Technically ambitious but artistically underwhelming, this 1961 epic by Anthony Mann (Man of the West) stars Charlton Heston as an 11th-century hero who drives the Moors from Spain. The film has been described as "glum," and that is indeed apt for a story that focuses so much on its central character's losses in the face of his simultaneous, mythic approbation. Then again, Mann has always been interested in the hidden weaknesses in prevailing myths, so that's not unusual. What is unusual in El Cid is the degree to which technology takes over his filmmaking, as it does here with so many grandiose and bravura moments with a roving camera that don't add up to anything beyond spectacle. As an achievement of Hollywood's technical advancements in the postwar years, and also as part of the filmographies of Mann and Heston, the film is well worth a look. But it is not the artistic equal of other epics of its day, such as Lawrence of Arabia. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I failed to read the reviews before ordering, and like others, received a disc that can't be played in a North American machine. Why Amazon allows this is beyond me.Published 6 months ago by Dr. Geoffrey Bond
Excellent Film. However I would be "Very Leery" of Buying this Blu-Ray. Almost all of them are not "Playable in this "Region. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark Desy
This DVD would not play on my machine in British Columbia, Canada. Beware. Amazon is clearly not trying to make sure the DVD's are suitable for various areas.Published 9 months ago by Rodney H.
I had been looking for this movie for years. Now I own it!!Published 10 months ago by Marco Saldarriaga
It doesn't work. It seems to be formatted in European style. I don't know why Amazon keeps selling these European DVDs or BDs to Canadian customers. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Park
Actually I love El Cid, the problem is that the disc is European Blu ray (zone 2) I won't be able to exchange it.Published 12 months ago by Burns Matkin