From Here to Eternity

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Overview

Though not labeled a special edition, From Here to Eternity does have a number of supplemental features. Unfortunately, the sum of the parts doesn't equal the whole. A two-minute "making of" featurette doesn't amount to much and a slightly longer excerpt from "Fred Zinnemann: As I See It" doesn't go into much detail about this talented director. It does feature some nice behind-the-scene shots in color, but the majority is simply sequences from the film intercut with interviews from Zinnemann. The main point of ...
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Overview

Though not labeled a special edition, From Here to Eternity does have a number of supplemental features. Unfortunately, the sum of the parts doesn't equal the whole. A two-minute "making of" featurette doesn't amount to much and a slightly longer excerpt from "Fred Zinnemann: As I See It" doesn't go into much detail about this talented director. It does feature some nice behind-the-scene shots in color, but the majority is simply sequences from the film intercut with interviews from Zinnemann. The main point of interest, though, is a thoughtful commentary track from Tim Zinnemann (the director's son) and Alvin Sargent, a collaborator with Fred Zinnemann and actor in this film. In addition, there are three theatrical trailers and incomplete filmographies for the cast and crew. The image, which is shown at the theatrical full frame ratio of 1.33:1, looks very good, but is far from perfect. The film, made in 1953, is showing its age, and it's possible a little more restoration work could have made it look even better. As for the sound, the English Dolby Digital track is in stereo and sounds adequate for this type of film. Granted, a little more range would be preferred, but isn't expected. In addition to English there are also soundtracks in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, with subtitles in those languages plus Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Overall, this Oscar-winning film has received a nice treatment on DVD.
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Special Features

Audio commentary from Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent; Featurette: "The Making of From Here to Eternity"; Excerpt from "Fred Zinnemann: As I See It"; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies; Production notes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
There were few movies greeted with more anticipation than Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity when it opened in 1953. Adapted from one of the best-selling novels of the previous 10 years, it was a film for which everyone had high expectations. It lived up to all of them and then some, adding a new level of violence and frankness to popular dramatic films just when the public was ready to accept these elements though the movie couldn't even hint at an aspect that James Jones' novel mentioned almost at its outset: the homosexual advances that Pruett parried from his former sergeant, resulting in his transfer to a rifle company. Burt Lancaster, who'd previously established himself as a hero-victim in a series of films noirs made under the auspices of Universal and as a costume hero in a pair of Warner Brothers period adventure films The Flame And The Arrow, The Crimson Pirate, transformed himself into the quintessential macho leading man with his performance; Montgomery Clift gave the performance of his life as Robert E. Lee Pruett, unwilling boxer and trumpet player; ex-navy enlisted man Ernest Borgnine dominated every scene he was in as Sgt. Judson, the most vicious enlisted man seen on screen in a mainstream American movie up to that time; Deborah Kerr, previously known for her plucky, lady-like roles, got to play an unabashedly sexual woman, and a married one at that; Donna Reed, cast against type as the prostitute with delusions of her own, gave the most honest and wrenching performance of her career; and Frank Sinatra, cast against all prevailing wisdom in Hollywood and beating out Eli Wallach for the choicest supporting role in Hollywood that year, became a great actor overnight as the doomed Maggio. Even Merle Travis, a veritable god among guitar players but an anonymous figure to most filmgoers, got a memorable scene and song "Re-Enlistment Blues" out of the film. From Here to Eternity raised the bar for realism and the genuine, jagged, if ugly side of life in war movies, and in movies in general. Bruce Eder
All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
There were few movies greeted with more anticipation than Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity when it opened in 1953. Adapted from one of the best-selling novels of the previous ten years, it was a film for which everyone had high expectations. It lived up to all of them and then some, adding a new level of violence and frankness to popular dramatic films just when the public was ready to accept these elements. However, the movie couldn't even hint at an aspect that James Jones' novel mentioned almost at its outset: the homosexual advances that Pruett parried from his former sergeant, resulting in his transfer to a rifle company. Burt Lancaster, who'd previously established himself as a hero-victim in a series of films noirs made under the auspices of Universal and as a costume hero in a pair of Warner Bros. period adventure films The Flame and the Arrow, The Crimson Pirate, transformed himself into the quintessential macho leading man with his performance; Montgomery Clift gave the performance of his life as Robert E. Lee Pruett, unwilling boxer and trumpet player; ex-navy enlisted man Ernest Borgnine dominated every scene he was in as Sgt. Judson, the most vicious enlisted man seen onscreen in a mainstream American movie up to that time; Deborah Kerr, previously known for her plucky, lady-like roles, got to play an unabashedly sexual woman, and a married one at that; Donna Reed, cast against type as the prostitute with delusions of her own, gave the most honest and wrenching performance of her career; and Frank Sinatra, cast against all prevailing wisdom in Hollywood and beating out Eli Wallach for the choicest supporting role in Hollywood that year, became a great actor overnight as the doomed Maggio. Even Merle Travis, a veritable god among guitar players but an anonymous figure to most filmgoers, got a memorable scene and song "Re-Enlistment Blues" out of the film. From Here to Eternity raised the bar for realism and the genuine, jagged, if ugly side of life in war movies, and in movies in general.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • UPC: 043396053199
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Español, Français, Portugais
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,309

