Luchino Visconti's masterpiece, The Leopard, is now available on DVD for the first time. Featuring the complete and uncut version of the film, with fully restored picture and sound, this stunning high definition digital transfer from the film's original 70mm negative materials, overseen by the film's director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, is presented here in its original widescreen aspect ratio..
Now I understand why Burt Lancaster considered this is finest role. I appreciated that his words were dubbed in Italian. Slow careful study of a grand nobleman, the patriarch of his family. Long luxurious scenes of a huge party with royalty, townspeople and military resplendent in their uniforms. Women in sweeping dresses. Waltzes. Drowsy beautiful hot landscapes. A marvellous study of a time period and Sicilian upper class.
Burt Lancaster overdubbed in Italian (I think that was the language), with English subtitles. I couldn't put up with it.
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Really good Italian epic
- The Leopard review by Oli
Saw this great Italian epic for the first time last night and it is truly one of the best, it follows Prince Salina (Burt Lancaster) and his family amid the chaos of the Revolution, you will truly be blown away by superb cinematography and one of the best looking films for it's time. There is also a superb score by Nino Rota who of course scored the famous Godfather films. I can't say I understood all the history, politics etc. but it's a bit like 1900 by Bernardo Bertolucci (except maybe more coherant than that and certainly a lot less violent!) goes through a tough time in Italian history and contains many good themes. Burt Lancaster for me (even though he was dubbed in Italian) portrayed a superb character with a very good performance, he wants his nephew to succeed him that much is clear and he'll stop at nothing to make sure he makes the right choices for the future of the family.
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The Leopard returned this to you on 27th March. I know the mail is up the creek but 10 days
- The Leopard review by LS
Marvelous movie been wanting to see it for ages! Well worth the wait. Makes you really want to visit Sicily