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Trial


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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • 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 (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008W2TH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,428 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Señor Spook 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 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 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 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Martinez-areffi on April 28 2004
Format: DVD
The Trial is Orson Welles' adaptation of the Franz Kafka novel of the same name. It follows the story of Josef K., a man who finds himself in a nightmarish version of reality he neither understands, nor can escape from. It begins with Josef K. (played by Anthony Perkins) being awakened by police officers, who refuse to tell him the crime he's accused of. He's placed under arrest, but not taken into custody - they allow him to continue his "normal" life. Instead, he is taken away at bizarre moments to appear in court, which is a distorted mockery of the concept of justice. There is no judge, no jury, no stated charges, no burden of proof, no lawyers, and no one that assumes impartiality or responsibility. When Josef K. asks for a lawyer, he's told it's not necessary, since it's an "informal" questioning. After the "court" appearance, Josef K. goes to enlist "the Advocate" to defend him. The Advocate (played by Orson Welles) is portrayed as a demi-god of legal access and information not available to the common man - to be worshiped and feared at all costs, since without him, they are nothing. However, in the end, Josef K. is sentenced and eventually executed for these elusive crimes.
The Trial is a merging of the existential philosophies of Kafka with the cinematic genius of Welles. Josef K. is not a particularly empathetic character - he's weak, morally flexible, and passively pushed along this nightmare. In either ending, (the book or the film), Josef K. doesn't fight against his fate, or meekly accepts it. It embodies the existentialist view that Josef K.'s nightmare prison is one of his own making, and therefore only he is responsible for its injustices.
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By Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"The Trial" (1962) is directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane), and is based on the novel by Franz Kafka. Anthony Perkins stars as Joseph K. who has been convicted of some crime of which he knows not and of which no one will inform him. This dreamlike nightmare tale follows Joseph K. through a labyrinth of a bureaucracy that knows no end. The movie has an early German Expressionist look to it with dramatic lighting and mysterious surroundings.

For those wanting to view this movie it would be best to avoid this Alpha Video release which is very low quality with very low resolution, and it also has many defects and dust on the film that have not been cleaned up. The video quality is like a well used VHS tape. The movie itself is 4/5, but the dvd is 1/5.
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