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The Bounty [DVD]

Anthony Hopkins , Mel Gibson , Roger Donaldson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day Lewis
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Scanbox Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,508 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Bounty is the third screen version of one of the best-known stories in naval history, here with Anthony Hopkins as Lieutenant William Bligh and Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian heading an extraordinary cast including Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson, Bernard Hill and Dexter Fletcher. HMS Bounty's voyage to Tahiti of 1787-9 and its infamous consequences are recounted with far greater historical accuracy than in the 1935 or 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty. The movie is gorgeously shot on location in Tahiti, England and New Zealand as well as on a full-size recreation of the original Bounty.

Roger Donaldson's film benefits from a literate screenplay by Robert Bolt, who here as in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), brings real insight into the English institutional mind in conflict. Hopkins is at his complex best and Gibson offers more depth than his usual two-dimensional hero persona; here Bligh and Christian emerge as complex men gripped by circumstances beyond their control. The haunting score by Vangelis contributes immensely to a very underrated film which deserves to be considered a modern classic.

On the DVD: There is an excellent 52-minute "making of" documentary that mixes historical information with on-location interviews. A 12-minute overview of previous screen versions of the story is narrated by the film's historical consultant, Stephen Walters, who also provides a somewhat stilted but nevertheless informative audio commentary. The second audio commentary is from director Roger Donaldson, Producer Bernie Williams and Production Designer John Graysmark, who genuinely appear to enjoy reminiscing and have real enthusiasm for the movie. Also included is a fascinating 28-page booklet.

This is the stuff Special Editions should always be made of, and this would be one of the finest DVDs on the market were it not for the transfer of the film itself, which appears to be a reprocessed version of the same NTSC anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer found on the bare-bones Region 1 DVD, with no sign of PAL speed-up. The picture not only shows considerable grain in some scenes, but also demonstrates marked compression artefacting and enhancement shimmer on all horizontal lines, making some scenes extremely ugly. For such a beautiful film it is a most disappointing transition to the digital format. Most unusually for a UK release, the disc is region free.--Gary S Dalkin

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Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson lead a stellar Oscar winning cast including Sir Laurence Olivier, Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson in this action packed adventure bursting with spectacular battles, raging storms and an intensity as powerful as the mighty sea itself! Filled with commanding performances, memorable dialogue and superb action scenes, The Bounty has everything fans of swash- buckling adventure could want.

Hopkins stars as William Bligh, a real life sea captain who, in 1787, steered HMS Bounty on a 27,000 mile voyage into danger, chaos and madness. After 31 days battling severe sea squalls and Bligh s ever increasing cruelty, the weary crew is relieved to land on the tropical island of Tahiti. But soon their tyrannical captain wants to set sail again and the desperate men turn to first mate Fletcher Christian (Gibson) to help take the ship by force..



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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story, well told, pood DVD quality 9 May 2004
Of all the films so far to tell the fascinating story of the ill fated voyage of HMS Bounty, this 1984 version attempts to get closest so far to the truth. That the ships catain, William Bligh was a sadistic tyrant as portrayed with gusto by Charles Laughton and Trevor Howard, was misleading, to the point of innaccuracy. Anthony Hopkins portrayed Bligh here as a man of immense personal ambition, obsessed with circum-navigating the globe, to the extent that, in his quest for perfectionism, he constantly found fault with his petty officers.
It was here that the seeds of the imfamous mutiny on the Bounty was sewn. And in particular, the relationship between once friends Bligh and masters mate Fletcher Christian breaks down entirely. The film tells the great story of the Bounty voyage, from the time of it's first vision, to collect Breadfruit plants from Tahiti and transport them to the West Indies for food to feed the slaves, the time spent on Tahiti, the mutiny, Blighs long boat voyage, right through to the founding of the first settlement on Pitcairn island of the Bounty mutineers.
Added to that this DVD has a making of documentary, a 50 minute film tracing the Bounty story, both in cinema, and the actual voyage, and interviews with Anthony Hopkins, who gives his thoughts on Bligh. Even an extensive booklet, which interestingly, relates plans for a sequel, featuring the aftermath of the story, in particular, what happened to the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn, a story long over due, in view of the popularity of the Bounty story. But, as this film goes back to 1984 and so far no sequel, don't hold your breath!
All in all, on the surface, a great buy DVD, but for one thing only; The quality of the DVD transfer is very poor indeed, quite the worst DVD quality I have seen so far. It is out of synch, with the voices ahead of the actors mouths, and in places, grain is prevalent. For a film of such stunning beauty, this is a dissapointment, to say the very least.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars September 2011, DVD Re Release 15 Sep 2011
So, this is my review of the September 2011 re release of The Bounty DVD.

