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1492: Conquest Of Paradise [DVD] (1992)

Gérard Depardieu , Armand Assante , Ridley Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean, Ángela Molina
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Rose Bosch
  • Producers: Alain Goldman, Garth Thomas, Iain Smith, Marc Boyman, Mimi Polk Gitlin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2001
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A0ZH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,745 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of Ridley Scott's most wrong-headed films, this one (like all of his movies) looks fabulous and sounds utterly ridiculous, almost from the beginning. His first mistake was casting the wonderful Gerard Dépardieu as Columbus and forcing him to speak English, which Dépardieu does with decided difficulty. After spending far too much time on the ocean with Columbus' three ships (you wish they would sail over the edge of the world), they arrive in the West Indies, only to turn around and sail back. The rest of the film deals with the not particularly comprehensible politics of Columbus' venture, which leads to the violent slaughter of trusting natives by a band of cardboard villains. Dépardieu, who radiates sympathy, looks as if he's at sea with this material. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

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Ridley Scott´s film focuses on Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb Ridley Scott movie! 16 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
1492, is stunning with it's images and it's soundtrack. It's honestly a really big triumph in the cinema. Ridley Scott directed 1492, and the movie is highly intelligent with it's direction. Great performances, though the accents are annoying. Besides the accents, everything is perfect in 1492, including Gerard Depardieu's amazing portrayal of Columbus. Be prepared for quite a historical masterpiece. Which 1492 truly is.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Epic 30 Jun 2010
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Sadly this film was a flop at the cinema and Gerard Depardieu appears to be a strange choice for the role of Colombus, but 1492 is still a highly watchable movie, which is very well made and thought provoking. Armand Assante puts in a great performance and its hard to believe that its the same actor that played the villain in the nonsense that was Judge Dredd. Michael Wincott is excellent as the sinister Moxica. Ridley Scott rarely makes bad films and this certainly is not one of them and if you like history, you will like this film. Also the soundtrack composed by Vangelis is a great movie score adding a great atmosphere to the movie.
Other reviewers have stated that there is a lot of violence in this movie but I would say it is the opposite. The most gory scene in the film is when an indian has his hand cut off. There are a couple of battles and executions but these scenes are not excessive, and are necessary to the plot.
Dont listen to what the critics say about this film, its well worth watching.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real dark horse ! :-) 6 Oct 2003
Format:DVD
This was one film I inherited from my brother when he gave me his video collection. For months it sat gathering dust until I finally got bored and decided to watch it. How gutted I was I didn't view it earlier!
1492 is one of those very rare films where you can really feel the sheer heart and passion that the lead actor has poured into his role. Gerard Depideau is frankly superb and you instantly feel that he really is Columbus and he really did cross that massive ocean.
What's really interesting about this movie though is how it concentrates on not only the events leading up to the discovery but also the aftermath which is so often overlooked. Most people could tell you that Columbus was the guy who discovered America, but not much else about him. This film tells you about the hassles beforehand and his unfortunate struggle thereafter.
A truely moving and educational film. This is worthy of anyones collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different 15 Sep 2010
Format:DVD
I saw this film some years ago and because it was so different both in subject matter and the way in which the film was made I felt that maybe it was time to have another look. For me this film is superb..very very different to the usual rubbish made today and I have no hesitation if like me you like to watch a film that has a high degree of quality about it and is different
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dramatisation of a key moment in history 3 Mar 2008
By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The vision and courage of Christopher Columbus helped to shape the world in which we live today. This film attempts to capture the political background, the great 10-week voyage at sea, and then the subsequent birth pangs of Spain's 'New World' in the Americas.

This is very watchable and also provides an interesting 'behind-the-scenes' look into the 1492 mindset of Spain (a country still chasing out the Moors and held back by the Inquisition mentality, but yet at the same time amenable to the ideas of controversial thinkers such as Columbus).

This movie is 'big' in scale and has an exceptionally dramatic soundtrack throughout. The scenes where the Europeans and the native 'Indians' first come face to face really do capture the wonder, awe and danger that such encounters must have generated.

