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Brain [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, David Niven, Eli Wallach, Bourvil, Silvia Monti
  • Directors: Gérard Oury
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French, English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008U3PHJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A special train has been commissioned to convey secret NATO funds from Paris to Brussels. Criminals on both sides of the channel plan to hijack the train: on the French side, Arthur (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a resourceful small-time crook and his pal Anatole (Bourvil); on the English side, the Brian (David Niven), a brilliant super criminal wanted all over the world. Standing in their way is Scanapicco (Eli Wallach), a gangster who wants "the Brain" dead for more than one reason. This is the original uncut and un-dubbed French version of the film. The US version was 15 minutes shorter and was dubbed in English.

Customer Reviews

Real funny and clever.
violet alexander
To sum up: French Audio without an English Dub and very poor video.
Dikkybee
Not much more I can say about it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kkpogue on September 3, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
A great David Niven comedy. If you like those 60s cops and robbers comedies like the Pink Panther you will probably enjoy this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Headlined by Jean-Paul Belmondo and Bourvil at the height of their fame, The Brain aka Le Cerveau is a slightly silly 1969 French caper comedy with one eye firmly on the English language market with the casting of David Niven and Eli Wallach, though Olive's new Blu-ray and DVD release is of the French-language version that's some 15 minutes longer than the simultaneously shot abridged English language version released in the US, with Niven and Wallach rather impressively delivering their French and Italian dialogue themselves rather than being dubbed. Niven is the Brain of the title, the criminal mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery whose cerebrum is so large that in moments of stress his neck can't support it, and Wallach the Mafioso he wants to launder his loot from an encore of his greatest triumph with a NATO train carrying a $16m payroll. Unfortunately Belmondo's escaped small time convict and his reluctant pal Bourvil are planning to take the same train using the Brain's earlier plan, and even more unfortunately the highly possessive Wallach isn't too wild about the interest all of the would-be robbers take in his innocent sister (Silvia Monti) who's desperate to lose her innocence...

There's nothing terribly original here even in 1969 but there are a couple of nicely executed cartoonish touches, including a nice animated sequence (who'd have thought master criminals had teams of animators in their gangs?), and an enjoyably destructive bit of business with a pet leopard and a giant fishtank en route to the robbery and a Statue of Liberty finale. Belmondo gets to perform a few stunts, Niven gets to display his effortless charming scoundrel routine and, thankfully, director Gerard Oury keeps it all from going too far over the top even if it does drag a bit in places.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By walid54 on December 11, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It said it had english audio. .. it did not. Even though it has English subtitles and it is a very good and funny movie. I was disappointed when I coild not find english audio when you clearly stated it did.
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Unfortunately, any reader would think that my one star rating meant that I hated this film. In fact, I saw it when it first hit the big screen in 1969 and thought it was very funny. My rating refers to the fact that Amazon has this DVD listed as having been dubbed into English (the original film was in French) and this is not so. It's fairly easy to tell - the French version ran for 115 minutes, whereas the English dubbed version was only 110 minutes. This particular DVD has been released by Olive Films, and they have only released the French version (115 minutes) and which has English sub-titles, but is not dubbed in English. This means that it's O.K. if you don't mind sitting and reading the entire film. I bought one copy of the DVD, and when ot turned out to be the wrong one, I went back and re-read the description. The Amazon listing clearly states English dubbing, so I then contacted a couple of the listed sellers to make sure that the listing was correct, and was assured that it was. When I then queried this, I was told that the listed DVD was 115 minutes long and was released by Olive Films, so even the sellers are not actually aware of what the are selling. All is not lost, however - there are still some VCRs available, 110 minutes and in English, so if you really want this film and have access to a VCR to DVD programme on your computer, that's the way to go. It's what I've done and it works great.
Bottom line - the listed DVD is not for English speaking viewers, but the VCR is. You can find them listed on Amazon if you search "The Brain (1969) VCR" Happy viewing!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pat garratt on July 8, 2014
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I remembered it as a hilarious comedy, but many years have passed since it was made and it has not aged well
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Belmondo and Niven usually provide more bang for the buck than is exhibited in this movie. This is watchable, but not nearly as good as it should have been. Not much more I can say about it. Check out Niven in "The Moon is Blue" and Belmondo in "That Man From Rio"... both outstanding comedies from the same era.
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By F. ROUQUET on February 14, 2014
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Be ready for a mix of French and British humor. It's a classic in France (French title : Le Cerveau)!
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