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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 (100 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky, Ralph Clanton
  • Directors: Michael Gordon
  • Writers: Carl Foreman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D19WXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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103 of 107 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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29 of 33 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad transfer. March 7, 2004
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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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11 of 12 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm so sad. July 11, 2008
I've waited for a release of this movie for twenty years. " BUT ", the waiting was invain. My old VCR (worn out) tape may not have as good a picture, but at least "it has all the words" !!!! This video skips the most important offencing words. What, is this show rated PG now when it comes to words like "Barbarian"? ( Before the duel at the theatre of Burgogne ). And further on it skips and goes mute in the most intricate parts of his verbal attacs. I am very sad and will have to keep searching for a complete rendition of this ever so romantic and amazing show.
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7 of 7 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 I love it
It's a wonderful movie!
Published 11 days ago by Eve in CO
5.0 out of 5 stars Smash hit "RELIVED"
To see this movie as it was originally filmed brought back such memories. Thank goodness for CD's. I shared this movie with someone who is much younger, she fell in love with it... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Robert P. Kauffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Micah R Bruner
1.0 out of 5 stars a great film but a truly bad DVD
This is a great film that deserves release by a major label such as Kino since we won't get it from the studio. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Col William Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it. I replaced my VCR version.
Published 1 month ago by Robert M. Clifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good, new
Published 2 months ago by Quinnar
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite movie
Cyrano was the Man that all the rest of us would like to be. Erudite, witty, brave, strong! Ferrer richly deserves the Oscar he won for being Cyrano! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frank Hasty
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality video, quality acting, "darker" performance than I remembered.
The first time into the DVD player, the image froze in the credits , but then I ran it again and it was fine all the way through. Read more
Published 3 months ago by henry 5
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
A beautiful story successfully done in a great movie. Jose Ferrer is outstanding as are the other actors. The costumes and settings are great.
Published 4 months ago by beach01810
4.0 out of 5 stars A well known love story.
I loved the parts when Cyrano would make fun of his own nose. I wonder if this was adapted from a true story.
Published 4 months ago by Janet B. Duffy
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