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Sodom and Gomorrah [DVD]

Stewart Granger , Pier Angeli , Robert Aldrich    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker, Rossana Podestą, Rik Battaglia
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: Ernesto Gastaldi, Giorgio Prosperi, Hugo Butler, Richard Wormser
  • Producers: Goffredo Lombardo, Maurizio Lodi-Fč
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MC-One
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Y2YGC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of fun, but not a great transfer 3 Feb 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Sodom and Gomorrah is much better than its reputation implies. Although often co-credited to Sergio Leone for tax reasons, it's a Robert Aldrich picture all the way, although Aldrich's style isn't always compatible with the expectations of the epic genre - he's not interested in the sets and some of the most impressive visual compositions are cut very, very short in the editing. Nor is it as decadent or violent as you might expect from the director who would go on to make The Killing of Sister George and The Dirty Dozen. But it is entertaining, with Aldrich managing to get away with more sadism than De Mille ever did, and throwing in a splendid pair of villains in Stanley Baker's perverted prince and Anouk Aimee's lesbian Queen, who easily steal the show from Stewart Granger and the Children of Israel. The supporting cast isn't always as distinguished as the voice cast who redub them (Andrew Keir and Mane Maitland among those in the dubbing theatre), and it's strange to see Granger heading the cast when his tenure at MGM was marked by his refusal to make almost any epic they offered him (Quo Vadis among them), but it's still head and shoulders above the standard Italian peplum of the day. Throw in a real doozey of a prolonged battle scene and the last of Miklos Rozsa's Biblical epic scores and you've got a film that may not be fit for Sunday School but which makes for an entertaining two-and-a-half hours. And yes, it really does have a line at the beginning about watching out for Sodomites!

Sadly Castle Hill's German DVD is a wildly inconsistent transfer. Although widescreen (1.85:1), the quality veers from fine to looking like a bad video or TV print, sometimes from shot to shot. However, in the absence of a proper DVD release to date, it's acceptable if you're not expecting too much. The DVD features German main titles but an English soundtrack option with removeable subtitles and also includes a UK trailer and stills gallery.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superior slice of biblical hokum 2 Jun 2009
By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE
Back in the 1960s the Italians churned out no end of low budget sword and sandal epics of varying quality but every so often they managed to scrape together enough money to mount more ambitious productions and attract international talent of some note. Barabbas is one example, Sodom and Gomorrah another. The great Miklos Rozsa, no less, wrote the music for this opus and in his autobiography he doesn't have a good word to say for it; nor do many other critics. But I remember as a kid going to see this movie and was quite enthralled by it. Nowadays I find many of those Italian peplums quite unwatchable but Sodom and Gomorrah holds up pretty well. The movie serves up some generous dollops of spectacle notably in the battle scene which concludes with a great flood, and that famous moment when Lot's wife turns to witness the destruction of Sodom (it goes up like an atomic bomb has struck it) is a great special effect. Some critics complain about the absence of the depraved activity for which the twin cities have become proverbial but, hey, this movie was made in the 1960s and I guess they wanted kids like me to goggle at it. Hints of lesbianism are all you get. Thankfully the production is largely devoid of the silliness, absurdities, stagey religiosity and bad acting that characterise similar productions from the 50s and 60s such as Land of the Pharaohs, the Silver Chalice and Solomon and Sheba, although you do get some choice morsels of dialogue of which my favourite has to be "beware of Sodomite patrols". This being largely an Italian production you get the inevitable dubbing and, curiously, some heavy accents as well, and all of the nubile lovelies in it have a very 1960s look with their false eyelashes and blue mascara. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the full version. 1 Mar 2013
By Frenchy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I ordered the 154min version and received the 144min version instead. First, I had to muddle through the German menu to get the English audio. I actually had to write down what I clicked on to get the audio so that I could repeat the process, if I ever choose to view it again. The dvd picture quality is "so-so" meaning that it could be a whole lot better. Even with a bluray player, hdmi connector, and an HDTV, the picture was just okay. The telling of the story was fine, although I wonder how much the missing 10 minutes would have affected the plot. This film should have been better than it is.
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