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Robe [Blu-ray] [1953] [US Import]

Richard Burton , Jean Simmons , Henry Koster    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie, Jay Robinson
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Writers: Albert Maltz, Gina Kaus, Lloyd C. Douglas, Philip Dunne
  • Producers: Frank Ross
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NSLE4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,900 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Robe was designed by 20th Century-Fox to show off the wonders of CinemaScope, and taken simply as a vehicle for widescreen photography the movie is undeniably a visual treat. Perhaps the clumsy early 'Scope cameras were partly to blame, but from any other perspective--plot, dialogue and acting--The Robe is a flat, overly reverential and turgid piece of film making. Richard Burton is the Roman Centurion on duty at Christ's crucifixion who bets on and wins Jesus' robe, then spends the rest of the movie agonising about becoming a Christian. Victor Mature is his sanctimonious slave Demetrius. So confident were the producers of box-office success that they commissioned the sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators, even before The Robe had been released. --Mark Walker

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "as for me, I have found another king" 27 April 2004
Format:VHS Tape
A marvelous epic melodrama, with portions that are emotionally stirring,and with two exceedingly attractive stars, this film ranks high in the"sword and sandals" genre.
This is prime-time Richard Burton, at age27, heavenly to look at and even better to listen to; his crispenunciation makes the English language shine, and though some of hisscenes are a little "over the top", he carries them off with charismaticpresence. Jean Simmons is exquisite as Diana, the woman who has lovedMarcellus (Burton) since childhood, and their screen romance has a raredepth and spark.
Other notable performances come from Victor Mature asDemetrius the slave, with a mute but moving scene at Christ's crucifixion,and Michael Rennie is grand as Peter. Jay Robinson is wonderfully rottenas the vicious Caligula.
I always like a good fight sequence, and there is a brilliantlychoreographed one between Marcellus and a centurion. It is the kind ofswordplay great Shakespearean actors have perfected, and it is a delightto watch.
Directed by Henry Koster, it has an exceptional score byAlfred Newman, and vibrant Technicolor cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Ilike the way the night scenes have a deep blue glow to them, and thecostumes are wonderful. Oscars went to Best Art Direction/Set Design(color) and Best Costume design (color). It was also nominated for BestPicture, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography (color), and was the firstfilm to be released in CinemaScope.
I saw this film many years ago, and had thought it a little silly, but wehave both aged well; I can now watch it repeatedly, and appreciate thedepictions of courage, and the beauty and humanity of it. Total runningtime is 2 hours and 13 minutes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very acceptable interpretation 18 July 2009
I read the book 'The Robe' by Lloyd C. Douglas a few years ago and considered it one of the best novels I have ever read. I was delighted to obtain the dvd recently, starring Richard Burton, Victor Mature and Jean Simmons, but expected it to fall short of the drama and sensitivity contained in the novel. However, I was relieved to find it remained true to the storyline and delivered some powerful scenes and fairly authentic dialogue, costume and scene atmosphere.

It is a wonderful story of a Roman tribune who witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus, his involvement in the soldiers' game to win the robe and the subsequent events which lead him to become a Christian and therefore an enemy of the Roman Empire.

I felt the acting was probably a bit theatrical, but had to bear in mind that it was produced by Hollywood film makers who traditionally always colour their productions and offer irritating background 'movie music' throughout. But if you try and ignore all that and look at the film as a piece of storytelling, I feel it passes as one of the greatest films (based on a book) that I have ever seen. Mature was perfect as the Greek Slave Demetrius and I looked forward to seeing the sequel (not by the same author) called Demetrius and the Gladiators.

I can certainly recommend 'The Robe' which won two Academy Awards in 1953, but is still relevant today as a piece of fiction based on the greatest story ever told.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Robe 19 Jun 2006
By dorf
I rate this film 5 star for its content, drama and the original shooting and production. However, beware some copies of this DVD since at least one version of the transcription from film to DVD has severe faults on the sound track, with pronounced WOW and FLUTTER in some sections which goes on for some while. This entirely spoils the drama and the film for me. I am still trying to find a copy without this defect, so far unsuccessfully.

When so much was spent on this production as the very first in the new format at that time of Cinemascope, with multi-channel stereo sound, it is totally amazing that Fox could allow this gross error in the transcription of this film to DVD. Viewing this DVD in the two copies which I have purchased so far and sent back as faulty, is like going to a run-down cinema where the projectionist is an amateur bungler, and is using a worn and tired copy of a film on the circuit with a worn-out projector which is on the point of expiry and collapse! It spoils the whole experience. The film copy used for the only transcript which I have found so far also is clearly a well-used worn one, with damage to the film emulsion and resulting scratches and flashes on screen.

This film was so good, with such good acting and drama that it really deserves more respect from the people at Fox who got this transcription completely wrong. They just don't seem to be able to make films on this sort of scale or quality any more.

Try to get a good copy of a proper transcript to DVD if one exists. Then watch this with your family. It is a real family film and one which clutches at your heart strings, unless you are the sort of person with no heart at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As you can see – most of the reviews for “The Robe” revolve around the ‘DVD’.

It was released Stateside on BLU RAY in 2009 and fans have expected it to turn up on this side of the pond – it hasn’t.

I say this because the American 20th Century Fox version is REGION A LOCKED – so it will not play on our UK machines unless they’re chipped to be ‘all regions’ (which few are).

So until someone sees fit to release it on a REGION B disc - this is another classic denied us by Region Coding…
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Old but good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Blu -ray transfer
This Blu-ray version of The Robe is unfortunately not available in Britain on region 2 and it is such a shame because the picture transfer compared to the dvd is truly... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Robe, a film for every believer
Yes, this is the film in Cinema Scope I never forgot that I have seen some fifty years ago. Just great.
Published 3 months ago by Olaf Raasch
4.0 out of 5 stars The Robe
Pre Demetrius and the Gladiators, a bit heavy going at times, but still a very good film, Jay Robinson's portrayal of the emperor slowing sinking into madness excellent.
Published 4 months ago by D. Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Robe
A good storyline and brilliant acting by Richard Burton and the cast.
A timeless film like The Ten Commandmants. Excellent.
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Michael Pretty
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film!
Best film in my opinion.inspiring and true to detail. Heart warming and captivating. Brilliant!
Trying to build up a good library of Christian films.
Published 5 months ago by L. Clapp
5.0 out of 5 stars The Robe (DVD)
This is the the other part of Demetrius's Story and goes with the second part "Demetrius and the Gladiators". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. C. B. Mclaglen
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