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Raintree County [All Region] [import]

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Product details

  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Format: Import, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012AZSYK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,226 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

ALL REGION DVD - HONG KONG IMPORT - NTSC - FULL SCREEN - NOT REMASTERED - 2 DVD SET.

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Format: DVD
First of all, this DVD originates from Southeast Asia, and not the USA. It appears to be copied from a VHS tape, and the picture quality is poor. The original super-widescreen process for this film (used by MGM only one more time, for "Ben Hur") had an aspect ratio of 2.55:1 but is here chopped down to 1.85:1, so there are scenes when your hear a character's voice but don't see him/her because of the butchering of the aspect ratio; they have been sliced out of the picture! The sound is miserable (it was originally in stereo in 1957). The movie is just not that great, the screenplay being its weakest aspect, but also the lumbering pace. Montgomery Clift, who suffered a devastating car accident during production and had to have his face basically totally reconstructed, felt the film was a colossal bore. It is sad to see Clift before and after the accident which shut down production on the film for a number of months. In some scenes, he is as beautiful as ever; in others, it is apparent that he cannot move the left side of his face at all (all the muscles were snapped). (Note the huge number of scenes which he is shot from the right!) For now, this is strictly a curio for die-hard fans of Taylor and Clift. Otherwise, wait for Warner Home Video (which now controls the rights) to hopefully do a decent remastering in the correct aspect ration with the original soundtrack restored. Also: the subtitles on this DVD are a hoot! English was likely a distant third or fourth language for whoever did them, and they are laugh-out-loud funny. Whenever a proper name or place in American history is spoken (like Abraham Lincoln or Fort Sumter), they simply substitute words which sound vaguely similar, but have no meaning or context whatsoever! Kind of a dadaist approach to subtitles!
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Format: DVD
It's great to have the film but the quality is not very good. It is quite faded colour quality and grainy.
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The story opens in 1859, in rural Indiana, as John and Nell (Montgomery
Clift, Eva Marie Saint) are graduating from school. Though they've been
in love for years, John is bewitched by the beautiful newcomer, Susanna
(Elizabeth Taylor), a high-strung and unstable young woman.

This 1957 film is an obvious attempt to match the grandeur of "Gone
With the Wind" and it fails miserably. It's poorly written; by trying
to include battle scenes, romance, mental illness, slavery, and good
ol' country life, it lacks focus and purpose. Taylor shrieks and wails
in her faux-Southern drawl and generally overacts the whole time,
although she does wear some spectacular gowns. Saint and Clift are a
boring couple and I didn't care about them at all. Rod Taylor and Lee
Marvin steal the show - what there is of it - with bravura
performances.

(The infamous English subtitles are annoying but hilarious, certainly written by a non-native English speaker. For example: 'Valedictorian' became 'violated Victoria.")
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