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Camelot [Blu-ray] (2012)

Richard Harris (i) , Franco Nero , Joshua Logan  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Harris (i), Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave
  • Directors: Joshua Logan
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007P7UF06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The oft-told tales of Arthurian legend have always been fertile ground for art. With countless books, fi lms and songs on the subject, there have been many interpretations of Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table, the glories of the kingdom of Camelot and the doomed love triangle of King Arthur, Lady Guenevere and Sir Lancelot du Lac. The musical Camelot, however, remains the most iconic. Consider the historical context of the piece. Originated for the stage in 1960, Camelot coincided with the presidency of a young John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was a big fan of Camelot; he identified with King Arthur and, according to the First Lady, she and the President would often listen to the soundtrack before going to bed at night. Tragically, and ironically, just as Arthur's rule lasted for one brief, shining moment, so did Kennedy's, and the press forever linked the two legendary leaders many hundreds of years apart. Camelot is emblematic of JFK and, as such, it is emblematic of an era.

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183 of 190 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Mark me well - I will tell you, sir!" July 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, 'Camelot' is a flawed movie, but a MAGICAL one, nonetheless. It is too long, and Franco Nero's dubbed singing voice as 'Lancelot' is laughable, and YET! Yet, we have RICHARD HARRIS, so perfect as the failing King Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave, never lovelier than in her role as the torn Guinavere, and David Hemmings, a dastardly 'mod' Mordred reeking havoc on the troubled Kingdom. Franco Nero (dubbing notwithstanding) brings a wonderful comedic touch to Lancelot, and with the sumptious sets and costumes, 'Camelot' really is a BEAUTIFUL film. It has been critisized for having a 'Sixties' feel to it, but the somewhat hippy-ish design just adds to the pleasure; and it REALLY doesn't matter that Richard Harris is wearing WAY to much blue eye-shadow - we're in CAMELOT, for goodness sake! There may very well be a 'legal limit to the snow' there, but when it comes to make-up, no holds are barred! Oh, one can pick a MILLION holes in 'Camelot' - but why bother? It's better just to pour yourself a glass of mead, light some candles, put 'Camelot' in your VCR and let Lerner and Loewes wonderful score sweep you into a magical time which never existed. 'Camelot' is pure escapism, but it's escapism with 'heart', and that heart belongs to Richard Harris. This movie is HIS, and years after first seeing this movie, when I imagine the face of King Arthur, the face that I see is Richard Harris'.
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139 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Ever I Would Leave You December 9, 2003
Format:DVD
In this lavish adaptation of the Broadway musical based on T.H. White's modern classic "The Once and Future King," the music of Frederick Loewe and Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner weave this story into an intricate tapestry of unforgettable heart-stirring emotions. The emotions are quite overpowering and you almost have to watch this movie three times to fully appreciate the texture and detail of the 45 sets and 3,500 costumes.

Camelot is a timeless romantic drama that takes us to a medieval world that could only be imagined in your most romantic fantasy. The humor is witty, the music is unforgettable and the world of Camelot has castle scenes that are beyond compare. In fact, if you love castles, you will see scenes from dreamy castles in Spain. The Castle of Camelot is modeled after the Castle of Coca. The architectural details in the design are partly Romanesque, Norman, Viking and Gothic. The decorations have a "fantasy" medieval flavor.

The movie is at first shrouded in mystery as Arthur sits in a dark misty forest. Arthur is about to go into battle and doesn't want to die in a state of confusion. Merlin advises Arthur to think back to the time when he met Guenevere.

We are transported into King Arthur's memory, where the entire story takes place in vivid detail. King Arthur sings about his fears of the wedding night and it is all rather cute and humorous. We instantly see King Arthur as an eternal boy and later find out how he became king quite by accident when he draws the sword, Excalibur, out of a stone.

Guenevere arrives all wrapped in fur as she travels through the "most ferocious, savage, terrifying forest" she has ever seen. The branches are laden with snow and icicles. She simply adores the danger and beauty.
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157 of 172 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the Music that Really Counts Here! February 2, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In the annals of musical theater, there are more than a few great scores. Among them is Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot" which has more than its share of great songs that shine away from the musical play.

