The Mark

Overview

Guy Green's psychological drama The Mark comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Green, a second commentary track recorded by lead actor Stuart Whitman, a photo gallery, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a strong disc from VCI that should interest ...
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Overview

Guy Green's psychological drama The Mark comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Green, a second commentary track recorded by lead actor Stuart Whitman, a photo gallery, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a strong disc from VCI that should interest fans of older films.
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Special Features

Commentary with director Guy Green; Commentary with starring actor Stuart Whitman; The 2000 ASC awards presentation footage by Karl Malden honoring director Guy Green for his lifetime achievements; Original theatrical trailer; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; Selected cast and crew files; Restored original widescreen/cinemascope 2.35:1; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Quite controversial upon its release, The Mark is a now largely-forgotten social issues drama that deserves wider recognition among modern viewers. Mark is far from a perfect movie, or even from being one of the best of the social issues genre, but it is a very worthy film that features some exceptionally strong performances and generates thought provoking conversation. On one level, the film takes the easy way out: the main character is not an actual child molester (as he is in the novel upon which the film is based), but a man who stops himself just before acting upon his impulses and turns himself in to the police. This crucial difference makes it easier for the audience to sympathize with him, although the very fact that the character has these desires and must control them still causes considerable discomfort. Charles Israel and Stanley Mann's screenplay avoids sensationalism and tries to take an even-handed look at the situation it presents, even if it inevitably oversimplifies a very complex issue. Guy Green's direction is excellent, very subdued and willing to quietly delve; some may find it a bit too slow and lacking in drama, but Green's careful, precise work is exactly what the material demands. He benefits from his trio of leading characters, lead by Stuart Whitman's outstanding performance as the tormented and troubled protagonist. It's a wonderfully calibrated performance that doesn't make any wrong moves and that creates considerable sympathy without whitewashing. Maria Schell is also excellent as the woman Whitman comes to love, and Rod Steiger's turn as the psychiatrist, while a bit mannered, is also one of the film's finest assets. Those not afraid of squirming a bit at a film's subject matter should seek out The Mark.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • UPC: 089859827129
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maria Schell Mrs. Ruth Leighton
Stuart Whitman Jim Fuller
Rod Steiger Dr. Edmund McNally
Donald Houston Austin, Reporter
Donald Wolfit Mr. Clive
Paul Rogers Milne
Maurice Denham Arnold Cartwright
Amanda Black Janie
Marie Devereaux Ellen
Bill Foley Mr. Fuller
Anne Monaghan Mrs. Fuller
Josephine Frayne Patricia
Harry Baird Cole
John Welsh 1st Officer
Bandana DasGupta Inez
Eddie Byrne Acker
Brenda de Banzie Mrs. Cartwright
Russell Napier 2nd Officer
Technical Credits
Guy Green Director
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
Sidney Buchman Screenwriter
Bernard Gribble Editor
Charles Israel Screenwriter
John Hollingsworth Musical Direction/Supervision
Dudley Lovell Cinematographer
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Stanley Mann Screenwriter
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ray Simm Production Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Raymond Stross Producer
Peter Taylor Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Select
1. A New Start [8:52]
2. Fuller's New Job [4:53]
3. Dr. McNally [6:37]
4. Blue Boy [7:31]
5. Business Plan [8:02]
6. Attraction [7:19]
7. The Date [5:48]
8. The Crime [7:12]
9. Questions [7:46]
10. Janie [6:42]
11. At the Leighton's [4:04]
12. A "Get-Away" [3:53]
13. The Carnival [5:56]
14. Accused [8:48]
15. Public Knowledge [5:09]
16. Pleading [8:19]
17. Desperation [5:25]
18. Reconciliation [9:08]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Special Features
      Commentary With Guy Green
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
         Play
      Commentary With Stuart Whitman
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
         Play
      Special ASC Awards Presentation
      Trailer
      Photo Gallery
      Biographies
         Guy Green
         Stuart Whitman
         Rod Steiger
         Maria Schell
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