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4.0 out of 5 stars THRILLING SEA EPIC IN VERY NICE LOOKING TRANSFER
"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...
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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. Watch "Wings", "All Quite On The Western Front", "Cimarron", "The Life of Emile Zola", and director Frank Lloyd's other Oscar winner "Cavalcade". All of these films seem as if they are...
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4.0 out of 5 stars THRILLING SEA EPIC IN VERY NICE LOOKING TRANSFER, Feb. 3 2004
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Nix Pix (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mutiny on the Bounty (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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3.0 out of 5 stars We Came To See The Sea, Nov. 30 2003
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Alex Udvary (chicago, il United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mutiny on the Bounty (VHS Tape)
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. Watch "Wings", "All Quite On The Western Front", "Cimarron", "The Life of Emile Zola", and director Frank Lloyd's other Oscar winner "Cavalcade". All of these films seem as if they are shoving an important message down our throats, mind you, not that they are bad films, well, maybe except for "Cimarron". But, "Mutiny on the Bounty" is actually one of the few films to have won the Oscar that didn't appear as "important" as the others. It appears as if it merely wants to entertain. Other films that belong on that list are "The Broadway Melody of 1929", and two Frank Capra films "It Happened One Night" & "You Can't Take It With You". And that's it.

"Mutiny on the Bounty" when released was one of the most expensive films ever made, I believe somewhere between 2-4 million. But watch the wonderful detail given to the film. There are lavish production and costume designs. So, if you like that sort of thing, keep your eyes open.
Now, I've noticed that some people bash the movie because they feel it doesn't create an accurate description of what really happened. My answer to this is, who cares? Lets judge the movie on cinematic terms not historical. As a movie does it entertain? Yes. Is there good acting? Yes. You have three Oscar nominated performances here, Charles Laughton, to me comes out looking the best. Clark Gable gives one of his best, though, I admit I never really thought of him as a "great" actor. He was fine for certain roles but I never felt he had a wide range. Though to be fair I must admit he did have a lot of charisma, which is undoubtedly why he made in it the movies. And finally you have Franchot Tone who gives a warm performance as Roger Byam. Another important question to ask is how is the directing? Lloyd who had just won the Oscar for "Cavalcade" I think does a better job here. So, please don't judge the movie based on historical facts. We should all know the movies embellish the truth. Judge the film on the own merits. So is it a good movie? Yes. It proves to entertain it's audiences, it has some wonderful acting, handsome sets and costumes, moments of action and human drama, and is mildly amusing at times. It is worth seeing if your a Laughton or Gable fan. Or if you interested in seeing the early Oscar winners.
Here's an interesting fact. Did you know Wallace Berry was the original choice for Capt. Bligh? He turned the role down because he didn't like Gable, and didn't want to be on set with him for a long period of time. What makes this so interesting is if anyone out there is 500 years old like myself you'll recall the two made some films togther. In 1935, the same year as this picture they made "China Seas" (Jean Harlow co-starred), and "Hell Divers" (A movie about two rival pilots) which I think was made in 1931 maybe 1930, I'm not sure. *** 1\2 out of *****
Bottom-line: One of the more entertaing early Oscar winners. Not as heavy-handed. Very good acting, strong directing, and lots of action and more human scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not historically accurate, March 21 2004
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Daniel Waitkoss (St. Charles, Missouri USA) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST PICTURE 1935 awesomely restored classic on DVD!, Feb. 8 2004
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forrie (Nashua, NH United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mutiny on the Bounty (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 Video Inc DVD label. These classics are meticulously restored both picture and sound. The results are an amazing Home Theatre experience. The quality is even better than the original 1935 theatrical presentation.
"Mutiny On The Bounty" was 1935 BEST PICTURE Oscar Winner. (Also voted into AFI's (American Film Institutes) Top 100 Movies in 100 Years (circa 1998)) Starring Charles Laughton as the infamous Captain Bligh and Clark Gable as 1st Officer Fletcher Christian. This Standard Format Black/White feature was quite a lengthy picture for the 1930's ( 132 minutes ). But the story moved by very quickly covering several years ar sea. From Portsmouth England to Tahiti / Pitcairn Island & back twice for Bligh.
The year was 1787 when English seaman were shanghied and made to serve on his magesty's ships for years. Average common men drafted and taken from their families unwillingly. This story "Mutiny on the Bounty" is based on true incident which changed the Rules of Seamanship forever. Due to Captain Bligh's blatant disregard of human rights and cruel inhuman punishment for any questioning of his unreasonable orders. He was a common man who through pain & suffering climbed to the rank of Lieutantant. Hating Christian for his being a refined gentleman and well educated officer. This story vividly shows us the world of the seaman via 1787 and how an unspeakable "MUTINY" results. An outstanding movie and the players are well casted for their roles!!
Extra features include; Vintage documentary - "Pitcairn Island Today" (circa 1935), Academy Award Newsreel and Theartical Trailers (1935 & remake with Marlon Brando 1962).
This is a must have DVD for your Home Theatre library. Enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version, July 12 2004
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Henning Sebastian Jahre "Judy-Viv" (Oslo, Norway) - See all my reviews
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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 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY [LES RÉVOLTÉS DU BOUNTY] [1962] [Blu-ray] [French Import], July 29 2015
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MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY [LES RÉVOLTÉS DU BOUNTY] [1962] [Blu-ray] [French Import] The Mightiest Sea-Spectacular That Ever Swept Across The Screen!

