Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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Director: John Madden

Cast: John Madden, Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt

     
 

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Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz star in the romantic drama Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Boasting a dazzling 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Captain Corelli's Mandolin's picture is nothing short of near perfect. Except for the slightest amount of edge enhancement in one scene, the image and color schemes are all evenly saturated and very pleasing to

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Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz star in the romantic drama Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Boasting a dazzling 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Captain Corelli's Mandolin's picture is nothing short of near perfect. Except for the slightest amount of edge enhancement in one scene, the image and color schemes are all evenly saturated and very pleasing to the eye. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English and French, as well as DTS in English. Both the Dolby 5.1 and the DTS soundtrack sound very full and expansive. Range on both of these tracks is very good with Surround Sounds utilized during many scenes, especially those containing wartime fighting or Italian music. All aspects of the soundtrack are distortion free and very bombastic. Also included on this disc are closed captions in English. Captain Corelli's Mandolin contains a few extra features that should please fans. Starting off the disc is an insightful and informative commentary track by director John Madden. While the director sometimes lapses into moments of silence, overall this is a good commentary track with many behind-the-scenes stories and information. Also included on this disc is a music video by opera singer Russell Watson for the song "Ricordo Ancor," some production notes, cast and crew information, a theatrical trailer for the film, and some DVD-ROM features for a PC computer. This isn't the most in-depth DVD ever produced, but it should satisfy those who enjoyed the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A dreamy romance set against the harsh realities of World War II, Captain Corelli's Mandolin demonstrates that love can flourish in the most difficult times and under the most unusual circumstances. Nicolas Cage portrays the eponymous officer, an Italian captain whose company occupies a small, picturesque, and strategically important Greek isle while its Nazi allies prosecute the war elsewhere. Reluctantly housed by the island's coyly antagonistic doctor (John Hurt, in top form), Corelli gradually falls in love with the physician's educated, strong-willed daughter (the luminous Penelope Cruz), whose fisherman fiancé (an oddly cast but nonetheless effective Christian Bale) has left his village to join the resisting Greek army. Of necessity, Shawn Slovo's screen adaptation condenses and simplifies Louis de Berniere's bestselling novel, stripping away much of the lengthy book's detail and texture. But director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) maintains the narrative's integrity and preserves the delicacy with which the pivotal affair evolves. Luxuriously photographed in beautiful locations, enacted with restraint and subtlety by a talented cast, Mandolin succeeds admirably in conveying the powerful emotions generated by a star-crossed romance in turbulent times. The DVD features a feature-length commentary by Madden, deleted scenes, a music video, and production notes.
Hollywood Reporter
Comes engagingly close to being the assured romantic epic you would want it to be. Mark Adams

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
UPC:
0025192137822
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
2:09:00
Sales rank:
4,891

Special Features

Feature Commentary with Director John Madden; Deleted Scenes; Russell Watson: "Ricordo Ancor" (Pelagia's Song) Music Video; Production Notes; Cast & Filmmaker Bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Capt. Antonio Corelli
Penélope Cruz Pelagia
John Hurt Dr. Iannis
Christian Bale Mandras
David Morrissey Capt. Weber
Irene Papas Drosoula
Patrick Malahide Col. Barge
Gerassimos Skiadaressis Stamatis

Technical Credits
John Madden Director
Jo Allen Makeup
Mick Audsley Editor
Tim Bevan Producer
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Liza Chasin Co-producer
Jim Clay Production Designer
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Eric Fellner Producer
Jane Frazer Co-producer
Garry Freeman Art Director
Debra Hayward Co-producer
Mark Huffam Producer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin Loader Producer
Adrian Rhodes Sound/Sound Designer
Shaila Rubin Casting
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Mary Selway Casting
Shawn Slovo Screenwriter
John Toll Cinematographer
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Our Island [6:04]
2. The Coming War [2:52]
3. Betrothed [2:55]
4. The Invaders [:20]
5. The Italian Captain [6:32]
6. Corelli's Mandolin [:10]
7. The Opera Club [5:29]
8. Something to Sing About [5:16]
9. The Turkish Bomb [:59]
10. Pelagia's Song [5:10]
11. Surrender [:51]
12. The Last Cigarette [5:14]
13. War in Cephallonia [:51]
14. The Executioners [2:54]
15. Back From the Dead [3:01]
16. The Earthquake [5:58]
17. I Can't Live Without You [:49]
18. End Titles [4:54]

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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A simply wonderful movie charactarized by extremely succesful cinematogrpahy combined with great performances by the three leading actors Cage, Cruz, and Hurt. The plot is very deep and the love story that gradualy develops is easily absorbed from the screen. The movie does a great job of portraying life on Mediterranean island exposing its simplicity and the great beauty that lies at its core.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read the book and recommended it to everyone I know I was excited to see the story on screen. The movie captures the emotions of the islanders beautifully and shows the love-hate relationship with the occupying soldiers. The movie captures well the feelings of betrayal felt by islanders and soldiers at different stages of the war. The director's commentary on the DVD gave a fascinating insight and was a chilling reminder of the destructiveness of war and the forces of nature itself. I'm not the biggest Nicolas Cage fan and I'd hate to know from an Italian how good or bad his accent was but he was credible in the role. In general the casting was very good and the use of so many locals who lived through the actual events makes it particularly vivid.