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Cyrano De Bergerac (1950)

Jose Ferrer , Mala Powers , Michael Gordon  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky, Ralph Clanton
  • Directors: Michael Gordon
  • Writers: Carl Foreman
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D19WXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Recreating his stage role, Jos‚ Ferrer (Moulin Rouge) stars as Edmond Rostand's Cyrano, a 17th-century French cavalier, poet and master swordsman. This beloved tale of romance and swashbuckling came to the screen in this lavish production from producer Stanley Kramer (Judgment at Nuremberg). Cyrano is madly in love with the beautiful Roxanne (Mala Powers), but assumes that she'd never love him back due to his cathedral of a nose, so he reluctantly aids the handsome, but simple Christian (William Prince) in the pursuit of his one true love. Ferrer won the 1950 Best Actor Academy Awardr and Golden Glober for his brilliant and heartbreaking performance. Directed with luster by Michael Gordon (Pillow Talk) with a rousing score by Dimitri Tiomkin (Rio Bravo) and adapted for the screen by Carl Foreman (The Guns of Navarone).

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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best edition of a magnificent film January 20, 2005
This (yellow poster on DVD case) is the Hal Roach edition of the 1950 film starring Jose Ferrer. I'm aware of two other editions: Alpha Video, & Marengo Films. The Alpha Video edition (full colour head shot of Cyrano) is crap -- not worth $5. The Marengo edition (black poster on DVD case), while clean in sound & video, is darker than this Hal Roach edition. In several significant scenes taking place outdoors at night, this edition shows more detail and is easier to watch. It has a minor flaw, a purple band that slowly rolls from bottom to top of the screen; I can eliminate it by reducing the colour intensity on my monitor.

I have all three editions; this is the one I watch.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF THE CYRANOS June 11, 2004
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This Hal Roach Studios production from Image Entertainment is the best of the best. Flawlessly transferred from original 35mm camera negative and finegrain material, it features a brilliant soundtrack as well as the original theatrical trailer. This is the real deal--not a backyard dupe offered in a quickie transfer (probably to analogue) for el cheapo prices. If you want CYRANO, this class act version is the one to buy. SPECIAL NOTE: The specification notes indicated on the Amazon site are WRONG--this disc is encoded "Region Zero" not "Region One" as is stated. It will play on any DVD player anywhere in the world. So, what are you waiting for?? (Review refers to Hal Roach Studios DVD version released by Image Entertainment.)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great film but, alas, a poor DVD September 13, 2004
This review is based on the Apha Video DVD. That's the cheaper one with the close up of Cyrano's face on the cover. The picture jumps so badly, I got a headache. There are also several split-second gaps in the footage, causing snatches of spoken lines to be obliterated. Worst of all, the actors sound as though their heads are being held underwater and the violins on the soundtrack are similarly submerged.

This is lovely, literate film, with several average performances and one astonishing, Academy-Award-winning performance by Jose Ferrer. His portrayal of Cyrano might well be the greatest of all time, even when it sounds like it is spoken from inside my fish tank. The story itself, rich and romantic, and almost Shakespearean in its sense of tragic romance, may cause you to cry as much as the horrible quality of the DVD. The closing scene, in the courtyard of a convent during a light-falling snow, has been etched in my memory ever since I first saw it as a kid.

This film was nominated as one of AFI's best love stories of all time.

I am going to order the more expensive version distributed by Image Entertainment and will update my review based on that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad transfer. March 7, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Such a good performance to be wasted on such a bad transfer. Had I known how lousy a copy this was I would have saved my money and purchased the Marengo version. The best copy I've seen so far was by Image Entertainment on laserdisc but...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cyrano de Bergerac - Alpha Video DVD - February 24, 2004
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This a great motion picture. The source material for this Alpha Video DVD is an old tired 16mm print. Sound is as muddy as the picture. The screen actually "crawls" with grain. Contast is bad - no detail or resolution. The experience of Jose Ferrer's Academy Award Winning performance is ruined by the quality of this DVD. I don't know why they would manufacture it - and I know NO ONE should buy it! Someone should find new source material like IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT - their Laser Disc was pristine.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this version! Jose Ferrer is a GOD!! November 21, 2004
I absolutely LOVE this film! Everything about it is utterly genius. The cinematography, every actor, and the sets are great! The fact that the film is in balck and white does not detract one bit from enjoying the film, I promise.

