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Luis Bunuel (Gran Casino / The Young Ones Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (1961)

Zachary Scott , Bernie Hamilton , Luis Bunuel  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Zachary Scott, Bernie Hamilton, Key Meersman, Libertad Lamarque
  • Directors: Luis Bunuel
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 191 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUEQ54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Luis Bunuel (Gran Casino / The Young Ones Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

GRAN CASINO: Set in the early 1900's, Bunuel's surprisingly mainstream and riveting romantic melodrama is the powerful tale of two escaped convicts, Gerardo (JORGE NEGRETE) and Demetrio (JULIO VILLARREAL), who convince an Argentinian oil magnate to let them work on his rig. When he suddenly disappears, his sister (LIBERTAD LAMARQUE) immediately suspects the two workers of foul play, but her attraction to Gerardo soon leads her to secretly team up with him to conduct their own murder investigation. Intricate and riveting, Bunuel's powerful melodrama combines murder, suspense and romance. Bunuel's riveting Mexican melodrama about an escaped convict's shocking relationship with his murdered boss's sister. THE YOUNG ONE: One of only two films shot by Bunuel in English, this provocative film is a mesmerizing story of power, deception and manipulatio set on a remote island off the Carolina coast. Falsely accused of a crime and on the run, an African/American musician (BERNIE HAMILTON) crosses paths with the island's game warden, a prejudiced man (ZACHARY SCOTT) determined to win the love of a naive teenage girl who instead shows affection for the fugitive. This fascinating melodrama shot by Bunuel in English intertwines power, deception and manipulation. Shot in English, Bunuel's mesmerizing melodrama creates a combustible mix of manipulation, deception and power.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two absolutely wonderful movies December 17, 2007
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For a long time I thought Luis Buñuel was an arty, removed kind of director. Thanks to DVDs like the ones in this edition it slowly dawns on me that he was extremely prolific and was also adept at tackling different genres. Gran Casino is a kind of a melodrama with humor and songs - it reminded me of Hollywood movies of the 1930s. A lot of the action takes place in the night club cum casino. There is a very long take of a singer who descends the stage, making her way through the audience along the periphery of the room and back to the stage, all the time singing, while the camera performs a 360 degree turn - it's very neat. The main character is a singer from Argentina, she performs a few of the best known tangos accompanied by a moody but competent pianist. There even is a tiny surrealist element: one dance number is performed with the dancers clutching tiny electrical torches which are absolutely out of place and do not seem to belong to the period the movie is set in. With those torches they pick out members of the audience.
The Young Ones is a very beautifully filmed drama in English concerning the coming of age of a girl in a very removed place. The girl reminded me a little of the movie Nell. An African American who has to run from an enraged mob seems to be the first real contact with the outside world. He is a clarinetist, music is an important item of this movie. The way nature is depicted reminded me of movies by Jean Renoir, it's almost like a painting.
I spent a marvellous time with these two movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two very different films/two very different transfers October 8, 2008
La Joven:

A black jazz musician on the run from a lynch mob stumbles across the
game warder of a private island and the young, innocent girl the warder
guards over. Sweet and precocious Evy is almost completely unaware of
the world outside her isolated island and unable to defend against the
advances of her guardian, while also not comprehending the nature of
the problem with the musician's arrival.

Bunuel's more well-known films are very impressive, but some of his
lesser-known films aren't given enough attention for what they are. "La
Joven" is a parable of innocence brought suddenly up against racism,
exploitation, and sex, and as a whole is a very morally ambiguous film.
Ultimately, the question must be asked: is one man's life being paid
for by the freedom of a young girl, or will she choose a different,
completely unfamiliar life full of its own trials? Those are the
questions left with the audience by the movie's conclusion.

Bunuel's mastery is reinforced by how well he is able to get into the regional dialect, settings, and character of this film. Here is a director who has shot movies from all over the world and managed to give a rather distinctive feel for each of the locations they've been made in.

