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Product Details

  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Charlton Heston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Turner Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057FGCRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
I love this story, as a fragment of history (such as we know of it), as a dramatic work by a fine playwright and in both extant film productions. The 1966 film directed by Zinnemann is a wonderful filmic reworking of the play with some noble acting and art direction. It retains the essence of the story whilst changing 'operatically' the angle, rather like Milos Forman has done with Peter Schaffer's "Amadeus". Heston's TV film, on the other hand, sticks rather more closely to the play, in both script and format and succeeds equally well. This isn't a 'remake'; rather, it is a new approach in its own right. Both films are valid additions to the canon. Heston was, indeed, a great actor who was more than equal to this task; all too often he has been the target of 'casting snobs'. Finally, the late Roy Kinnear's contribution as the 'Common Man' (a part not featured as such in the 1966 film, Colin Blakely as More's servant, Matthew being the closest comparable) is a little gem!
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By F. Van Doorn on July 9, 2007
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I think most of the comments for this film are rather unfair. Unfair to the actor Charlton Heston and unfair to the film itself. Please let me explain:

It seems to me a sort of "England, England!" thing is standing in the way of a fair and objective comment on this film.

To do away with the 1988 version of Heston as a failed attempt to improve on Fred Zinneman is not only an unfair comparison but also a foolish one.
To begin with: Heston's version is far closer and more true to Robert Bolt's play than is the Fred Zinneman version. In addition, Heston's performance, although more obviously dramatical than that of Scofield, is more passionate. The scene in which he thrashes Roper and stands for his daughter Meg is simply the greatest ("They put about too nimbly!!!"), as is his performance with the Duke of Norfolk when they discuss water spaniels.
Next to Heston, the performance of his fellow actors should not be discarded.

Roy Kinnear, bless his soul, is brilliant as the common man (a Robert Bolt invention that stayed alive in this version but was left out of the 1966 Zinneman production)

In addition, the role of the king is played simply brilliantly by Martin Chamberlain. The scene in More's garden is an unrivalled scene.

Vanessa Redgrave gives one of her finest performances as More's wife. The scene in the Tower where they part for the last time is always tearing me apart! (Oh God, all these plain simple men!)

And of course the roles of the "two ugly ladies" Benjamin Withrow and Jonathan Hackett are delicious and not to be found anywhere so great in the 1966 Zinneman version.

So I beg you: Please be fair, enjoy the Zinneman version, but also take the time to appreciate Heston's version!

[April 30, 2012] I'm so glad it's out on DVD now!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Hull on November 7, 2007
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While I agree that Heston wasn't as good a fit for More as Scofield, one thing I did like about this version was its fidelity to the full play. The original cinematic version strayed from it, especially from the device of having Matthew/the Common Man play multiple roles throughout.

I also found that some of the other characters were better developed here: Henry VIII demonstrated more of the desire for More's approval than Shaw's performance; Cromwell was much more conniving and shrewd; Rich was more weak and duplicitous even than Hurt's portrayal.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim's Beach on August 16, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember having seen this when it first ran on Television in 1988 and was instantly captivated by it. I never thought much of Charlton Heston save for "The Omega Man", "Soylent Green", "Planet of the Apes" and "Touch of Evil' (despite the horrid Mexican make-up). But in all else, including "Ben Hur", he always portrayed a wooden sense of movement. In this version (truer to the stage version by Robert Bolt)he still can't from time to time shake his woodenness but he plays a vivid, passionate, very much alive More. The More portrayed by Paul Scofield was to me, an emotionless, calculating mental machine. But Heston truly breathes life into the role and gives you a man, full of blood and fire. A man you can relate to. This is what captivated me. By today's standards the movie seems to run a little slow but one does stick with it. I waited many score years for this come out on dvd and was not disappointed by the passage of years or the veneer of memory. It may not be as fresh as the day I first saw it on TV but it is still, to me, a sterling production and a side of Charlton Heston's acting ability that few of us ever got to see. If you can't stand Charlton Heston, you probably won't like him in this movie either. But if you don't like him give the movie a whirl and I think your opinions might be altered somewhat.
One other note: on Amazon's product description there is no indication as to whether or not this movie is subtitled or captioned - in fact on the cover there is also no indication but when you play the movie you will see that it does have English and French subtitles - good to know for the hearing-impaired or for those who like a running script while the movie is playing.Man for All Seasons
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Wolter on November 11, 2011
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I was truly amazed to see this offering- and reasonably priced too! This is a movie on The Great Heston's must do list. Heston's son Frazier, who played the Baby Moses in the Ten Commandments,directs this and several other pictures for dad.
The score is very "period" and the acting top notch. I was, of course, spoiled by the Best Picture winning original- so buy both. Both prices are reasonable!
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