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Intolerance [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Lillian Gish
  • Directors: D.W. Griffith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 197 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EVU3SO0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In this cinematic milestone, director D.W. Griffith utilized enormous sets and thousands of extras in order to stage his cinematic exploration of Intolerance and its terrible effects throughout history from Ancient Babylon and Biblical Judea to Medieval Paris and Modern America. Bonus Features: Two full features The Fall of Babylon and Mother and the Law accompanied by new scores by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. 2013 bonus featurette with historian Kevin Brownlow. New essays by Cineaste editor Richard Porton and historian William M. Drew. Theatrical re-release trailer. Silent with English Title Cards.

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For film history buffs it is a great treat.
ybarry45
None of these perceived failings matter when viewing the film, which retains all of its power to amaze and move an audience as it did the day it premiered.
Casey62
The new region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions by Cohen Media present the best picture quality ever for this film on home video.
keviny01

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By keviny01 on November 12, 2013
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D.W. Griffith's 1916 historical epic weaves four stories of intolerance that occur in the past and present: the fall of Babylon in ancient times, the crucifixion of Christ, St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in the 16th Century, and class struggle and injustice in the modern times. Running about 3 hours in most editions, this ambitious, pioneering American silent classic not only has plenty of big-scale set pieces -- a shootout during a labor strike, violent Babylonian battles, a car-train chase scene, etc. -- but it is also a groundbreaking artistic triumph in its bold intercutting of the 4 stories that serves to enhance each story and compliment one another. The film's final 30 minutes is a rapid intercutting of the 4 climaxes of the stories that is thrilling to watch. Not to mention, the film has possibly the most famous shot in all of silent cinema, an aerial view of the palace of Belshazzar. "Intolerance" is one of the earliest and also one of the best films ever made, by a director who is often called "The Father of Film".

The new region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions by Cohen Media present the best picture quality ever for this film on home video. The Blu-ray's 1080p picture is remarkably clean, stable, and free of flickers. Some footage still looks worse than others. But the good-looking scenes look quite stunning in terms of details and clarity. Originally restored by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill in 1989, the film was given a further restoration by Cohen Media, resulting in this new Blu-ray and DVD. The music accompaniment by Carl Davis is also, in my opinion, the best score ever used for the film. Davis' majestic orchestral music is a great fit for the epic scenes, and it does a great job highlighting a lot of the dramatic nuances in more personal moments as well.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chip Kaufmann TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 9, 2013
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Someone once asked a friend of mine that if it were possible to time travel, where would he like to travel to? My friend replied "right here and now." "Why?" she queried. He responded with a one word answer,"dentistry". Good point. One might add health care to that as well although the way things are now, who knows? Leaving aside the question of time travel, I would like to say that since I wasn't around during the silent era, I'm happy to be living in a time where new technology makes old technology possible. We now have the opportunity to view silent films as if they were made yesterday. Restorations on films like NOSFERATU, METROPOLIS and more recently WINGS and THE BIG PARADE show how powerful and amazing these films can be when properly presented. You can now add D.W. Griffith's INTOLERANCE to that list. As a silent film enthusiast who teaches courses on silent film at the local college, I have always bemoaned the fact that up until now, no one had bothered with a decent restoration of any of Griffith's films. Part of this is due to the politically correct fallout over the racist content in BIRTH OF A NATION and while the outrage over that film is unfortunate but perfectly understandable, one film does not a filmmaker make especially one as important as Griffith. If a Griffith film was going to be selected than INTOLERANCE is the perfect candidate. Even after almost a century its meaning is still being debated and its influence on the films that followed can be seen as late as the recent sci-fi epic CLOUD ATLAS.Read more ›
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Casey62 on November 5, 2013
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When D.W. Griffith's massive epic INTOLERANCE was released in 1916, it was a commercial failure. This was due in part to its pacifist stand on war at a time when America was at the brink of entering the European conflict, and also because of its complex narrative structure which many people found difficult to follow. Griffith himself spent the rest of his life paying off the debts INTOLERANCE incurred as perhaps the most expensive film ever made. None of these perceived failings matter when viewing the film, which retains all of its power to amaze and move an audience as it did the day it premiered.

Originally planned as a much shorter film that Griffith called THE MOTHER AND THE LAW which dealt with a contemporary setting, the story was expanded to include three other episodes taken from history: the fall of Babylon, the crucifixion of Christ, and the Huguenot massacre. Griffith's innovative plan was to intercut the stories and jump back and forth between them, showing how the same themes of human injustice and intolerance have persisted from earliest times to our modern day. Not only was the narrative structure unconventional and ambitious, but the entire production was mounted on a scale unprecedented in American cinema at that time. Costumes were authentic in every detail, while the sets - particularly the Babylonian wall, gate, and courtyard - were the largest ever built for a movie.

INTOLERANCE features excellent performances by the entire cast which includes Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Miriam Cooper, Walter Long, Constance Talmadge, Alfred Paget, Seena Owen, Tully Marshall, Margery Wilson, Eugene Pallette and Howard Gaye. Lillian Gish plays the key role of the mother who endlessly rocks the cradle of time, linking all four stories.
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That's because Amazon requires reliable info, such as disc specs publisher's website, in order to confirm the changes are correct. The problem is that no one single source has all the correct info. The publisher, Cohen Media, doesn't post disc specs on their website at all. Blu-ray.com posts... Read More
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How will this compare to the Kino release?
The Cohen Media Blu-ray and DVD run only 168 minutes. The Kino DVD runs 197 min, but mainly because of the slower, perhaps erroneous speed. The Cohen disc is largely identical to the Kino disc in terms of the footage available. But both discs are less complete than the 178-minute Image DVD... Read More
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