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4.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection Of An Insurrection
Detractors of this film and of Marlon Brando always state the same things; Brando's English accent isn't accurate, Bligh wasn't a tyrant and Brando deliberately sabotaged this film to try and make more money. Who cares? All that matters it that the film is dramatic and entertaining and it is.

By the standards of the day, Captain Bligh probably wasn't a cruel...
Published on 27 Mar 2009 by John Wilfers

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Christian Meets The MGM Lion
From the golden age when films had overtures and intermissions and souvenir programs comes Mutiny On The Bounty, a movie with both the virtues and the vices of the three hour epic. Obviously thrilled with the success of Ben-Hur, that grand old studio MGM decided to remake another of their classics. But, by all accounts, it was a production plagued by almost as much...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection Of An Insurrection, 27 Mar 2009
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Detractors of this film and of Marlon Brando always state the same things; Brando's English accent isn't accurate, Bligh wasn't a tyrant and Brando deliberately sabotaged this film to try and make more money. Who cares? All that matters it that the film is dramatic and entertaining and it is.

By the standards of the day, Captain Bligh probably wasn't a cruel man. Two centuries later, however, the methods of discipline on the Bounty would be seen as inhumane. It's hard enough working with people in an office. Can you imagine being cooped up for years on a ship with people you don't like and NEVER being able to get away from them? It's no wonder they mutinied!

You can see why Brando wanted to do this movie. Apart from the hefty sum he was given, he would also get to shoot in Tahiti and the script touched on things personal to him like the confrontation and subsequent subjugation of authority and the oppression of ethnic peoples. (It's worth seeing this film purely for the slyly lascivious look Marlon Brando gives his future wife, Tahitian beauty Tarita, as she dances for him.)

The film has been given a brand new digital transfer and it looks magnificent, especially the gorgeous vistas of Tahiti. Frustratingly though, the film comes in two parts on separate discs and it is annoying to have to stop the film, eject the first disc and insert the second one. They could have easily used one dual-layer disc and solved that problem.

The special features on the disc all concern the building and voyages of the exact replica of the HMS Bounty that the studio commissioned. The documentary on the construction of the ship is fascinating. It details how difficult it was to find people with the rare skills to actually build a wooden sailing ship long after such methods had become obsolete and forgotten. It then goes into the painstaking effort that was necessary to bring the Bounty to life again. Incredible stuff and a story from movie history you don't hear much about but should. Sadly, there are no commentaries or interviews with cast or crew and no documentaries about the making of the film. Not one. Very strange.

A good film, well-restored and well worth the very reasonable price.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!!, 4 Dec 2006
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Gordon C. Tait (OSNABRUCK, OSNABRUCK Germany) - See all my reviews
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I have to disagree with Amazon's review of this amazing film. To say the film simply isn't there is ludicrous. This is one those films you watched by accident on BBC2 during a rainy Saturday afternoon and never forgot. Trevor Howard is ice cold as the notorious Captain Bligh with Marlon Brando as the self styled Fletcher Christian with, in my opinion, a near flawless English accent and gushing with wit and charisma. Although the running time is a whopping 178 minutes, it's a very short three hours. It's absorbing from the very beginning and just makes you wonder how they made such a massive picture. The aspect ratio is annotated as 2.40:1 but it looks more like 2.70:1. I've never seen anything like it. If you love high adventure, sharp-dialogue, amazing visuals and a fine cast then you will absolutely not be disappointed. This is the best version of Mutiny.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING PRISTINE RESTORATION, 26 Mar 2013
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firstly i will point out that this indeed a multiregion blu ray disc,its plays perfectly on my region B blu ray player. well this classic film has been given the treatment it so rightly deserves,its breathtaking.there is not a speck of dirt or dust to be seen in the whole film,and the amazing quality is from start to finish,no patchy bits anywhere.the colors jump out the screen at you and the detail in the picture is nothing short of spectacular.its also been left in the original screen ratio as well 16:9 - 2.55:1.i'm sure i don't have to say much about the film its self as this is without a doubt the best version of the film ever.the perfect casting,the amazing acting,the perfect script,and for the day the special effects.they have even left the interlude in the film so you have time to make a cup of tea(or get some pop corn and ice-cream).overall well worth the the 5 golden stars.i ordered this on a Thursday morning,and i had it it in the next mornings post(i live in jersey ci) outstanding service from amazon and marvelio-uk.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable and escapist adventure!, 10 July 2007
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It has been a long time coming but the underrated 1962 version of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' has finally arrived on DVD. I have previously commented on amazon that this version had been unfairly savaged by the critics over the years. Criticisms has included over-length, poor acting (not forgetting Brando's accent) and an over-dramaticised death scene finale. As I had published in 1999: "After the release of the original 1935 version, many critics were quick to applaud this Frank Lloyd classic as the epitome of modern film-making. However, it can now be regarded as a slackly told adventure, although still very entertaining.

