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Knights Of The Round Table [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Robert Taylor , Stanley Baker    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Stanley Baker, Mel Ferrer
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner/Allied Vaughn
  • DVD Release Date: 1 May 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XTDXF0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,030 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Knights of the Round Table 12 May 2011
King Arthur (Mel Ferrer) is at war with Mordred (Stanley Baker) but when he befriends wondering French Knight Sir Lancelot (Robert Taylor) he is able to defeat Mordred and restore peace to England. Things however take a turn for the worst when Lancelot and Arthur's wife Queen Guinevere (Eva Gardner) fall in love with each other and their treachery is discovered by Mordred who is more than happy to tell Arthur and try and claim the throne for himself.

This is a beautifully shot film with wonderful Technicolor Photography. I had always loved this film as a child and was really looking forward to seeing it again and I have to say it's better than I remembered it to be.

People may criticise Robert Taylor's accent but it didn't bother me at all and found his performance very believable as is Mel Ferrer as King Arthur but the best actor by far is Stanley Baker as Mordred who chews up the scenery in one of his finest roles.

There a numerous sword fights, which are very well choreographed and two big battle sequences, the first one been 30 minutes into the film which is a great!!

I'd say this is the best film I've ever seen based on the King Arthur Legend, better than Excalibur, King Arthur and the French movie Lancelot of the Lake.

Very good Quality!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Calvary Charges, Fierce Battles and Pageantry 2 Oct 2004
KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE is a movie about the classic tale of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Guinevere. Lancelot's ill-fated love for Guinevere is played out against a background of cavalry charges, fierce battles and pageantry. The plot is amplified by the rivalry between Lancelot and Modred as well as Sir Percival's quest for the Holy Grail. Merlin appears in the film as an advisor to Arthur and Lancelot's wife dies while giving birth to the future Sir Gallahad.
Robert Taylor as Lancelot and Mel Ferrer as Arthur are both superb. Ava Gardner makes a beautiful Guinevere but her acting seems to be a little flat. The strong supporting cast includes Stanley Blake, Felix Aylmer and Robert Urguhart.
KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE received Academy Award nominations for Best Color, Art Direction and Sound. The main competition for Oscars in 1953 came from STALAG 17, ROMAN HOLIDAY and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.
Richard Thorpe also directed Robert Taylor in IVANHOE in 1952.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray! 6 April 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Knights of the Round Table is directed by Richard Thorpe and adapted to screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Noel Langley & Jan Lustig from the novel Le Morte d'Arthur written by Sir Thomas Malory. It stars Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Stanley Baker, Anne Crawford and Felix Aylmer. Music is scored by Miklós Rózsa and cinematography by Stephen Dade and Freddie Young.

An interesting spin on the Arthurian legend for MGM, who film it in CinemaScope (first time for the studio) and dress it up grandly as the actors have a good old time in the days of yore. Here the romantic angle comes via Lancelot (Taylor) and Guinevere (Gardner) having lusty lustations for one and other that cause a tremble in the stability of Camelot. With Guinevere to marry King Arthur (Ferrer), and both she and the heroic Lancelot loyal to the King and his ideals for Camelot, it's not a real problem until the dastardly Modred (Baker) and the scheming Morgan le Fay (Crawford) start to throw spanners into the works that result in murder, suspicion and war.

It's all very fanciful stuff, full of derring-do machismo, but the action is well staged by Thorpe (cracking finale between good and evil), the outer location photography at Tintagel in Cornwall is most pleasing, Rózsa's score sweeps in and out of the well dressed sets and the cast do their director proud by not overdoing the material to hand. Yes it inevitably hasn't aged particularly well, and modern film fans may balk at the many passages of detailed chatter in the well developed script, but this comes from a grand old time in cinema. When production value meant hard graft in front of and behind the camera. Honour and integrity is not only big within the story itself, it's also themes that apply to the film makers as well. Hooray! 7.5/10

Good quality print available on DVD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "I've blustered my last bluster!" 18 Dec 2010
MGM's followup to their hugely successful Ivanhoe and the studio's first film in CinemaScope, Knights of the Round Table is one of those pictures where all the money the studio system can throw at it can't disguise its shortcomings. Chief among them is an ambling and unfocused screenplay that takes ample liberties with the legend. With so many different versions of the tales of King Arthur to choose from, that's excusable, but coming up with something that's so poor to replace it isn't. It works in fits and starts despite direlogue like "I've blustered my last bluster" and the less than perfect casting - Ava Gardner's fine as Guinevere and Stanley Baker scowls well as Mordred but Mel Ferrer's makes a bland Arthur and Taylor overdoes Lancelot's enthusiasm - but it never really manages to catch fire. The fight scenes seem desperately under-rehearsed and lazily staged and even the film's big battle scene seems a more expensive but less effective rehash of Olivier's Agincourt sequence from Henry V. Nor does CinemaScope add much to the proceedings, the opening scene a demonstration of early Scope at its worst, with the cast spaced out in what seems intended as a medieval tableau but just looks like a police line-up at a renaissance fair in long takes that could have benefited from some editing and cutaways to at least give the illusion of pace and energy. Only Miklos Rozsa rallies to the film's banner with a stirring score that summons up the pageantry and grandeur the images all too often fail to. Still, the team did at least redeem themselves with the subsequent Quentin Durward.

While the German fullframe PAL release is especially poor and to be avoided at all costs, the US Region 1 NTSC DVD offers a 2.
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3.0 out of 5 stars foreign subtitles
It was good overall but the subtitles spoilt it in my opinion and there seems no way of removing them
Published 6 days ago by MrsJ.Holloway
I confess to being slightly disapointed with this Warner Archive release. The widescreen Scope ratio is lovely but the colour seems just a shade washed out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. W. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Knights off my feet
Old family favourite, classic remember watching with delight as a child.A swashbuckling delight; Robert Taylor is entertaining to watch a stellar cast also; pity they don't make... Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. A. FRANKLIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old film
I like the films about knights, or some historical type, this one I enjoyed.

I have a diverse taste mainly for action films of history, war, scifi.
Published 19 months ago by C. C. Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned Entertainment
I enjoyed this film very much but it is of its time: quite 'genteel' so those who enjoy gore and nudity maybe be disappointed.
Published 22 months ago by Karen Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgivable
I must say,it's the first time i was really upset,first, i didn't expect to get this dvd in a pirated like packaging made in China or HK,im expecting my order specifications,as it... Read more
Published 23 months ago by John Angeles
5.0 out of 5 stars Gallantry and Chivalry.
One wonderful and enjoyable piece of cinematography, from bygone days. Well-chosen Cast, brilliant direction, stunning locations. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by Tony Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Hollywood
This is typical Hollywood production, done well. Enjoyed this film, though I felt Robert Taylor was miscast.
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Published on 29 Sep 2010 by good music
5.0 out of 5 stars Old film revival
I was very pleased to receive this DVD version of a film that was the first foray into cinemascope back in 1953. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2009 by H. M. Teal
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