Helen of Troy
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Helen of Troy

Director: Robert Wise

Cast: Robert Wise, Rossana Podestà, Jacques Sernas, Cedric Hardwicke

     
 

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Robert Wise's sweeping historical epic Helen of Troy gets a DVD release -- timed to coincide in part with Wolfgang Petersen's similarly themed 2004 summer blockbuster, Troy -- that preserves the film's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.55:1. An English soundtrack has been remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in

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Robert Wise's sweeping historical epic Helen of Troy gets a DVD release -- timed to coincide in part with Wolfgang Petersen's similarly themed 2004 summer blockbuster, Troy -- that preserves the film's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.55:1. An English soundtrack has been remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. The solid picture and impressive sound make this disc highly recommended to fans of '50s epics.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Lavishly appointed and filled with a cast of seeming thousands, Helen of Troy doesn't disappoint in the budget but does fall rather flat in the drama department. For those who enjoy scenes of hundreds of period-clad Greek warriors fighting with spears and shields and all manner of other ancient weaponry, Helen will not disappoint. But for those who demand an intelligent and literate screenplay, or a witty one, or even one which just captures one's interest and keeps one engaged, Helen is rough going. Turgid is the best word for the writing, followed by boring. Better epic films have been formed from such screenplays, of course, but director Robert Wise is not able to pull off that trick here. Wise frames his pictures beautifully, and he knows how to choreograph a fight scene, how to make sure the audience knows where to look and who to see. But in Helen, he doesn't use his dramatic sense to make all of this add up to something worth seeing, something worth following; as a result, Helen plods along. As the title character, Rossana Podesta is truly a stunner in the looks department; she is rather more pedestrian in the acting area. Ditto for Jacques Sernas. There is some good work from the supporting cast, but not enough.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
UPC:
0085392462827
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Three vintage making-of "Behind the Cameras" segments; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rossana Podestà Helen of Troy
Jacques Sernas Paris
Cedric Hardwicke Priam
Stanley Baker Achilles
Niall MacGinnis Menelaus
Robert Douglas Agamemnon
Nora Swinburne Hekuba
Torin Thatcher Odysseus
Harry Andrews Hector
Ronald Lewis Aeneas
Brigitte Bardot Andraste
Marc Lawrence Diomedes
Maxwell Reed Ajax
Robert Brown Polydorus
Barbara Cavan Cora
Patricia Marmont Andromache
Guido Notari Nestor
Tonio Selwart Alephous
George Zoritch Dancer
Esmond Knight High Priest
Jeanette Scott Cassandra
Terence Labrosse Patroclus
Eduardo Ciannelli Andros

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Edward Carrere Art Director
Roger Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Gray Screenwriter
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
N. Richard Nash Screenwriter
Madi Obolensky Choreography
Thomas Reilly Editor
Max Steiner Score Composer,Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture [5:36]
2. Credits [1:51]
3. Mission to Sparta [2:34]
4. Cassandra's Unease [3:09]
5. Stormy Seas [2:56]
6. Aphrodite Exists [3:35]
7. Getting to Know Helen [4:26]
8. Magic of the Moonlight [2:26]
9. Defensive Aggression [1:41]
10. Test of Strength [6:31]
11. Trojan Impudence [1:35]
12. No Words for Menelaus [3:16]
13. Escape [1:01]
14. Two Men, Two Women [3:59]
15. Plunge Into Peril [3:36]
16. War of Honor [2:41]
17. North to Troy [1:52]
18. New Name [2:25]
19. A Father's Rebuke [3:16]
20. Cowardice of Numbers [2:51]
21. Readying for War [3:14]
22. Face That Launched 1000 Ships [1:20]
23. Siege of Troy [3:18]
24. Retreat [5:51]
25. Fallen Hero [2:16]
26. Years of Stalemate [1:23]
27. Made Immortal [1:48]
28. Helen's Choice [1:51]
29. Greek Treachery [4:53]
30. Hector Vs. Achilles [7:10]
31. Arrow's Mark [3:33]
32. Huge Sacred Horse [1:33]
33. Beware the Greeks [2:09]
34. Night of Revelry [5:07]
35. Invaders From Within [2:25]
36. Royal Family Captured [4:20]
37. Blood Shed and Shared [2:24]
38. Not Goodbye [3:38]

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