There are some strong scenes of violence. In a movie of 2 and a half hours such a grand subject matter can only be dealt with arbitrarily, but, overall, this is an excellent dramatisation of what proved to be a pivotal moment in human history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something about it 4 Jun 2010
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While this film flopped at the box-office, I feel it deserves recognition as a cinema classic. It is beautifully filmed, and everyone concerned seems to have given it their all.

There are moments, like the scene where the ships are about to set sail, that are utterly captivating. When I look at that scene, I find it hard not to think of the launches in the late sixties, early seventies, from Cape Canaveral. There is the same sense of anticipation as the crews make their way down to the boats. But of course, the moon missions had official sanction, and there was no doubt that the rockets were on course for the moon. Here was a man setting out for a world whose existence he had no proof of whatsoever, and having to argue his case with some incredibly dangerous people in the process, to gain the right to explore.

The film also boasts a beautiful score from Vangelis, although it is quite sparingly used. The principal theme in particular is haunting.

There are other reviewers here whose grasp of history may well be better than mine, and this may be one more case of history being rewritten in the cinema, nevertheless it does convey a very powerful sense of the danger and mystery of those voyages. It is a long story, but one which I find myself coming back to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but vacuous 8 Oct 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The perils of working towards an anniversary and trying to beat a rival project to the screen are all too evident in 1492 - Conquest of Paradise. It's easily Ridley Scott's most beautiful looking film, designed and shot with real love and care. With almost every shot gorgeous enough to take down and frame, it's like walking through an art gallery at times. Unfortunately that's never enough to compensate for a terrible screenplay by Roselyne Bosch that seems to have been written on the bus to work and stumbles from cliché to cliché. Carry On Columbus has better dialog at times, not to mention a better grasp of history. Worst of all, it throws away the real dramatic potential in Columbus' life for an unconvincing slice of class warfare - wouldn't you know it, it was really all those pesky upper class Euro trash aristo types like Michael Wincott that screwed up paradise, not Columbus' own incompetence and incredible cruelty - while painting him as the `chosen one.' At one point when the Inquisition ask our compassionate visionary if he is comparing himself to Christ, there's even a dramatic pause as he thinks it over in that he-is-you-know tipping the nod to the audience way. The result is a film that wants to be up there with Herzog's Spanish nutter in the jungle movies but is too expensive to allow its protagonist to go all Klaus Kinski on it and run the risk of alienating the audience, leaving us with more excuses and special pleading than drama.

Strangely, no-one in front of or behind the camera seems to notice just how bad the script is ("Excuse me, but you're the only queen I know," Columbus tells Isabella, soliciting the even more unlikely reply "You're the only navigator I know, so that makes us even.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 1492
arrived on time and to be honest although we have watched it before, we watched it again with the same enthusiasm as previously. Very good film
Published 14 days ago by jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Great ST
I love this film, it has a powerful Vangelis soundtrack throughout and is a gritty account of a moment in history
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. P. Harney
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
We had recently been on a holiday trip on a sailing vessel which played the music from the Conquest of Paradise each time we left port so we decided to buy the DVD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roy Swanston
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten!
So many films are just crap these days, and this is one of them . Modernity hasn't improved the film industry that's for sure
Published 4 months ago by Seano0o
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Clipper
If you have ever been on Star Clipper then this will remind you. The music is Vangelis and it is played when the sails are raised.
Published 5 months ago by Pamela Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Stunningly filmed, brilliant performances, brings historical fact to life in an absorbing and multi-layered script which shows how brutal the conquest of the Americas was.
Published 8 months ago by A. Bloomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars really interesting film.
Great portrayal by Depardieu he is outstanding in this. How exciting to look back and imagine just how the early explorers conquered new lands.
Published 11 months ago by CAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Columbus with a twist
Great acting from Depardieu. Great music. Quite historically accurate. A moment in history that is worth knowing more about. Read more
Published 12 months ago by VO
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice product..
Most of the re-mastered films are 2+0 dts-hd but this one 5+1dts-hd..,I certainly recommend it..
Multi region helps us to watch with region-locked hardware players,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hasan
4.0 out of 5 stars a must see, for anyone interested in history.
A fantastic and complete film, educational,exciting,moving and a real treat on the eyes, if you like quality films(not 'Meet the Parents' or 'Hangover 2' etc) you will love this,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by MR C GEE
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