Marlon Brando 4-Movie Collection (The Ugly American / The Appaloosa / A Countess from Hong Kong / The Night of the Following Day)
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1.) THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY (1968 -- 93 minutes): This is an ultra-realistic crime drama featuring Brando as one of four professional criminals who kidnap a girl (a young Pamela Franklin) and hold up at a beach house in France. Richard Boone stars as the fiendish member. Jess Hahn plays a likable loser, the brother of the pathetically drug addicted Rita Moreno. Filmed in France. At the time of this picture Brando was 44 years old and NEVER looked better physically -- very trim and blond. Brando didn't start getting fat until the later-70's when he was well into his 50's. In other words, people need to quit envisioning Brando as some fat dude; most of his life he wasn't. Most men in their 40's would kill to look as good as Brando did at the this age. GRADE: B-
2.) THE UGLY AMERICAN (1963 -- 2 hours): This is another very realistic film, an political drama featuring Brando as a new American diplomat in a Vietnam-like SE Asian nation that is painfully struggling between capitalist & communist factions, shot on location in Thailand. Eiji Okada plays the country's revolutionary leader, a previous best-friend of Brando who has become brainwashed by the communists. The ending depicts how the average American is unconcerned with the political conflicts of other nations. GRADE: C
3.) A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG (1967 -- 108 minutes): It's somewhat entertaining to see Brando in an atypical role in this silly slapstick romantic comedy. Sophia Loren stars as a Russian countess who stows away in a rich American's (Brando) stateroom on a cruise liner to escape a life of forced prostitution. Teppi Hedron is also on hand.Read more ›
The Ugly American (Brando does drama), a look at how other countries view the U.S. - and a story that is interesting to watch through the lens of our current relationship with Iraq.
The Appaloosa - (Brando does western) a western in the "spagetti" genre...good story, and very entertaining.
A countess from Hong Kong...(Brando does comedy)...directed by Charlie Chaplin! Appears to be more of a 40's screwball comedy, it holds up and is funny and entertaining. Chaplin's son, Sydney is hiliarious in one particular bar scene and one can enjoy the cameo of Charlie himself as a ship's steward.
The Night of the Following Day - (Brando does a Hitchcock-like thriller) a taught thriller with a "never looked better than this" Brando involved in a kidnapping plot.
All in all this is a marvelous collection, especially for those who do not have any of these films. One would expect to find any of these titles alone at around $15 each so the price of less than $20 is an added bonus!
Want to see Brando do more than "Stella!" or "I coulda been a contenda..." then this set is for you!
Staci Layne Wilson
On the reverse side of the COUNTESS disc is THE APPALOOSA which I wanted to see because it was partially photographed in Southern Utah. Brando and John Saxon head the cast of this above average Western which I enjoyed. Shot in Techniscope and Technicolor it isn't as sharp as full frame photography (this process uses a 2 frame height instead of the usually 4 frame but gets its wide screen ration without a anamorphic squeeze) but comes across as a very nice transfer. I liked the use of the wide screen frame with the great depth of field shots used well. The film is well acted and not overly violent.
The second disc contains THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY which has an interesting cast but a trashy story that makes this title the lesser one of the set for me. While it has a nice transfer it is the only one of the four films that was not shot as a Technicolor production and the Eastman Color print renders an image less sharp then Technicolor. The flip side of this disc has THE UGLY AMERICAN which I was anxious to see as I had only seen the ending years ago on TV and thought that it looked like it might be a powerful film -- and it is.Read more ›
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Have not watched all of the films but they are not some of Brando's best. I was disappointed with "The countess from Hong Kong". Read morePublished 12 months ago by milroyjoe
Yeah it was good viewing, Brando is the best & always will be.Published 13 months ago by Doug miller
Incredible story written by THE MAN, himself. Beautiful collection of photographs from his birth until the book was completed, 10 years before his death.Published 16 months ago by BEACH LOVER
Liked The Mexican actors best--supporting cast and the beautiful Appaloosa horse.Published 17 months ago by Dwain Vincent
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