(aka 'Julius Caesar')

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
USA 1953

 

  Although it lacks the excitement of Macbeth or Othello as imagined by Welles, a remarkably successful stab at Shakespeare. Mankiewicz, as one might expect, respects the words and films without tricks, letting the camera concentrate on performance and on preserving the rhythms of the text. Discreetly pruned, this emerges boldly and lucidly as (in producer John Houseman's words) 'a political thriller', with the motley cast pulling together surprisingly well. At least three outstanding performances (Gielgud, Calhern, Brando), the only disappointments being Mason's muffled Brutus and the two ladies on standby.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 4th, 1953

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Also available in The Marlon Brando Collection with Julius Caesar / Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 / Reflections in a Golden Eye / The Teahouse of the August Moon and The Formula.

           

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 2:01:04 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)  
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne
• New featurette: The Rise of Two Legends
• Marlon Brando movies trailer gallery

DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2006

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Chapters: 31

 

 

Comments:

Very strong transfer if not quite reaching the boundaries of 'stellar', but perhaps my expectations were overly zealous for this much-anticipated release.

 

There are a few speckles and minor digital noise but for the most part the image is quite clean and clear. Contrast and grey-tones are good, but perhaps not stupendous. Of course the film IS over 50 years old.

Robert Osborne gives a short introduction and there is a new featurette - The Rise of Two Legends with input from many including Dennis Hopper.

For myself I was buying this no matter what, but I don't think many will be disappointed in this DVD. We recommend!   

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Also available in The Marlon Brando Collection with Julius Caesar / Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 / Reflections in a Golden Eye / The Teahouse of the August Moon and The Formula.

           

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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