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

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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  • Format: 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 (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E21QTL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,515 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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70 of 73 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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171 of 195 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is Okay October 3, 2001
By Icepick
The first widescreen film was "The Robe," released in
September 1953. Every film prior to that, including
"From Here to Eternity," was shot in Academy Ratio, i.e.
fullscreen. So quit yer complainin'!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films of all time! March 21, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Rate Acting! March 24, 2005
The first time I saw this movie it immediately went on my top five list of favorite classics. I was highly impressed with the acting, especially Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra truly deserved the Academy Award he received as the hilarious yet tragic soldier, Maggio. Donna Reed received an Academy Award, too, for her fabulous portrayal as a dance hall girl who wishes to lead a proper life back home in Oregon when she has saved a large bag of money. Ernest Borgnine is excellent as the vicious James "Fatso" Judson, the army stockade leader. The ending of the movie is so sad it makes me feel like crying sometimes!I can't recommend this film enough!
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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 Highly Memorable for Clift will always be Private Prewitt
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is a classic in many respects combining old school filmmaking with a more realistic narrative and starkness of the 50's. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by gobirds2
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but !!!
This is one of the great classic war movies. The cast is first rate with Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed leading the way. Read more
Published 4 days ago by RALPH C
5.0 out of 5 stars True Classic
A tour de force. A stellar cast. Outstanding performances all around. An excellent period piece that captures the last days just before the start of WWII.
Published 8 days ago by Janet E Quistberg
3.0 out of 5 stars This film has not aged well
I hadn't seen this film since I was a teenager some 50 years ago. Unlike other classics, this one hasn't really aged well. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Pedro Sandín-Fremaint
1.0 out of 5 stars I suppose fifties housewives liked it
No one who has read and appreciated the novel could have liked this movie version...It is so shallow and deflects the blame the author puts on the Army establishment, putting it... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Steve Dossey
5.0 out of 5 stars from here to eternity
What a classic, gave to grandson (23 ) for Christmas and he loved it. I never miss the reruns on TV. viviencuneo
Published 25 days ago by Vivien H. Cuneo
1.0 out of 5 stars From here to eternity blu ray
This was a poor poor transfer to blu ray. I was taken to see that it was not clear to watch.It had lots of grain. I watched it on T.V. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Shapiro
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest books and films of all time.
This film it up there with "The Best Years of Our Lives". Oddly, the best films about WWII told the story of Americans before the war began and after it was over.
Published 1 month ago by J. W. Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Verry good WWII movie.
Taps is an eerie tune, that can get to you if done right. It's very appropriate to play for the dead. When Pvt. Prewitt, played Taps for his friend, it really got to me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tired veteran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
A beautiful transfer of one of the greatest movies ever made. The extras give lots of information that enhance the viewing experience.
Published 1 month ago by Rad Bennett
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