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Ulysses (2009)

Kirk Douglas , Anthony Quinn  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Franco Interlenghi, Daniel Ivernel, Piero Lulli
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DZOCY6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This lush adaptation of Homer's grand epic "The Odyssey" stars KIRK DOUGLAS as the hero Ulysses. After victory in the Trojan War, Ulysses embarks on a ten-year journey back to his kingdom. But before he can reunite with his beloved wife (SILVANA MANGANO), he must defeat the brutal Cyclops, escape the spell of Circe who turns his crew into swine, and outwit the Sirens who lure sailors to their death. Peril is everywhere – even at home, where the arrogant Antinous (ANTHONY QUINN) plots to steal Ulysses' wife before he can complete his final quest in this powerful tale of heroism.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ulysse's personnality and character. July 9, 1999
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I fully agree with Mr Forsythe from London (Ontario). If like Mr Maitlin, you judge this movie with the special effects of the 1999, the movie is hokey. But the character, dedication and courage of Ulysse has never been so well portrayed as by Kirk Douglas. Sylvana Mangano doesn't do much, but she portrayed only too well why a man will fight 20 years to return to her and their son. Anthony Quinn gives a fine performance as the suitor. The recent version with Armand Assante, while proficient in special effects, doesn't exploit the richness of characters showned in the multi-european film. I have seen this movie in the 1960 and again this year. It is the same emotion and commitment. This is Homer's Odyssey. If you have not seen this movie, get your hand on the vidéo. This is a film I would gladly buy in VideoLaser disc or the new DVD. It is worth the money.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Campy Epic. April 1, 2006
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this classic foreign film. Although the dialogue was dubbed in in English after filming; Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn's voices are used for their own parts, so you almost forget this fact while enjoying the action. Both men act up a storm and the woman who plays Penelope is sympathetic and sexy in her duel part as the witch Circe. The special effects are primitive but believable in a campy "Batman" style. The voice of the Cyclops is wonderful and his eye even moves in its socket! The cimamatic tension as Odysseus and his men stomp the grapes in the giant's cave is truly infectious. The color and picture quality of this Korean print is excellent and the sound is good. It's well worth the low price to relive the memories of this classic film which was often shown on television by local UHF stations back in the '70's.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS RIP-OFF July 23, 2009
This film is, in itself, worth 4 or 5 stars, no doubt. This version is deserving of less than 1. This is a mutilated, butchered copy that deserves only the fire. Ulysses is one of the earliest widescreen films made (1l66:1) and deserves to be preserved as such. What you're being offered is a hacked-up "full" screen mess (1.33:1). The term "full" screen is a marketing ploy, a lie to deceive consumers. The FULL screen is whatever the director made in the first place. Until a full widescreen copy of Ulysses appear, avoid this travesty like the plague.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kirk Has a Hard Time Getting Home... October 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
...and that's putting it mildly! Here Kirk is playing the Greek general Ulysses who spends twenty years away from the bosom of his family, ten at the Trojan War and ten on an ill-fated voyage back to Ithaca.
Now, when I first came across my brothers watching this video, I couldn't believe my eyes that Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn were in such a cheap-looking movie! Nobody else is an actor or actress of any standing, and the production values are not up to Hollywood standards. Most distressing of all, everyone's dubbed in, including Kirk!
Once I had gotten over all these obstacles, though, I was able to enjoy the movie. Ulysses' adventures are recounted as a flashback as he recuperates from amnesia in a strange kingdom. We see him outwit the Cyclops, go mad from the siren's song, and lose all track of time while being enchanted by Circe. Intersperced with Ulysses' strivings are scenes back at Ithaca, where Penelope has all she can do to hold onto her absent husband's throne from would-be usurpers vying for her hand. A new suitor emerges from the pack, played by Anthony Quinn, and he, like Kirk, plays his role straight despite the film's other limitations. The VERY end, AFTER all the bloodshed in the banquet hall, seems to end abruptly with Kirk and Penelope talking very fast off screen about how they have to make up for lost time. That looks a little, "We have to give the cameras back, so let's end it now."
Still in all, "Ulysses" will entertain you if you let it; it did wonders for me, my brothers, and a two-year-old who wandered into the room and found the Cyclops really exciting.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kirk's conquest! August 13, 2004
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Yes--absolutely, I agree with other reviews that it is overdubed badly and that the ending reunion of Ulysses and Penelope is a "let's get out of here" finale. And yes, the young Rosanna Podesta is witless as the young princess who discovers the shipwrecked amnesiac wanderer.

