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Quo Vadis (NO SCRATCH. 1951. Dual Sided. 174 Minutes. Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr) (1951)

Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov , Mervyn LeRoy  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov
  • Directors: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Full Screen, Import
  • Subtitles: English, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013AG8V6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NO opening credits but has ending credits.

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266 of 281 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity Versus The Decadence of Nero's Rome April 4, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"Quo Vadis", based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz would have to be near the top of my list of favourite 1950's religious epic productions. Indeed "Epic" is the word to fittingly describe this mammoth MGM production that cost an amazing 7 million dollars to make in 1950 and was the studio's biggest money maker since "Gone With The Wind". It has everything an epic movie lover could desire, the already stated fine literary source, breathtaking sets (no computer generated effects here!), meticulously researched historical costumes, enormous crowds scenes and a stunning recreation of Pagan Rome at it's height. The film boasts an extraordinary cast but towering over all of them is the late Peter Ustinov in his unforgettable performance as the deranged Nero. His interpretation of this infamous Emperor who began the first concentrated persecution of the early Christians is still the visual image for a lot of people, myself included,that first comes to mind when Nero's name is mentioned. Already having been filmed a number of times in the silent era and once again since this 1951 film, this is still the definitive version of the story of the early Christian Church struggling to survive in Nero's Rome after the great fire.
With the advent of television in the early 1950's Hollywood fought back with splashy, lavish productions that could not be matched by the flickering black and white image of television in it's infancy. "Quo Vadis", lent itself perfectly for this purpose and an already shaky MGM put all of it's resources into the filming of this elaborate production. The story centres around cocky Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor) who after three years of successful campaigning returns to savour the delights of Nero's Rome.
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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful
This biblical epic has Peter Ustinov giving the definitive performance of the emperor Nero, in spite of the motion picture code. But then, it seems they were always relaxing that motion picture code back in the 40's and 50's as long as it was for a biblical epic of some kind. In this case, you see - although from a distance - lions carrying the limbs of dismembered Christians upon which they are feeding, along with all of the other insinuations of decadence present under Nero. Robert Taylor, who was normally a rather wooden actor IMHO, did a very good job in this one as a Roman soldier entranced by a Christian girl. If you didn't know better you might think this film was the work of Cecil B. DeMille, but instead the director was Mervyn Le Roy. Le Roy directed some of Warners fast-paced urban early sound films including Alice White's musicals, Gold Diggers of Broadway, Cagney's "Hard to Handle", Edward G. Robinson's "Little Caesar", and "Three on a Match". He also directed one of Robert Taylor's other great performances in 1942's "Johnny Eager", unbelievably not yet on DVD. In other words, Le Roy directed many crowd-pleasers. This might explain why this film got seven or eight Oscar nominations, but none for the director himself. He just wasn't considered good enough by the Academy to be "in the club" in spite of this excellent individual achievement.

Everyone knows the popular legend. Nero burns Rome to clear the way for the magnificent city he wants to build, but the peasants are revolting - literally. He then blames the odd and unpopular but quickly growing sect of the Christians for the burning, and begins feeding them to the lions for the amusement of the Romans. However, the Christians face death so bravely that Rome turns on Nero. Well, that's the movie.
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112 of 122 people found the following review helpful
"Quo Vadis" is a great film Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, Starring: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn and Peter Ustinov with splendid cinematography, fabulous sets and costume designs, magnificently photographed by Robert Surtees. "An Spectacular True 1950Th's Classic."

This jewel of a movie "Quo Vadis" whose copyrights are owned by "TIME-WARNER INC." it's nonetheless still sitting idle at their MGM/UA Turner Collection's Library without any official restoration on DVD, even when released in 1951, it did became the 2nd highest box office take in "Hollywood's Film History." Surpased only by the epic "Gone With The Wind."

The restoration should be presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition. But unfortunately right now, only some appalling import copies of it are circulating the internet, selling some for over $35 a piece.

I can't comprehend why Time Warner Home Video have not noticed this problem and take some action to correct this oversight sooner rather than later. So at this point, that "The Studio" is about to re-issue in September 13, 2005 the "Collector's Edition of Ben-Hur." We feel that "QUO VADIS," which also was produced by Sam Symbalist, could become a very profitable asset, if only this film that deals with "The First Judeo/Christian Holocaust" is put on a fast track by Warner Brothers for a late 2005 release in conjunction with the "Collector's Edition Ben-Hur."

Ideally along also with two other classic films that are at Warner Brothers Film Library Vault. The first one "Land of The Pharaohs" by Director Howard Hawks, Starring: Joan Collins and Jack Hawkins (who also starred in "Ben-Hur.") This film screenplay was done by no other than the great American writer William Faulkner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Antonio L Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis
I heard about the movie but never viewed it. I wasn't aware that religious references were included in the movie.
A well done motion picture with good acting.
Published 5 days ago by Leon Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What I expected.
Published 6 days ago by Cecil Blocker
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a great massage in Quo Vadis
There's a great massage in Quo Vadis. That is to have faith in God, even in the most darkest of hours. Let your light of faith shine brightly throughout the darkness. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Fred. Page Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! I saw this many years ago and never ...
Amazing! I saw this many years ago and never realized what a tour de force it was in its day. We've really enjoyed seeing it again and learning a lot more about it!
Published 10 days ago by Alice Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis?
A beautiful love story along with some historical drama. The acting is very well done for that era. The crowd scenes were amazing considering that this was before digitalization. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Quo Vadis?
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling after watching the DVD
The legendary Nero has been depicted rightly and properly by Peter Ustinov here.All the others have also ended brilliantly.DVD quality superb. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Manish Chakraborty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great value with fast and free shipping... +++++
Published 14 days ago by Richard DeVries
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis
Very good film, gives an excellent account of the burning of Rome by Nero. Very entertaining
Published 15 days ago by BG
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Published 24 days ago by Linda Coulter
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