It is 1787and the HMS Bounty sets out on a journey through perilous seas to a tropical paradise... and into history as the one of the most ill-fated vessels in naval lore. Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front) directs this colour-drenched spectacular nominated for seven Academy Awards® including Best Picture. Filmed before in 1935 and again in 1984's The Bounty, the gripping story centres on first officer Fletcher Christian [Marlon Brando], a dandy transformed into a man of action, and Capt. William Bligh [Trevor Howard], uncompromising in his command or his cruelty. "Fear is [my] best weapon," William Bligh proclaims. But it's also the most costly, driving men to desperation and mutiny. Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith and Richard Haydn also star in this epic adventure.

FILM FACT: The 1962 film did not win any OSCARS® but was nominated for seven and they are as follows: Academy Award® for Best Picture for Aaron Rosenberg. Academy Award® for Best Art Direction, Set Decoration and Colour for George W. Davis, Henry Grace, Hugh Hunt and J. McMillan Johnson. Best Cinematography and Colour for Robert Surtees. Best Effects and Special Effects for A. Arnold Gillespie (visual) and Milo B. Lory (audible). Best Film Editing for John McSweeney Jr. Best Music, Score [Substantially Original] for Bronislaw Kaper. Best Music and Song for Bronisław Kaper (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics) for the song "Love Song from Mutiny on the Bounty (Follow Me)." ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ was filmed in the Ultra Panavision 70 widescreen process, the first motion picture so credited. It was partly shot on location in the South Pacific. Behind the scenes, Marlon Brando effectively took over directing duties himself and caused it to become far behind schedule and over budget, resulting in director Carol Reed pulling out of the project and being replaced by Lewis Milestone who is credited as director of the picture.

Cast: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Richard Haydn, Tarita Teriipia , Percy Herbert, Duncan Lamont, Gordon Jackson, Chips Rafferty, Noel Purcell, Ashley Cowan, Eddie Byrne, Frank Silvera, Tim Seely, Keith McConnell, Antoinette Bower (uncredited), Henry Daniell (uncredited), Larry Duran (uncredited), Anna Lee (uncredited), Gilchrist Stuart (uncredited), Matahiarii Tama (uncredited), Torin Thatcher (uncredited), Roger Ward (uncredited), Ben Wright (uncredited) and Les Tremayne (Trailer Narrator (voice) uncredited)

Director: Lewis Milestone and Carol Reed (uncredited)

Producer: Aaron Rosenberg (uncredited)

Screenplay: Charles Lederer, Charles Nordhoff (novel) and James Norman Hall (novel)

Composer: Bronislau Kaper

Cinematography: Robert L. Surtees

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 2.75:1 [Ultra Panavision 70]

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital and German: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish

Running Time: 185 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Warner Home Video

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1962 epic 'Mutiny on the Bounty,' is better known for Marlon Brando's excesses, than the merits of the film itself: the actor's then-unheard of salary of more than a million dollars, his relentless overeating as it wreaked havoc on his wardrobe, endless cost overruns, and an interminable shooting schedule. ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ also struggled with the spectre of the widely-loved adaptation that had starred Clark Gable just a few decades prior. Regardless of what may have happened behind the scenes when its unwieldy Ultra Panavision 70 cameras stopped rolling, ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ is a reasonably enjoyable film, one that would've been worth discovering on Blu-ray.