However! This is a chance to see Kirk absolutely revel in his emotions, ranging the gamut from comedian (try amusing a man-eating Cyclops yourself, eh?) to a foaming-at-the-mouth grief-stricken sailor (tied to the mast as his ship passes the Island of the Sirens). Better yet, look at the rage in his heart when he confronts the suitors who have pillaged his home in his absence. Three cheers also for a very sexy Penelope--for whatever reasons it took, I would have faced all those monsters and tragedies to get back to her arms and bed too!

A final bonus for Anthony Quinn as the most bold and arrogant of the suitors--his acting was a needed support. Aww, go on and admit it--this film is fun for any middle school teacher who needs to put through the visuals of the Odyssey. Sure beats the lame excuse that Armande Asante did!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Entertaining! January 15, 2007
According to Homer, Ulysses is king of Ithaca, and father, by his wife, Penelope, of Telemachus...

Homer portrays Ulysses as a man of outstanding wisdom, eloquence, resourcefulness, courage and endurance...

In the Iliad, Ulysses appears as the man best fitted to cope with crises in personal relations among the Greeks and his bravery and skill in fighting were demonstrated repeatedly...

Ulysses wanderings and the recovery of his house and kingdom are the central theme of our film, which also relates how he accomplishes the capture of Troy by means of the wooden horse...

The motion picture, fill in the gaps with flashbacks, describes Ulysses' wanderings between Troy and Ithaca... As a troubled man, Ulysses spends much time at the shore trying to remember his past...

He encounters Polyphemus, the Cyclops, son of Poseidon... He escapes from his cave by getting him drunk and running a ram into his eye...

Shipwrecked, his men gone, his memory lost, he is discovered by a beautiful young princess Nausicca (Rossana Podesta) who immediately falls in love with him... Ulysses defeats the champion wrestler of Phaeacia in a public exhibition, but remains distant trying to recall his past...

He then encounters the Sirens whose songs lure sailors to their death... Plugging the ears of his men with wax, he has himself tied to the mast with ropes so that he can hear their call...

Ulysses reaches the island of the enchantress Circe who casts her spell on him... Taking on the appearance of his wife Penelope, she held him captive and turned his crew into swine, but fails to keep him in her company...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars W0W! To think I owned a gorgeous 16mm print of this at one time!
Picture washed out, Muddy - transfer had emulsion lines. Looks like it was a BAD FUJI dupe developed in a bath tub!
Hideous, insulting transfer of this epic movie. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine flick
I haven't seen this in 30+ years, so it was great to see it again. Movie is a classic about a classic. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Alan Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I tried watching it but just was not into this dvd I was so bored with this movie I just did not like it.
Published 23 days ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirk Douglas as Ulysses and Ben Hecht as Writer Equals a Great...
There are two versions of this 1955 film available from Amazon. One is the original Italian production with English Subtitles that I downloaded to my Kindle and the other is in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr Who? Regenerated
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
It is an enjoyable retelling of the old story. It will familiarize students with the time and place. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mocha's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Classic movie with great actors and awesome story line. Very fun to watch with my friends and family after a long week.
Published 1 month ago by Abbey Whiting
3.0 out of 5 stars It is ok but the dvd was'nt the best
It really needs to have a remastering the dvd though does'nt have any special features which does'nt help much either...but for storyline is alright
Published 1 month ago by Victoria R.Remington
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Kids
I'm teaching the classics to a very bright bunch of homeschool kids. We are going to look at how broadly spread the story of Odysseus is and then watch this beautifully filmed and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cataract
5.0 out of 5 stars ULYSSES
This was CDC movie. It was good quality and delivered in time. Thanks
Customer. I strongly recommend to other buyers . It makes a good gift. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DR Rashid Akhtar Bhatti
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
Kirk Douglas makes a very good Ulysses. He shows anger, remorse and arrogance that a Greek hero might have. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elliott
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