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Shekhar Kapur's adaptation of The Four Feathers comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director and seven featurettes about the making of the film. This is a solid release from Paramount.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Shekhar Kapur; A journey from within - The Making of The Four Feathers; 7 Featurettes:; The Sounds of East and West; The Battle of Abou Clea; The Mystery of the Desert; A Historical Perspective; The Friendship of Abou Fatma; A Journey of Self-Discovery; Surviving the Prison; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby digital: English 5.1 surround/English Dolby Surround/French Dolby Surround; English subitles
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Adapted to film no less than seven times since 1915, A.E.W. Mason’s classic novel of adventure reaches the screen yet again in a sturdily mounted, gorgeously photographed version distinguished by the top-drawer performances of Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, and Kate Hudson. It gives Ledger his meatiest role to date; as Harry Feversham, the young British officer who succumbs to fear and earns the contempt of his friends, this handsome young leading man has never been better. Wes Bentley is equally good as Jack Durrance, Harry’s best friend and fellow officer, who journeys with the regiment to the Sudan, where native chieftains have rebelled against the English. Given a white feather -- the traditional symbol of cowardice -- by each of his three closest comrades and his heartbroken fianceé Hudson, Harry eventually overcomes his fear and performs feats of bravery designed to redeem himself. Director Shekhar Kapur Elizabeth goes to some lengths to shore up Mason’s casually racist story with politically correct underpinnings, but the yarn’s principal thrust remains unaffected. Extensive location shooting, thousands of extras, and superlative battle scenes make this Four Feathers the most elaborate of all, but its greatness derives primarily from the timelessness of its theme: There is no shame in being afraid, as long as you don’t allow fear to determine your actions. Kapur supplies a feature-length commentary for this deluxe DVD edition, which includes a full-blown "making of" documentary and no less than seven featurettes covering various aspects of the production.
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The redemption of Harry Feversham gets filmed for the half-dozenth time in Shekhar Kapur's lush but ultimately underwhelming The Four Feathers. A.E.W. Mason's story has some pretty non-traditional character dynamics to get used to -- its protagonist is defined by an act of cowardice, and must spend the rest of the narrative haphazardly rehabilitating his good name. Having resigned from the British army on the eve of deployment, Heath Ledger's Harry then guiltily embarks on a "mission" to the Sudan that's as reckless as his prior choice was cautious. But we're certainly justified in asking, as Harry stumbles through African prison camps in belatedly attempting to participate, whether blatant disregard for one's safety is the same as courage, or rather more like self-flagellation. The Four Feathers is particularly cruel to Harry's friend and romantic rival Jack Durrance, who does follow the codes of military conduct by which men's characters are judged, and pays the price by being blinded in action. Kapur casts Wes Bentley in order to add a sneering quality to the otherwise honorable Jack, as though subtly turning the audience against him will obscure the disservice done to his character. Kapur's palette is big, and in Ledger, he's found an actor willing to go big, to inhabit the headspace of Harry at his most defeated and desperate. But there's something wanting about this production, something that prevents it from leaving an impression despite its first-rate materials. Perhaps it's Kate Hudson as Ethne Eustace, the center of their love triangle, who serves as the best metaphor for the film's failings. Even though her character inspires ends-of-the-earth devotion from both Jack and Harry, Hudson barely registers, appearing in only a few scenes, and seeming too featherweight -- so to speak -- for a story that stabs at the soul of the British Empire.
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A rousing if retro adventure film about soldiers and honor and brotherly love. Kirk Honeycutt
New York Post
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At its best, The Four Feathers recalls the consummate craftsmanship and irony-free storytelling of Hollywood's Golden Age. Lou Lumenick

A rousing if retro adventure film about soldiers and honor and brotherly love. Kirk Honeycutt
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 097363372349
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heath Ledger Harry Feversham
Wes Bentley Lt. Jack Durrance
Kate Hudson Ethne Eustace
Djimon Hounsou Abou Fatma
Michael Sheen Trench
Lucy Gordon
Alex Jennings Colonel Hamilton
Kris Marshall Castleton
Rupert Penry-Jones Willoughby
Technical Credits
Shekhar Kapur Director
Jo Allen Makeup
Hossein Amini Screenwriter
Laurie Borg Co-producer
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Paul Feldsher Producer
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
James Horner Score Composer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Robert Jaffe Producer
Stanley Jaffe Producer
Martin F. Katz Producer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Allon Reich Executive Producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Michael Schiffer Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Gentlemen of the Royal Cumbrians
2. Harry and Ethne
3. News of War
4. "I Wish to Resign My Commission."
5. An Answer to Cowardice
6. The Sudan
7. Into the Desert
8. Abou Fatma
9. Letters for Jack
10. A Different Kind of Fear
11. Fortress of the Abou Clea
12. Mahdi Ambush
13. Blind Friend
14. Revelation From Willoughby
15. Prison of the Omdurman
16. Gift From A Visitor
17. The British Prisioners Are Dead
18. A Minute or Two With Jack
19. The Solider's Greatest Comfort
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
      Audio Options: French
      Commentary By Shekhar Kapur
      Subtitle Options: English
   Special Features
      Commentary By Shekhar Kapur
      A Journey From Within
      The Sounds of East and West
      The Battle of Abou Clea
      The Mystery of the Desert
      A Historical Perspective
      The Friendship of Abou Fatma
      A Journey of Self-Discovery
      Surviving the Prison
      Trailers
         The Four Feathers
         The Core
   Scene Selections
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For good viewing

    As a Heath Ledger fan, I found this film mediocre. It was of the British Empire at its pinnacle and equinox. It romanticesces the notion of sujugation and exploitation. I don't like that thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN AMAZING FILM

    I was blown away after seeing this movie. I absolutely loved it. The story is great, the acting is great, and the action is off the hook. This movie is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To long

    I did not like this movie...To long and very boring. Do not rent this movie or buy it. A waste of money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the Four Feathers is a Four Star

    this movie was one of my favorites. it is a war movie that is not like any other. it's the kind that makes you want to go out to the sudan and fight aalong side harry. this is a touching story about the meaning of friendship! i would recomend this movie to anyone and everyone. even people who don't like ledger will like this movie. there is only one ''scene'' and it is not that bad and you can totally fast forward it and it is not that gory violent. it is safe for most older children to see. if you have any doubts on if this would be a good movie, i hope i've erased then. this is NOT a chick flick... guys, you wilL like this movie too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a great movie!

    I think this movie is REALLY good. There was a lot of great acting here. I think Kate Hudson and Heath Ledger act really well together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Heath Ledger

    I went to see this movie.It's good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Production

    Larry D. Bohall, author of Martyr's Cry (ISBN 1591295327): I did not believe that a new production of The Four Feathers could be made that would not completely strip the story of it's non-Politically Correct essentials. I was wrong. While this is not my favorite version of the story (I'm torn between the Jane Seymour televsion version and the 1939 Ralph Richardson classic), it ranks right up there. Sweeping, beautiful, fair and honest to the original (with some simplifications thrown in to keep the plot moving), this version of The Four Feathers was a delight to watch. I was particularly struck by the screenwriter's desire to tell a story of sin/failure and redemption.

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