This incarnation of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' takes a fair number of liberties with the story, but the core of its premise remains intact. Set at the twilight of the 18th century, the HMS Bounty is dispatched to Tahiti in an attempt to cultivate the island's native breadfruit as a food source for Jamaican slaves. Smirking First Mate Fletcher Christian immediately grates on the nerves of William Bligh, a seasoned officer who wildly overcompensates as he takes command of a ship for the first time. William Bligh is so eager to impress his superiors that he obsesses over every inch of forward momentum, and when the ship fails to approach the sort of progress he anticipated, the Captain risks the lives of his crew by taking a legendarily treacherous detour. William Bligh's gambit proves to be a miserable failure, and as he reverts to his previous course, the time lost only adds to his cruelty. An accusation of theft by a crewman deserved or not, is answered with two dozen lashes. Punishments for more serious offenses, however ultimately inconsequential, cost his victims their lives.

The Bounty eventually does arrive in Tahiti, though their late arrival comes at a poor time for the breadfruit, and they're forced to stay on the island until the plants are once again able to make the journey to Jamaica. During those idyllic months, Fletcher Christian falls for a Polynesian princess and the rest of the crew, save the morally indignant William Bligh, eagerly indulge in the natives' passion for free love. Bligh seems to be the only man among them eager to leave. In an attempt to make up for those many months of delays, Bligh has twice the necessary number of breadfruit specimen loaded on-board, and even on a ship as sprawling as the Bounty, too much of one thing means a lack of another. These thousand plants demand more water than the ship has to offer, and deciding that the needs of the breadfruit outweigh those of his men; Bligh institutes an absurdly cruel method of rationing fresh water to the crew. Take a second glance at the film's title if you can't guess the turn the plot takes from there.

Much of the success of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' can be attributed, naturally, to Marlon Brando, his Fletcher Christian isn't exactly the dashing officer Clark Gable portrayed; as William Bligh snidely describes him, Fletcher Christian is a bit of a fop. Marlon Brando's portrayal of a preening aristocrat runs deeper than his manner may suggest on the surface. There's a persistent sense that Fletcher Christian's behaviour is merely an affectation; that he dons silk nightcaps and slyly provokes William Bligh simply because he knows he can get away with it. Fletcher Christian grudgingly supports William Bligh for much of the film, making his discontent known but ultimately obeys orders as an officer in His Majesty's Navy should, and the First Mate snaps at the crew whenever they dare speak ill of the Captain. It's a rank that demands respect, and a ship without order cannot hope to function. William Bligh's cruelty takes a toll on Christian, but the pensive First Mate internalizes much of his frustration. The inevitable mutiny isn't portrayed as an act of heroism, and Fletcher Christian seizes command as a man defeated, in stark contrast to the crew's elation at William Bligh's ousting. William Bligh is undoubtedly the villain of the piece, but 'Mutiny on the Bounty' takes care to ensure that the Bounty isn't manned by a crew of haloed martyrs. The most compelling villains are typically those with the moral certainty that their deplorable actions are wholly justified, and cruel though William Bligh's decisions so often are, he's never portrayed as anything less than human. I was still able to understand why he reacted as he did, and I'm left with the sense that Marlon Brando's Fletcher Christian felt much the same way.

The film's dialogue is consistently sharp throughout. It deftly blends in just the right amount of humour, such as Fletcher Christian's feigned ignorance as the stodgy captain implores him to sleep with the Tahitian king's daughter. Most memorable are the incisive exchanges between William Bligh and the mutinous Fletcher Christian. One standout moment comes during the Captain's final moments on the ship as Fletcher Christian returns to him his preferred means of exacting punishment, a whip. "Take your flag with you." "I don't need a flag, Mr. Fletcher Christian," William Bligh replies. "Unlike you, I still have a country." ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ benefits as much from its epic scope as it does from Charles Lederer's screenplay. The Bounty isn't merely ornate set dressing but a character in her own right, and the hand-crafted, elaborate full-scale replica was built so fully seaworthy that it made the long voyage to the South Pacific for filming on her own power. That sense of authenticity carries over to the sequences in Tahiti, boasting an exotic beauty that a more convenient stand-in couldn't hope to replicate. For a three hour film, the pacing is surprisingly nimble, and there wasn't a moment throughout where I felt the least bit bored. Though this adaptation of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ doesn't possess nearly the same power and resonance of the 1935 film, I greatly enjoyed the film when I first encountered it, and that high opinion hasn't dimmed ever since.

