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The Grapes Of Wrath [DVD] [1940]

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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Russell Simpson, Charley Grapewin
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Producers: Darryl Zanuck
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English, Italian, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007D5G5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,033 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Ford's adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel follows the traumatic journey made by the Joads, a dispossesed Oklahoma family who head towards California to begin a new life. When Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) returns home after being released from prison, he discovers the farmlands have been destroyed by dust storms. Seeking a better future, he leaves with his mother (Jane Darwell) and the rest of the family for California. Their journey is far from easy, however, and there is no guarantee the 'promised land' will provide the life they are hoping for.

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"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loos'd the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword, His truth is marching on." - Battle Hymn of the Republic.
In 1936, John Steinbeck wrote a series of articles about the migrant workers driven to California from the Midwestern states after losing their homes in the throes of the depression: inclement weather, failed crops, land mortgaged to the hilt and finally taken over by banks and large corporations when credit lines ran dry. Lured by promises of work aplenty, the Midwesterners packed their belongings and trekked westward to the Golden State, only to find themselves facing hunger, inhumane conditions, contempt and exploitation instead. "Dignity is all gone, and spirit has turned to sullen anger before it dies," Steinbeck described the result in one of his 1936 articles, collectively published as "The Harvest Gypsies;" and in another piece ("Starvation Under the Orange Trees," 1938) he asked: "Must the hunger become anger and the anger fury before anything will be done?"
By the time he wrote the latter article, Steinbeck had already published one novel addressing the agricultural laborers' struggle against corporate power ("In Dubious Battle," 1936). Shortly thereafter he began to work on "The Grapes of Wrath," which was published roughly a year later.
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The Grapes of Wrath is fiction based on fact, and tells the story of the Joads, turned off their land by an east coast bank, which has bought up huge tracts of farmland to turn into enormous mechanised cereal factories. Thousands of such families left Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states in the 1930s for that reason, heading west to get work in California. The novel follows the Joads' progress from naivety through hope to desperation, providing also valuable essay-type commentaries on what was going on politically and whose fault is was. The story is compelling particularly because you just can't tell if it is all going to end happily or not.

The novel is absolutely stonking, and it was after reading it that I wanted to see the film, to get some visual images based on fact rather than my imagination. In that regard I was not disappointed. I think the film captures the atmosphere very well, and I was repeatedly amazed by how what I saw on screen mapped onto what I had imagined: the landscape, the laden car, the hunger.. But what I really wanted to see was how a film maker would handle the absolutely desolate ending to the book. Answer: it was not handled at all. The film ends on an optimistic note about how all good Americans can make it through adversity, and we'll all pull together, blah blah--which is expressly not how the novel ends. I won't spoil the ending by saying too much, only that it's shocking and challenging (and you won't guess it). Read the book and you'll see what I mean. So although I give it 4 stars for what it *does* do, the film was a disappointment in the end and definitely should not be a substitute for the book. (If you don't like reading long books, get it on unabridged audio, and let someone read it to you while you drive to work).
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Altough the information on the back cover of this blu-ray just says
Audio: English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio; Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired
there are more Audio and Subtitles available. Here is an overview of them:

Available audio tracks:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
German: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Catalan: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles:
English SDH,
French,
Spanish,
Portuguese,
Japanese,
German,
Catalan,
Danish,
Dutch,
Finnish,
Italian,
Norwegian,
Swedish
Region: All Region
Perfect audio and video quality!
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An ioutstanding film mirroring the problems of the USA economy arising from the great depressionof the 1930's. California had the weather and crops and needed people whereas Oklahoma had drought and depresion. Virtually no welfare for anyone thus migrants left the dustbowl for California only to find that they were still exploited by the fruit growers who wanted to pay as little as possible to mifgrant labour. However the humanity of some Californians comes through in a moving story of an American family leaving their roots and starting a new life with hope - something Americans have in abundance. Black and white actually enhances the seriousness of the subject material. A film not to mis by anyone interested in the cinemas. Interestingly the photography was by Gregg Toland who a year later photographed one of the worlds greatest films - Citizen Kane.
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