(aka "Robinson Crusoe" or "Las Aventuras de Robinson Crusoe")

 

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Mexico/USA 1954

This, the first of two Bu˝uel films made in English, is a fairly straightforward adaptation of the Dafoe novel. There are a couple of dream/hallucination sequences that feature a hint of Bu˝uelian surrealism, but those seeking the bizarre scenarios and daring inventiveness that characterize the rest of his work may be disappointed.

Dan O'Herlihy's performance is strong, as it would have to be, since he's the only person on-screen throughout much of the film. If only Tom Hanks was as good in Cast Away.

It's a competent but unexceptional film, and even die-hard Bu˝uel fans will want to rent it first. Those fascinated with the Crusoe story and other such adventure tales should be its most receptive audience.

Donald Brown

Theatrical Release: Aug. 5, 1954

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DVD Review: VCI - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:29:09
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.13 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Interview with Dan O'Herlihy
• Bios
• Filmographies
• Photo and Poster Gallery
• Restoration Demonstration
• Trailers

DVD Release Date: Sept. 14, 2004
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Comments This is a tape-based transfer that has undergone a fairly thorough clean-up, as shown in the before-and-after demonstration, yet it is often soft and shadow detail is compromised. Colors are vivid, but they're inconsistent, as if different film elements were used. It's not unusual to see the same scene have a strong blueish cast and then suddenly be warm or greenish after a cut.

The audio is fine and clear overall, but the occasional pop and tick can be heard.

The Dan O'Herlihy interview (around 51 minutes) features discussion of much of his career, including some interesting anecdotes about Orson Welles and the story of how O'Herlihy came to be nominated for an Oscar for his role in Crusoe.

Considering the poor film stock the movie was shot on, the DVD looks quite good on the whole. Because the transfer is tape-based, it was difficult to grab screenshots that don't seriously blur motion, but I can assure you that it looks better when playing along at normal speed on a television.

 - Donald Brown

 





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