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Mutiny on the Bounty [Blu-ray Book]

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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) (BD Book)

HMS Bounty sails for Tahiti by way of Cape Horn…and into movie lore. Grandly filmed, Mutiny on the Bounty captured the 1935 Best Picture Academy Award and eight nominations total.* Charles Laughton portrays Captain Bligh, a seafaring monster ruling with the law of fear. Clark Gable is first officer Fletcher Christian, whose will to obey erodes under Bligh's tyranny. And Franchot Tone plays idealistic midshipman Byam, torn by his allegiance to both. That all three portrayals are vividly memorable is accented by the fact that for the only time in Oscar history, three stars from the same film were Best Actor nominees.

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Special Features

Vintage featurette: Pitcairn Island Today
Academy Awards newsreel
Theatrical trailers of this and the 1962 version

Product Details

  • Actors: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable
  • Directors: Frank Lloyd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033AI4AW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mutiny on the Bounty [Blu-ray Book]" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
Charles Laughton gives the standout performance in this classic retelling of the Bounty mutiny. Gable appears properly confounded and gives a believable and sympathetic rendering of Fletcher Christian. The movie holds up remarkably well despite some awkward editing and gaps in the story line. Still, at 133 minutes it is a relatively long film but it never drags. In spite of allegations made in other reviews there are no "white girls in blackface" or "boats in a bathtub" scenes. True, navels are concealed but the two female leads are obviously and revealingly topless in several scenes. As for "toy boats in a bathtub" there is only one sequence that obviously utilizes a model and it isn't all that obvious. Laughton is the luminary here and his Bligh stays with you. In fact it has stayed with the culture for sixty-five years. His performance is without fault and repeated watchings bear this out. A couple of sequences bear a closer look: The mutiny montage is startlingly effective and intense. It is a realistic portrayal of sudden violence; short, confusing, and graphic. The Sunday morning prayers on deck sequence is poetic and approaches the sublime. The ship's sails gleam translucent in the sun, the Union Jack floats majestically in the breeze, sunlight reflects brightly on faces as the Captain invokes God's blessings on the voyage. The extreme contrast of light and dark in the black and white print and the metaphorical contrast of good against Bligh, the epitome of evil, is subtle yet effective. It is a beautiful few moments. In every way but gloss this film is superior to the 1962 version. The 1984 "Bounty" with Mel Gibson is a fine film but it fades in the memory. This version lingers in the subconsious.
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Format: DVD
Based on the then-popular novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, the 1935 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY is among a series of legendary films of the 1930s that have been repeatedly celebrated for cinematic achievement. And small wonder: the film has a host of powerful assets.

The single most obvious among these is the star power involved: led by two Oscar-winning stars, the critically formidable Charles Laughton and the incredibly popular Clark Gable, the cast reads like a Who's Who of mid-1930s male actors ranging from leading man Franchot Tone to the memorable character actor Donald Crisp. In a visual sense, the film is also a knockout: filmed on location in a full-size replica of the Bounty, it set a new standard for capturing the sea on film. And the story itself is powerful, the tale of the battle between the cruel and autocratic Bligh and the humane and populist Fletcher Christian. Taken together, it makes for a powerful ride.

Still, some viewers may not find MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY all it is cracked to be. Then as now, Hollywood was less interested in getting the facts right than in telling a good story--and from a factual point of view the film is perhaps twenty percent accurate and eighty percent nothing more nor less than historical tarradiddle. That is no real hinderance per se; after all, we're not watching a documentary. But seen from a modern standpoint the cast now feels somewhat problematic.

Charles Laughton was so critically well regarded that he received star billing over Clark Gable for the film, and seen today his performance is easily the single most powerful in the entire film.
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Format: VHS Tape
This film doesn't seem to meet the criteria of what we call a great movie: it won't lift your spirit and soul, it doesn't really give us any lasting food for thought, it probably won't make you laugh hysterically( although I thought the swinging lantern bit was pretty funny), it probably won't really make you weep. So why is this such a respected movie?
It is a rolicking adventure of the sea. Everyone knows there were enough of those made in the old days. So why does this one stand out?
It's the acting. The rich man's son is extremely well portrayed and his speech at the end is well rendered. The entire cast is outstanding, making even the nobodys of the ship endearing and enduring. Clark Gable(no mustache?!! Horrors!) gives a deep introspective portrait of Fletcher Christian as a man that has been pushed and pushed and pushed again.
Laughton gives a Bligh that is truly one of the best villians ever to grace the screen. Gable and Laughton play off each other marvelously. As Gable reacts to Laughton's brutality, making the audience wonder what exactly will push him over the edge.
In short, what made this adventure movie so lasting? What made it a classic? I'll tell you. It's the deep introspective character development seen here. Highly recommended.
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This Blu-ray transcription captures the resolution of the original 35mm film, but it cannot be expected to compensate for the limitations of 80-year-old technology. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY appears on today's high definition televisions only as sharp as it did originally in theaters, with the many instances of rear projection backgrounds looking fuzzy to the modern viewer. The movie was held in high regard in 1935, as indicated by its winning of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Its three lead actors, Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were all nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, thereby insuring that none of them would be able to win it. The Best Actor award went to the only non-BOUNTY nominee, Victor McLaglen, for his performance in The Informer. Emerging from a crowded field of twelve nominees for Best Picture, BOUNTY was praised not only for its actors, but for its dramatic screen presentation of an epic story and for the exotic South Pacific shooting locations which helped to make it the most expensive motion picture up to that time.

Compared to more recent films, including two remakes of Mutiny on the Bounty, the 1935 version might seem a bit stagey and confined, but consider the facts: it was made in the first decade of the sound era, depended heavily on primitive rear-projection effects for dramatic moments at sea, was subject to a production code so restrictive that it required women's navels to be either covered with clothing or obliterated with makeup, and did not have the benefit of color photography to emphasize the exotic nature of its location footage.
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