The Conqueror [DVD]
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Set in 13th century Asia, this lavish epic historical adventure film stars John Wayne as Mongol chieftain Temujin, better known as Ghengis Khan. Susan Hayward co-stars as Bortai, the Tartar princess who is captured by Ghengis Khan and eventually falls in love with him.
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Stilted dialogue aside, The Conqueror is a quite spectacular, action packed epic, which makes excellent use of the panoramic Utah locations. This was R.K.O.'s first and only use of CinemaScope, under licence from 20th Century-Fox, a fact that irked Howard Hughes so much that he ordered the developement of his own widescreen lens, Superscope and, subsequently, Superscope 235 (RKO Scope in its 2:1 aspect ratio variant), the latter still being in use today in the form of Super 35, James Cameron's favourite format.
The plot takes a few liberties with history, but not nearly so many as Irving Allen's 1965 version, Genghis Khan, which starred Omar Sharif.Read more ›
Second, 13 week of this 1956 movie week spent filming in Utah a bit more than 100 miles from the site of a nuclear testing ground in Nevada and the set was contaminated by nuclear fallout from 11 blasts in 1953. After location shooting was concluded, producer Howard Hughes paid to have 60 tons of dirt shipped back to Hollywood so it could be used to match interior shootings. Of the 220 persons who worked on "The Conqueror" at least 91 had contracted cancer by the early 1980s and over half that number died of it, including stars Wayne, Hayward, and Morehead, and director Dick Powell (Armendáriz committed suicide when learning he was terminally ill). Statistically speaking out of a group that size only 30 people should end up with cancer.Read more ›
I would have thought that manufactures would have given up on 4:3 aspect ratio by now , but we still get them churned out.
The print is good and its an enjoyable film even though a bit dated acting wise.
Even channel four was able to transmit it in HD and 2.35:1( 16:9 widescreen version.) so why not on DVD.
Initially panned by the critics in 1956, and subsequently withdrawn by Hughes until after his death, this movie has much going for it, a great cast, an original story and great scenery.
The only negative would be that Wayne is typcast as a cowboy in manyh peoples minds, and playing a Mongol Warlord may not imediatley suit his style. However, I found that after the first few minutes you realise that wayne is actually carrying it off.
I would recommend you give this film a viewing.
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John Wayne as a mogul don't get more strange than this. Believe is or not he pulls it off. Great movie not too great of a blu ray transfer. Still well woth the money.Published 19 months ago by Flicky Ricky