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Trapeze [VHS]

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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, Katy Jurado, Thomas Gomez
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, James R. Webb, Liam O'Brien, Max Catto, Wolf Mankowitz
  • Producers: Burt Lancaster, Harold Hecht
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: December 16, 1992
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302605091
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on February 27, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For those a little leery of ordering this copy, rest assured it is in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35. The quality is identical to the Warner Archive release of 'The Big Circus', colors fluctuate from vibrant to soft but is not enough to distract from the films power. It is definitely better than the showing on 'Turner Classic Movies' so if you are a fan of the film like I am, you will cherish this release
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Great circus shots in a beautiful miniature European circus surround a love triangle. Lots of tension, suspense, interesting characters and a great climax! Tremendous photography of aerial stunts and other circus action.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Randallo on December 3, 2009
Format: DVD
My wife and I were dating when we saw this movie back in the 1950's and we've often joked about Gina Lollobrigida's comment to Burt Lancaster as she is trying to be the third member on his trapeze team along with Tony Curtis. Burt is appraising her attributes for trapeze "flying" and mentions her legs and she replies, "I've always been strong in "zee" legs." Burt doesn't mention Gina's more noticable attributes but then this was the Fifties. This is a delightful movie which was filmed in a real circus in Europe. Burt Lancaster was a real circus performer before he made movies and did his own stunt work until his last years in the movies. He plays the part of an injured "flyer" who now can only "catch" another "flyer" as they swing high above the circus floor. Tony Curtis wants Burt to teach him the "triple" which involves 3 revolutions of his body when he leaves his trapeze to be caught by Burt. All three actors are "flying" and swinging above the crowd as they do their act so they had to learn some trapeze work. I'm sure real circus performers did the dangerous trapeze scenes. Tony Curtis works well with Burt, as he does with all other actors, and their is a realism and believeability to the movie. Gina is beautiful and of course her beauty attracts both Burt and Tony but you'll have to watch the film to see who she walks away with at the end. We've seen the film on TCM and enjoy it just as much today as we did originially and we're glad that it is available on DVD.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on October 2, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'd like to preface this review by paying tribute to Tony Curtis. Not given a lot of respect in his lifetime, Curtis was usually given grudging praise when he delivered a good performance. Truth be told Curtis was usually good, sometimes great, more often than not. All one has to do is reference "The Sweet Smell of Success", "The Defiant Ones", and "Some Like It Hot" to make the case. As for this film, well, it's backstage melodrama albeit superb backstage melodrama. This isn't deep think but a great popcorn movie. It's graced by terrific production values and cinematography which shouldn't come as any surprise for a film directed by Carol Reed ("The Third Man"). You can almost smell the sweat and straw from the film's circus setting. The highwire scenes are equally thrilling. Burt Lancaster and Curtis give good accounts as acrobats and Gina Lollobrigida is...eye candy. Five star eye candy, though. Special note should be made for Katy Jurado as a former flame of Lancaster's. Jurado was a great actress of her day and probably doesn't get the recognition she deserves. Curtis made better films than "Trapeze" but you can't go wrong by viewing this in homage to a true Hollywood legend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Hustwick VINE VOICE on February 17, 2011
Format: DVD
This was available as a MGM widescreen laserdisc, and was worth a decent amount before this DVD was released. I can tell you, having owned both, that this film looks much better now that its super-widescreen format has been enhanced for 16:9. It is very enjoyable to watch and I did not find the video transfer obstructed the story or technical aspects of the production. No, it has not been remastered and there is not a whole lot of "pop" to the image -- but in some ways, I enjoy older transfers because there is no threat of DNR or obnoxious boosting of color saturation.

The film itself is a well directed story of rivalry and melodrama beneath the big top. It's got a decent plot about battling Trapeze artists, but the CinemaScope photography is truly spectacular. This is a real gem from the 1950s, directed by Carol Reed, and filmed in the neighborhoods of Paris by Robert Krasker, the cinematographer who shot "El Cid" and "The Third Man".

The reason I just cannot enjoy the film more is because of Burt Lancaster. I'm not a fan of his over and underacting approach to characters; it seems like he's always furious or getting soft & mushy. Tony Curtis is pretty mild-mannered here so he's fine, and I prefer him to Lancaster in both this film and "Sweet Smell of Success". Now, this is a very subjective criticism but you're going to se a lot of fuming Lancaster in "Trapeze". Still, a great, underappreciated film about the old circus environment, and a must-see for anyone who loves CinemaScope.
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60 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Costa on December 26, 2009
Format: DVD
I must complain about the Amazon information lately. What happened? I'm a regular customer, but I wouldn't buy TRAPEZE unless you tell me more about it. What is "Format: NTSC". I remember that Amazon used to inform in that item: ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN, COLOR, 2:35, etc., not to mention about subtitles or anything like that. I won't buy any product without knowing what's in it, like special features, digital transfer, soundtrack remastered, behind-the-scenes documentary or audio commentaries. It's all you expect to find in a new DVD, specially an MGM original from a United Artists production. I can't buy TRAPEZE to find a poor letterbox version (not anamorphic widescreen enhanced for 16:9 television sets) like other MGM releases. Please: I NEED TO KNOW MORE DETAILS.
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