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WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION [DVD] TYRONE POWER/MARLENE DIETRICH/CHARLES LAUGHTON (all region import on the NTSC system)


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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZXB0CM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,698 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D.L. Heath on 5 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is about the ITEM, not the film. If you are looking to buy this then you should already know what a terrific film this is!

Let's get this niggle out of the way right now: It's Region A-locked. I have personally tested the disc on both A and B region players and it does *not* work with Region B Blu-Ray machines.

The Disc is very thin in terms of extras, which are (all in standard definition):
*Billy Wilder speaks (in German - but with English subtitles) on Witness For The Prosecution [6:30]
*Trailer [3:07]

Main feature:
Chapter breaks: 8
Audio: English DTS-HD Master
Subtitles: None
Picture: black & white
Ratio: 1.66:1 widescreen
Running time: 116:06

The disc title itself runs 116 mins 31 seconds:
-this includes 17 seconds for the Kino Lorber and MGM logos on the introduction, plus another 8 seconds after the film finishes and the MGM logo is re-added. None of these logos are original, all have been superficially added by the distributor. That means the ACTUAL running time of the feature is exactly 116 minutes 06 seconds.

PICTURE AND SOUND QUALITY is very good/excellent. The picture quality is very clean, a high quality transfer to HD, beautiful sharp black & white picture, which for a film released in 1957 is a brilliant achievement.

It loses one star in my rating for being region restricted and a bare minimum of extra features, but don't let that detract from the fact this is a masterpiece of a movie - highly recommended.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 22 Feb 2005
Format: DVD
Sir Wilfrid Robarts (played by Charles Laughton) is renown as one of the greatest barristers in England, but his failing health has placed him at the mercy of doctors, and in the clutches of an overbearing nurse (Elsa Lancaster). However, when he is introduced to Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), an innocent man on his way to the gallows, Sir Wilfrid decides to risk his health and use his jurisprudential skills to save Vole. A wrinkle in the case is Vole's surprisingly harsh wife (Marlene Dietrich), but fortunately a wife can never be used as a witness for the prosecution. [Black-and-white, released in 1957, with a running time of 1:56.]
This movie is based on Agatha Christie's 1933 book with the same title, and is nothing short of a triumph! The three main actors of the movie (Laughton, Power and Dietrich) put on a wonderful performance, making this movie gripping from start to finish. Plus, as a fan of John Mortimer's Rumpole of the Bailey books, I must say that I liked the setting. (I do believe that any Rumpole fan will also adore this movie.)
So, if you are interested in courtroom drama, classic movies and great acting, and want a movie that is all three, then you must get this DVD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2012
Format: DVD
Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), an American living in London, is accused of killing an older woman who befriended him. His defense barrister (Charles Laughton) is convinced of the man's innocence but puzzled over the peculiar behavior of Mrs. Vole (Marlene Dietrich).

This movie's trailer touts the 'shocking' ending and, I have to say, I did find it so surprising that I immediately rewatched it (and enjoyed it) again. Power is slick, handsome, and though he appears too old to be called 'young man' by his lawyer, he's very good. Laughton is the real star of the show and gives an outstanding performance full of wit and passion. He was rightly nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. His scenes with Elsa Lanchester are very funny. Dietrich is mysterious until the very end, the epitome of an icy, cool, and calculating female. This is a very British story, with most of the action set in a courtroom. The dialogue is spirited and the pace is quick.

I had expected the movie to be dated and a bit dull, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2000
Format: VHS Tape
i envy any agatha christie fan who has not yet had the opportunity to see this brilliant film. the first time is amazing. whoever needs another excuse to watch it will simply adore Marlene Dietrich. just don't tell anyone the ending!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Based on an Agatha Christie play, it's on to a winner straight away. Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton and the divine Marlene Dietrich are the lead players in this skillfully crafted, classy affair. Not the best film ever made, but wonderful entertainment nonetheless. Worth t for Marlene Dietrich alone!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 20 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
"No more murder cases," is the doctor's strict prohibition upon reluctantly releasing renowned barrister and recent heart attack survivor Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) from hospital. (Although even the word "released" seems to be a matter of slight dispute here, because in the words of Sir Wilfrid's nurse Miss Plimsoll [Elsa Lanchester], he was "expelled for conduct unbecoming a cardiac patient." But let's leave that aside for now.) Following the doctor's orders, Sir Wilfrid's staff have lined up an array of civil cases: a divorce, a tax appeal, and a marine insurance claim - surely those will satisfy their hard-to-please employer's demands?

Err ... not likely.
So, try as he might to be a good patient, Sir Wilfrid needs only little encouragement to accept the case of handsome drifter and small-time inventor Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), accused of murdering his rich benefactress Emily French (Norma Varden). Of course, the very circumstances that most disturb the famous barrister's colleagues Mayhew and Brogan-Moore (Henry Daniell and John Williams) - Mrs. French's infatuation with Vole, his visit to her on the night of the murder, the lack of an alternative suspect and his inheritance under her new will - just make the matter more interesting in Sir Wilfrid's eyes. Most problematic, however, is Vole's alibi, which depends entirely on the testimony of his German wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich), an actress he had met when stationed with the RAF in WWII-ravaged Hamburg. Troubling, insofar, isn't only that Christine is her husband's sole alibi witness and that - Sir Wilfrid explains - a devoted wife's testimony doesn't carry much weight anyway.
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