The onslaught of bad press did nothing to help the success of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ once it finally opened in the fall of 1962 to mostly negative reviews. Marlon Brando's career took a blow as his reputation as a troublemaker was sealed, even if many still considered him the world's greatest living actor. Brando's personal life also changed because of Mutiny on the Bounty. He fell in love with the beauty of Tahiti and subsequently purchased a series of islands where he made his home for many years. He also fell in love with his stunning co-star Tarita who plays his island girlfriend Maimiti. The two embarked on a long-term relationship that produced two children, son Tehotu and daughter Cheyenne. Interestingly, the Bounty ship replica used in the film was purchased in 1986 by Ted Turner when he acquired the M-G-M film library. He later donated it to the Fall River Chamber Foundation, which established the Tall Ship Bounty Foundation. In February of 2001 it was acquired by the Tall Ship Bounty Organization LLC in New England, which continues to use the Bounty to teach and preserve the maritime skills once used on the great ships of its day.

Blu-ray Video Quality – This presentation of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ is sourced from a 35mm reduction rather than the original 65mm elements. That alone would be a crushing disappointment, but even by those lowered standards, 'Mutiny on the Bounty' falls short. Warner Bros. has ravaged everything the least bit filmic that may have otherwise been visible on this Blu-ray disc, and the result is so heavily filtered and processed that Mutiny on the Bounty looks as if it could've been shot on video. Every trace of film grain has been smeared away, and most of the fine detail has been wiped away along with it. Despite the staggering resolution that the original 65mm elements have to offer, ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ pales in comparison to most of the classic films that have been issued on Blu-ray. Honestly, this excessively soft and heavily filtered presentation can't even hold a candle to the black and white adaptation of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ from 1935. The ‘Mutiny on the Bounty' has colours that are generally robust, particularly the blues of the sky and sea as well as the lush, tropical hues as the Bounty drops anchor at Tahiti. There are a fair number of moments when I felt as if its palette should be more vibrant still, again not quite managing to impress as other large format releases have on Blu-ray, but I can't say I was disappointed. This re-master of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ is also entirely free of any wear or damage whatsoever, and the compression doesn't buckle under the weight of the film's three hour-plus runtime.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – This release of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' boasts a six-channel, 24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. By and large, it sounds terrific. Bronislau Kaper's OSCAR® nominated score roars from every speaker, sounding impressively rich and full-bodied. I'm sure it goes without saying that the lower frequencies aren't as tight and focused as a more recent production would likely be, but the subwoofer certainly makes its presence known. The surround channels are also filled with the sounds of crashing waves, creaking planks of wood, and chanting islanders. Admittedly, the film's dialogue shows some strain, and a mild hiss rears its head at times, but such concerns are easily dismissed. ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ can boast a terrific soundtrack on this Blu-ray. Also included are German and Spanish dubs, both presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The impressively thorough selection of subtitles features streams in English SDH, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Special Feature: After the Cameras Stopped Rolling: The Journey of the Bounty [480i] [24:00] This documentary opens with an explanation of why the ship was so meticulously built by hand to be fully sea-worthy and how it served as a floating film studio during production. The Bounty's current owner and crew go on to explain the once-dismal state of the ship, which was initially slated to be torched until Marlon Brando intervened. The documentary also explores the costly restoration process and the ship's stint at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

Special Feature: The Story of HMS Bounty [480i] [29:00] The first of the disc's four vintage documentary is “The Story of HMS Bounty,” and much of this footage will look familiar to anyone who's already given "After the Cameras Stopped Rolling" a look. Its focus is primarily on the craftsmanship of the Bounty, although it also devotes a good bit of time to the voyage to Tahiti and the nature of the shoot. The Bounty was originally known as collier Bethia, built in 1784 at the Blaydes shipyard in Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England. The vessel was purchased by the Royal Navy for £1,950 on 23 May 1787, refit, and renamed the Bounty. The ship was relatively small at 215 tons, but had three masts and was full-rigged. After conversion for the breadfruit expedition, she was equipped with four 4-pounder (1.8 kg) cannons and ten swivel guns.

