Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

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Director: Christian Duguay

Cast: Christian Duguay, Leelee Sobieski, Jacqueline Bisset, Powers Boothe

     
 

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The CBS miniseries Joan of Arc comes to DVD from Artisan. The image is presented with a digitally mastered 1.78:1 transfer with 16 x 9 enhancement and the audio is offered in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound. Special features include production notes, cast information for Leelee Sobieski, Jacqueline Bisset, Powers Boothe, and more. Also includes information

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The CBS miniseries Joan of Arc comes to DVD from Artisan. The image is presented with a digitally mastered 1.78:1 transfer with 16 x 9 enhancement and the audio is offered in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound. Special features include production notes, cast information for Leelee Sobieski, Jacqueline Bisset, Powers Boothe, and more. Also includes information about director Christian Duguay, writer Michael Alexander Miller, and other members of the crew.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Presented tastefully and even reverentially, this 1999 made-for-TV film chronicles the short life of St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431), the warrior maiden who roused France to arms against the English during the Hundred Years' War. Like a rough-cut diamond, the motion picture shines but is not without flaws. For example, although Leelee Sobieski projects the purity and stubborn resolve demanded of her role as Joan, she seldom exhibits the depth or range of emotion required to reflect the inner struggle of a visionary called upon to lead a nation; her tears and anguish seem forced and staged. Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris (the erstwhile teen doctor of TV's Doogie Howser) ably portrays Charles II, the French monarch Joan defends, but the scriptwriters' characterization of Charles as a forceful, articulate wheeler-dealer who is charming and quick with the quip is off the mark. The historical Charles was a retiring, acne-ridden, immature lout who was weak and indecisive. Inaccuracies also mar the depiction of other historical characters. Nevertheless, the supporting performances of old pros Robert Loggia, Peter O'Toole, Olympia Dukakis, Peter Strauss, and Maximilian Schell are strong, investing the film with gravity and power. In addition, the battle scenes, period attire and overall medieval ambience of the film are first-rate. On the negative side, the story is unremittingly somber. Touches of humor or wit -- somewhere, anywhere -- in the 180-minute drama would have rounded Joan and her compatriots into more credible human beings and helped accentuate, by contrast, the starkness of the principal themes. Still, taken in its totality, the film is a worthy one and certainly far superior to The Messenger, an abominable revisionist version of Joan's story made one year later.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
UPC:
0012236115922
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
3:00:00

Special Features

16:9 full-screen version; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene access; Production notes; Cast & crew information

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leelee Sobieski Joan D'Arc
Jacqueline Bisset Isabelle D'Arc
Powers Boothe Jacques D'Arc
Neil Patrick Harris Charles VII
Maury Chaykin Sir Robert De Baudricourt
Olympia Dukakis Mother Babette
Jonathan Hyde Duke Of Bedford
Robert Loggia Father Monet
Shirley MacLaine Madame De Beaurevoir
Peter O'Toole Bishop Cauchon
Cliff Saunders Bertrand De Poligny
Maximilian Schell Brother John Le'Maitre
Peter Strauss La Hire
Chad Willett Jean De Metz
Ron White Actor
Jaimz Woolvett Actor
Ted Atherton Actor
Chandra Engstrom Actor
Jaroslav Fricek Actor
Robert Haley Actor
Mat Hoffman Actor
Jirina Klinkova Actor
Kristopher Lemche Actor
Greg Linnington Actor
Klara Issova Michael's Wife

Technical Credits
Christian Duguay Director
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Peter Bray Producer
Ralph Brunjes Editor
Ed Gernon Executive Producer
Pierre Gill Cinematographer
Susan Glicksman Casting
John Hay Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Joy Production Designer
Michael Alexander Miller Screenwriter
Fern Orenstein Casting
Ronald Parker Screenwriter
Benjamin Robin Makeup
Urmas Rosin Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Sussman Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Joan of Arc [5:07]
2. France Is Suffering [5:22]
3. St. Catherine's Voice [4:47]
4. "Your Best Child" [5:13]
5. Meeting Sir Robert [4:47]
6. The Maid [5:42]
7. Travel to Chinon [4:35]
8. "She Spoke to Me" [4:54]
9. Black Knights [5:00]
10. Self-Proclaimed Icon [5:46]
11. A Test [3:44]
12. Convincing Charles [5:34]
13. Eager to Believe [5:25]
14. "Wait for the Signal" [2:51]
15. No Weaknesses [9:07]
16. Battle Positions [6:32]
17. The Maid Goes Down [6:05]
18. "Break It Off" [3:21]
19. A Toast to Joan [4:51]
20. Victory [1:52]
21. King of France [4:52]
22. Crowds Are Calling [7:10]
23. Not a King [5:39]
24. Army of God [8:30]
25. Joan Goes Home [5:39]
26. The Flower of France [7:06]
27. Captured [5:59]
28. A Place in Heaven [5:38]
29. Key to Survival [3:55]
30. Produce the Accused [6:30]
31. The Trial [4:38]
32. St. Michael [5:37]
33. Rescue a Heretic [3:42]
34. A Friendly Face [2:55]
35. Burned at the Stake [8:46]
36. End Credits [1:38]

