Master of the World [VHS]
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The screenplay by Richard Matheson is on the talky side with little in the way of action, but it's intelligently written and has some extremely quotable scenes. Prince really sinks his teeth into the part of the determined and passionate Robur, providing a less manic and composed alternative to James Mason's intense Captain Nemo in Disney's earlier 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Although Matheson insisted Charles Bronson was "miscast" as John Strock, he does his best in a pretty basic hero role that just calls for him to be square-jawed, stoic and punch henchmen. The stoic and square-jawed Bronson is perfect for punching henchmen, so I'm unsure what Matheson is talking about. His cool, quiet demeanor acts as a nice counterbalance to Price's more animated, over the top (but still enjoyable) performance.
Mary Webster's Dorothy is little more than someone for Bronson and Frankham to fight over and for Hull to act protective toward, but nevertheless, she does have an arc, albeit a pretty standard one, wherein she finds the guts to stand up to wimpy heel Frankham's Phillip and choose the manlier Strock. This just leaves Henry Hull.Read more ›
Vincent Price saves the film from ruin, however, by delivering one of the most convincing and provoking performances of his career. Working with a decent script, Price plays perfectly Robur, an idealistic and madly brilliant conqueror, giving the viewer a perfect portrait of deeply-concealed rage and good-intention masked with vitriol and salted with madness. The character of Robur is somewhat metamorphic, and Price conforms to the part on demand. Demonic, honorable, diabolical, repetent -- Price shows all sides of Robur in perfect color.
Fans of Vincent Price and Jules Verne will love this film, and I would highly recommend it to them. Everyone else, however, might consider watching this one only if the oppurtunity presents itself on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
My only gripe is that it is on a DVD-R and not a DVD. It has a rather simple menu and the chapter stops are about every 5-10 minutes or so. Since it is from MGM the video quality is excellent and probably better than the widescreen laserdisc which I do have. I have not done a direct comparison but it looks excellent and is anamorphic.
Since MGM may never release this film on a regular DVD this might be your best option to get it unless you opt for the two releases from Spain. But if you are happy with a DVD-R then don't hesitate as the video is excellent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You really need to watch this. Not because it's a terrific movie but because of the cheese factor. As with most movies of this era, the acting is overly dramatic to the point... Read morePublished 3 days ago by J. Cleveland
This would appear to be a lower budget production compared to a lot of the other movies of this genre. Read morePublished 3 months ago by moviegeek
Could have been a great movie if taken more seriouslyPublished 4 months ago by Likes Class not Crass
Interesting story - basically the Nautilis in the air. Rent only for a look - no need to buy.Published 4 months ago by Peter E. Germanowski
"Master of the World" came at a time when its studio, American International Pictures, was beginning to have success with adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories, all... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M2
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