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Directed by Lewis Milestone and Carol Reed (uncredited)
USA 1962

 

This colorful remake of the 1935 version again concerns the crew and treatment of the HMS Bounty by a cold hearted sadistic... captain. Captain Bligh (Trevor Howard) boards the ship in Portsmouth, England, to embark on a mission to bring tropical breadfruit trees to Jamaica. Fletcher Christian (Marlon Brando) is the aristocratic second mate who welcomes the new captain aboard. Christian's view of the captain sours with the cruel treatment of the crew and the dangerous decision to round Cape Horn. The Bounty sails into the teeth of a ferocious winter storm which is another in a long line of indignities suffered on the journey. John Mills (Richard Harris) is punished for stealing cheese. A sailor is ordered to stay aloft in the crow's nest, nearly resulting in death. The crew finds temporary paradise in Tahiti before Bligh's behavior becomes intolerable for the once faithful Christian. The crew revolts and sends the captain on his way in a small rowboat. Settling on Pitcairn Island, the crew soon realizes they may never see England again. Mills burns the ship to insure the trip is never made. Christian attempts to save the only means of transportation of their new island home. Lewis Milestone directed the film which was plagued by constant cost overruns to the tune of 18 million dollars. Brando's legendary ego clashed with results as turbulent as the fictitious trip around stormy Cape Horn. The movie retained slightly over half the cost of the production price tag in its initial release.~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

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Theatrical Release: November 8th, 1962

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DVD Box Cover

Also part of the Marlon Brando Collection (5-disc) which includes Mutiny on the Bounty Two-Disc Special Edition (1962), Julius Caesar (1953), The Formula (1980), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) and The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

          

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC Warner Home Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:48:00 + 1:17:24  3:05:26.115
Video 2.75:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.24 + 6.23 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,901,801,398 bytes

Feature: 36,785,670,144 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 19.96 Mbps

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

Bitrate:  Disc 1

Bitrate:  Disc 2

Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 3445 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3445 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.75:1

Edition Details:

• Alternate prologue and epilogue sequences not seen theatrically
• Four vintage featurettes: Story of the HMS Bounty, Voyage of the Bounty to St. Petersburg, Tour of the Bounty, 1964 World's Fair promo
• New featurette: After the Cameras Stopped Rolling: The Journey of the Bounty
• Marlon Brando trailer gallery 

DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 46

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,901,801,398 bytes

Feature: 36,785,670,144 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 19.96 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Alternate prologue and epilogue sequences not seen theatrically
• Four vintage featurettes: Story of the HMS Bounty, Voyage of the Bounty to St. Petersburg, Tour of the Bounty, 1964 World's Fair promo
• Featurette: After the Cameras Stopped Rolling: The Journey of the Bounty
• Trailer

Blu-ray Release Date: November 8th, 2011
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 46

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - (November 2011) - Boy, at times this looks really sweet. Essentially we have the same release as the 2006 Warner 2-disc DVD package BUT it is on a lone dual-layered 1080P transferred Blu-ray disc with an impressive DTS-HD Master track in Surround 5.1 at a healthy 3445 Kbps. The Polynesian and Hawaiian shooting locales are jaw dropping with their vibrancy. Colors and contrast tighten and produce a higher degree of sharpness via the impressive 2.75:1 widescreen presentation. It connotes a very film-like viewing. The 3-hour film has a decent bitrate and the screen captures should speak for themselves. It is quite an upgrade depending on your discerning eye or system size.

Bronislau Kaper's score is solid. There is some depth in the track and the higher end is supported well. There are a handful of optional subtitle options signifying the Blu-ray disc is region FREE (also sold in Germany). The 1.5 hour's worth of featurettes is here (as discussed below) - none are in HD - neither is the included trailer.  

I still like this version a lot - Brando commands so much of the film and it was a pleasure to see it in such a heavy improvement from the SD. There is also benefit to having a complete viewing without switching discs and the price is reasonable. Recommended!

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ON THE DVD: The film is spread over two dual layered discs with some extras on both discs (1:48:00 + 1:17:24 with music and an intermission - entre'act).

I was very impressed with this image - beautifully sharp, clean and no apparent digital artefacts - it really does look marvelous. Of course the breathtaking cinematography of French Polynesia adds a huge bonus to the 2.75:1 widescreen visuals. Black levels are pitch and overall the presentation is very bright. Although I rarely make issue of this - I saw a fairly prominent layer change during some of the dance sequences on disc 1 - no biggie just thought I'd say in case you are sensitive to it. The 5.1 track sounded very good - the film actually played in cinemas with 6-channel sound on 70mm prints and 4-channel sound on 35mm prints.

Extras are plentiful - but the four featurettes are more about the ship The Bounty with less valid material on the film or Brando's difficult nature during production (which would have been interesting to hear about). The inclusion of the alternate prologue and epilogue sequences (not seen theatrically) was interesting if essentially uneventful.

To heck with the critics, I have always enjoyed The Bounty story and really got caught up in this version. I thought Brando was great and Trevor Howard and Richard Harris too. Yeah - the final scenes goes on a bit long but it doesn't inhibit the overall grandeur. I recommend!

Gary W. Tooze


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DVD Box Cover

Also part of the Marlon Brando Collection (5-disc) which includes Mutiny on the Bounty Two-Disc Special Edition (1962), Julius Caesar (1953), The Formula (1980), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) and The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

          

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


 




 

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