Robe

The Robe

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Director: Henry Koster

Cast: Henry Koster, Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature

     
 

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When released back in 1953, The Robe was the first movie to be filmed in the Cinemascope format, which was created to bring audiences back into the cinemas instead of staying at home and watching television. The ploy worked and this bible epic went on to garner five Academy Award nominations including best actor for star Richard Burton and a Best Picture nod.…  See more details below

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When released back in 1953, The Robe was the first movie to be filmed in the Cinemascope format, which was created to bring audiences back into the cinemas instead of staying at home and watching television. The ploy worked and this bible epic went on to garner five Academy Award nominations including best actor for star Richard Burton and a Best Picture nod. Although there is no way to re-create the larger-than-life magic of Cinemascope for the home environment, this DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Video looks and sounds fantastic nevertheless. The disc is available in an anamorphic widescreen presentation of 2.55:1 and has been given both an English language 4.0 surround sound option and a two-channel English stereo track. A French language mono track is supplied as well. The picture looks excellent throughout, especially the plentiful reds that have had a tendency to bleed on previous video releases of the film. The picture also looks sharper and cleaner than ever before, with little or no digital artifacts apparent. The disc also comes equipped with English and Spanish language subtitles, as well as containing the original theatrical trailer. Trailers for other Fox releases are also available.

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The Robe is best remembered as the first movie shot in CinemaScope, the wide-screen format designed to lure audiences away from the new medium of TV by exaggerating the contrast between the big movie screen and the small TV screen. Even today, the film seems grand and sweeping; the mere spectacle is enough to make it worth seeing. Some of the performances may seem dated today -- particularly Richard Burton's Oscar-nominated turn as the centurion -- but they don't detract from the film's intriguing premise. Best-known for helming 1950's Harvey, the dependable Henry Koster keeps the material in check. The success of The Robe, as well as Quo Vadis? (1951) and Samson and Delilah (1949) before it, helped usher in more than a decade's worth of lavish Biblical epics, including The Ten Commandments (1956) and the multi-Oscar-winning Ben-Hur (1959).

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
UPC:
0024543020837
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
12,175

Special Features

Closed Caption; Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 2.55:1]; English 4.0 Surround: English stereo; French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Marcellus Gallio
Jean Simmons Diana
Victor Mature Demetrius
Michael Rennie Peter
Jay Robinson Caligula
Dean Jagger Justus
Torin Thatcher Sen. Gallio
Richard Boone Pilate
Jeff Morrow Paulus
Ernst Thesiger Tiberius
Dawn Addams Junia
Leon Askin Abidor
Helen Beverly Rebecca
Frank Pulaski Quintus
David Leonard Marcipor
Michael Ansara Judas
Jay Novello Tiro
Nicholas Koster Jonathan
Frank de Kova Slave Dealer
Harry Shearer David
Francis Pierlot Dodinius
Thomas Brown Henry Marius
Sally Corner Cornelia
Rosalind Ivan Julia
Anthony Eustrel Sarpedon
Ben A. Astar Cleander
Anne Bancroft Actor
Jean Corbett Actor
Leo Curley Shalum
John Doucette Ship's Mate
Sam Gilman Ship's Captain
Roy Gordon Chamberlain
Percy Helton Caleb
Anthony Jochim Actor
George Keymas Slave
Virginia Lee Specialty Dancer
Emmett Lynn Nathan
Mae Marsh Woman
George H. Melford Actor
Ed Mundy Actor
Alex Pope Actor
Ford Rainey Actor
George Robotham Actor
Hayden Rorke Actor
Gloria Saunders Slave Girl
Marc Snow Auctioneer
George E. Stone Gracchus
Dan Ferniel Actor
Van Des Autels Actor
Betta St. John Miriam
Cameron Mitchell Christ
Bella St. John Actor

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
George W. Davis Art Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Gina Kaus Screenwriter
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Maltz Screenwriter
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Edward B. Powell Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Ross Producer
Emile Santiago Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Robe
1. Opening Credits
2. Slave Auction
3. Caligula
4. To Palestine
5. Talk of a Messiah
6. Pontius Pilate
7. The Crucifixion
8. The Curse
9. An Imperial Commission
10. Followers of Jesus
11. Miriam
12. A Path Good Men Must Take
13. The Big Fisherman
14. Enlisted In His Service
15. At The Catacombs
16. Rescue
17. Demetrius Healed
18. Captured
19. Before Caligula
20. A Better Kingdom

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The Robe 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic video, with superb acting, good editing, and it flows well with no unseemly gaps. Richard Burton does an excellent job as Marcellus, and seeing Victor Mature made me want to find more of his videos. Jay Robinson as the mad emperor Caligula is very good, and Michael Rennie made the best Peter I have seen. The movie is very inspiring, and encourages you to have that close walk with Christ that the first century christians had, so much so that many laid down their lives for Jesus, just as he gave his life for us. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a video with a real message, yet not presented in a boring way, and there is plenty of action for those of us that like it. This is wholesome and worthwhile entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Robe is one of the great biblical classics. It is a fictional account of a love story between and man and woman. This film demonstrates the power of the gospel as a Roman soldier is turned from self to selflessness through his conversion to faith in Gods love. I would recommend this movie to all who desire entertainment that leaves you feeling inspired instead of lifeless like so many films today. It is ideal for family viewing. The VHS version is not nearly as refined as the DVD edition. The slightly higher cost for the DVD is more than worth the cost.
jrcasey1960 More than 1 year ago
Sadly, Fox chose not to include the simultaneously filmed "flat" version. This BluRay release does include a PIP comparison to the Scope vs. Flat version, but it is available only if you have Blu-Ray Live internet hookup. Really crappy that they didn't bother to include the entire "flat" version. Other interesting extras include a featurette about CinemaScope. A missed opportunity to see the complete "flat" version of the film.
AT_The_Movies More than 1 year ago
Another choice is King of Kings with Jeffrey Hunter. Great movie for anyone or any christian. The movie is touching, inspiring, emotional and inspiriational.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This Catholic movie is so excellent and explains so clearly.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
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Another one of my favorite movies!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fictional story of a Roman centurion (Richard Burton) who becomes haunted with guilt after witnessing Jesus' crucifixion and winning his robe in a game. He thinks the robe is cursed but, before he can destroy it, the robe is stolen by his Greek slave (Victor Mature.) He converts while in pursuit of his slave but is treated as a madman by his pagan friends and superiors when he returns. His life love (Jean Simmons) saves him from the harsh reprimands of Tiberius and Caligula. Other than Richard Burton and Jean Simmons, the acting is horribly wooden. The plot is being so predictable from the onset it makes one wonder why, other than its appeal to Christian believers, the film has any merit to begin with. The script is saturated with bad dialogue and cliches. The only real merit to the film is as a historical footnote in film technology: it was the first movie to be done in cinemascope. As the saying goes though, 'That's history!' The technology is as antiquated to film as emperors are to modern politics. The norms represented in the film are so typical of the conservative Eisenhower period that it's just plain horrible to watch if not laughable in the context of a period film such as this. The character of Caligula is played as a retarded imbecil who couldn't find his way out of his own house. The real Caligula was a sexually depraved psychopath, not a retarded nit-wit as played in the movie. Tiberius is portrayed as a stern but friendly paternal figure when he was actually a cruel paranoiac pedophile living a secluded life of perversion on his island of Capri with boys and girls to suit his pleasure. This is a good movie for very young children who attend Sunday school and who aren't too demanding as to a historical film's artistic qualities or factual integrity. For mature viewers who demand more from a period film on antiquity, whether it's Biblical in theme or not, this movie is hardly a crowning achievement in cinema.