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Mastered in HD! (One of the great motion pictures of our time!) The New York Times - This spectacular retelling of Herman Melville s classic, masterfully directed by John Huston (The Unforgiven), is unsurpassed in entertainment, imagination and high adventure. From the screenplay by Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and Huston, Moby Dick is a brilliant film - consumed by an insane rage, Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck, On the Beach) has but one purpose in life - revenge on Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him. The obsessed skipper of a whaling boat, Ahab uses his command as an excuse to sail the seven seas in an unrelenting search of his prey while battling a mutinous crew, tropical heat and violent storms in this epic struggle of non-stop fury and inevitable doom. The amazing cast includes Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, Harry Andrews, Bernard Miles, Royal Dano and the great Orson Welles.
Special Features: Trailers for On the Beach, Billy Two Hats, Moby Dick and The Unforgiven
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : unknown
- Director : John Huston
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 56 minutes
- Release date : September 15, 2015
- Actors : Gregory Peck, Orson Welles, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, Harry Andrews
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Kl Studio Classics
- ASIN : B010S011KE
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,834 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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and that is the philosophical, metaphysical and theological level that incites Anab and subsequently the audience for this film. Houston did a superb job delivering portraying such a complex world,.. the gold standard for all remakes to follow - Orson Wells, Gregory Peck are beyond superb....but it's the casting of the minor characters i.e. Stubb, Flask, Queequeg, Starbuck, Ismael - that are so well drawn and capture your senses and thoughts....a movie for EVERYONE and a NOVEl that should be read by EVERYONE!
Not to be missed.....
Here is more on the photography from the TCM website:
According to the American Cinematographer article, Huston and director of photographer Oswald Morris agreed that "an orthodox modern [color] style would be at odds with the film's period mood and subject matter." Morris was quoted as saying that "what we wanted was something which suggested that this is how the film would have been shot if it could have been made in 1840-a classic color style to match a classic original." To accomplish their vision, according to Warner Bros. studio production notes, the film was shot in Technicolor from which two negatives were made, a color and a black-and-white. The final print was made from the two negatives superimposed over each other.
The article added that, according to Morris, the process had been done for books and magazines, but never before for film, and it "toned down" the Technicolor to achieve a 19th century look and a certain mood. Although a February 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that there were plans to film in CinemaScope, and the Hollywood Reporter review and Colliers article listed the film as a CinemaScope production, the process was not credited onscreen. The Motion Picture Herald review stated that the film "was not photographed expressly for wide screen exhibition" and the distributor was recommending that "it be shown with an aspect ratio no greater than 1.75 to 1."
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I do not know quite what it is, but something about this film really gets to me whenever I watch it - and frankly, I dread to think quite how many viewings I have indulged myself with to date.
I managed to plough my way through Melville's book which I found hard growing many years ago. However, I loved the story and the tale has always remained with me - just as with Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea which is masterful in its own right.
Anyway, even if the films theme does not do much for you, believe me, Gregory Peck's performance is quite enough to shell out a few pennies.