In 1964, Jack Warner produced "My Fair Lady" at Warner Brothers. It was an excellent film, if a bit too cautious. The play was a phenomenon and Jack didn't want anyone mucking about with it. Going to see it was almost as exciting as going to church, even though the film itself was entertaining and beautiful to look at.

Four years later, Warner attempted to do the same thing with "Camelot." In many ways, he failed, but in a couple of others, he outshone "My Fair Lady" and many other fine movie musicals. First, but not foremost, he enlisted the talents of John Truscott to design the film. No medieval tale has ever benefitted from so fine a vision. His sets and costumes are among the finest -- yet most realistic -- ever created. Second, and this is the best part (for me) -- he acquired the services of the finest composer/conductor Hollywood has ever produced. Alfred Newman had already won 8 Academy Awards prior to scoring "Camelot." Newman was one of a handful of composers who invented film scoring in the 1930s and 1940s. As head of the Fox music department from 1940-1959, Newman had the best orchestrators, best musicians and best composers working for him at Fox than could be found anywhere else.

For "Camelot," Newman had a free hand, along with his associate Ken Darby who had worked with Newman for nearly 20 years, collaborating on such film musicals as "Carousel," "The King and I" and "South Pacific.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Emotion April 17, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Camelot made an impression on me over 30 years ago, and today, watching the remastered video, all the songs and lines come easily to me, yet I probably only saw it twice. Most reviews treat this film version unkindly, but I quite prefer Richard Harris as Arthur. In my mind, it's the greatest thing Harris has ever done, and his almost impish Arthur is appropriate for a boy-turned-king. He's neither too regal nor too arrogant, like some who have performed the role. He inhabits Arthur. I'd not have chosen Redgrave but she turns out to be luminous: by turns innocent, lusty, loving, and decent. Marni Nixon's dubbed singing works through her. Franco Nero's Lancelot is a sculpted icon of steel-eyed beautiful purity. Nero may not the greatest actor in the world, but he is endearing as Lancelot, and his physical loveliness in muscle, jaw, cheekbone and eye is probably unmatched for this role. The costumes are brilliant and gorgeous enhancements. (although a bit more real fur could have been used, back in the 60s!) The fact is, the score could not be more magnificent; the "natural" style singing is charming. Rather than focusing on "great" voices, we instead hear the intended core of each scene through "real" characters expressing themselves. These actors portray their roles gamely and truthfully as three people in love with each other. The entire production is a lush, bittersweet escape that infuses me with the sheer emotion and passion of ideals imagined and dashed. Love both lavished and betrayed is a sweet torment that this film tenderly displays to this viewer. I think it's highly underrated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I saw this on the big screen back in the 70's. I fell in love with it immediately. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sue OBier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have this on a DVD
I love this movie and my VHS tape was going bad, so I got to watch it again and new it was going to be great! So glad you had this one for me! Thank you!
Published 6 days ago by Kathy Hostetler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
What's not love about this movie? I purchased it for a friend after we went to the play and were disappointed!
Published 7 days ago by Elizabeth Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well done produccion
I had heard about this version and was familiar with the music; I even saw another version of this musical with the main character played by Gabriel Byrne a few years back on TV... Read more
Published 10 days ago by A. Delaspozas
1.0 out of 5 stars NO AUDIO
I was surprised to receive two videos with the same problem---no audio. Perhaps the problem is
resolved by now. I would really like to have a working dvd.
Published 12 days ago by Mari
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful adaptation of the beloved story
Everything about this movie is spectacular. The scenery is just beautiful, the costumes are just incredible and the acting is absolutely perfect. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Tim Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as I Remembered it to be
Clean video and sound is wonderful.
I could not be happier with this copy.
I loved this Musical back then and find I still do today.
Published 21 days ago by Borzoi50
5.0 out of 5 stars camelot
Wonderful music and acting. Scenes outstanding. Old storyline with absolutely beautiful acting and music that touches the heart. Loved it.
Published 21 days ago by gee56usa
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of all time!
The singing, beauty and heartache make this a classic. So beautiful. I saw it many years ago when it first came out and just had to have it on DVD. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Patti
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie and have loved it for over 40 years, ;)
I just love the music and the setting, It is a way to "get away from it all". And I love history, even tho this isn't " correct" history, I don't think :) ....... Read more
Published 22 days ago by W. Benedetti
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