- Actors: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra
- Directors: Fred Zinnemann
- Producers: Buddy Adler
- Format: AC-3, Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Czech, German, Hindi, French, Portuguese, Finnish, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Hebrew, Norwegian, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Danish, Turkish, Spanish, English, Japanese
- Dubbed: French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Japanese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Oct. 1 2013
- Run Time: 118 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00E21QTL2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,094 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
From Here to Eternity (1953) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars�, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.
Not much of a bonus package on the DVD, considering the film's classic status. The best is the audio commentary, which features Tim Zinnemann, the director's son (and a filmmaker in his own right), and Alvin Sargent, who connects with Fred Zinnemann in two unrelated ways: he wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Zinnemann's Julia, yes, but years before that he was an obscure actor who had a couple of scenes in From Here to Eternity. Their comments are pleasantly anecdotal, shedding insider light on the making of the film and Fred Zinnemann's meticulous approach. Fans of Montgomery Clift will be intrigued by the different, conflicting memories of that troubled actor. A making-of featurette is a bogus montage of very brief location footage, and patching together a few excerpts from an interview with Fred Zinnemann doesn't constitute much of an extra feature (why not include the entire interview?). The usual trailers and skeletal filmographies fill it out. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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For people who enjoy classic movies, you really can't do better than this. The movie is able to stand well enough on it's own without really needing these "features" to back it up and I recommend this DVD version only for that reason.
However those who love collectors edition DVD's, especially ones on Oscar flicks may feel slighted. There are two lackluster featurettes. One being a "Making Of" that is more or less a rehash of the production notes found inside of the case. The other focusing on Fred Zinneman, the movie's director, is slighlty more interesting. But both have more footage of the film itself than behind the scenes and both run under ten minutes. What they should have done was combine the two. The Commentary by the son of the director also leaves much to be desired. The only reason why I harp on these is that I know what Columbia is capable of doing better. Take a look at "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai"
However, I'm glad I got this and recommend it despite my gripes. Just be aware of the its shortcomings. It's a great film that speaks for itself and after having the DVD for a few years now, I still find myself taking this off the shelf from time to time.
But to watch it nowadays is.... strange. The acting is not up to today's standards. Chaplin's movies got older much better than FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, for example.
I watched it again yesterday and I liked it, but I came nowhere close to such excitement.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY presents a realistic portrait of army life in Hawaii immediately before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film features strong performances by Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine and Montgomery Clift. An extremely competent supporting cast includes Jack Warden, Philip Ober and Mickey Shaughnessy.
Burt Lancaster makes a convincing first sergeant. One who is running the show and is full of knowledge about how the army really works. He also has good instincts when it comes time to act as he demonstrates in the showdown with the sadistic "Fatso" played by Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine himself is exceptional in his most famous impersonation of a villain.
Frank Sinatra definitely deserves his Oscar in the role of the defiant Maggio. However, after seeing Lee Marvin play a drunk it is hard to appreciate any other actor's attempt compared with Marvin's portrayal in PAINT YOUR WAGON.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY was a relatively low-budget production but it still managed to receive five Academy Awards and eight nominations.
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