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on 10 October 2014
The 1937 movie is a classic and a favourite in the household. The Dispatch and Delivery was extremely prompt and arrived well in time. However, the edition is not a 2 Disc edition. It is a single disk double sided edition. The reason I purchased or rather repurchased this, thinking that this is the 2 Disc edition is that, is that the previous double sided edition, which I had purchased a while back stopped playing. (Faulty Disk).
I am a bit disappointed and apprehensive that the same problem will recur.
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on 16 June 2014
If Ruritanian swashbuckling romance is your cup of tea, these this duo of films are for you. The text of the two films is virtually identical, but I would say the acting and characterisations of the earlier film are superior. Douglas Fairbanks is excellent as the villainous Hentzau and is clearly the inspiration for the equivalent character in George Macdonald Fraser's novel 'Royal Flash' from the Flashman series. Having said that, I'm a great fan of James Mason, but somehow the fifties brylcreemed look doesn't sit too well with nineteenth century characters.
Suspend disbelief and enjoy.
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on 10 April 2014
Bought for a friend who is a big Stewart Granger fan and this was to replace a video version which had worn out.
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on 7 February 2015
Wonderful films.
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on 6 July 2011
This version of the Prisoner of Zenda is my favourite. It follows the earlier black and white version almost scene for scene but the addition of glorious technicolor and Stewart Grainger makes it superb. Grainger is perfect as the look a like of the royal prince held captive by the evil villain. Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. is also superb as Rupert of Henztau. Deborah Kerr is, I feel just a little too old as the princess but all in all the casting is great, the sword fights excellent and the scenery stunning. A great family film, highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 1 December 2002
Remember this pair (Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr) from King Solomon's Mines (1950)? Well they did it again with The Prisoner of Zenda (1952). There is all of the sward play and loyalty of the first version, plus the interaction and reaction of Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr to add to this.
For those of you who may have missed the story King Rudolf V, who is not the nicest of guys is gets drugged out of the way. Because all Kings named Rudolf look like Stewart Granger, a vacationing Englishman, who happens to be a long lost cousin, he gets to substitute for the stability of the country and to foil the bad guys (his half-brother Michael, Duke of Strelsau (Robert Douglas) form taking over. So the question is what happened to the king? Do the bad guys win or are they foiled? Who gets the girl? Who doe the girl get? And why are you reading this when you can watch the movie?
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on 1 April 2009
Vastly inferior to the The 1937 film which starred Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Not recommended, unless you are in love with the wooden Miss Kerr
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