The Leopard (Blu-ray) (1963)

The Leopard (Blu-ray)
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Mild violence, mild themes

Director: Luchino Visconti
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Romolo Valli, Ottavia Piccolo, Paolo Stoppa, Pierre Clementi, Giuliano Gemma, Carlo Valenzano, Brook Fuller, Anna Maria Bottini, Lucilla Morlacchi, Ida Galli, Rina Morelli, Terence Hill

Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento—when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancιe (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece.

This release boasts a stunning new high definition digital transfer from the original 70mm negative materials, with restored image and sound, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno and is presented in its original wide screen aspect ratio.

DVD
Status: LongWait
Run time: 187mins
Origin: FRANCE
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital
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Member Reviews (1)

Brad M
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One of the best reasons to own a Blu-Ray player as this film looks incredible; the costumes, interiors, stunning landscapes all look incredible in this amazing transfer. The film itself is also 5 stars - it's long at about 3 hours, subtitled (though it baffles me that this is a problem for some people still) though what is there is a beautifully shot, acted and paced film that The Godfather trilogy borrows extensively from, stylistically and thematically. Delon and Cardinale are great, but Lancaster as the title character, is incredible, and gives one of his best performances as the ageing Prince; the last hour as he ponders his own existential crisis in such an important historical periods is screen acting at its finest. One of the best films ever made.
Posted Wednesday, 21 December 2011 See my other reviews
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