The Leopard (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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*The Film - Visconti's original Italian version (185:52)
Audio commentary by Peter Cowie (film scholar)
English HoH subtitles (removable)
2.21:1 Anamorphic NTSC (Super Technirama OAR)
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
"A Dying Breed: The Making of The Leopard", a new documentary featuring interviews with Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceccho D'Amico, cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others (61:31)
Interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo (19:30)
Video interview with professor Millicent Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania on the history of the Risorgimento (13:36)
- Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos
- Italian newsreel footage (3:11)
- Italian theatrical trailer (3:40)
- American theatrical trailers (2) (3:46)
*The Film - alternate American release (161:23)Subtitles:NonePicture format:2.35:1 Anamorphic NTSC Soundtrack(s):English Dolby Digital 1.0 MonoCase type:Special CaseNotes:Black Triple Alpha case
Disc 1 is region-free (R0); discs 2 and 3 are encoded R1
The film is in many ways a happy accident. The surprising choice of Burt Lancaster for the role of the Prince seems to be perfect now, yet he was chosen after Laurence Olivier by director Visconti. It was very much an international production designed to appeal to audiences across the world hence it also stars Alain Delon from France.
In either version - the extended or the edited ones are both in this set - the film is a swirl of brilliant performances and directorial finesse. To my mind, the extended version does not add a great deal to the overall impact of the film, but it interesting to see it.
The only lapse in the translation from Lampedusa's novel, is that you cannot grasp the internal monologues of the Prince as he ruminates on death and the changing situation of the times. Occasionally, Visconti allows the Prince to state these thoughts, but he never delivers the full weight of them. This probably says more about the limits of cinema as an artform. On the other hand, the book does not convey the beauty of the palaces or the visual splendor of Sicily.
In some scenes such as the arrival of Claudia Cardinale, the battle of Palermo, and the final ball, Visconti seems to reach a different level in film making. While some find Visconti slow, I find the detail of each scene so interesting that I actually want more time.
The disc set also has an outstanding commentary by film historian Peter Cowie who completes an excellent presentation of the film. The attached documentary is of minor interest. Overall, a beautiful set in homage to one of the finest films ever made - certainly Visconti's masterpiece.
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Very closely followed novel and provided excellent insight into history of Sicily and its peoplePublished 10 days ago by anthony ventetuolo jr
my husband has been looking for this and wanted to see it again...so happy to find it available!Published 12 days ago by V. Janovsky
This is an absolutely fantastic movie. Wait for the moment when Claudia Cardinale walks in---breathtaking and unforgettable as is much of this film.Published 1 month ago by Lisa Martin
I loved this movie and the two other dvd's in the collection that gave the behind the scenes stories related to the production and the original Italian version.Published 2 months ago by anne shollar
Wonderful movie, we made sure we have the english edition with Burt Lancaster's actual voice.Published 3 months ago by Anita
I bought this years ago and lent it to someone; have never received it back so I bought another one and but haven't seen it since receiving this second copy, and since my husband... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marie C. D'Arpa
Few Americans are familiar with the political situation in mid-century Italy/Sicily/whatever. Even fewer care about same. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Prisoner of Planet Moron
I had high expectations, but was rather bored with most of the movie.Published 4 months ago by Michael Richards
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