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Duel in the Sun--Roadshow Edition [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore, Herbert Marshall
  • Directors: David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg, King Vidor, Otto Brower, Sidney Franklin
  • Writers: Ben Hecht
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2002
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059RNL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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DVD Special Features:

The Roadshow Edition includes the "Prelude", "Overture" and "Exit Music"

"Coming Soon" Teaser and Trailer
Full-length Trailer
Popular Tag--1947
Widescreen Tag--1954
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

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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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Duel in the Sun is predominantly directed by King Vidor and is produced and written by David O. Selznick who adapts (with help from H.P. Garrett & Ben Hecht) from Niven Busch's novel. It stars Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lillian Gish and Lionel Barrymore; with a huge support cast list that contains the likes of Herbert Marshall, Walter Huston, Charles Bickford & Harry Carey. The plot centres around Pearl Chavez (Jones), a half Indian girl who is orphaned after her father kills her mother and her lover. Pearl is sent to live with an old sweetheart and friend of her fathers, Laura Belle McCanles (Gish), here she becomes involved in prejudice and forbidden love that turns the McCanles family inside out.

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.
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Antirealistic, flaming, passionate, overripe... these are some of the words that come to mind when speaking of this movie. David Selznick clearly wanted to repeat the success of "Gone with the wind" with another epic, sprawling movie... He failed, but this torrid western melodrama, so excessive that it sometimes reaches true camp, has achieved cult status. Not for everyone's tastes, but shot in exquisite Technicolor and made with great style and plenty of visual symbolism. A movie which defies the sense of ridicule, but which remains strong and vigorous even today!
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2009
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"Duel in the Sun" stands like a many hued monolith floating forgotten in time and space, a vast monolith to one mans giant ego and the deification of his love. Some men left huge monuments on earth to such love, that will slowly fall to dust over the aeons. David O Selznick that Hollywood giant wrote the script and produced the film, all to showcase the beauty and talent of his second wife Jennifer Jones. The film which is also commonly remembered as "Lust in the Dust", is an exotic hymn to excess and melodrama. So much so that it is unique among westerns. The closest thing it resembles in style and energy is "Gone with the Wind", which was an ode to Selznick's first wife Irene, and can now be seen as a companion piece. Amazing what a fickle creature love can be!

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.
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A tricky film that would not stand a chance at the box office today. It was nicknamed 'Lust in the Dust' because of its overt sexuality, which was quite explicit for its day, although tame by modern standards. The acting ability of its stars just about carries it. Entertaining but somewhat trite. Worth seeing for the cinematography and the early efforts by Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck. Film quality is ok.
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This is the film were a love/hate relationship is showned at its best and on true colours and landscape elements ( red and yellow sandstone, the desert , the lizards , the cactus , the red/dark costumes of the protagonists ).
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 ) .
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