Julius Caesar

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This all-star production of Julius Caesar, featuring such stellar names as Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, John Gielgud, Diana Rigg, and Richard Chamberlain, arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. This is a fine release that will be of interest to Shakespeare aficionados, as well as to those who are fond of these great actors.
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This all-star production of Julius Caesar, featuring such stellar names as Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, John Gielgud, Diana Rigg, and Richard Chamberlain, arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. This is a fine release that will be of interest to Shakespeare aficionados, as well as to those who are fond of these great actors.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-screen version; Dolby Monaural Audio; Digitally mastered
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1970 Stuart Burge adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar merits the attention of moviegoers in spite of the weak performance by Jason Robards in the role of Brutus. Except for Robards, the cast performs admirably -- notably Charlton Heston as Antony, John Gielgud as Caesar, Richard Johnson as Cassius, Robert Vaughn as Casca, and Diana Rigg as Portia. Moreover, unlike the heralded 1953 version starring Marlon Brando, this rendering is in color -- a definite plus for young adults weaned on technical realism (though the earlier version has superior sets and art direction). The mixture of accents in the Burge production -- some British, some American -- does not mar the film. After all, there were regional Latin accents in the time of Caesar and regional English accents in the time of Shakespeare. Heston brings power and magnetism to his Antony performance, and his interpretation of the famous funeral oration ("Friends, Romans, countrymen . . . ") is particularly good. On the other hand, Robards' portrayal of Brutus lacks vigor and depth. That he got the role over others -- reportedly, both Orson Welles and Vaughn wanted it -- is a shame, since Brutus is one of the most important characters in the play, if not the most important. Nevertheless, Burge's overall production is a good one, capable of satisfying Shakespeare aficionados, students, and the general public.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • UPC: 017153149654
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Marc Antony
Jason Robards Jr. Brutus
John Gielgud Julius Caesar
Richard Johnson Cassius
Robert Vaughn Casca
Richard Chamberlain Octavius Caesar
Diana Rigg Portia
Jill Bennett Calpurnia
Christopher Lee Artemidorus
Alan Browning Marullus
Norman Bowler Titinius
Andrew Crawford Volumnius
David Dodimead Lepidus
Peter Eyre Cinna The Post
Derek Godfrey Decius Brutus
Michael Gough Metellus Cimber
Paul Hardwick Messala
Laurence Harrington Carpenter
Thomas Heathcote Flavius
Robert Keegan Lucilius
Preston Lockwood Trebonius
John Moffatt Popilius Lena
Andre Morell Cicero
David Neal Cinna The Conspirator
Steven Pacey Lucius
John Tate Clitus
Alba The Soothsayer
Christopher Cazenove Servant to Antony
Robin Chadwick Servant to Octavius
Edwin Finn Publius
Derek Hardwick 3rd Plebian
Ewan Hooper Strato
Ken Hutchison
Michael Keating
David Leland Plebians
Ronald Magill Servant to Caesar
Ron Pember Cobbler
Linbert Spencer
Roy Stewart Lepidus's Slave
Damien Thomas Pindarus
Michael Wynne 4th Plebian
Technical Credits
Stuart Burge Director
Robin Archer Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Boyd-Perkins Editor
Robert Furnival Screenwriter
Ken Higgins Cinematographer
Michael J. Lewis Score Composer
Michael Lewis Score Composer
Cedric Messina Producer
Julia Trevelyan Oman Production Designer
Maurice Pelling Art Director
Eric Boyd Perkins Editor
Cliff Sharpe Makeup
Peter Snell Producer
Anthony B. Unger Executive Producer, Producer
Henry T. Weinstein Executive Producer, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue/Main Title [4:07]
2. Beware the Ides of March [4:24]
3. The Eye Sees Not Itself [5:23]
4. It Was Greek to Me [5:58]
5. What Trash Is Rome [4:29]
6. O Conspiracy [6:25]
7. The Bond of Marriage [3:57]
8. Say He Is Sick [8:36]
9. Et Tu Brute? [8:04]
10. The Bleeding Business [6:57]
11. The Dogs of War [2:39]
12. I Slew Him [5:18]
13. Friends, Romans, Countrymen [11:53]
14. Prick Him Down, Antony [1:43]
15. Ill Beginning of the Night [10:45]
16. This Monstrous Apparition [1:20]
17. Words Before Blows [6:51]
18. Caesar Thou Art Revenged [10:27]
19. My Hour Has Come [5:11]
20. End Credits [1:02]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the Hunter/Heston version, not the Brando one

    Don't confuse this version directed by David Bradley with the one directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Marlon Brando and Jason Mason. Still, this version is noteworthy of sorts as its the film debuts of Jeffery Hunter and Charleton Heston. This version is OK, but I never thought this was one of old Will Shakespeare's best work ... and even the Mankiewicz (considered the best) was a bit talky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    Classic Heston

    Heston curls toes with his version of the honorable men speech and makes the entire film a triumph, despite a rather card board performance by Robards as Brutus.

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