During the making of this version, leaks to the media of the problems which beset the production has not been helpful to its cause. Problems alerted included directorial conflicts (the resignation of Carol Reed for Lewis Milestone), delayed and rewritten screenplays, Marlon Brando becoming difficult onset etc.. It became quite clear that the knives of the critics were beginning to sharpen at the prospect of this remake of a universally acknowledged classic. It would also have been professional suicide for any of these original critics to think that this movie was to be anything other than a "turkey".

The main point of scathing by the critics was Brando's accent. I am Irish and I have had to endure dreadful "oirish" accents in movies throughout the years. So, when a main Hollywood star tries to make an eccentric interpretation of a real life English hero with an English accent, suddenly everybody gets particular to what part of England it is from. What Marlon Brando did was make a spirited if unsuccessful attempt at creating a different and more realistic Fletcher Christian.

The production was fine. The other performances are excellent, especially Trevor Howard's Captain Bligh (much more realistic than Laughton's interpretation) and most importantly, this version entertains. I accept that it could have been better but I do enjoy watching this version than the other two versions. It is not perfect and I appreciate that it is overlong - but even if you hate this remake you must admit that there is no way it deserves the scathing reviews it has received throughout the years".
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE BOUNTYS, 16 Aug 2013
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Mutiny on the Bounty has been filmed 3 times ,this version is the best of them and well worth the purchase.Great Blur-Ray picture and sound transfer,very well acted and an outstanding cast in a beautifully filmed gripping epic adventure.Well recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Region free lots of extras including the original ..., 9 July 2014
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Brilliant . Region free lots of extras including the original start
and ending that was
Deleted in the early 60s and shown only again by abc. In the usa.
There are a lot.of plot
Loopholes which is a pity considering the lengths they
made in making the film. Trevor Howard
Plays Bligh Unjustly cast as a tyrant which in real life was not
and Christian as a foppish 2nd in
Command . Complaints have been made about
Brandos acting and attitude to the film. Although
His portraying of an English experienced seaman a bit weird
especially his accent Which
I assume is a imitation of some upper crust aristocrat which
fletcher wasn't. One bit of factual history
In the making of the film is really bizarre. Apparently they brought
in white sand to put on top of tahiti
Black sand on the beach . Which turned out to be a waste
of time because the tide washed it away again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mutiny on the Bounty [1962] [Blu-ray] [French Import], 7 July 2014
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Mutiny on the Bounty [1962] [Blu-ray] [French Import] 1787. HMS Bounty sets out on a journey through perilous seas to a tropical paradise... and into history as the one of the most ill-fated vessels in naval lore. Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front) directs this colour-drenched spectacular nominated for seven Academy Awards® including Best Picture. Filmed before in 1935 and again in 1984's The Bounty, the gripping story centres on first officer Fletcher Christian [Marlon Brando], a dandy transformed into a man of action, and Capt. William Bligh [Trevor Howard], uncompromising in his command or his cruelty. "Fear is [my] best weapon," Bligh proclaims. But it's also the most costly, driving men to desperation and mutiny. Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith and Richard Haydn also star in this epic adventure.

Cast: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Richard Haydn, Tarita Teriipaia, Percy Herbert, Duncan Lamont, Gordon Jackson, Chips Rafferty, Noel Purcell, Ashley Cowan, Eddie Byrne, Tim Seely and Frank Silvera

Director: Lewis Milestone

Producer: Aaron Rosenberg

Screenplay: Charles Lederer

Composer: Bronislau Kaper

Cinematography: Robert L. Surtees

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.75:1 [Ultra Panavision 70]

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 5.1 and German: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish

Region: Region B/2

Running Time: 185 minutes

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Warner Bros. Studio

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – MGM's 1962 epic Mutiny on the Bounty is better known for Marlon Brando's excesses than the merits of the film itself: the actor's then-unheard of salary of more than a million dollars, his relentless overeating as it wreaked havoc on his wardrobe, endless cost overruns, and an interminable shooting schedule. Mutiny on the Bounty also struggled with the spectre of the widely-loved adaptation that had starred Clark Gable just a few decades prior. Regardless of what may have happened behind the scenes when its unwieldy Ultra Panavision 70 cameras stopped rolling, Mutiny on the Bounty is a reasonably enjoyable film, one that would've been worth discovering on Blu-ray.

