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    JUne release for the 1962 release of "Mutiny on the Bounty", starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard, and many more.

    New digital teansfer from Ulta- Panavision 65mm elements, 5:1 sound.



    Special features:-



    1) Alternate prologue and epilogue sequences, not seen theatrically.



    2) 1964 World's Fair promo. Vintage featurette.



    3) Story of the H.M.S. Bounty, original featurette.



    Disc 2:-



    1) After the Cameras Stopped Rolling. New featurette.



    2) Two vintage featurettes; Voyage of the Bounty to St Petersburg , and Tour of the Bounty.

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    At last ..... this unjustly derided film gets the DVD treatment it deserves .... there goes another £15 !!!

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    Yes, far superior to the Mel Gibson/Anthony Hopkins version many years later! In this (1962) version, you REALLY hate Capt. Bligh - a tribute to the great Trevor Howard's acting! Also, I think it may have been more accurate historically, but Bligh's incredible feat of seamanship (accurately piloting a small boat over 3000 miles with just a sextant under intolerable conditions) was not given the credit it deserved.



    I'm wondering if the new DVD will make it to the USA??

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    Amazon, certainly have it listed on Region 1.



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    name='NappieB']Yes, far superior to the Mel Gibson/Anthony Hopkins version many years later! In this (1962) version, you REALLY hate Capt. Bligh - a tribute to the great Trevor Howard's acting! Also, I think it may have been more accurate historically, but Bligh's incredible feat of seamanship (accurately piloting a small boat over 3000 miles with just a sextant under intolerable conditions) was not given the credit it deserved.



    I'm wondering if the new DVD will make it to the USA??
    Bligh was a good seaman - but a rotten Captain and leader. He was later appointed Governor of New South Wales and he had another mutiny on his hands there.



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    A special edition of the Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard version of "Mutiny on The Bounty" has been released.(9th July 07) Apparently it is remastered and features overture and intermission as per the roadshow version that toured selected cinemas, and has a couple of featurettes on the discs as well. Sounds good. Carol Reed directed a good portion of this film before being fired and replaced by Lewis Milestone who takes full credit, the British cast were up in arms about Reeds dismisal and no wonder, with due respect to Lewis Milestone, Reed is a much better director in my opinion.I think it was a case of someone has to take the rap for the overuns and spiraling costs and poor Carol Reed was the fall guy, he didn't deserve it but was possibly glad to be out of it considering what happened after he left. The film notoriously almost sunk MGM and in a drastic cost saving drive afterwards MGM amongst other things were forced to close down their own in house camera departement and sell it off to Panavision who up until that time specialised in lenses. It was the start of Panavision's rise as the main supplier of Cameras and lenses for the film industry. Im off to HMV to see if I can find the DVD, well worth a look I think.

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    It's always been my favourite version. Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins just didn't capture the same realism. Hope we get the new DVD here in USA soon.

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    name='NappieB']It's always been my favourite version. Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins just didn't capture the same realism. Hope we get the new DVD here in USA soon.


    The new DVD version has been out in the USA since the beginning of the year, check on amazon and you will find the region 1 special edition.



    Just had a look on Amazon, a region 1 two disc special edition was released in the USA in November 2006, its description is the same as the recent Region 2 British release except the region 1 version is sold out and out of stock, you may have to find a used copy unless they release more stock in the USA.

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    I have had the R1 DVD since November and it's an absolute cracker, a beautiful transfer from the 65mm negative and presented in the correct aspect ratio of 2.75:1. The sound brings Kaper's fabulous score to life - reproducing that rich 60s stereo sound quality - and is complete with Overture, Intermission and Play-out. The extras on the disc are rather disappointing except for the Prologue and Epilogue which were to have book-ended the film and which explain by Richard Haydn narrates the movie. One of the best DVD releases of the year in my view.

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    name='NappieB'] Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins just didn't capture the same realism.


    That version was a huge disappointment. Gibson was awful, especially in the scenes of the actual mutiny, and Hopkins appeared to be half asleep. Even the scenes at sea came across as half-hearted and when they reached the island, everyone else seemed to adopt Hopkins approach and nod off.







    Gibson and Hopkins demonstrate how difficult it is to stay awake in all that sea air!



    Bats.

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    I thought the Mel Gibson version generally disapointing though I did think Hopkins was the one redeeming feature, I thought he was quite good in it and gave a more three dimensional portrayal of Bligh. In the other versions I found myself simple hating the Bligh character and finding no sympathy for him at all yet in Hopkins's portrayal I found myself disliking him but also feeling sorry for him and admiring him in some ways, he seemed pitiful and somehow expressed more than the tyrannical hateful bully as portrayed by Laughton and to some extent Howard. Perhaps that is the weakness of the Hopkins version, his Bligh is just too human, better to be the out and out baddie that we love to hate!!!

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    Even if Hopkins had been more hateful as Bligh as you suggest, the film would still have been let down by Gibson's bland Christian. He failed miserably to convey any of the internal struggles going on inside Christian and in the actual scene of the takeover of the ship, his performance is laughable ... which is what many people in the cinema when I saw it first time actually did! All that shouting and mugging ruined any tension that may have been present and destroyed any credibility he might have had as a leader of men .... and after it he just sulked like a schoolboy who'd had his i-pod confiscated. IMHO the only scenes which had any dramatic impact in the film were those with Bligh navigating that small boat to safety, especially the scene where they are attacked by islanders. If the film had more scenes like that it could have been good.



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    name='batman']Even if Hopkins had been more hateful as Bligh as you suggest, the film would still have been let down by Gibson's bland Christian. He failed miserably to convey any of the internal struggles going on inside Christian and in the actual scene of the takeover of the ship, his performance is laughable ... which is what many people in the cinema when I saw it first time actually did! All that shouting and mugging ruined any tension that may have been present and destroyed any credibility he might have had as a leader of men .... and after it he just sulked like a schoolboy who'd had his i-pod confiscated. IMHO the only scenes which had any dramatic impact in the film were those with Bligh navigating that small boat to safety, especially the scene where they are attacked by islanders. If the film had more scenes like that it could have been good.



    Bats.


    Yes I agree, Gibson's performance is not very good, I thought Bligh was a more realsitically drawn character than Christian and you are right about the scenes in the boat where Bligh and crew are cast adrift, at that point I was rooting for Bligh and admired him in some ways and I think you have hit the nail on the head in describing Gibson's performance as laughable, its the biggest weakness of the film and ruins any tension that could hold our attention. I really think Hopkins is a very good actor, one hundred times better than Gibson and it shows in this film,and I think that is a problem when you are not totally convinced or won over by the "hero"

    In the Brando version the character of Bligh may not be as roundly drawn as Hopkins interpretation but it is a very powerful and succinct performance from Howard we know exactly where we are with his character and of course we are with Brando within seconds of him appearing on screen, I would say Howard and Brando were very well matched , both superb actors with their own style and able to interact and inject conflict and tension in a very gripping way all these things sadly lacking in the Gibson remake but then Mel is no Marlon Brando!! I would give Hopkins 8 out of ten and Gibson null point

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