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Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida star as a triangle of lovers in this powerful drama set against the magnificent background of a European circus. Filmed on location in Paris, Trapeze has been acclaimed as one of the most spectacular and authentic circus movies ever made
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I am not at all disappointed! The reviews here had me worried so I had to speak out! It's a good movie and I am happy with it!
Now, the box has English and Chinese writing on it so I was worried. Will this be dubbed with horrible results? No, the subtitles are hidden unless you want them. And the disc is Region 0 so you can play it anywhere in the world. The entire movie is in English with no issues at all.
So in conclusion, if you are wondering if this movie is the one to get, yes it is. You will enjoy it for what it is. So there. :-)
For some reason, the back of the case says that this DVD is "full screen" (i.e. panned and scanned to fit on a 4:3 aspect ratio TV screen.) Amazon's description says it's in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the standard for CinemaScope, which is letterboxed (i.e. has black bars at top and bottom) even on a 16:9 aspect ratio TV. Amazon is right. If you want to see the picture as it originally played in theaters this is the DVD you want.
It has been mentioned by some reviewers that the picture quality is not the best. While this DVD is not from a restored print, the picture quality is quite good. At the risk of revealing my age, I'll admit that I saw it in a theater when it was new and this print looks very good to me even on a 42 inch widescreen LCD TV.
The film was produced by Joanna Productions, part of Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, which was one of the most prominent Hollywood independent production companies of the 1950's and 60's. Most of the films they produced are now considered great classics and the rest are considered quite good. It was released by United Artists, a name that was associated with quality films from the day of its founding in 1919 until the great HEAVEN'S GATE fiasco of 1980.
It's important to note that most film production companies have not retained the rights to their own libraries, frequently selling them to other companies. From the late 1970's up to the present day the film production world has been engaged in a frantic series of mergers, de-mergers and buy-outs that have created something akin to corporate incest. Thus the film libraries have changed hands (sometimes along with the companies and sometimes separately) so many times that it's almost impossible for someone not closely involved to know who owns what. As close as I can figure, United Artists sold its library to MGM which, in turn, sold it to 20th Century Fox. It appears that Fox now owns the distribution rights to TRAPEZE. While MGM's logo appears on the front of the DVD case, both the MGM and Fox logos appear on the back and the fine print says that the DVD is distributed under license from Fox.
Since Fox had nothing to do with the original production of TRAPEZE, it's highly unlikely that they are going to produce a proper restoration of the film or a DVD release with things like commentary or special features any time soon. They have their own library to work on. So be thankful that we have this DVD and enjoy it. It's a great film!
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