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Directed by Gregory Ratoff


The Corsican Brothers is based on the Dumas novel about "psychic" twins--one feels the pain and experiences the thoughts... of the other. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. plays both Mario and Lucien, siblings separated at birth because of a long-standing feud between various factions of their family. One twin is raised to be evil, the other to be good. In adulthood, the brothers become bitter enemies, not only because of family and political pressures but also because they both fall in love with the beautiful Isabelle (Ruth Warrick). Eventually, however, one twin gives up his life for the sake of the other during a climactic battle with tyrannical Corsican ruler Colonna (Akim Tamiroff). Produced on a virtual shoestring by Edward Small, The Corsican Brothers cannot rely on clever optical effects to convey the idea that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is two people (some of the process work is embarrassing); instead, Fairbanks carries the story on the strength of his acting, subtly differentiating the two characters so that the audience is seldom confused as to which is which. Incidentally, the actor doubling for Fairbanks in the two-shots, his face averted from the camera, is Peter Cushing.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE


Theatrical Release: November 28th, 1941

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Distribution Henstooth Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:51:04 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.8 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.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

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Studio: Henstooth Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2012

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Henstooth follow up their other 2 recent Dumas-classics-to-DVD (The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron Mask) with an improved appearance in the 1943 The Corsican Brothers.

I suspect there have been some other DVD editions of this title (one colorized and plenty on VHS), but this single-layered transfer is an easy guess to be the best. It is bright, pretty crisp and clear with only some minor speckles - not notable enough as a distraction. The contrast is quite impressive is held up for a relatively consistent presentation. Along with the unremarkable, but even, audio - it gave me an surprisingly good viewing. 

There are no extras but the region 1, NTSC, DVD has optional English subtitles. This is more Dumas with boyhood appeal of adventure with a historical backdrop. For those keen on these vintage classics - the Henstooth edition supplies a worthwhile viewing. Good fun! 

Gary W. Tooze


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