This incarnation of Mutiny on the Bounty takes a fair number of liberties with the story, but the core of its premise remains intact. Set at the twilight of the 18th century, the HMS Bounty is dispatched to Tahiti in an attempt to cultivate the island's native breadfruit as a food source for Jamaican slaves. Smirking First Mate Fletcher Christian immediately grates on the nerves of William Bligh, a seasoned officer who wildly overcompensates as he takes command of a ship for the first time. Bligh is so eager to impress his superiors that he obsesses over every inch of forward momentum, and when the ship fails to approach the sort of progress he anticipated, the Captain risks the lives of his crew by taking a legendarily treacherous detour. Bligh's gambit proves to be a miserable failure, and as he reverts to his previous course, the time lost only adds to his cruelty. An accusation of theft by a crewman deserved or not, is answered with two dozen lashes. Punishments for more serious offenses, however ultimately inconsequential, cost his victims their lives.

The Bounty eventually does arrive in Tahiti, though their late arrival comes at a poor time for the breadfruit, and they're forced to stay on the island until the plants are once again able to make the journey to Jamaica. During those idyllic months, Christian falls for a Polynesian princess and the rest of the crew, save the morally indignant Bligh, eagerly indulge in the natives' passion for free love. Bligh seems to be the only man among them eager to leave. In an attempt to make up for those many months of delays, Bligh has twice the necessary number of breadfruit specimen loaded on-board, and even on a ship as sprawling as the Bounty, too much of one thing means a lack of another. These thousand plants demand more water than the ship has to offer, and deciding that the needs of the breadfruit outweigh those of his men; Bligh institutes an absurdly cruel method of rationing fresh water to the crew. Take a second glance at the film's title if you can't guess the turn the plot takes from there.

Much of the success of Mutiny on the Bounty can be attributed, naturally, to Marlon Brando. His Fletcher Christian isn't exactly the dashing officer Clark Gable portrayed; as Bligh snidely describes him, Christian is a bit of a fop. Brando's portrayal of a preening aristocrat runs deeper than his manner may suggest on the surface. There's a persistent sense that Christian's behaviour is merely an affectation; that he dons silk nightcaps and slyly provokes Bligh simply because he knows he can get away with it. Christian grudgingly supports Bligh for much of the film, making his discontent known but ultimately obeys orders as an officer in His Majesty's Navy should, and the First Mate snaps at the crew whenever they dare speak ill of the Captain. It's a rank that demands respect, and a ship without order cannot hope to function. Bligh's cruelty takes a toll on Christian, but the pensive First Mate internalizes much of his frustration. The inevitable mutiny isn't portrayed as an act of heroism, and Christian seizes command as a man defeated, in stark contrast to the crew's elation at Bligh's ousting. Bligh is undoubtedly the villain of the piece, but Mutiny on the Bounty takes care to ensure that the Bounty isn't manned by a crew of haloed martyrs. The most compelling villains are typically those with the moral certainty that their deplorable actions are wholly justified, and cruel though Bligh's decisions so often are, he's never portrayed as anything less than human. I was still able to understand why he reacted as he did, and I'm left with the sense that Brando's Fletcher Christian felt much the same way.

The film's dialogue is consistently sharp throughout. It deftly blends in just the right amount of humour, such as Christian's feigned ignorance as the stodgy captain implores him to sleep with the Tahitian king's daughter. Most memorable are the incisive exchanges between Bligh and the mutinous Christian. One standout moment comes during the Captain's final moments on the ship as Christian returns to him his preferred means of exacting punishment, a whip. "Take your flag with you." "I don't need a flag, Mr. Christian," Bligh replies. "Unlike you, I still have a country." Mutiny on the Bounty benefits as much from its epic scope as it does from Charles Lederer's screenplay. The Bounty isn't merely ornate set dressing but a character in her own right, and the hand-crafted, elaborate full-scale replica was built so fully seaworthy that it made the long voyage to the South Pacific for filming on her own power. That sense of authenticity carries over to the sequences in Tahiti, boasting an exotic beauty that a more convenient stand-in couldn't hope to replicate. For a three hour film, the pacing is surprisingly nimble, and there wasn't a moment throughout where I felt the least bit bored. Though this adaptation of Mutiny on the Bounty doesn't possess nearly the same power and resonance of the 1935 film, I greatly enjoyed the film when I first encountered it, and that high opinion hasn't dimmed since.

