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Archie Moore, Ralph Taeger, Martin Balsam, Lew Ayres, Elizabeth Ashley, Martha Hyer, Robert Cummings, Carroll Baker, Alan... 04/22/2003 DVD Good 1964 Run time: 150. Disc has ... MINIMAL TO NO SCRATCHES. We pack all items in a protected and padded bubble mailer or a box designed to protect your item! Your item deserves more than just some plastic bag! Read more Show Less

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Edward Dmytryk's The Carpetbaggers comes to DVD without any extras, just a decent transfer on a minimally programmed disc. The 1964 movie, produced by Joseph E. Levine, opens with a rather unpromising credit sequence but gets rather better looking once the action starts. The sharpness is still not great in the wide shots, but the close-ups do look sensational, and the DVD avoids the transfer anomalies inherent in the old laserdisc edition from the early 1990's -- the letterboxed image (2.35-to-1) does show off a beautiful production design in many of the interior shots, especially those depicting the Cord household; the shot of Alan Ladd leaving George Peppard's company down that enormous staircase is worth the price of the disc by itself, and the image 34 minutes in (and a similar shot 55 minutes in) of Carroll Baker with her legs stretched out is one of the glories of 1960's Panavision. The disc has been given a paltry 15 chapters, which is hardly adequate for a 150 minute movie that is as episodic as this one. The DVD goes to its simple three-choice two-layer menu automatically on start-up, with the "play" option in the defau
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Restored Mono, French Mono
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One of the most popular pulp novels of the early 1960s was Harold Robbins' The Carpetbaggers, a steamy mix of power, sex, business, and Hollywood. The 1964 movie version was directed by Edward Dmytryk and had an introduction by Joan Collins. Many consumers didn't realize that the playboy-tycoon protagonist played by George Peppard was a parody of Howard Hughes. In this telling, Peppard's friend is a silent film cowboy named Nevada Smith, played by Alan Ladd in his last film role. Carroll Baker has the lead female role. It's a glossy, pandering feast of Hollywood melodrama that succeeds brilliantly in its acerbic portrait of its principal character. Two years later, a prequel called Nevada Smith was released, with Steve McQueen taking Ladd's part; it bombed. But The Carpetbaggers remains a symbol of the heyday of the Hollywood blockbuster.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • UPC: 097360631548
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Peppard Jonas Cord, Jr.
Alan Ladd Nevada Smith
Martha Hyer Jennie Denton
Elizabeth Ashley Monica Winthrop
Carroll Baker Rina Marlowe
Lew Ayres "Mac" McAllister
Martin Balsam Bernard B. Norman
Ralph Taeger Buzz Dalton
Archie Moore Jedediah
Leif Erickson Jonas Cord, Sr.
Arthur Franz Morrissey
Tom Tully Amos Winthrop
Audrey Totter Prostitute
Anthony Warde Moroni
Charles Lane Denby
Tom Lowell David Woolf
John Conte Ed Ellis
Vaughn Taylor Doctor
Francesca Bellini Cynthia Randall
Victoria Jean JoAnn Cord
Don "Red" Barry Sound Man
Lynn Borden Starlet
Frankie Darro Bellboy
Donald Diamond Gambler
Ann Doran Woman Reporter
Peter Duryea Assistant Director
Gladys Holland French Nurse
Tony Regan Theater Manager
Lisa Seagram Moroni's Secretary
Joe Turkel Reporter
Robert Cummings Dan Pierce
Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Frank Bracht Editor
Frank Caffey Producer, Production Designer
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Tyler Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [2:27]
2. The Legend of Jonas Cord [11:37]
3. New Head of the House [12:43]
4. Hidden Pasts [10:16]
5. Cornering the World [12:03]
6. Monica's Dare and Rina's Return [9:47]
7. The Picture Business [11:26]
8. Hotel Babies [3:12]
9. Completely No Good [6:24]
10. Studio Worries [13:12]
11. Bernard Norman's Revenge [4:39]
12. Beyond Human Help [3:29]
13. Replaying Old Scenes [12:18]
14. Pandora's Box [10:21]
15. The Truth From Max Sand [5:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Restored Mono
      Audio Options: French
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "A man is judged by what's in his head, not in his bed."

    Great-bad movies are fun because they're so inane it's impossible to tell whether the filmmakers themselves realized they were creating trash--and decided to make it as beautifully sordid as trash can be--or if they truly thought they were turning out a serious picture, and were totally surprised when the audiences laughed in all the wrong places. Great-bad movies are entertaining because they're so bad, they're good everything in them is so extreme, so hollow, so overdone that instead of just run-of-the-mill, respectably mediocre failures, they turn out to be in their own way, unforgettable--impressive in the extent of their awfulness. In the first half of the Sixties, one film towered above all others as the era's most enjoyably terrible film, and that was Joseph E. Levine's "The Carpetbaggers", one of the biggest moneymakers of 1964. "The Carpetbaggers" emerged as a kind of off-color comic book for adults, with ugly undercurrents of drama that meant nothing and led nowhere. Worst of all was the decision to make Jonas Cord, the heel of a non-hero, repentant at the finale, as compared to the far more realistic and meaningful situation of the very believable Sixties heel, Hud Bannon, who appeared more alienated at the end at the end than at the beginning of that film. "The Carpetbaggers" delivered none of the scintillating between characters its heavy advertising campaign promised, but it did provide viewers with some astonished chuckles at the seriousness with which these ridiculous (but entertaining, if you were in the mood to go slumming) antics were carried on. The movie grossed millions because people paid to see if it was as smutty as the book by Harold Robbins. It wasn't. Carroll Baker, who portrays platinum blonde bombshell Rina Marlowe (in a dry run for her title role in the following year's mega-bomb "Harlow") manages the not-inconsiderable feat of coming across the screen as utterly sexless. George Peppard, who portrays the head heel, went on to better things alas Alan Ladd (whose last movie this was) did not. [filmfactsman]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    it sucked

    this is a horrible movie it sucked so bad no body should see it i hated it

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