Gran Casino:

Two things: 1) I am not the audience for this movie: I don't like musicals in general, I don't recognize the popular songs featured, and I honestly prefer Bunuel's darker movies; 2) however, this movie was still very spectacular (in the truest definition of the word) and is a real testament to Bunuel's gift of visual storytelling.
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Gran Casino looks like a conventional Hollywood forties musical. In the Young Ones Bunuel tackles themes that Hollywood never would, probably never has and probably never will. But Bunuel uncharacteristically does have any any control of the actors. The script is poor. i would say it was written originally in Spanish and badly translated into English. I don't think Bunuel could speak English. He doesn't know what the actors are saying so he lets them speak their lines the way they want to speak them.
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I watched "Gran Casino" and "The Young One" about four times each. I first got into Bunuel from "The Phantom of Liberty" (1974). After watching that, "The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972), "The Exterminating Angel" (1962) and "L' Age D'or" (1930), I thought I had a good idea of what Bunuel consisted of. When I got this two disc set, I found I had been mistaken.

"The Young One" AKA "White Trash" shows alot of separation between Bunuel and the establishment. He paints a picture of a devious preacher, white racism and black innocence in the class struggle from the United States. The entire movie has a depressing, but entertaining quality about it. The movie seems incomplete and lacking gestalt. Whatever it is, it throws out traditional middle-class American understanding of race relations as the fault of the African-Americans. The cinematography develops a superb stifling, claustrophobic quality. The two primary stories in the movie, one of a young orphan being taken advantage of by a racist game warden that her recently deceased grandfather worked with and a black man on the run from an ostensibly false charge of rape get entangled but inexplicably have little palpable conflict. The reproduction is good...not excellent, the sound is good and it has subtitles. The movie content is, lets say 8/10. If the two stories had more overlapping conflict and there was more resonance to the prejudice, it could have made 9 or even 10/10. This movie is not as solid as "The Defiant Ones" (1958), which has more texture to the conflict of bigotry. "The Young One" almost apologizes for the racist characters Miller and Jackson, it makes it a depressing piece of scenery, but fails to give it dimension.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Bunuel's Nastiest Plus A Screech Of A Mexican Musical.
THE YOUNG ONE is one of only two films that the famed Surrealist director made in English. It is a low budget, very dark tale of racism, pedophilia and a particularly nasty moral... Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by James S. Eisenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical by Bunuel
This is a Spanish language film form the 1940's showcasing Mexican and Latin American culture of the time. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by Dr. S. De-ramon
5.0 out of 5 stars Films that show how Bunuel could be all over the map. Interesting...
Gran Casino is a lot of fun (typical of Bunuel in that regard), and does not apologize for being a formulaic Mexican Singing Cowboy Movie. Read more
Published on September 13, 2009 by A. Rocheleau
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO GEMS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
"GRAN CASINO" WAS THE FIRST MOVIE BUÑUEL MADE IN MEXICO, AND IT DOES FOLLOW THE PATTERN FOR THE LAVISH MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS OF THE PERIOD. Read more
Published on October 23, 2008 by Alfredo R. Villanueva
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves a lasting impression
Big fan of Bunuel, got the DVD's, Grand Casino two stars, the Young one, five stars. I was surprised by how fresh it felt even though it's close to fifty years old. Read more
Published on March 29, 2008 by S. Perinpanathan
4.0 out of 5 stars more sleight of hand from a master
In truth I have recently viewed only the second film, but The Young One, on it's own, is surely worthy of discussion. Read more
Published on October 26, 2007 by Heavy Theta
3.0 out of 5 stars One is a 2 star the other a 5 star and the dvd's a 2 so we get a 3
First of all the cover of the dvd, (at least mine) does not look this cool. It is a cheezy cheap cover with a still from each film inside a film strip design. Read more
Published on September 9, 2007 by Julian Herrera
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