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The Leopard (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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An epic on the grandest scale, Luchino Viscontis THE LEOPARD (Il gattopardo) re-creates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italys Risorgimento, when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster (The Killers, Brute Force) stars as an aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by the gorgeous Alain Delon (Purple Noon, Le samoura) and Claudia Cardinale (8 , Once Upon a Time in the West). The Criterion Collection is proud to present THE LEOPARD in two distinct versions: Viscontis original and the English-language one released in America.

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • The 161-minute American release, with English-language dialog
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • A Dying Breed: The Making of "The Leopard," an hour-long documentary
  • Video interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo
  • Video interview with film scholar Millicent Marcus
  • Original theatrical trailers and newsreels
  • Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Michael Wood

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli
    • Directors: Luchino Visconti
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: Italian
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Criterion
    • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
    • Run Time: 185 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B003D3Y660
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Leopard (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    149 of 155 people found the following review helpful By valediggler on September 26, 2004
    Format: DVD
    criterion gives a real royal treatment to this movie and it is higly earned by some reviews people say that the movie is cut and italian version is better blah blah...what they dont know is this 3 disc set has all two of them...check that out yourself:


    *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)

    Promotional Materials:

    - 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
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    192 of 204 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Frier on June 23, 2001
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    It is incomprehensible to me why this movie has not yet made it to DVD. I think it is easily Visconti's greatest work, and one of the masterpieces of Italian film from a great era in general; and it is also a flawless adaptation of one of the finest Italian novels of the twentieth century. The film is a close study of a noble Sicilian family, and especially of its Prince (played by Burt Lancaster in what I think is also his best role), as they interact with the new middle-class parvenus of revolutionary Italy. The cinematic values of the film itself are stunning, from the vast panoramas of the desolate Sicilian countryside, to the stifling intimacy of the final ball (which lasts nearly an hour on film without once being boring). What is most amazing is the depth of the film. Even small gestures are carefully observed and capture the nuances of an aristocracy in decline. I loved "Death in Venice" as well, but this film should justly be considered Visconti's most tightly controlled and haunting.
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    72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Vicente P. T. Adorno on March 6, 2000
    Format: DVD
    I waited for years to see the director's cut of this magnificent movie. In the early 80's, after Visconti's heirs regained possession of the rights to it, they ordered it to be edited according to the master's wishes. I had then the privilege of watching "Il Gattopardo" in a movie theater in all its splendor, exactly as Visconti wanted it to be. Forget the ugly and stupid English-dubbed version that was released before. The true meaning of this movie can only be completely grasped when you see the Italian-spoken version, in spite of a central character, the one played by Burt Lancaster, having to be dubbed in Italian. I hope that when this is released on DVD we get the real thing, with its full lenght and the delightful cinematography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno. Please don't be insensitive to those who love true cinema: give us the real "Il Gattopardo" in its original widescreen format, its entire lenght and the melodious sounds of the original Italian dialogue. And, last but not least, the stunning beauty of the young Claudia Cardinale...
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    68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Goded on January 11, 2001
    Format: DVD
    I saw this film twice in Spain, the first time at least fifteen years ago, in its original version and length, not, as I have read here, an American dubbed-abreviated version. I think this is the best movie by Visconti, although to be fair I have not seen all of them. It seems amazing, however, its relative obscurity, compared for example to the somewhat overhyped Death in Venice, which I consider to be much inferior to Il Gatopardo. It is also one of my favourite films of all time. Lancaster's performance is unforgetable, the ambience, the music, the story and the painful ending, all amount to a masterpiece difficult to match. The Sicilian landscape is captured in all its magic and grandiosity and dominates my memories of the film. Comparing it to Gone with the Wind is, I think, a bit frivolous, as, with due respect, the estethics of both films - one Italian-European, the other American - are light years apart, without at all questioning the merits of the American film. Sadly, the pervasive notoriety of GWTW is also light years apart from the obscurity of Il Gatopardo. Il Gatopardo truly deserves to be taken out from that obscurity and get a much higher recognition as an all time classic. Will that ever happen? I doubt it, but at least I join the fans of this film in begging for its integral and original release in DVD, asap please.
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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Brianton on November 5, 2004
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    The Leopard is one of the most sublime films ever made and it is to Criterion's credit that they have given it a treatment that it deserves.

    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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