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From Here to Eternity [Blu-ray] (1953)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E21QTL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,748 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars(r), including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Montgomery Clift At His Best August 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
From Here To Eternity is probably best remembered for the famous beach love scene of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, but there's a lot more to this legendary film. It tells the story of the lives and relationships of several characters in the time leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. The film is well cast. Lancaster gives a strong performance as the tough sergeant in love with his superior's wife, and Kerr is equally fine as the frustrated wife who has become famous for her dalliances. Frank Sinatra gives a charismatic performance as Maggio, the soldier with a love of drinking who gets himself into trouble. Donna Reed convincingly plays a "toned-down" prostitute who doesn't want to fall in love with a soldier, but does. The best performance is given by Montgomery Clift as the soldier Reed loves, a bugler and former boxer who critically injured a man in a fight and doesn't want to step back in the ring. Clift was an actor capable of digging deep into his characters, and unfortunately, he seems not to be as well known today as others from his time. The dialogue is sharp and mature, the attack scenes are excellent, and there are a number of dramatic, memorable moments in this film. Watch it for the beach scene, for Clift's superlative performance, and for all the qualities one would expect in a top notch film from Hollywood's Golden Era.
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176 of 202 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Theatrical Release Format is 1.33:1 October 21, 2001
By George
Now pay attention, widescreen DVD fans (I am among them)...!
Do not go looking for widescreen format before 1954, because with a couple of exceptions (see "sir-critic" below), they don't exist. One must be a student of history to some extent as a classic movie fan: when collecting a video library, know your format history; the key year is 1954. (Interestingly, it is the same key year for stereo music recordings, at least in the Classical world.) Also remember that a post-1954 movie is not necessarily a widescreen film, either, especially in the first few years. (See my review of "Moonstruck" for more aspect ratio commentary that you'll find very interesting, if this one is interesting to you. I ranted about its full-frame release and found out that I didn't know what I was talking about, more or less.)
"From Here to Eternity" is a great classic film that was shot and originally released in 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Like many, many other pre-1954 movies, this film was probably re-released several times in theaters with a "widescreen" format, but they just lopped off the top and bottom of the picture for the release. This was a grotesque practice, butchering many fine films and ruining the painstaking framing of shots by the cinematographer. You don't want a widescreen version of "From Here to Eternity", because it's butchered, I mean, ALTERED.
The important thing for DVD collectors / film buffs is ORIGINAL Theatrical Release Format, i.e., what the director and cinematographer intended you to see.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Screenwriter's Delight March 2, 2005
I never got around to watching this film in its entirety until last year; growing up, mum and dad always watched b&w films which I hated, in my youthful ignorance, but this one, I can see exactly why they loved it.

It's a seamless movie from beginning to end, and although fans of the book (I haven't read it) deride it for not having been faithful enough to the core of the book, I think it stands alone as a monumental piece of cinema; one that couldn't be remade today with any living actor.

Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster as the dual-leads both hearken to different schools of acting; Clift as a method actor, and Lancaster as a genuine tough guy (a-la Cagney), but the casting director knew what he/she was doing. Sinatra, more known for his singing career (and a few movie musicals["Anchors Away"]) pulled this role out of his hat, and deservedly picked up an oscar. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed also hold their own, but the real killer in this film isn't the acting or the scenery--it's the dialogue.

I recommend it to any writer, as a primer in how to write a classy, lean script that never wastes a line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films of all time! March 21, 1999
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From Here To Eternity is an outstanding adaption of the popular James Jones novel. It's an extremely romantic film that deals with the lives and loves of several soldiers just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Even if you've never seen the film, you've probably seen the famous "beach scene" between Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster. It is considered one of the most romantic movie scenes ever, and it certainly deserves that title! Deborah Kerr gives what many consider her finest performance as Karen, the woman whose marriage has had no meaning to her for a very long time. She frequently has scandalous affairs with the men in her husband's company. This was a giant leap for her, since before that time, Kerr's career had been built on playing prim, no-nonsense English ladies. This is a heart-wrenching movie, and it should be seen by all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The acting is first rate and the screen play excellent. I can't think...
The film did a very credible job of interpreting James Jones novel of the same title. Of course the novel was quite long as it is difficult to explore a multitude of characters in... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Martin Amance
3.0 out of 5 stars but I love Clift and Lancaster
I found the acting to be old fashioned and dated. Of course, it is an older movie, but I love Clift and Lancaster.
Published 16 days ago by Helen J. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A Classic
Published 19 days ago by Ronald D. Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Love this classic and even more so now that I have visited Hawaii.
Published 20 days ago by Karen P Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Prompt delivery of this fine product.
Published 22 days ago by Rob Wagner
2.0 out of 5 stars A Mean Society
One of the best movies around. But not for me. Frank Sinatra won an Oscar for his performance. To me it showed the crass behavior of some of those in the military. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeanne Meger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film.
Wonderful old movie.
Published 1 month ago by Flightnurse
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good the ending leaves you scratching your head a ...
Pretty good the ending leaves you scratching your head a bit but the has the iconic ocean scene so all and all a pretty good film
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies.
One of my favorite movies... great story, great acting, great directing. Fast paced for a movie from that post-WWII genre. Not for the kids because of the violence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Den-Den
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by morton s. pruce
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Blu ray remastered?
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"From Here to Eternity's Blu-ray release is nothing short of spectacular. The approximately framed 4x3 image, retaining the picture's natural theatrical exhibition ratio and... Read More
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