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The Prize (1963)

Elke Sommer , Micheline Presle , Mark Robson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Elke Sommer, Micheline Presle, Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson, Diane Baker
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Producers: The Prize (1963)
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 134.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00230M5JY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,121 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Black & White, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Special Edition, SYNOPSIS: Based on the novel by Irving Wallace, The Prize takes place in Stockholm, where several laureates gather to accept their Nobel Prizes. At first, the film concentrates on iconoclastic novelist Paul Newman, but he is temporarily shunted to the background when physics expert Edward G. Robinson is kidnaped and replaced by his wicked twin brother. The real Robinson is to be spirited behind the Iron Curtain, while the 'fake' Robinson is to disrupt the awards ceremony with an anti-American tirade. Newman gets wind of the plot, and with the help of Swedish foreign office functionary Elke Sommer, he endeavors to rescue the real Robinson and expose the phony-who has yet another trick up his sleeve before the film is over. We'll go along with the fantastic plot convolutions of The Prize, provided we don't have to swallow the premise of another man's voice emanating from that familiar Eddie Robinson mug. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...The Prize (1963)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware Suevia Release 3 Oct 2010
This is one of Paul Newman's best films but is only available on DVD from Spain for some reason best known to MGM who produced the film in the early sixties. Unfortunately this Suevia release is only widescreen within a 4x3 screen, that is non-anamorphic. Also it is so soft it could be easily tagged "out of focus". I have bought several Spanish only releases and they have all been excellent. However, this should be avoided at all costs. The copy I made from TCM is also 4x3 non anamorphic but at least it is pin sharp and the colours are not faded. Buyer beware.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Worthy of a great prize this sleek ansd svelte thriller is adapted from the Irving Wallace bestseller and shot in Stockholm in the splendid nordic summer .
This is my personal favourite of all Newman movies alongside 'Hud' as he emblazons the screen with the intelligent humor of a rebellious Nobel prize laureate -it is a charismatic ,tongue-in -cheek and very sophisticated act with sexy Sommers playing the Swedish interpreter assigned to the yankee guest by swedish ministry and an excellent supporting cast,with Edward g.Robinson playing twin brothers, caught in a game of chess on the opposite sides of the political ideologies.

Paul newman shines as the American author both enticingly outspoken and a bright-eyed genius who is quirky yet boyish ,whether dressed in his dinner jacket tuxedo or while swimming fully clothed in the Stockholm harbour.

The best scenes are when the director puts him centre-stage like in the swedish nudist sauna seminar as a semi dressed mischief monger or in the swinger's night club while drunk to his ears where Newman and Diane and Elke sommers play a game of the elemental sex triangle, a man vying for the favours of two women simultaneously is given a clumsy yet charming treatment by the exquisitely charitable women with some truly witty dialogues ,but the superb action scene shot over the bridge in the stockholm harbour as he undergoes a tongue-in -cheek murder attempt is brilliantly funny and horrific too-as is his visit to a mental asylum and the press conferences with world press in the hotel where he brings the house down virtually .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Video Transfer Rated 19 Mar 2011
You can read other reviews regarding the quality of this title as a motion picture. I just wanted to convey some information regarding the quality of the video transfer. First I must say that I watched this on a HD video projector on a 92" screen. This would tend to magnify quality issues.

Overall, I gave this 3 stars or a passing grade. The quality was only slightly worse than I have seen on some S-DVD releases from the original studios. Some scenes were actually quite clear, but most suffered from a lack of definition. However, I would think that watching this on a smaller screen could improve that somewhat. Compared to VHS, which is the only way to get this in an authentic Turner-M-G-M/UA release, it generally isn't quite as sharp, but if you'd rather have it on disc (or want to see it in its original widescreen format), this isn't a choice you'd likely regret. Note that this is a letterbox edition and is NOT enhanced for 16:9.

Although this isn't one of Paul Newman's classic films and its certainly isn't one of his best performances, it is a lot of fun to watch (particularly easy to watch is Elke Sommer). I'm at a loss as to why it hasn't been officially released by the owners of the film, I would think it deserves to be (I mean, if they can release Rally 'Round The Flag...).
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware ! 17 Oct 2007
By Marco Rocca - Published on
If you're thinking to order this DVD---be VERY careful! I did, and instead of the 1963 movie with Paul Newman I received a DVD-R with a totally different movie. Both the disc's label and jacket show Paul Newman's image, but still the movie is another one.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon owes an Apology 28 Oct 2007
By Oscar - Published on
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Like the two previous reviewers have stated, this movie is not as advertised. I remember the Paul Newman movie to have been good cold-war entertainment. The DVD Amazon sold me contained what looked like a 1970's TV movie having a guest appearance by Chuck Wollery (maybe it is worth watching, after all)! Amazon has put up its usual return hurdles for this piece of junk--even after three customer service emails. I have urged them to credit everyone who bought this item to be credited the $9.99 it cost without the hassle of returning it, but to no avail.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bogus PRIZE 1 Oct 2007
By V. E. Bertuglia - Published on
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Not the Nobel Prize but only a movie about snow. The film which was expected was packaged incorrectly. It is not the 1963 movie but another about a prize for skiing. Be warned!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense! 7 Jan 2010
By >< )))*< - Published on
I cannot wait to see this movie again. I caught it once on AMC, and was absolutely glued to the screen. I really felt for Paul Newman's character, and kept thinking this guy is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He of course delivered an outstanding performance, and in my opinion this is one of his best films. I can't believe that more people aren't familiar with it, and everyone is in for a treat when it finally comes out on DVD.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HOW ABOUT PUTTING OUT THE DVD? LONG OVERDUE. 26 Jan 2010
By Kay's Husband - Published on
THE PRIZE was one of the first books I read back in 1963 and was later rewarded by the movie being issued. Though the book and the movie vary greatly each is excellent in its own way.

I still have the hardcover book on my shelves, but did not have a copy of the movie, until today when Turner Classic Movies ran the film. I had not seen the film since its release in 1963 but after viewing it today believe it to be just as entertaining now as then. The on-location scenes really add to the movie, especially in the wide screen version, and the color is still very good. The dress and mannerisms, especially Newman's over the shoulder quips and wisecracks, amidst the 'cold war' atmosphere offer a view of a past most of us endured. Both the book and movie are very much marked as a 50's-60's outing. Great to see several very good actors of the past doing what they did best now that so many are no longer with us.

They do not make movies such as this any longer but fortunately we yet have these older movies to watch. I gather from the other reviews that the movie isn't for every viewer, yet most will still enjoy viewing it.

Semper Fi.
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