(aka 'Les Quatre cavaliers de l'apocalypse')
The Four Horsemen of
the Apocalypse (1962) is a remake of the silent film version, directed by
Rex Ingram in 1921. The remake has only a little in common with the 1921
version. Both films have the same characters, and the same intricate network of
relationships between them. Otherwise, almost everything has been changed. The
setting has been moved up from World War I to War World II, and a new anti-Nazi
theme has been added to the story. The two versions have few scenes in common.
Far from being the sort of close remake that is fashionable today, the Minnelli
film is a complete reworking from the ground up.
Theatrical Release: February 7th, 1962
DVD Review: Warner Home Vidéo - Region 2 - PAL
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|Distribution||Warner Home Vidéo - Region 2 - PAL|
|Runtime||2:27:00 (4% PAL speedup)|
Average Bitrate: 7.11 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Another strong 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer here from Warner Europe - progressive, decent detail, tight to the screen edges and no noticeable artefacts. Colors (skin tones) look true with no untoward manipulations. This is a dual-layered DVD (7.71 Gig) with no extras and the additional space supports the excellent image quality. There are optional French subtitles and an optional French DUB to go along with the original 2.0 channel English track.
Unfortunately there are no extras. As far as the film goes I moderately liked it but have a desire to see it again in the future as it has an intangible quality that I couldn't nail down. I always enjoy Glenn Ford but his casting seems marginally out of place. It's a film that has something to offer but may take me a few viewings to decipher it. The obvious DUBBING of Ingrid Thulin by Angela Lansbury seems weakly done but it didn't deter me from enjoying the film as it did many others. Minelli fans will definitely want to pick it up.