Special Feature: The Bounty's Voyage to St. Petersburg [480i] [25:00] The title tells you most everything you'd likely want to know, as this vintage documentary documents the Bounty's journey as she makes her way down the Eastern seaboard to Florida. The Bounty was commissioned by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty. She was the first large vessel built from scratch for a film using historical sources. Previous film vessels were fanciful conversions of existing vessels. The Bounty was built to the original ship's drawings from files in the British Admiralty archives, and in the traditional manner by more than 200 workers over an 8-month period at the Smith and Rhuland shipyard in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. To assist film-making and carry production staff, her waterline length was increased from the original 86 to 120 feet (26.2 to 36.6 m) and the beam was also increased. The rigging was scaled up to match. While built for film use, she was fully equipped for sailing because of the requirement to move the ship a great distance to the filming location.

Special Feature: The Bounty: Star Attraction at the New York World's Fair [480i] [7:00] This promotional film takes a look at the Bounty's appearance at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Was it at the DuPont Pavilion? Why was the bench still warm? Who had been there? Will we get the full explanation?

Special Feature: HMS Bounty Sails Again! Millions Cheer Famous Ship on Exciting Voyage [480i] [8:00] The last of these vintage documentaries documents shows the theatrical release of the ship's promotional tour for ‘Mutiny on the Bounty.’

Special Feature: Prologue and Epilogue [480i] [6:00] A bookending framing story with botanist William Brown was excised from the film before its theatrical release, and although it was reinstated for a single airing on ABC Television in America, this footage had for the better part of four decades gone unseen. This Blu-ray disc includes this prologue and epilogue at an aspect ratio of 2.00:1 or so, and the footage runs around six minutes in total, it's not offered in high definition.

Theatrical Trailer [1962] [480i] [4:00] This is the Original Theatrical Trailer for ‘Mutiny on the Bounty,’ but sadly only shown in a standard definition image.

