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Duel in the Sun (Sous-titres français) [Import]

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore, Herbert Marshall
  • Directors: David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg, King Vidor, Otto Brower, Sidney Franklin
  • Writers: Ben Hecht
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: May 25 2004
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0001GF2HY
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Genre: Westerns
Rating: NR
Release Date: 25-MAY-2004
Media Type: DVD

Legendary producer David O. Selznick dreamed of another magnum opus like his 1939 production of Gone with the Wind; he also purposed to make Jennifer Jones, his ladylove and eventually second Mrs. Selznick, a megastar. Accordingly, he micromanaged the making of Duel in the Sun (Lust in the Dust to some), an extravagant Technicolor epic about the collision of the old West with the new, wide-open spaces with railroads and barbed wire, and hot-blooded outlaws with civilized folk, often wimpy or unwell. Beginning among giant rocks drenched in a blood-red sunset, with velvet-voiced Orson Welles intoning the leibestod legend of doomed Pearl Chavez and her demon lover, Duel never strays far from lush romanticism, spiced with a dash of S/M. Orphaned Pearl (Jones) comes to live at Spanish Bit Ranch, where frail Laura Belle McCanles (Lillian Gish) tries to make a lady of her, despite her questionable origins and insistent voluptuousness. Sexual license versus law--Pearl's choices--are symbolized by the McCanles brothers: dark, undisciplined Lewt (a lubriciously wicked Gregory Peck) and reasonable, forward-looking, repressed Jesse (Joseph Cotten). The cast is huge (Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Herbert Marshall, Charles Bickford, Butterfly McQueen) and there are unforgettable set pieces: summoned by a cacophony of bells, the gathering of McCanles cowboys from the four corners of the earth; Pearl in heat, clutching Lewt's leg and being dragged across the floor as he makes his getaway to Mexico; and the lovers' final shootout among those red rocks, as orgiastic a finale as you could ask for. --Kathleen Murphy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: VHS Tape
This 1946 western boasts spectacular, technicolor cinematography and a script that is sometimes laughable. Directed by Hollywood notable, King Vidor, one wonders whether he was under pressure by the producer, David O. Selznick, and was more of a puppet rather than a director. That can be the only explanation for this directorial faux pas. It is so over the top in its excesses that in the first five minutes one sees some wild, almost hysterical dancing, the cuckolding of a husband, and two murders arising out of that nasty domestic situation.
The storyline is simple. A Spanish Grandee, Scott Chavez (Herbert Marshall), married the wrong woman, a wild and passionate Indian, instead of his true love, Laura Belle. Together they have a child whom they named Pearl. Known as a half breed, Pearl Chavez (Jennifer Jones), wants to be a lady, a "good girl". Given who her mother was, however, no one wants to give her a chance to prove herself. When her father knows he is to die, he packs her off to his first love, Laura Belle (Lillian Gish), who lives in Texas and is married to Senator McCanles (Lionel Barrymore). They have two sons, Jesse (Joseph Cotten) and Lewt (Gregory Peck). Jesse is the good son and his mother's favorite, while Lewt is a spoiled rake and his father's favorite.
When Pearl arrives at the McCanles ranch, Lillian greets her warmly, as does Jesse. Senator McCanles, her overbearing husband, however, treats Pearl to some racist, politically incorrect invective, while Lewt eyes her lasciviously. Needless to say, a love triangle of sorts develops. Ultimately, both sons want her, but they both can't have her. Jesse treats Pearl like a lady, while Lewt treats her like a wanton.
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Format: DVD
This first-time-ever release of the original Roadshow Version of DUEL IN THE SUN is definitive both as to length and features as well as to its sparkling new look. The Overture and Exit music, by the great Dimitri Tiomkin, prepares the viewer for this overblown, extravagant, and overlength Western. The narration during the Overture places the film in its historical context, and foreshadows the filmmakers' concerns with the Production Code Administration of the day. This film wasn't known as "Lust in the Dust" for nothing.
That this film is overdone in almost every respect shouldn't for one minute discourage the purchase of DUEL. Its tremendous cast--including a surprisingly atypical performance by the great Walter Huston as the "sin killer" preacher--is well worth seeing. While the film is overlong, the costly restoration work that has gone into this edition makes it a visual treat that, for the first time, accurately reveals the high standard of craftsmanship insisted on by its producer David O. Selznick. The colors are so sharp and true that they seem to jump out from the screen. If you are a fan of this film--as something of a "guilty pleasure"--you'll throw away the previous video release of this film with gusto. There is absolutely no comparison whatsoever. The 5-star rating is primarily for how gorgeous it looks than for the story itself. This is what great Technicolor could do during Hollywood's Golden Age. The trailers, also included in this edition, make this a great package.
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This review is for the 2001 Anchor Bay Roadshow Edition of Duel in the Sun. (This edition must be distinguished from the earlier Anchor Bay edition, which according to some contains an inferior reproduction.)

The 2001 Roadshow Edition (which can be identified by those words at the top of the cover) contains the original Prelude, Overture, and Exit Music, which combine to stretch the length of the picture to 144 minutes.

There are no special features other than Trailers and "Tags" -- the latter being very brief partial ads lasting less than 20 seconds. There is a 4-page insert with still photos and a scene menu.

There is a good scene menu of 27 stops, which divides the movie conveniently into roughly 5-minute segments.

The picture and sound are very good. My only complaint on this front is that often the lips of the characters are slightly out of synchronization with the soundtrack. The difference is very slight, and if you aren't looking for it, you may not notice it. Indeed, I hesitated to mention it, lest it spoil the enjoyment of someone who wouldn't otherwise have noticed it. And there may be no edition in existence where the synchronization is perfect. However, I think buyers of a DVD deserve full information of this kind.

For some reason, critics describe this film as strange, odd, quirky, etc. I don't find it so at all. It's a dramatic Western with a passionate romance and a touch of epic feel to it. The epic feel is not surprising, at it comes from Selznick, who was responsible for Gone with the Wind. The final resolution of the love conflict in the story is, to be sure, "extreme," but it's not quirky; it follows from the character development throughout.
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