Don't let the antiquity discourage you. This Charles Laughton/Clark Gable pairing is a cracker, and still my personal favourite. It's a movie of its time, simplifying and romancing the legendary conflict into one of good versus wickedness, with a hint of swashbuckling bravado. Laughton excels as the tyrant captain with power of life and death over his hapless press-ganged crew. Gable is a competent foil of good will, tempering discipline with humanity. There's friction evident before anchors aweigh. Franchot Tone also gives a stirring perfomance as lead midshipman, whilst humour is provided by the cook and the doctor, the latter having a fresh explanation for the loss of his leg with each telling.
Filming is on a sumptuous scale, and is long enough for the story to progress without undue haste. There are great moments of conflict. Bligh's relentless cruelty and petty spites are nicely played, timing is excellent. Perhaps it's not surprising that the obdurate captain constantly checks the coconuts on a vessel called Bounty. But neither does the movie gloss-over his tremendous feat of open-boat navigation, during which even he, compelled to intimacy, demonstrates a more engaging leadership, keeping order when space, food and water are at a premium. Though revenge drives him more eagerly than the wind.
This is top drama. It won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1935 - 76 years ago!
I did not purchase my DVD through Amazon, but the illustrations on the advertised case look identical. Sound and vision on mine are quite satisfactory considering the movie's age, with only a slight `hiss' from time to time that does not impair listening pleasure.
Give it a whizz and find out why increasing numbers of mature film fans are turning away from modern CGI shoot-em-ups in preference for the back catalogue.