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Joan of Arc 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The memory of Joan of Arc deserves better. The movie sadly oversimplifies and modernizes the complicated situation that led to Joan of Arc's campaign against her English foes. New and useless characters are added with no basis in fact, the battle scenes are unrealistic and disappointing copies of those in the 1989 Henry V, the language used by the characters is dumbed down for a modern audience, and the Anglo-Franco-Burgundian conflict of the 15th century is simplified into a good guys vs. bad guys form. Don't watch it; you'll just waste time that could be spent better elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, Joan of Arc, has many strengths. In my opinion, its greatest, would be the portrayal of Joan's determination and commitment. That in itself makes this movie powerful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Joan of Arc, and i thought that this movie portrayed her perfectly. It wasn't cheesy, and it didn't make Joan of Arc seem like a crazed maniac. I don't care what anyone else says about this movie, i loved it. Just watch this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have never seen this movie, you need to buy it. The movie is outstanding in its interpretation of the journey of Joan of Arc. She is accurately portrayed and you can litteraly feel her feelings while watching the movie. It is very touching and extremely moving. I recommend this movie to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awsome!! Such an interesting story! Believe me, you will not be disappointed with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Indeed its a very inspiring movie of how Joan Of Arc had shown her intense FAITH to GOD. And by means of this movie its a powerful tool of bringing people closer to God.I dont look at the irrelevant of this movie as other people might say but i look at the value of this movie. I encourage people to watch it!!!!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie taught me different things. but most of all, it showed me the importance of God in my life. i never thought i would have this inner sense of pleasing the sovereign King of Heaven.truly, it's a very nice movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My French class watched this movie. It is extremely well-made, suspenseful in it's own way, and VERY moving & touching. This film's interpretation of this remarkable maiden is accurate and extraordinary! Those who chose to watch it will not be let down! Athough I love both movies and history, I am fairly critical towards accuracy, and the film was not disappointing by far! Leelee Sobieski is a spectacular portrayal of Joan! I hope you will see this film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the mini-series on TV, bought the VHS tape immediately afterward, and recently purchased the DVD (''enhanced for widescreen television''---but I watch it on my computer). This is one of the most emotionally charged movies of all time. To watch it is to weep---and you don't regret weeping afterwards. It touches the heart in a way few films ever do. Leelee Sobieski is brilliant in her interpretation of the role of Jeanne d'Arc. She is both brave and fearful. She is proud and humble. She is both assertive and shy. A complex human character compelled to embark on an extraordinary mission to fulfill her God-ordained destiny. I cannot imagine a better film of the life of Jeanne d'Arc than this one, and I cannot imagine a better actress to play the role. Totally convincing, one hundred percent inspirational, and a gem of filmmaking that deserved the silver screen, not the small one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the Elementary school, Americanized, santized version of the story of Jeanne D'Arc than this is the film for you. The directors tried so hard to squeeze so much information into two hours that it led to little to no character development and gross generalizations of the time period. Now I do admire Leelee Sobieski as an actor and in this role I believe she does a fine job, but the writers and directors did an awful job of giving her good material with which to work. The history is sketchy at best, the people all look too pretty, the warfare is hardly realistic, and then there's not even a French accent in the entire cast. How could Americans expect to carry a story well that is so quintessentially French. It doesn't even really delve into faith issues of Jeanne, the French, the English, etc. and how this dynamic medieval personality raised so many questions of people's belief system. Feel free to watch this drivel but your time and interest in this wonderful story could be spent better elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After watching this..I was happy but not enthralled. The "Messenger" version of Joan of Arc was more powerful and profounding even though some of the scenes were a little too much dramatic. This movie didnt really show it as it was during her time..where as the "Messenger" gives the full look of the 100 Years War.
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