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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • Release Date: May 20 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008W2TH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,842 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

This tour-de-force of persecution and paranoia is based on the writings of Franz Kafka.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Señor Spook TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 5 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Alpha Video's DVD of "The Trial" is a dirty, rough, nasty, muffled Public Domain copy of a great, great film -- recommendable only for its extreme affordability. As with most Grey Market discs sourced from questionable Public Domain prints, the video is full of interlace scan lines and fine detail is utterly non-existent. The sound is equally muddy, thus ensuring a unified sonic-and-visual experience akin to watching your favourite film with a nylon sock over your head (while wearing earmuffs). With the superb Milestone DVD now long out-of-print, and with no foreseeable North American release date for Studio Canal's HD version, this may be your best bet if you want the film -- and only the film -- right now without hogging your Internet bandwidth or buying a multi-region player. "The Trial" is a prime slice of late-period Welles with pitch-perfect performances, nigh-flawless blocking, stunning cinematography and an utterly nightmarish, surreal storyline. It's a shame Alpha's product doesn't measure up to the content, so either hold off for a better release or purchase with my forewarnings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Lalonde on May 29 2007
Format: DVD
Orson Welles' so called "personal favourite film", based on the novel by Franz Kafka does remain more or less consistent with the original written work, though Welles has changed a few things to amplify effect or to introduce characters.

The poor quality of the reel (the film was nearly lost), also make it that some lines go unheard and make characters difficult to identify. The "mise en scene" also adds to this confusion, with Josef K. walking through numerous strange rooms, corridors and halls.

Still though, the film can help visualize certain elements from the book that might be difficult to imagine otherwise. Also, it is important to remember that Kafka's work was unfinished and unassembled, and Welles has attempted to reflect this non-linearity within the film.

All in all, I do recommend you see this film if you have read or plan on reading the original work, but you might be very confused by the storyline without this base knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aco on Sept. 1 2008
Format: VHS Tape
What The Trial lacks in comprehension (purposely at that) it makes up for in cinematography, set design, art direction and music. Essentially a nightmare tale, Joseph K. slowly comes to madness as his accusation for some unknown crime leads him into the abyss of a legal system, full of strange, abusive, mysterious, confusing people.
As a film I couldn't sit through it at once, I had to get up and return a couple times because the convoluted situation makes it hard to follow. This aspect is surely purposeful, Welles is a master of storytelling and images, and the production itself proves amazing.
I would highly recommend this for it's adaptation of Kafka's posthumous story, beautiful and horrible direction, cinematography, set and art direction and music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. F. MORON on Jan. 19 2004
Format: DVD
Citizen Kane is one of my favorite movies ever, and of course I respect Mr. Welles as a director. But I am afraid this movie falls short. Sound editing problems, bad acting and some unexplainable changes in the story are awful. For example, the end of the movie is simply bizarre. This movie could be much better. Although it is a good try, it is not good enough for Kafka's story.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Whenever a famous person, comes to trial, we never really know why he is brought to trial, or whether the
charge specified, is the actual reason proceedings have started against the individual. So was the situation in the famous case of al capone, and history and our court system today is littered with such stories. Here we have Orson Welles take on this nature of our society, a version of a kafka tale, this european version entitled The Trial. A famous star anthony perkins, who plays the role, an innocent person betrayed by society, and exposing the emptiness of what society has become, in which the accused are the innocent, and who exemplify all the values which here the bureaucracy of life has lost. The situation may have even become worse since this film was produced. The key to the movie is the prologue, in which we see the Perkins character running up a staircase, chased by a mob of females, and later on about having his picture painted, a profile manufactered by an artist, and the ending when we witness an explosion like some nuclear event signifying what? The film was made during the height of the cold war, the cuban missile crisis, and though it no longer speaks to that, the film can be seen today against the backdrop of disintegrating values and powers, from today's political world. The film opens with police investigating a man for a crime he never finds out what it is, and its never pointed out in some unspecified country, perhaps standing for every country. He insists he has committed no subversion, nor is he a pornographer...and the idea behind the film is society's bureaucracy and judges are undertaking this task, and there are incidents with the perkins character having relations with a female, loving those who've been innocently condemned. An interesting film to watch which has gained interest over time....Welles wrote and directed this film and plays a small role...he really has no rival in film making.
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By Kari L. Black on June 10 2004
Format: DVD
What is Joseph K guilty of? There are a number of possibilities, none of which I will suggest here. I don't want to be guilty of ruining the fun of figuring that out for yourself. This movie is Welles at his brilliant best. Many great directors seem to have a trio of films that represent their greatest work. With Welles, those three seem to be Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil and The Trial. The Magnificent Ambersons wsa murdered by the studio and an editor sent in to hack together a new ending. But the Welles directed part is so good I guess it has to rank with the above mentioned three. Then there is Othello, ruined by poor funding; but is it a wreck of a movie? I guess it belongs with the above mentioned four. Forgive me, I guess I'm guilty of digressing, as well as assuming that one can pick three of Welles's movies that stand out from his other work. What I can say about The Trial is that Welles had enough money to make his ideas work as they should on screen. When a Welles movie has enough money to cover technical costs the movie is usually great. The Trial is no exception. The Milestone DVD is a little costly; but you get an excellent looking transfer, which is all you really need to make this movie worth owning.
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