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Sgt. Milton Warden
Montgomery Clift Robert E. Lee Prewitt
Deborah Kerr Karen Holmes
Donna Reed Alma Lorene
Frank Sinatra Angelo Maggio
Ernest Borgnine Sgt. "Fatso" Judson
Philip Ober Capt. Dana Holmes
Mickey Shaughnessy Sgt.Leva
Harry Bellaver Mazzioli
Jack Warden Cpl. Buckley
John Dennis Sgt. Ike Galovitch
Merle Travis Sal Anderson
Tim Ryan Sgt. Pete Karelsen
Arthur Keegan Treadwell
Barbara Morrison Mrs. Kipfer
Jean Willes Annette
Claude Akins Sgt. Baldy Thom
Robert Karnes Sgt. Turp Thornhill
Robert J. Wilke Sgt. Henderson
Douglas Henderson Cpl. Champ Wilson
George Reeves Sgt. Maylon Stark
Don Dubbins Friday Clark
John Cason Corporal Paluso
Kristine Miller Georgette
John Bryant Capt. Ross
Mack Chandler
John Davis
James Jones
Weaver Levy Bartender
Patrick Miller
Allen Pinson
Joe Roach
Joseph Sargent
John Patrick Veitch
William Lundmark Bill
Louise Saraydar
Guy Way
Mary Carver Nancy
Freeman Lusk Col. Wood
Tyler McVey Maj. Stern
Fay Roope Gen. Slater
Delia Salvi Billie
Alvin Sargent Nair [uncredited]
Joan Shawlee Sandra
Angela Stevens Jean
Brick Sullivan Military Guard
Carleton Young Col. Ayres
Willis B. Bouchey Lieutenant Colonel
Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Buddy Adler Producer
Earl Bellamy Asst. Director
Mushy Callahan Consultant/advisor
Clay Campbell Makeup
Lodge Cunningham Sound/Sound Designer
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
George Duning Score Composer
Brig.Gen. Kendall J. Fielder Consultant/advisor
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
James Jones Songwriter
Freddy Karger Songwriter
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
Robert Wells Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- From Here to Eternity
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:15]
2. Sgt. Warden [6:56]
3. Mrs. Holmes [1:42]
4. Holmes' sweet home [1:51]
5. The company boxers [3:05]
6. The Treatment [4:08]
7. Rainy day woman [10:41]
8. The Princess Lorene [4:51]
9. On the beach [6:22]
10. Prewitt's story [3:37]
11. "Re-enlistment Blues" [:37]
12. In the gym [3:31]
13. "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" [2:59]
14. Gonna cut his heart out [1:59]
15. The Kalakaua Inn [6:56]
16. Waiting for a movie star [3:20]
17. "Hello, tough monkey." [2:57]
18. Two couples with plans [:29]
19. prewitt vs. Galovitch [:17]
20. Two bumps in the road [9:48]
21. "I escaped." [6:31]
22. "Taps" [4:07]
23. A word with Fatso [1:54]
24. Holmes resigns [2:22]
25. December 7, 1941 [4:18]
26. Warden shoots back [5:41]
27. Prewitt's return [4:03]
28. Returning stateside [4:32]
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Menu

Side #1 -- From Here to Eternity
   Play Movie
   Audio Set Up
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary with Tim Zinnemann (Director's Son) and Al Sargent On
      Audio Commentary with Tim Zinnemann (Director's Son) and Al Sargent Off
      Featurette: The Making of From Here to Eternity
      Excerpts From Fred Zinnemann: "As I See It"
      Theatrical Trailers
         From Here to Eternity
         The Guns of Navarone
         Bridge on the River Kwai
      Filmographies
         Fred Zinnemann (Director)
         Daniel Taradash (Screenwriter)
         Burt Lancaster
         Montgomery Clift
         Deborah Kerr
         Donna Reed
         Frank Sinatra
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    World war II story

    Great historical significance with setting in Honolulu, Hawaii leading up to and including the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    Outstanding cast with very special performances by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, & Frank Sinatra. Interesting tidbit is this is the movie referred to (or at least implied) in the Godfather ... i.e., "This movie, this role will make him a big star". The particular Godfather scene is in Hollywood where Robert Duvall has been sent to meet with movie mogul (Walsh) to discuss Johnny Fontaine.

    Brings back a lot of memories with young stars & starlets and depiction of Hawaii before the boom years of the nineties.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Unforgettable

    I was only familiar with the perfume and the ad carrying the same name and cover picture. But this story is beyond the beauty and scent; it touches one's heart. Both the story and the performance are unforgettable - a true classic masterpiece!

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Very Convincing First Sergeant

    This is a case of an outstanding movie being adapted from a great book. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY presents a realistic portrait of army life in Hawaii immediately before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film features strong performances by Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine and Montgomery Clift. An extremely competent supporting cast includes Jack Warden, Philip Ober and Mickey Shaughnessy. Burt Lancaster makes a convincing first sergeant. One who is running the show and is full of knowledge about how the army really works. He also has good instincts when it comes time to act as he demonstrates in the showdown with the sadistic ''Fatso'' played by Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine himself is exceptional in his most famous impersonation of a villain. Frank Sinatra definitely deserves his Oscar in the role of the defiant Maggio. However, after seeing Lee Marvin play a drunk it is hard to appreciate any other actor's attempt compared with Marvin's portrayal in PAINT YOUR WAGON. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY was a relatively low-budget production but it still managed to receive five Academy Awards and eight nominations.

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