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A Man For All Seasons (Collector's Edition) [1966] [DVD] [2007]

4.7 out of 5 stars 203 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Producers: Fred Zinnemann
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, German, Greek, Spanish, Hindi, French, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Arabic
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXS8OG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,510 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Adaptation of Robert Bolt's play about Sir Thomas More, a Catholic statesman in England who rebelled against Henry VIII's self-proclaimed status as the head of the Church of England and paid for his religious beliefs by having his head exhibited on London Bridge.

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Robert Bolt's successful play was not considered a hot commercial property by Columbia Pictures--a period piece about a moral issue without a star, without even a love story. Perhaps that's why Columbia left director Fred Zinnemann alone to make A Man for All Seasons, as long as he stuck to a relatively small budget. The results took everyone by surprise, as the talky morality play became a box-office hit and collected the top Oscars for 1966. At the play's heart is the standoff between King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw, in young lion form) and Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield, in an Oscar-winning performance). Henry wants More's official approval of divorce, but More's strict ethical and religious code will not let him waffle. More's rectitude is a source of exasperation to Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles in a cameo), who chides, "If you could just see facts flat on without that horrible moral squint." Zinnemann's approach is all simplicity, and indeed the somewhat prosaic staging doesn't create a great deal of cinematic excitement. But the language is worth savoring, and the ethical politics are debated with all the calm and majesty of an absorbing chess game. --Robert Horton

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When I first saw this film I was taken aback by its production and superb acting. I can fully understand why this won so many awards. Paul Scofield, John Hurt to name but a few. Remastered in HD. Superb.
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one of the best films available at long last
picture quality is superb, audio is excellent, and the performances wonderful all in all a magnificent disc.
don't think about it just buy it
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A classic.Stands the test of time.
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I ordered this for my Mam. She's always loved this film and when I saw it had been released again and enhanced I decided to buy her it.
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Bought for a student with an interest in the man. Did the job
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Great Edition of one of Fred Zinnemann's best pictures. The Audio commentary and music only Track of George Delerue's wonderful Score are fantastic Bonus Features on this Bluray Disc.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2008
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I remember the first time I saw this film in the mid-Sixties in Middlesbrough on a school trip. I thought it utterly wonderful, most of my classmates thought it wordy and foolish.

Sir Thomas More is played as a man of unbending conscience who depends upon his lawyerly skills to keep him from the axe (for this is England, not Spain) as such it is an evocation of the joys of hairsplitting. At times almost Shakesperarian in its language, it is a play about words and what they mean. More must seem a terribly unreal person to our present generations, but Scofield plays him very believably as a rather autistic good man who finds the foibles of others hard to accept. He is surrounded by a bevy of thespian talent. Nigel Davenport as the stentorian Duke of Norfolk, Leo McKern as the evil Cromwell, John Hurt as the man who gains all and loses all, Robert Shaw giving us a Henry VIII that (like Alec Guinesses's Charles I) sticks in the mind; and Colin Blakeney as the servant Matthew. It's a joy to behold. (And I've forgotten to mention Orson Welles and many many others).

I cannot think how many times I've seen it; please give it a shot, I think you'll enjoy it.
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I enjoyed seeing this film again. Very good acting.
The DVD arrived in time and in good condition.
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