Make no mistake the picture quality is absolutely horrendous. The colours are washed, there is lots of noise and the print looks as if it's been up scaled to DVD from a smaller size image.

There also seems to be something wrong with the motion. I'm not even sure how to explain that one I'm afraid but it does not seem right.

I also own the region 1 version of The Bounty which has a superior print of the movie with bolder and brighter colours (closer to the original theatrical print I would imagine), noticeably less noise and a picture that does not look up scaled.

I would recommend looking for that version rather than the September 11 edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good picture 26 Feb 2014
By Nigel L
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Picture far better than previous DVD. Most subtitles can be removed by pressing the subtitle button on the remote. Oddly the French subtitles for the translation of the cover of the captain's log appear to be 'burned in' and cannot be removed. Otherwise cannot be faulted.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Deftly directed by Roger Donaldson and beautifully acted, this is a well nuanced film. Based upon a true story and adapted from the book, "Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian", by Richard Hough, the film relates the series of events that brought about the eventual mutiny of the English vessel, The Bounty, by its crew. The mutiny was led by Fletcher Christian, the Master's Mate, and friend of Lt. William Bligh, Captain of the ship. The film opens with the trial of Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) before the Admiralty Board, where he is questioned by Captain Greetham (Edward Fox) and Admiral Hood (Laurence Olivier). Captain Bligh then relates his account of why it was that he lost a ship under his command.

The star-crossed voyage of "The Bounty" started innocuously enough. Captain William Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) convinced his friend, Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson), to set sail with him as Master's Mate to ship master John Fryer (Daniel Day Lewis). "The Bounty" was commissioned to set sail for Tahiti in order to obtain breadfruit plants for transport to Jamaica. In order to save time, the Captain would navigate a little used route around the horn of Africa to save time. It was to be a voyage to remember.
During the voyage, the viewer sees the tension build amongst the crew, as well as amongst the officers. The innate savagery and baseness of some of the seamen is personified by Charles Churchill (Liam Neeson), a seaman who needs little provocation. The disdain of the officers for the crew is best exemplified by John Fryer, the ship's master, who seems to relish the cruelty of the punishments meted out to those crewmen found guilty of infractions. Tension then spills over between the crew and officers, as the rigors of the voyage eats away at morale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sail On.. 9 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Fine performances from Both Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian and Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh. Well made with excellent cinematography, beautiful locations and a haunting soundtrack. Many now familiar faces among the cast; a young Neil Morrissey, Liam Neeson and John Sessions to name a few. Despite being made twenty years ago, it has a timeless quality. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, below par DVD 19 Feb 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great story pity the DVD has problems,managed to get correct screen layout eventually with much fiddling with aspect ratio but that does not make up for distinctly below par image quality which can be very grainy.
No problems for me with lipsync.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good
Published 2 days ago by IAN DORAN
5.0 out of 5 stars The picture quality is fantastic. Very sharp a very good blue ray disc...
Import from France. The picture quality is fantastic. Very sharp a very good blue ray disc
This is the latest version of the mutiny and they got the story balanced very... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Cambria
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I had a problem with the dvd but this seller looked after me so well, one of the best sellers that I have come across, don't go pass the best!. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mrs. Barbara J. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Anthony Hopkins
Great adventure movie, excellent picture quality on Blue-ray, but the best is Anthony Hopkins superb performance as William Bligh, possibly the best performance of his career!
Published 27 days ago by Zbigniew Ronisz
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks dated, but still a very good movie
There have been three movie adaptations of The Mutiny on the Bounty. The Bounty starring Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh and Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian is apparently the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars the bounty
Good film, with action and a storyline, good sound effects and lovely scenery. Based on a true story, worth watching
Published 7 months ago by jude
5.0 out of 5 stars good play
of course, it is an evergreen under stories, one never gets tired of it in hundred years. although not as sizzling as could be, still very good play.
Published 10 months ago by Ms. Vera Norris
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow-burning drama, one of Anthony Hopkins' standout roles
This 1984 remake of Mutiny On The Bounty is one of those films that for some reason has been overlooked on home cinema formats. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anorakus
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie - awful picture quality
The bounty is a lavish and epic retelling of the story of the famous mutiny aboard HMS Bounty in 1787. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Shurey
2.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Would not recommend,assumed it would be good based on the actors but it lacked excitement for me.I would not recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Tina Flintoff
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