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Anastasia [DVD]

Ingrid Bergman , Yul Brynner , Jack Hildyard    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt
  • Directors: Jack Hildyard
  • Producers: Alfred Newman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009I9XPG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,195 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anatole Litvak's screen adaptation of the popular play written by Marcelle Maurette. Ingrid Bergman stars (in her first Hollywood role, for several years, after her 'scandalous' affair with Roberto Rossellini) as an amnesiac in Paris during the early 1920s who is picked up by an exiled White Russian General (Yul Brynner) and encouraged to pose as the long-lost daughter, Anastasia, of the murdered Czar Nicholas of Russia. If she successfully passes as Anastasia, the General and his co-horts stand to gain the £10 million that has been held in trust at the Bank of England. However, they have to convince the only surviving member of the Romanov family, the Grand Duchess (Helen Hayes) before they can get their hands on the money. Bergman won an Academy Award for her role.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now that we know the truth... 7 Nov 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Anatole Litvak's 1956 Anastasia was Ingrid Bergman's big comeback vehicle after being cast into the moral void for running off with Roberto Rossellini, but it's Helen Hayes' performance that really gives the film its heart and its best scenes. Now that the story of Anna Anderson's claim to the title and inheritance of Tsar Nicholas' daughter has been completely debunked by DNA tests it's more a bit of wish-fulfilment than a compelling mystery, and one that doesn't go out of its way to disguise its theatrical origins - despite the lavish CinemaScope lensing, it rarely strays outdoors unless it's absolutely necessary for a brief establishing shot. Yul Brynner and Akim Tamiroff do their party pieces (stern precision and comically nervous dishonesty) and Bergman fares much better doing imperious than impoverished in a classy production that goes down smoothly but doesn't linger long in the memory.

Fox's DVD suffers from an atrocious remix in the opening reel where the music and effects track are amplified while the dialog is reduced to a barely audible whisper even at full volume, a problem that doesn't affect the rest of the film but is irritating as hell while it lasts. As usual with Fox's classics titles, aside from the trailer all the extras from the US release (documentary, audio commentary, newsreels) have been dropped.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is she or Isn't she? 25 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
Before I go any further, pay no heed to the synopsis given for this film. There are no curses by mad monks or banging of heads anywhere in this film!
A dashing Yul Brynner plays General Bounine who is running a scam based on rumours that one of the Romanov princesses did not die with the rest of her family during the Russian revolution. He finds girls who more or less fits the Duchess Anastasia's description and tries to pass her off as the real thing in order to gain a 10m inheritance.
Bounine believes he has struck gold when he comes across Anna (Ingrid Bergman), an amnesiac vagrant who he believes will seal the deal. However, as the days pass, Anna displays traits and knowledge only Anastasia can know which raises the question - is she the really the missing princess?
The mystery of the missing Romanov body of Anastasia has always fascinated me which is why I watched this film. Both Brynner and Bergman give winning performances in what is both a love story and a mystery. Of course, the film offers no real answers to the Romanov mystery but this passes a Sunday afternoon nicely, dozing on the sofa after a Sunday roast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make films like this any more! 11 Jun 2013
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Colourful, romantic, superb acting and a good story. You are left wondering "could it by true"? Lovely and memorable background music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anastasia 31 May 2013
By Zebedee
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Would recommend this DVD to all Yul Brynner fans. From a historical point of view the filmscript is suspect but all the players in this movie are excellent. My one and only tiny bug bear is that the ending could have been better, but that is the fault of the scriptwriters not the actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anastasia 25 Feb 2013
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This was great would recommend it to my friends and associates very pleased with this disc everything in order price was very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 18 Feb 2013
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This site was brill would buy off them again this was a good site to buy and the DVD was in good nick
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Yul Brynner 10 Sep 2013
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Excellent for any Yul fan and a little different to his more well known films.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy flight. 21 Nov 2011
By Z. Herbert VINE VOICE
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The plot of this film is too well known and documented to need repeating; that Anna Anderson has been proven an impostor and that the remains of the Princess Anastasia have been found are irrelevant to the enjoyment of this meringue.

I saw this film in the cinema when it was first released and was interested to see whether it has dated. Curiously, not that much. Bergman is as severely beautiful as ever and Brynner is his sculptured, enigmatic self. The supporting characters are as real or unreal now as they were years ago; Helen Hayes' performance is sharp, concise and full whilst Akim Tamiroff is as greasy, irritating and edgy as ever. For me the magnetism between Brynner and Bergman doesn't happen and I don't feel the relationship develops from manipulator/puppet into any grand love affair. That said, the film is an excellent vehicle for the visual charms of both actors and the director is not mean in his presentation of them.

The dialogue sounds a little stilted but speech patterns do change so I can live with that. The musical score is wonderful, capturing the melancholy of Russian folk music and the sweeping grandeur of a Hollywood hidden orchestra - no mean feat! The costumes are, if not historically accurate, at least flattering and pleasing to the eye. They conjure how one imagines a Tsarist to be in Paris after the Revolution; whether it is correct or not is hardly material. This is escapist fiction, after all. It is a wet Sunday afternoon DVD and that is worth having.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
Ingrid Bergman looking so wonderful! And she travels to Copenhagen! (even though it's probably all staged, its still so awesome! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of a lie...
"Anastasia", Ingrid Bergman's first
Hollywood-film after an "exile" of
seven years due to the scandal of
her marriage to Roberto Rossellini,
was a smash-hit... Read more
Published 5 months ago by elisheva guggenheim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Ingrid Bergman's best performance? And two unforgettable song and dance sequences of russian-gypsy singer and dancer Maroussia Dimitrievitch, a close friend of main actor Yul... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. T. Molnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Ono The Best Film Ever Made
I wathed this great film years ago. It is superb.Perhaps one best up then made.I was very young and I coul'nt stop admiring the story as well as the actor's perfomance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ANTONIO CAMPOS de MELO
5.0 out of 5 stars I HOPE IT'S A TRUE STORY
I think it's the best film Ingrid made... Helen Hayes is perfect for the haughty Matriarch. Martita Hunt flits around
like a hummingbird ... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roger Asquith
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Moment in History
Ingrid Bergmans return to Hollywood. She won the academy award for her portrayal of a "Suspect" Anastasia.
Based on the French play, but adapted for the film. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by John A. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars My Fair Duchess
The legend of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia who managed to escape whilst her family were shot and killed by revolutionaries, has now been definitively... Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2011 by Miss Scarlett
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