Blu-ray Video Quality – This presentation of Mutiny on the Bounty is sourced from a 35mm reduction rather than the original 65mm elements. That alone would be a crushing disappointment, but even by those lowered standards, Mutiny on the Bounty falls short. Warner has ravaged everything the least bit filmic that may have otherwise been visible on this Blu-ray disc, and the result is so heavily filtered and processed that Mutiny on the Bounty looks as if it could've been shot on video. Every trace of film grain has been smeared away, and most of the fine detail has been wiped away along with it. Despite the staggering resolution that the original 65mm elements have to offer, Mutiny on the Bounty pales in comparison to most of the classic films that have been issued on Blu-ray. Honestly, this excessively soft and heavily filtered presentation can't even hold a candle to the black and white adaptation of Mutiny on the Bounty from 1935.

Mutiny on the Bounty's colours are generally robust, particularly the blues of the sky and sea as well as the lush, tropical hues as the Bounty drops anchor at Tahiti. There are a fair number of moments when I felt as if its palette should be more vibrant still, again not quite managing to impress as other large format releases have on Blu-ray, but I can't say I was disappointed. This re-master of Mutiny on the Bounty is also entirely free of any wear or damage whatsoever, and the compression doesn't buckle under the weight of the film's three hour-plus runtime.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – This release of Mutiny on the Bounty boasts a six-channel, 24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. By and large, it sounds terrific. Bronislau Kaper's Oscar-nominated score roars from every speaker, sounding impressively rich and full-bodied. I'm sure it goes without saying that the lower frequencies aren't as tight and focused as a more recent production would likely be, but the subwoofer certainly makes its presence known. The surround channels are also filled with the sounds of crashing waves, creaking planks of wood, and chanting islanders. Admittedly, the film's dialogue shows some strain, and a mild hiss rears its head at times, but such concerns are easily dismissed. Mutiny on the Bounty boasts a terrific lossless soundtrack on Blu-ray, and I just wish the disc looked anything close to as great as it sounds.

Also included are German and Spanish dubs, both presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The impressively thorough selection of subtitles features streams in English SDH, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

After the Cameras Stopped Rolling: The Journey of the Bounty [24:00] This documentary opens with an explanation of why the ship was so meticulously built by hand to be fully sea-worthy and how it served as a floating movie studio during production. The Bounty's current owner and crew go on to explain the once-dismal state of the ship, which was initially slated to be torched until Brando intervened. The documentary also explores the costly restoration process and the ship's stint at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

The Story of HMS Bounty [29:00] The first of the disc's four vintage documentary is "The Story of HMS Bounty", and much of this footage will look familiar to anyone who's already given "After the Cameras Stopped Rolling" a look. Its focus is primarily on the craftsmanship of the Bounty, although it also devotes a good bit of time to the voyage to Tahiti and the nature of the shoot.

The Bounty's Voyage to St. Petersburg [25:00] The title tells you most everything you'd likely want to know, as this vintage documentary documents the Bounty's journey as she makes her way down the Eastern seaboard to Florida.

The Bounty: Star Attraction at the New York World's Fair [7:00] This promotional film takes a look at the Bounty's appearance at the '64 World's Fair. Was it at the Dupont Pavilion? Why was the bench still warm? Who had been there?

HMS Bounty Sails Again! Millions Cheer Famous Ship on Exciting Voyage [8:00] The last of these vintage documentaries documents the ship's promotional tour for Mutiny on the Bounty's theatrical release.

Prologue and Epilogue [6:00] A bookending framing story with botanist William Brown was excised from the film before its theatrical release, and although it was reinstated for a single airing on ABC, this footage had for the better part of four decades gone unseen. This Blu-ray disc includes this prologue and epilogue at an aspect ratio of 2.00:1 or so, and the footage runs around six minutes in total, it's not offered in high definition.

Trailer [4:00] Rounding out the extras is a standard definition theatrical trailer.

Finally, Warner Home Video delivers a respectable presentation for “The Mutiny on the Bounty,” a dramatization that takes some liberties with history but that proves to be a solid piece of entertainment. The special features package is mildly disappointing for its over-emphasis on the Bounty prop replica; details about the actual production would have made for a more interesting set of extras, and a stronger overall release. For those who own the 2006 DVD, the Blu-ray should prove to be a compelling upgrade given the right price point. That is why I am so proud to add this to my Blu-ray Collection, as it is an awesome epic film and will give you endless hours of viewing pleasure. HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marlon Brando, 12 May 2014
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For me this is the most memorable version - vibrant colour and sweeping spectacle .Epic! Good copy - thanks zoverstocks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bountiful Blu ray, 16 April 2014
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Stunning hd transfer of one of my favourite ocean going epics.
You know the film now get to know the blu ray.
A must upgrade with sparkling image quality with a reasonable wealth of extras.
Simple as that!!
Its region free too folks,so it will player on any player
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