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Carpetbaggers [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Alan Ladd, George Peppard
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount (Pmt)
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FNR9YY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,777 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 12 July 2005
Format: DVD
"The Carpetbaggers" is a fantastic adaptation of Harold Robbins' bestseller, very racy for its era, with dialogue that is often rare and juicy, a superb cast, and great direction by Edward Dmyrtryk. The character of Jonas Cord is loosely based on the life of Howard Hughes, it is interesting to compare this film with Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator." Both George Peppard as Cord and Leonardo DiCaprio as Hughes give brilliant performances, but overall, I find this film far more satisfying, and certainly a lot more entertaining.
Peppard was at the height of his career in this film, and it is perhaps his best. It gives him a wide range of emotions, as well as the physicality and toughness he was so good at. Others that shine in the large cast are Alan Ladd in what was to be his last film as Nevada Smith, Carroll Baker as the sultry Rina, Robert Cummings as Nevada's slick manager. Elizabeth Ashely as Mrs. Jonas Cord (and who soon after this film was to become the real life Mrs. Peppard), Martin Balsam as the owner of a film studio, and Lew Ayres, as second in command in Jonas Cord's empire, has some of the best lines in the film.
The pacing of the film never lags, and there is a brutal fight between Jonas and Nevada, one of those screen fights that is always fascinating to watch. The Nevada Smith character is quite complex, and was to spawn a "prequel" 2 years later, starring Steve McQueen. The cinematography by Joseph MacDonald is marvelous, the Edith Head gowns lavishly glamorous, and very important to the success of this film is the fabulous jazzy score, which is one of Elmer Bernstein's finest. In my youth I devoured all of Robbins' books, loved the well-written sleaze of them, and loved this film in its theatrical release. I've since watched it repeatedly, and find more to enjoy in it with each viewing. Total running time is 150 minutes.
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Forty years after first appearing 'The Carpetbaggers' still retains a pretty good punch and is well worth looking at. Stylish and with very good production values it's principal attractions include a fast moving and sharp script from John Michael Hayes, a memorable well played final performance from Alan Ladd, and Elmer Bernstein ' s driving score. Slightly overplayed and dated is George Peppard in the key role as Jonas Cord in a part that tends to be too one dimensional. He does however get to play opposite a range of great performers including the beautiful Carroll Baker, Bob Cummings at his best and the ever reliable Martin Balsam in a good role as a movie producer.
Perhaps there is too much talk at the expense of the action, and at times the film does need to be opened up, but in general it rattles along at a pace. Set in the twenties and thirties there's not a great feeling created to capture the period, with Peppard especially looking very 1960s. Minor quibbles aside it remains entertaining and enjoyable if not exactly great cinema. And with Bernstein ' s blowsy theme to push her along there's always the delightful Miss Baker.
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By Lisa J. on 13 Feb 2014
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Did'nt know anything about this film in advance except watching the trailer.Bought it outta curiosity and must admit it was quite a suprise.Good acting,witty dialogue occasionally and a well pieced together story.A keeper.
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Bought this for my mum, I've never seen this film so I watched it, what a good movie, thoroughly enjoyed it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun 2014
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This Panavision epic has aged very well. A stunning performance from the late George Peppard, admirably supported by a strong cast, brings Harold Robbin's sordid tale of ambition and self doubt, sanitised but still quite powerfully, to the big screen. The DVD transfer is excellent from a first rate print and both audio and video are of a remarkably high standard. Although unrelentingly hard-edged, with scarcely one likeable character and a rather unconvincing ending, for almost 3 hours the movie holds your attention and "delivers the goods" in a remarkably direct way. Alan Ladd in his last screen role and Carol Baker are very impressive and Elmer Bernstein's score provides a rather dated but forceful commentary on the action. The film's "frankness" played a major role in changing period censorship laws though today its sex references would raise few eyebrows. Still in its presentation of the life of a damaged and ruthless man it is undoubtedly impressive. Recommended.
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I was very disappointed to find it came from Spain and the quality of the dvd was not very good.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Imado on 10 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
Very enjoyable strong social movie with very good acting and feels very factual with strong and powerful characters. This is how movies should be made without much computer generated imaging as is done today. I recommend to read all Harold Robbins books too.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Evered on 6 Mar 2014
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I well remember seeing THE CARPETBAGGERS (1964) first time around, my reason for seeing it then, as now, was to see Alan Ladd in his last film. The story is from the same-named 1961 bestselling racy-novel by Harold Robbins. For Alan Ladd it meant a return to Paramount the studio where he had spent his best and happiest years up until 1952 when he went over to Warner Bros. The last ten years had not been kind to him and at fifty his days at the top-of-the-bill were over, in this film he would have to be content with second billing after George Peppard; but nonetheless he gives a fine performance befitting his last film, hardly had the cameras stopped rolling then he was dead of at best a mixture of alcohol and prescribed medication?

During the 1920's one of America's richest businessmen Jonas Cord Sn. (Leif Ericson), dies of a brain haemorrhage during a confrontation with his son Jonas Cord Jn. (George Peppard) Leaving wayward junior to inherit his business empire. He acquires up all the company stock owned by his father's former business partner Nevada Smith (Alan Ladd) and pays off his father's widow Rina Marlowe (Carol Baker). Cord becomes an early aviation pioneer and quickly his wealth goes from strength to strength, meanwhile Nevada Smith finds work in western films and Rina becomes a movie star for a studio owned by Bernard B. Norman (Martin Balsam). To spite her Cord buys out the Norman's studio and hires a new girl Jennie Denton (Martha Hyer). He treats her so bad that Nevada decides to teach him a lesson in a locked room where they have the most brutal punch up, that ends in.........?

A two and a half hour marathon the film featured a fine cast and a strong director Edward Dmytryk in a somewhat watered-down version of the Robbins novel.
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