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Viva Zapata! [Blu-ray]
(Elia Kazan, 1952)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: 20th Century Fox
Video: 20th Century Fox
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,343,106,562 bytes
Feature Size: 22,798,178,304 bytes
Video Bitrate: 18.10 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 7th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1817 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1817 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
/ DN -4dB
English (SDH), Spanish, none
Description: The life and times of the legendary Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata are brought to the screen in Darryl F. Zanuck's powerful production of John Steinbeck's screenplay. Marlon Brando, fresh from his success in A Streetcar Named Desire, gives a stunning portrayal of the outlaw turned revolutionary leader. The film also boasts Anthony Quinn's 1952 Best Supporting Actor Oscar-Winning performance as Zapata's brother. Viva Zapata! is one of the classic political movies and another fine example of Brando's genius as a film actor.
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Elia Kazan, this film follows the life of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata (Marlon Brando) from his peasant upbringing, through his rise to power in the early 1900s, to his death. The film presents an interesting but fictionalized picture of Zapata. Zapata, the child of tenant-farmers, was joined by Pancho Villa in his rebellion against tyrannical President Porfirio Diaz. The film romanticizes Zapata and in doing so unfortunately distorts the true nature of the wars he waged. Zapata fought, not to conquer Mexico but to free the land for the peasants of Morelos and other southern provinces. The Oscar-nominated screenplay by John Steinbeck ignores some historical details in order to focus on the corruptive influence of power. Marlon Brando won an Academy Award nomination for his work, as did Anthony Quinn, who took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his headstrong, hard-fighting, hard-drinking, intensely romantic character who does not hesitate to die for love. The film also features a beautiful score by Alex North, who also received an Academy Award nomination.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Whatever vague and misty memories the rest of the world may have of
Emiliano Zapata, the Mexican Indian who led wild revolts of hungry
peasants in the south of his country while Pancho Villa was doing the
same in the north, a very strong recollection of him is in the mind of
Twentieth Century-Fox. In that studio's "Viva Zapata!", which came to
the Rivoli yesterday in as lively a swirl of agitation as has been
stirred in quite a time, the Mexican rebel leader, whom Marion Brando
plays, is recalled as a man of savage passion devoted to the poor and
the oppressed. He is also recalled as a champion of matchless integrity,
unswerving in his belief in the people—a romantic ideal in every way.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Viva Zapata! looks very strong on Blu-ray from Fox. The image quality shows some thickness and the contrast is nicely layered in 1080P. This is only single-layered and has a bitrate in the high teens but the visuals looks sweet, IMO. Many scenes export a sense of depth. Daylight scenes are more impressive but nothing is overly dark and I noted no noise. This Blu-ray is consistent and clean and I found the image very pleasing in-motion. This Blu-ray seems to do a reasonably good job of representing the original appearance with no heavy digital manipulation.
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The DTS-HD Master in 2.0 channel at 1817 kbps sounds great - mucho kudos to the score by the great Alex North (Spartacus, Man With the Gun, A Streetcar Named Desire and more.) Crisp even notes have depth and the aggressive effects are all supported well. There are foreign language DUBs and subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Only a trailer.
May 2nd, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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