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The Bounty [DVD] [1984]

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Prism Leisure
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002K0OPY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A revisionist remake of the famous maritime story. Captain William Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) is in charge of the Bounty as it endures a long and harrowing voyage across the South Seas. When the ship reaches Tahiti, and the crew go to shore in search of breadfruit, they soon become used to the island life and rebel against Bligh when he commands that they now return to England. To make matters worse, Bligh's first mate, Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson), falls in love with a native and refuses to help quell the mutiny.

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How could a film with Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day Lewis and Liam Neeson sink without trace? That was the fate of Roger Donaldson's 'The Bounty' back in 1984 when none of them were exactly box-office certainties. Indeed, the third dramatization of the British Navy's most infamous act of piracy (excluding the semi-documentary 'In the Wake of the Bounty') and is perhaps best remembered today as the flop that David Lean nearly directed before falling out with Dino De Laurentiis (UA studio boss Steven Bach infamously greenlit 'Heaven's Gate' instead of a Lean version!). It certainly deserves to be better remembered, boasting a superb screenplay by Robert Bolt (originally intended as two films: the second, dealing with the aftermath was quietly dropped after this tanked) that owes a lot more to history than previous versions despite its occasional inaccuracies.

A young Mel Gibson impresses as the weak-willed Fletcher Christian, drawn into rebelling more by place and circumstances as well as by a crew of thugs with dirty mugs than a clichéd catalogue of tyranny, but it's Anthony Hopkins' film all the way. Before his irretrievable descent into ham he was a much more restrained screen actor, and his Captain Bligh is a much more interesting creation than you suspect he'd manage today. Fighting his own demons in a permissive place that rips away the moral repressions of his crew and creates a culture of defiance and inertia that he is unable to combat by either understanding or discipline (if anything, Bligh's fault here is that he is too slack on the men for too long before disastrously overcompensating on the return voyage), the film is punctuated by images of his desperately haunted face as he is faced with the realization of his escalating failure and impotence.
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This is by far the best version the story of the mutiny on the Bounty that I have seen. It tries to dispell the myth of Bligh and portrays him as a Royal Naval officer of the period (actually fairhanded compared to contemporaries). A great cast, full of British talent (Olivier, Edward Fox, Day-Lewis, Bernard Hill and more) and Gibson was great as the infatuated Fletcher Christian. For me, Anthony Hopkins steals the film and brings Bligh back to life on screen. I found the film thoroughly convincing.
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This version of the infamous mutiny on HMS Bounty is an absolutely magnificent film. It is first class in every respect.

The camera work is wonderful - fittingly, the shots of the Tahitian shoreline and Vangelis' typically atmospheric music conjure up both an image of paradise as well as a premonition of doom.

The cast is first rate. Hopkins is on great form as Lt Bligh. Mel Gibson, not one of my favourite actors, is also great as Fletcher Christian. It would be easy to praise every single cast member - there are so many familiar faces from TV it's nice to see them in such a great film. Two worthy examples are Liam Neeson as the Irish ruffian Churchill, and Daniel Day-Lewis as a rather unpleasant John Fryer.

The action alternates between the voyage and the Admiralty hearing where Bligh has to account for his actions and persuade the Board that the loss of the Bounty was indeed a mutiny. This works vey well as the hearing is kept brief, concentrating mainly on the fateful voyage itself.

Of course, the main issue is whether Bligh led his men to mutiny by driving them too hard. In my opinion, this film treats this issue ambivalently. There are signs at the beginning that Fryer and Christian are not going to get on with Bligh - Fryer questions Bligh's route and gets sharply rebuked, while Christian refers to the voyage flippantly as a greengrocery trip, which Bligh decides to ignore. The real conflicts occur in Tahiti, where ship discipline evaporates into thin air when the men are confronted with the sensual pleasures of Tahitian life.
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Great film, the best, most fair rendition of the Mutiny (yes, I've seen the Brando/Howard and the Gable/Haughton features) to date, with wonderful acting by Hopkins (why Gibson, that sour, antipodean England-hater, gets pride of place in the queries is beyond me, but there you are). Audio quality could indeed be better, but the film is certainly not unwatchable (but then I'm not a die-hard HD aficionado). The most terrible feature is the dreadful music, which sounds so terribly dated as to be almost ridiculous. If ever the film company that owns the rights to this film should decide to restore it audiovisually, it would help very much to have the LSO can some Korngold or Shostakovich film music instead of the electronic noodlings of Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, the hellenic cross between Demis Roussos and Rasputin, aka Vangelis.
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Saw this film again this week on TV and it was a fantastic version of a really interesting story. Superb acting by Anthony Hopkins, who makes Bligh quite a sympathetic and honourable man, and Mel Gibson, who is wonderful as a young officer completely overwhelmed by new feelings and experiences whilst never losing his sense of decency and fair play. Wonderfully atmospheric music by Vangellis adds to the beauty of the film, and obviously the scenery is gorgeous. One to buy and keep as an antidote to some of the rubbish that is released on DVD these days!
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