Watch now

£4.55 + £1.26 shipping
In stock. Sold by passionFlix UK

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£5.70
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Sold by: RAREWAVES USA
Add to Basket
£6.34
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Sold by: supermart_usa
Add to Basket
£10.18
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Sold by: Moref Designs
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

Compulsion [1959] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]


Price: £4.55
Only 1 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by passionFlix UK.
6 new from £4.33 5 used from £20.77

Amazon Instant Video

Watch Compulsion instantly from £2.49 with Amazon Instant Video
Also available to rent on DVD from LOVEFiLM By Post

Looking for Bargains?
Check out the DVD & Blu-ray Deals of the Week page to find this week's price-drops. Deals of the Week end on Sunday at 23:59.
Region 1 encoding. (requires a North American or multi-region DVD player and NTSC compatible TV. More about DVD formats)
Note: you may purchase only one copy of this product. New Region 1 DVDs are dispatched from the USA or Canada and you may be required to pay import duties and taxes on them (click here for details) Please expect a delivery time of 5-7 days.

Frequently Bought Together

Compulsion [1959] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] + Inherit The Wind [DVD]
Price For Both: £11.04

These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product details

  • Actors: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Writers: Meyer Levin, Richard Murphy
  • Producers: Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHSVQO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 21 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
How often do you come out of the cinema in modern times and discuss with your friends the concept of Nietzsche's Superman? Not often I bet! However, classic cinema is host to hundreds of films that explore hundreds of ideas - even if they go about it haphazardly on occasion. `Compulsion' is a film about too intellectual young men who think themselves above the law. Can they outwit all those around them and commit the perfect crime?

For a film that `stars' Orson Welles `Compulsion' is noted by his absence until the final third. Instead the two stars of the film are Dean Stockwell as the introverted intellectual Judd Steiner and Bradford Dillman as his intelligent, but mischievous friend, Arthur Strauss. Through them director Richard Fleischer explores the idea that wealth and over education can cause sociopaths as much as poverty. Unfortunately, Steiner and Strauss have to be the stupidest super intelligentsia ever; their perfect crime is not even half decent as it starts to unravel. The film is less about the crime and more about the idea whether the boys are truly guilty of what they have done. It is here that Welles enters the scene as the ultra liberal defence lawyer and is given an overlong and baggy 15 minute monologue on the horror of the death penalty. A talk that further unbalances an already wobbly film.

`Compulsion' is a film of ideas, but with character and plot that cannot quite live up to the highbrow efforts of the director. The film was shot in 1959, but harks back to the earlier 1920s and the real life case of Leopold and Loeb. Either way the female characters are portrayed far too weakly in the film and moments of assault are pushed aside.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 3 Oct 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Based on the notorious Leopold/Loeb Murder case of the 1920's,this is a static but compelling courtroom drama anchored by Orson Welles' dynamic turn as the defendants attorney. Both Bradford Dillman and especially Dean Stockwell acquit themselves well as the thrill killers so bored and disappointed with life that they kill someone just to see what it would feel like. If it all sounds familiar then that's because it is-Hitchcock's Rope covered pretty much the same territory. But while both films feel at times dramatically hollow, Compulsion is graced by arguably the most charasmatic and yes "grandstanding" film actor of 20th century- Orson Welles.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Parkes on 7 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember watching this film years ago, so decided to buy a copy. It reminds me of Hitchcock's 'Rope', about two young men, highly educated who think they can commit the perfect murder. Great preformances all round, well worth watching.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 April 2014
Format: DVD
I hate to have to say this about films which focus on such evil acts, but I do really enjoy movies like this. 'In Cold Blood' is a good comparison, and a masterpiece of American cinema. The similar real life 1924 murder case of Leopold and Loeb has inspired several films such as Alfred Hitchock's 'Rope' (1948) and 'Murder by Numbers' (2002). 1959 brought 'Compulsion', directed by Richard Fleischer ('The Boston Strangler' and '10 Rillington Place'), and I'd say it was the equivalent of 'In Cold Blood'.

The film is nothing short of a masterpiece, and deserves to be more commonly known. If you are unfamiliar with the case, Leopold and Loeb were two wealthy, Chicago based law students who decided to commit the perfect murder. They kidnapped a fourteen year old boy for a ransom, killed him, were caught, and sent to prison. For some reason, the names of the murderers were changed for the movie, and I've also read several reports that the 'friends' were in fact gay lovers, but this was barely hinted in a film from 1959.

'Compulsion' is a riveting, but very disturbing portrayal of two very intelligent men, who used their intelligence for the most wicked of intent. The convincing actors Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell portray them as very arrogant people who are almost impossible to sympathise with, and Orson Welles is particularly good as the attorney. Movies that cover murder trials are usually very engaging anyway, and 'Compulsion' is certainly no exception, the one here is extremely anxious. Welles' powerful and articulate speech almost had the power to make me change my opinion about what should have been done with the murderers - almost.

The film first came to my attention via 'Murder by Numbers', and although some people will no doubt argue that it isn't even in the same league, and perhaps it isn't, I do recommend that as well. As for 'Compulsion', it is an excellent and intellectual true crime story which has stood the test of time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
subtitles 0 19 Jul 2012
See all discussions...  
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
   



Feedback