, with rich details that go beyond the original story of right and wrong. Recommended.
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There is much to enjoy and admire in this movie that shows almost as well on my TV screen in this clean, precise, DVD transfer, as it did in the super-large theatre where I first saw it. Chief among its pleasures are the performances of Brando and Howard, both in uncharacteristic roles: the 1st as an upper-crust young English aristocrat, and the 2nd as an utterly unlovable autocrat whose sadism is devoted to discharging a responsibility to which he is utterly committed. The sights and smells of the period; the terrors of the wildest oceans on this earth; and the discomforts of life above and below decks in the Royal Navy of the time are all on dramatic display, carrying authenticity and complete conviction. It is when this unfortunate crew reaches Tahiti that things take a downhill plunge. The director, obsessed by the fact that with no woman on board and therefore no means of romantic titillation at his disposal, decided to milk this tropical scenario for all the sexual innuendo he could muster. The long land-break is superficial and gratuitously boring, and we never quite return to the glorious heights of tension that precede this episode. True, the final explosion of Fletcher aboard the Bounty is thrilling, and the disposal of Bligh and his few supporters is a welcome piece of justice in this closed world where no justice had previously existed. The return to Tahiti and the onward search for refuge from retribution are interesting events that are well enough described, but they do not carry the drama and tensions of the first half. It is interesting but sad to see the unity of the mutineers gradually erode, but so far as I can judge, there are historical inaccuracies in this part of the narrative, especially related to Christian’s dramatic attempt to save the burning Bounty.Read more ›
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