Duel in the Sun--Roadshow Edition [DVD]
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DVD Special Features:
The Roadshow Edition includes the "Prelude", "Overture" and "Exit Music"
"Coming Soon" Teaser and Trailer
Biographies: Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten, Lionel Barrymore, David O. Selznick, King Vidor
Comment from Martin Scorsese and Gregory Peck
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 full frame
Dolby Digital Mono
Before creating Duel in the Sun, legendary producer David O Selznick dreamed of making another magnum opus like his 1939 production of Gone with the Wind; he also proposed to make Jennifer Jones, his ladylove then second wife, a megastar. Thus Duel in the Sun (Lust in the Dust to some) was created as an extravagant Technicolor epic about the collision of the old West with the new, offering wide-open spaces with railroads and barbed wire, and juxtaposing character traits such as hot-blooded outlaws alongside civilised folk who are often wimpy or unwell. The film begins among giant rocks drenched in a blood-red sunset, with velvet-voiced Orson Welles intoning the legend of doomed Pearl Chavez and her demon lover; Duel in the Sun never strays far from lush romanticism, spiced with a dash of S/M. The cast is huge (a lubriciously wicked Gregory Peck, Lillian Gish, Joseph Cotton, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Herbert Marshall, Charles Bickford, Butterfly McQueen) and there are unforgettable set pieces, the most notable being the lovers' final shootout among those red rocks, as orgiastic a finale as you could ask for. --Kathleen Murphy, Amazon.com
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David O. Selznick had hoped to recreate, even surpass, the success he had had with Gone With the Wind 7 years previously, only in a Western setting. Plagued with controversy both on and off the screen, the film, in spite of poor reviews, was a box office hit. Tho it's believed that due to high production costs and a cash driven advertising campaign, that the film ultimately only broke about even. The controversy on the screen stemmed from the sexual nature of the story, something that earned the film its famous "Lust In The Dust" nickname. Yet were it not for the Hays Code censors and religious review boards, the film would have been far more controversial, out went rape and a downplaying of the overt sexuality that existed prior to the cuts. Off screen controversy came in the form Selznick's relationship with Jones, a coupling that would break up both their respective marriages. The role of Pearl was originally meant for Hedy Lamarr, and even Teresa Wright was lined up too, but both women fell pregnant.Read more ›
The story features Peck and Cotton as Cain and Abel brothers fighting for the affections of the beautiful half blooded Mestiza, Pearl Chavez. They also fight against their crippled patriarchal father Lionel Barrymore, who sees his cattle empire threatened with the coming of the railroad. Pearl wants to be a good girl, but she just can't help herself. She is drawn to the dark side and the dubious charms of Peck's very bad Lewt McCandles. Straight laced good brother Joseph Cotton has no chance. We head to one of the most preposterous and melodramatic screen endings of all time. Almost so bad it has to be good. Move over all those Japanese Godzilla movies!
Jennifer Jones gives a totally demented performance as the girl torn between good and evil, and eventually but unsurprisingly succumbs to her passions. Selznick with huge reservoirs of manic energy held the whole creaking giant together. King Vidor directs with a sultry vision that led to moral outrage on the films release.Read more ›
Here the love is really love , the hate is really hate . Look at it on the eyes of Jennifer Jones . What an amazing performance this is !
And it could show us that a movie could be done without explicit sex scenes , and yet is one of the sexiest movies made until now , it's all lush and desire . A masterpiece of the cinema, a visual treat !
A love proof from a producer ( David O'Selznick ) to his muse and wife ( Jennifer Jones ) .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The film is a 5-Star western classic. My vote is aimed at Amazon; Who's in charge of checking film information? This has an advertised run-time (on the webpage) of 129'. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ess Ess
Very pleased with seller. Was a bit borednwith the film had'nt seen it in years and i guess my tastes have changed. Many thanks.Published 4 months ago by Brian Armstrong
They don't make them like this any more brilliant film what a lovely actress Jennifer Jones was. Also first class picture on dvd thanks
I brought them has a reminder of my mum faveriot, love stories has i lost her in febuary.Published 16 months ago by peter sharmen
Gregory Peck in a most gruesome role. Good scenery and horse action. I bought it to see Lillian Gish. The two main characters end in tradegy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. R. Kimberley
This is better known as Lust in he Dust, Gregory Peck is the sexy bad boy and smoulders as he never did again in his long career while Jones as a half cast Indian girl gives us her... Read morePublished 21 months ago by W. Russell
This is a poorly scripted and over-rhetorical film with doubtful sexual and racial attitudes both to native Americans and Black Americans. The leads keep it alive.Published on 14 Mar. 2014 by Prof Michael P Hoey