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In From the Cold? - The World of Richard Burton [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Tony Palmer
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003757VX4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Tony Palmer's 121 minute portrait of actor Richard Burton, featuring Sally Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Kate Burton, Philip Burton, Lauren Bacall, Joe Mankiewicz, Mike Nichols, Robert Hardy, Sir John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Emlyn Williams and John Neville. "With this film, Palmer has created a highly original form of dramatic biography, exploring an extraordinary potential for complexity in a medium commonly dismissed as essentially simplistic, a textbook demonstration also of how to create a compelling narrative from source material which varies from dull to sublime." - The Times

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary, but... 29 Mar 2010
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Tony Palmer is like Marmite. You either love him or hate him. He's been called many things, many of them not terribly nice, but on the few occassions I conversed with him via e-mail about aspects of his 'Wagner' film, he came across as being a genuinely nice chap and more than happy to share a few stories regarding his time on 'Wagner' and how his mistress at the time was, in fact, a KGB spy!

His documentary on Burton is superb. An abundance (almost 2 hours!) of archive footage and interviews that paints Burton in a light that is not exactly flattering, but illuminating and understandable. Burton the man who became a lifeless husk ruined by love/lust and the riciculous circus of THAT relationship, before finding some sort of repose in the twilight of his career. It's a sad moment when Burton, in the make-up chair for 'Wagner', basically tells the cameraman that he hates everything about himself: looks, voice, everything. It is self-loathing to the bone. A man sucked dry, unable to converse in anything but oft repeated stories, as his daughter relates in a later interview. Burton detested acting and pretty much detested himself. The drink, once fun, had now become a refuge, a crutch, a barrier to deal with shyness and the non-sense of his life. And yet, what amazing talent the man had. And what enormous generosity to people around him. Burton was the archetypal paradox - a real sinner/saint.

The same could be said of this DVD. Brilliant documentary ruined by - presumably - Tony Palmer's attempt to make it 'widescreen'. It should be in 4:3 aspect ratio, but the DVD shifts uncomfortably in between various ratios! It's annoying when the 'correct' ratio is suddenly replaced by squashed faces and heads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burton 15 Oct 2010
By RA Shaw
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Superb documentary on the life of Richard Burton. Saw it back in the 1980s on TV after which it never seemed to surface again. Was delighted to see it finally released on DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A keepsake 30 Mar 2012
By ethelda
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I applaud the frankness of this DVD. For me growing up in the sixties I remember footage of the glamour around him, the wealth & his poetic language. My Mother would always say 'He came from nothing you know'... As an adult I read of his pain and anguish and his alcoholism. This film depicts it all. Its sad but compelling. He had a privileged life but not one I would envy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a long search ended 28 Nov 2013
By adrian
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i have been searching for this documentary for a long time and have finally achieved my goal. excellent result alround.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insights from insiders on the late, great Richard Burton 11 Oct 2010
By Doctor Anne - Published on
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If you are a fan of Richard Burton, don't miss this gem. Provides wonderful anecdotes from people who knew him well, including his daughter. My favorite comment was from his daughter, the actress Kate Burton, who at first discussed her father being "in love" with Elizabeth (Taylor), then altered her comment to say that her father was in "crazed obsession" with Elizabeth Taylor.
A number of excerpts from filmed interviews with RB are included. This was a stupendous actor and intellect- not too many of his calibre come along. To pull together such a touching tribute, a film which could not have been expected to make money, Tony Palmer must have truly loved Burton. Palmer was one of the last directors to work with Burton, whom he directed in the multi-part "Wagner" mini-series.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 15 Jun 2010
By Morgan McConnell - Published on
I watched and recorded this on PBS many years ago - well, half of it. My husband recorded over the second half and I was so desperate to finish seeing it that I contacted the director by e-mail and asked him make a copy of the VHS, which I then paid to re-format for my American video player. It was well worth it. Extraordinary. I might add that if you want to read the best bio of RB, Melvyn Bragg's wins hands down; it has lengthy excerpts from his personal diary that are an amazing look into his life with Liz Taylor and his most personal thoughts.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Fire 13 Aug 2011
By Bardolator - Published on
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A heartrending portrait of a misplaced Renaissance,tragic genius at war with his own misunderstood soul.A life "Touched by GOD,"madly and painfully thrown away...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This could not ever be better !! 14 April 2013
By Rony Alalouf - Published on
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I am afraid I am quite biased about this amazingly brilliant actor, whatever Richard Burton put his hand on was brilliant.

Therefore my opinion may not be quite objective, however this is what I think.

To any fan of Richrd Burton, this is undoubtedly an essential and highly recommended pieceץ

Rony Alalouf

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4.0 out of 5 stars Alas poor Richard 7 Jan 2014
By Marc Ann Perrine - Published on
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what a brillainat actor. but a bit of a fractured life. I enjoyed this but found it depressing. it must be very hard to be famous.
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