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  • Actors: Michael Rennie
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Restored, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 216 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFS46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By S. Doyle on May 11, 2007
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The original 1935 version is definetely the best here,and the 1952 version is okay, but more of a curiosity piece only, though it has its audience. The DVD transfer is excellent and the restoration process is super. I think that the Charles Laughton/Frederic March version is one of cinemas lost masterpieces and Laughtons performance was overlooked at the time because of "Mutiny on the Bounty" which was released in the same year. This DVD release will definetely enhance its reputation
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. Nichols on October 12, 2007
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Wonderful adaptation of this classic book! Michael Rennie gives a very good portrayal of the tortured then redeemed Jean Valjean and Robert Newton gives a wonderfully realistic portrayal of the zealous Inspector Javert! One aspect I thought added to the overall story, the fact that it was done in black and white; I thought it added to the overall grit of the story.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Sheridan T. Taylor on May 2, 2007
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This IS the best film of ALL time! And I've been a movie addict for all my life. (about 40 yrs now). Ive seen many movies and have a long favorite list, but this is definately number one! Everything is perfect!

It has drama, romance, action, touching music and a great tearjerking ending! All performances could never be better! Fredric march & Charles Laughton (should have got Oscars, but who cares?) are at their best!

If you like great classics, this is it! I can go on & on & on...but will stop here! I am so glad it is on DVD now!
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Orff on March 17, 1999
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The element that should be regarded as the most important in a film adaptation of any novel is the DISTILLING of the author's main ideas, themes, and motifs into a tightly structured narrative; which is at once dramatically effective, develops smoothly, draws in it's characters strongly, action and dialogue are unified, and--as is always crucial in the cinema--visually arresting. In other words, a film--like a book--has to follow a definite, refined pattern that will bring it's ideas and themes to full realization and satisfaction. But, unlike the printed page, detail in the way of subplots, minor personages, or sociological ramblings must be sacrificed for the sake of unity, economy, and entertainment value. (Or as Hitch put it, "[F]or the sake of the human bladder.") Stories work best on the screen when told simply; with physical, verbal, audio, and visual CLUES serving to fill in the detail. So if you buy into the approach that a movie should not be just a book on film; or, more precisely, that a movie should be able to hold up on it's own, without the disclaimer that it was based on a classic novel, than this is immortality achieved. In summary, if you want a purer ESSENCE of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" than has ever been adapted for the screen, than this is the version for you! Unlike many older film adaptations of the classics, this one did not try to sell itself on star-power and prestige; nor did it, like most recent attempts, try to do so on budget, slickness, or box-office. In this brilliant evocation of Hugo's timeless story, screenwriter W.P. Lipscomb and director Richard Boleslawski pare down the mammoth novel into 1 hour and 49 minutes of riveting character study, high adventure, and sociological statement.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James L. on November 14, 2001
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Fredric March stars as Jean Valjean, a poor man sent to the galleys for stealing some bread for his sister and her child. After the hardships of his imprisonment, he is naturally a changed man, but he reforms himself and becomes a productive, highly respected citizen. In doing so, he violates the terms of his parole, and for that he has Charles Laughton, a police inspector, on his trail. Although the pursuit anchors the film, there is more going on here, as the dignity and rights of all men, rich or poor, convicts or not, is also a strong theme of Victor Hugo's novel and the film. March is excellent in his role, undergoing a number of physical transformations, while always conveying the honesty of the character underneath it all. Laughton is forceful as ever, this time as the inspector that is blinded by the law and cannot see the humanity behind the actions of others. The film has a number of chase sequences accompanied by music that will certainly remind viewers of a silent film. I don't know anything about the director, but I suspect he may have come from that era. The script weaves together the various elements of the story well, and viewers will come away from the film quite satisfied.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Musico on December 18, 2012
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This concerns the DVD itself, not the movies. Amazon lists this a a 2-Disc set, and perhaps at one time it was, but that is no longer the case. I received a single, 2-sided DVD with the 1935 version on one side and the 1952 version on the other.

I detest 2-sided DVDs. They're usually less reliable to begin with (often skipping and freezing) and are more prone to further scratches and damage. It's a terribly cheap way to package these films and it also makes no sense since both versions could easily have fit on a single side.

One disc instead of two is bad enough, but why not at least put both movies on a single, one-sided disc of better quality?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on August 27, 2007
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Since this is the only way the Rennie version is available, it worth it's weight in gold - cinema gold. that is! The scene with the bishop's candle sticks is one of the most powerful in cinema history - thanks Victor (Hugo) and Michael (Rennie)!
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