Finally, Warner Home Video delivers a respectable presentation for 'The Mutiny on the Bounty' and a dramatization that takes some liberties with history but that proves to be a solid piece of entertainment. The special features package is mildly disappointing for its over-emphasis on the Bounty prop replica; details about the actual production would have made for a more interesting set of extras, and a stronger overall release. For those who own the 2006 inferior NTSC DVD, the Blu-ray should prove to be a totally compelling upgrade, given the right price point. That is why I am so proud to add this to my Blu-ray Collection, as it is an awesome epic film and will give you endless hours of viewing pleasure. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fictionalised Account Falls Short, Dec 19 2014
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Movita Castaneda lives! What a beautiful and graceful woman! As of 2014, she is the last surviving cast member. She plays "Tehani", midshipman Roger Byam's native love interest. And Franchot Tone gives us such a splendid performance as Byam. I always preferred him to either Gable or Laughton. It was an amazing accomplishment that so much of the actually shooting (in 1934) took place on location, in Tahiti. I give them full marks for effort, for the energy and craft that make this film so appealing and so realistic.
That said, I prefer the 1984 version. The Anthony Hopkins-Mel Gibson film is a more true-to-life appraisal of events. By 1984, William Bligh's reputation had at long last been rehabilitated. We can understand this remarkable story from a different perspective. I am gratified that both versions pay tribute to his unbelievable 4000-mile traverse from Tahiti to Timor after being cast adrift by Christian and his mutineers. Captain Bligh went on to become a governor in Australia and ultimately retired having attained the rank of vice-Admiral. Bligh had his shortcomings, no doubt. But the 1934 fictionalised account was a character vilification. As a real-life figure, the story is diminished to the extent that he is treated unfairly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overly simplified, Oct. 19 2003
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 that the actual mutiny was nothing like this one. This interpretation basically lionizes the crew and simulataneously demonizes Bligh to an extent that it is hard to imagine a man as needlessly evil as Bligh or as virtuous as Fletcher Christian. I do believe that both men were partially responsible for the mutiny, and great artistic license is taken in telling the tale.
That being said, this movie is a thrilling yarn about the famous mutiny. Charles Laughton is Captain Bligh, convincingly evil and a lover of absolute power. Clark Gable plays another variation on the flawless good guy characters he played until Gone With The Wind. But it is Franchot Tone who gives a moving performance as a midshipman caught in the middle of these two forces of nature. The special effects are good for the time period, the writing is good, especially the speech that Tone gives at the end at of his court-martial. All in all, it is a convincing parable about good and evil as well as a suspenseful adventure.
In spite of its many virtues, the movie was hard for me to get into because of its flaws. One of the most powerful scenes in the movie was when a sailor asks for a glass of water and Bligh responds by ordering the man keelhauled. Very well, except keelhauling was illegal by British Naval Laws at that time, as was noted in Nordhoff and Hall's book. The most true thing that can be said of Bligh is that he was obsessed with following the rules and insisted that his be followed in the same fashion. That he would disobey them only shows that he is a stupid man, which wasn't true. Another scene that bothered me for the same reasons was the short scene where Bligh was talking to the Tahitian King and he says that Captain Cook was dead. Being as the Tahitians nearly deified the man, this would have the effect of making the Tahitians less cooperative. Bligh should have known this, he was Cook's first lieutenant. Aside from making Bligh an idiotic devil, Christian is nearly a canonized saint. Although most of the blame probably belongs to Bligh, as he was the captain, but Christian had to have been somewhat responsible. Gable delivers his usual limited range performance. I suppose that one has never needed acting talent to be a movie superstar. The only even remotely nuanced performance is Tone's, and thankfully he's the protagonist.
In short, this movie is deeply flawed but technically impressive. The dialogue and acting are good, but the conversion to the screen lost much of the nuance that other accounts of the mutiny. If you want a truly sophisticated account of the mutiny, the Hopkins/Gibson version "The Bounty".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic performances by Laughton & Gable, May 12 2002
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This review is from: Mutiny on the Bounty (VHS Tape)
This true story, with, admittedly, plenty of liberties taken with that truth, has gone down in popular consciousness as a true folk tale that everyone is familiar with. It has even been filmed three times. Captain Bligh has gone down in history as the epitome of tyranny and Fletcher Christian has become a symbol of man's struggle against tyranny. Good against evil. Tyranny against freedom. A David verses Goliath story, if you will, or a George Washington verses George III. If you want to know why this myth has become so enduring - and it is a myth as the true story is no-where near as black and white, as the 1980s remake hints at - then watch this film.
Clark Gable is utterly convincing as the hero who can take no more of Captain Bligh's tyrannical leadership and leads the men to mutiny against him. His performance knocks both Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson's later feeble efforts into a three-cornered hat. Best of all is Charles Laughton's portrayal of Captain Bligh. Bligh is tyranny personified. His very presence on screen oozes menace. His eyes glare malevolently at his crew. Every word that comes out of his mouth drips with contempt. Never has an actor portrayed evil so convincingly and so thoroughly. Most actors would overplay it. Laughton, the master that he is, gets it exactly right. Loathsome though Bligh is, he never becomes a caricature. He is a man as well as a monster. (Tim Roth and Alan Rickman should eat their hearts out.) It is one of the best performances in 20th Century cinema.
This film works at every level: the brisk pacing, the characterisation of the ships crew, the sets scenes on board ship and on the Island of Tahiti, and the cinematography. It is a wonderful film to watch and one that has ingrained itself into our collective memories thanks, mainly, to Charles Laughton.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Second best of three, Sept. 1 2003
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J. Urban "urbanbooks" (Iowa) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mutiny on the Bounty (VHS Tape)
This version of the Mutiny on the Bounty is OK, but the 1962 version with Marlon Brando is better.
This, the original cinematic version, does a decent job of portraying the events on HMS Bounty during its voyage to obtain breadfruit plants in the Pacific ocean. However, this version makes Fletcher Christian (played by Clark Gable) to be a raving lunatic driven mad by the Captain's behavior. The 1962 version does a great job of setting up the tension between Christian and Bligh in such a way that Christian's mutinous actions are more justified than this version's tendentious depiction of Fletcher Christian going out-of-control.
However, this version includes footage of Captain Bligh's journey in the lifeboats with his cohorts. For some reason the 1962 version doesn't depict this at all. For this reason alone I think this version has some merit.
Stay away from the 1984 version with Mel Gibson at all costs.
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