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Male and Female [DVD] [1919] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HVJZ49U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,353 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marco on 5 Oct. 2014
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The Lost silent classics edition of the film omits to mention that approximately one hour of the film has been cut from this edition. Although not a reflection on the film itself I obviously can't rate a film that shows only the beginning and end! The film is available in its entirity from Image entertainment though hugely more expensive.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steve on 16 Oct. 2014
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
The Admirable De Mille 5 Feb. 2001
By Mr Peter G George - Published on
Format: DVD
It is really hard to see why De Mille has such a relatively poor reputation, when one sees a film like Male and Female. He is often lambasted and compared unfavourably with other silent directors, but De Mille outlasted most of them, not least because he was a great storyteller. The story of Male and Female, adapted from J.M. Barrie's The Admirable Crichton, is amusing and an interesting comment on class difference. The performances are naturalistic and subtle showing silent acting at its best. This film offers an especially welcome opportunity to see a very young Gloria Swanson. Her famous bath scene is much less modest than one would expect in a post production-code film, though its hardly shocking by today's standards. Her descent into a Babylonian lion's den is quite startling and not at all gratuitous (as the DVD box would have it) for the film has a number of plot points which build up to this 'dream' sequence. This DVD is really top notch, for the print is first class with very little deterioration. It is well tinted, with appropriate colours and greys. The music adds to the viewing experience, fitting in well with the mood and the pace of the film. I have only seen two of De Mille's silent films and only a few of his talkies, this film made me wish to see many more.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Way more than expected 6 Aug. 2004
By M. J Jensen - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had read some of the reviews on this film, and although they do a good job of revealing the basic plot synopsis, they don't fully do it justice.

first of all, when the DVD cover says "lavishly staged", that was really an understatement. sure, i knew about the legendary "King of Babylon" scene and was expecting a lavish DeMille set for that segment, but this statement also applies to the rest of the film as well. for example, i was shocked by the scene of the ship crashing and sinking, with both an external ship torn up on the rocks, as well as amazing internal shots of the rock breaching the hull and Gloria trapped in the flooding water below deck.

the scenes on the island were always beautiful, although one thing that seems to be absent from other reviews is the point of ridiculousness that the castoways nearly descend to. to be frank, i wasn't expecting a depiction of shipwreck that so closely resembeled Gilligan's Island, but when you look at it, there are similarities between the cast: the millionaire, the movie star (Gloria Swanson), the girl next door, even a cowardly comic relief Gilliganesque character, not to mention the admirable Chrichton, whose outlandish inventions put him in the position of the professor. to modern audiences, it is a little absurd to see the grass hut mansion complete with modern furniture and other luxuries, but it isn't any less entertaining.

although the basic premise of the movie is well known, it has probably never been conveyed as well as it was in this film (reference the similar theme in either version of Swept Away). mostly, that credit goes to amazing direction and a stunning cast. one can easily see why Gloria Swanson was one of the world's biggest sensations, because she can evoke sympathy from the audience for even the most undesirable characters like Lady Mary. the cast deserves a standing ovation for their performance, which otherwise could have been just a silly melodrama. instead, we actually do care about the unjust caste system and how it affects the lovers on both sides of the spectrum.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Chuck Snow - Published on
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This is a comment about the "Male And Female" DVD released by Alpha Video (with the stunning Art Deco Swanson image on the cover) which states on the Amazon product page that the film runs 116 minutes. Not true. When I got this DVD the story is quite different: it states clearly on the back of the case: 57 minutes. True. When the cast gets on the yatch, there's a sudden cut to the "Babylonian" sequence thus skipping the famous shipwreck sequence and most of the survival on the island. By the time we get back to the story, the leopard has been disposed of off camera, as it were. A shame since the print presented by Alpha Video is very good for the money, but if you want the "real" original release, look elsewhere and pay a little bit more. Ouch.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
extraordinary silent film 21 July 2002
By Rachel - Published on
Format: DVD
This film is a masterpiece that gives you the feel of the time and place of the story line. Gloria Swanson is definitely a superb, passionate, and glamorous actress in the film. The picture quality is very clear and the orchestra sound added makes this movie a time capsule for years to come. This film, without a doubt, is one of gloria swanson's finest moments along with her other films "Sadie Thompson" and "Sunset Boulevard." I strongly recommend this film to those who appreciate a brillant silent film.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Two versions of this film, be careful which one you choose! 2 Jun. 2014
By Ragtime Bill - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I wanted this film and could not decide on which of the two versions to get, so I got both. There IS a difference! The one by Image Entertainment is way better than the one from Alpha Home Entertainment. The main reason is that several reels are missing in the Alpha version, leaving an important part (the shipwreck and all but the last scenes of the island escapade) out of the movie. The Image Entertainment also contains tinting, which I do not remember seeing in the Alpha version, and the accompaniment music is better on the Image one, being crafted for the movie (even though hearing synthesized horns is detracting), instead of just stringing together symphonic scores like Alpha did. They worked, just not all that well at all. Of course the difference in run times will tell you the story, 57 minutes versus 115 minutes. Buyer beware!
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