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on 4 December 2016
A Classic (capital C intended). Great performances all round, a thought provoking plot, some good twists. The film is too well know for those in my age group to go through the plot and it should come as a welcome surprise to younger viewers.
This is how films were made before they relied on lots of explosions and CGI to carry a weak production.
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on 16 April 2014
Finally it arrives on bluray and it is worth the wait. The picture is excellent and best of all the screen accomodates widescreen viewers and fills the screen, no annoying black borders. For such an old film the picture quality is nothing short of superb. Sound isn't bad either. All in all this film is worth the price.
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on 11 April 2017
Brando at his best.
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on 21 April 2017
perfect!
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on 30 April 2017
Fine. Thanks.
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on 29 April 2017
a very good film. one of my favourite films from the 1950.s.
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on 2 May 2017
timeless
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on 18 May 2017
thank u so much looks good fast service
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on 12 August 2014
Just got my UK Blu Ray copy today of this classic movie once again the UK market lose out!!!!!!!!!!! i cannot believe that Sony have dropped the fantastic audio commentary that was on the original 2001 DVD release by Brando's biographer Richard Schickel.This is not good enough what is the excuse for this all we get is the interview with director Elia Kazan,and a mastering method featurette which is at least to be expected.This film was one of Brando's classic performances and was awarded 8 Oscars one of which went to Marlon Brando,and to Kazan for direction this was one of Columbia pictures gems and has not been given the treatment it deserved.Shame on Sony i shall contact them and see what comments if any they make. Regarding the Hi Def transfer the 60 year old movie looks great but collectors and fans will be disappointed,not even any chapter points are included on the menu what on earth is going on pointless cost cutting.I will hang onto my old 2001 DVD copy because these so called film people just cant get it right hope this helps with your purchase of this Blu Ray. Mark,Wallasey,Merseyside.12/8/14.
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on 2 February 2003
In 1954, acclaimed director of "A Streetcar Named Desire", Elia Kazan collaborated with one of the finest musicians of the time, Leonard Bernstein, and possibly the most gifted and versatile actors in screen history, Marlon Brando to create a film of nearly unmatchable power and disturbing realism.
"On the Waterfront" tells the emotional story of an ex-boxer, Terry Malloy (Brando), who, after seeing the immoral and deeply wrong nature of the mafia he is working for, realises the value of life and freedom and sets about to bring the organisation down for its crimes.
A superb performance on Brando's part as well as the film's supporting actors: Eva Marie Saint, who plays the attractive young nun, Edie, who convinces Malloy to listen to his conscience and eventually find his admirable view on life: Rod Steiger, who playsMalloy's brother, Charley The Gent, who shares the fantastic taxi scene with Brando, in which the relationship of the two brothers is seen in its real light: Karl Malden, who plays the creditable town priest whose goal from the outset is to persuade the workers at the dock to rise up against the mafia and expose their evil ways: and lee J. Cobb, who plays mafia leader, Johnny friendly whose ruthless and barbaric personality is mirrored perfectly in Cobbs performance.
Bernstein's score also adds to the amazing power of the film, reflecting the fear, hatred, anger and confusion in every workers hearts and minds in the film. The famous scene where a truck threatens to run Malloy and Edie over in a remote alleyway is given a vital accompaniment of striking overscore to convey the sense of panic and terror that is so prominent in most scenes in the film.
Perhaps most astonishing of all, are the emotions the film can't help but send racing through your mind when viewing it. The savage and barbarous existence of the mafia is so infallably crafted that its very presence in the film fills the viewers heart with anxiety, dread and alarm that I am yet to see paralleled by another piece of filmwork. Also, the touching humbleness of Brando's reformed character has a unique ability of communicating to people from all walks of life, and it is this every-man quality that forms Malloy so perfectly.
8 Academy Awards very well earned and an essential and truly brilliant films in the life of cinema, which even houses one of the most famous and emotive screen lines ever "I coulda been a contender." This immortal line encapsulates the magnificance and power of one the greatest films in history.
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