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3.9 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony Perkins
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • 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 42 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00008W2TH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,856 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

This tour-de-force of persecution and paranoia is based on the writings of Franz Kafka.

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By G. Edmonson TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27 2014
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"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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I cannot in good conscience write a good review for a DVD that is so poor in transfer quality that it looks worse than VHS. While the film may be a classic (and I believe it is), the sound is not synched properly making it come off like a dub and there are artifacts throughout the awful print. This was the third and last film I've bought from Alpha, the other two being The Capture with Lew Ayres and The Chase with Robert Cummings, both of absolutely abysmal quality. How on earth Alpha Video stays in business is beyond my comprehension, unless all their customers are suckers like me. DO NOT PURCHASE ALPHA VIDEO DVDs!

If you want to see The Trial, I suggest you watch the fine Milestone print of this film for free on YouTube and save your money.
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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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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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Whenever a famous person, comes to trial, we never really know why he is brought to trial, or whether the
charge specified, is the actual reason proceedings have started against the individual. So was the situation in the famous case of al capone, and history and our court system today is littered with such stories. Here we have Orson Welles take on this nature of our society, a version of a kafka tale, this european version entitled The Trial. A famous star anthony perkins, who plays the role, an innocent person betrayed by society, and exposing the emptiness of what society has become, in which the accused are the innocent, and who exemplify all the values which here the bureaucracy of life has lost. The situation may have even become worse since this film was produced. The key to the movie is the prologue, in which we see the Perkins character running up a staircase, chased by a mob of females, and later on about having his picture painted, a profile manufactered by an artist, and the ending when we witness an explosion like some nuclear event signifying what? The film was made during the height of the cold war, the cuban missile crisis, and though it no longer speaks to that, the film can be seen today against the backdrop of disintegrating values and powers, from today's political world. The film opens with police investigating a man for a crime he never finds out what it is, and its never pointed out in some unspecified country, perhaps standing for every country. He insists he has committed no subversion, nor is he a pornographer...and the idea behind the film is society's bureaucracy and judges are undertaking this task, and there are incidents with the perkins character having relations with a female, loving those who've been innocently condemned. An interesting film to watch which has gained interest over time....Welles wrote and directed this film and plays a small role...he really has no rival in film making.
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