Jose Ferrer is a master and I am almost at a loss of words to describe how amazing his embodiment of our hero Cyrano is! Mr. Ferrer astonished me when I saw the film for the first time with his deep commitment to Cyrano's spirit and the level to which he raises the hero is incredible! Often times, Cyrano will be played up to a point where he becomes unreal and just a pompous soldier, but the subtly of Mr. Ferrer's performance gives Cyrano color--so much color that you believe in him 100%.

I'd also like to give credit to Mala Powers and William Prince because they also did amazing jobs with their characters. Ms. Powers, as Roxane, was not some melodramatic ingenue who plays just smiles sweetly or cries--she is a much more convincing Roxane than most of the interpretations I have come across. It was quite a pleasure to watch her work her art...

Mr. Prince did a splendid job with Christian, too. He played his doubt, guilt, and heroic spirit very well, never stepping over the line with his interpretation (yes, there are times where he seems to be playing-up the young lover type, but it's what the character calls for). I'm sure that I haven't finsihed doing justice to Mr. Prince and Ms. Powers, but you still need to be able to read the review in under an hour...

So, yeah! DON'T wait to buy this film! It's incredible in every way! A true masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cyrano 5 Stars/ Alpha Video 1 star June 6, 2008
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I began my "love affair" with Cyrano de Bergerac back in high school, a long time ago. The first video production I ever saw was Gerard Depardieu's and I loved it! I watched that video tape over and over. Naturally I obtained a copy of Cyrano (Five stars also) on DVD the moment it came out. BUT late one night on Turner Classic Movies, I saw "Cyrano de Bergerac" with Jose Ferrer! I was intrigued because I had never seen an American movie production. It was fantastic to behold and I was so thankful that I was paying the Cable company for the DVR rental fee. LOL!

Cyrano de Bergerac with Jose Ferrer and Mala Powers is by far one of the best films ever made. True, it doesn't always stay word for word to the play but then again certain interpolations are made in the Depardieu production which in no way minimizes the five star quality of a movie that one has to sit through while watching the action and reading the sub-titles at the same time. (Oh, that I had taken French instead of German in High School and College!)

Here's the catch and READ THIS WELL: DO NOT BUY THIS PARTICULAR COPY BY ALPHA VIDEO UNLESS THERE ARE NO OTHER CHOICES. They use a terrible master that starts off by cutting off the first 15+ seconds of credits, including Jose' Ferrer's name! No joke. I purchased an Amazon Bargain buy Signet classics copy of Cyrano de Bergerac (the play) for $4.98 and it turned out to have the DVD for free!!! The quality it far superior. The DVD is produced by the Chamberlain brothers and it also has a five minute introduction that you can watch or skip!

The transfer by Alpha was a very poorly done job onto DVD. Please let me emphasize this to you. The sound quality is shoddy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Impressed
Great Movie. This movie is a keeper... Jose Ferrer's performance was an all-time great.I couldn't have been more satisfied with the purchase or the movie
Published 18 days ago by Miguel Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Then as I end the refrain, thrust home!
For me any concerns about picture quality, aspect ratio, etc. fade away before Jose Ferrer's powerful performance and Edmond Rostand's classic story.
Published 19 days ago by V6428C
4.0 out of 5 stars Cyrano de Bergerac
Black and White and brilliant. Jose Ferrer was an exceptional "classic" actor and what never ignored for his contributions to film and the stage. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Daniel Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
One of my favorite films ever. And the film still holds up today. Great actors, great premise. Jose Ferrer at his best...
Published 1 month ago by Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites
I love this movie, maybe I'm a hopeless romantic? I would suggest that anyone who hasn't seen it should and anyone who has seen it, see it again. It never gets old.
Published 1 month ago by S. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars My BF loves this story as well as West Side Story...
I reconnected with him after 37 years, and then we were not together long enough to learn more of likes and dislikes in depth but long distance now offers more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Kohr-Blinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes from a different world
Preferences in literature are as varied as the people, who read them. It is totally futile to recommend any of it;
The best that can be done is to give personal opinions and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith Petres Balogh
5.0 out of 5 stars This Film Makes One Tremble
One of the best classic movies ever. I find it difficult to see such fine acting by any actor today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amorette L. Capparelli
5.0 out of 5 stars FERRER IS GREAT IN THIS, MUST SEE
UNIQUE, UNREAL, MUST ENJOY. ONE OF THE BEST. UNBELIEVABLE, MUST READ you must judge for yourself, but I highly recommend it. one two three four five six seven eight. nine!!
Published 2 months ago by Fidel Montalvan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
Sure it's old. Sure it lacks cool special effects. But not only is this a great movie, it features one of the best performances ever delivered on screen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David C. Collins
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