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Barabbas
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Barabbas

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Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy

 

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Richard Fleischer's biblical drama Barabbas comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 4.0. English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer.

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Richard Fleischer's biblical drama Barabbas comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 4.0. English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. Columbia/TriStar deserve credit for doing such a fine job with the picture quality for this older film. Fans of the film and genre enthusiasts will not be disappointed with this disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Overlong and at times ponderous, Barabbas has the look and ambition of classic Biblical epics, but it lacks the life and vitality necessary to break into the top ranks of that genre. Barabbas is not a bad film of its kind; it simply doesn't rank up there with The Ten Commandments or Ben-Hur. The fault certainly doesn't lay with its star. Anthony Quinn gives a commanding performance, albeit one limited by an inferior script. Still, epics of this sort don't call for carefully nuanced character explorations; they call for someone who can take hold of the film and never let go, and Quinn fills that role admirably. If Quinn occasionally goes a bit over the top, that's almost really to be expected. There's also some fun scenery chewing by Jack Palance, and some game attempts from Arthur Kennedy and Vittorio Gassman to help keep things moving. The cast gets no help from the screenplay, which is short on logic and characterization, and long on dull dialogue and ineffective repetition. Richard Fleischer's direction is too uneven to make up for the script deficiencies; he does very well with some sequences, including the stunning real-life solar eclipse sequence and the gladiator segment, but on others things fall flat. And pacing is an issue, especially in the middle section. Even with its flaws, there's enough spectacle and fanfare to keep fans of the genre interested.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
UPC:
0043396077508
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:17:00
Sales rank:
22,653

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Remastered in hi-definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 4.0 (Discrete Surround); Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese; Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Barabbas
Silvana Mangano Rachel
Arthur Kennedy Pontius Pilate
Katy Jurado Sara
Jack Palance Torvald
Harry Andrews Peter
Vittorio Gassman Sahak
Ernest Borgnine Lucius
Valentina Cortese Julia
Arnoldo Foa Joseph of Arimathea
Laurence Payne Disciple
Michael Gwynn Lazarus
Norman Wooland Rufio
Ivan Triesault Emperor
Roy Mangano Christ
Joe Robinson Gladiator
Gianni di Benedetto Officer
Carlo Giustini Actor
Enrico Glori Important Gentleman
Robert Hall Gladiator Captain
Friedrich Ledebur Actor
Spartaco Nale Overseer
Maria Zanoli Beggar Woman
Guido Celano Scorpio
Douglas Fowley Vasasio
Simone Signoret Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Nigel Balchin Screenwriter
Mario Chiari Production Designer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Maria de Matteis Costumes/Costume Designer
Diego Fabbri Screenwriter
Christopher Fry Screenwriter
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
Ivo Perilli Screenwriter
Ray Poulton Editor
Aldo Tonti Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:21]
2. "Scourge Him." [1:34]
3. Custom of the Season [6:13]
4. Rachel [2:00]
5. "The Light Has Left Us." [9:02]
6. A Promise Kept [4:13]
7. The Disciples [3:54]
8. Lazarus [6:49]
9. Dangerous Talk [3:18]
10. Death by Stoning [3:28]
11. Remembering the Way [1:39]
12. No Death for Barabbas [1:21]
13. The Sulfur Mines [3:54]
14. Sahak [6:19]
15. Sign of the Cross [6:05]
16. End of the Underworld [4:26]
17. Working the Fields [7:04]
18. The Coliseum [7:00]
19. Gladiator School [4:54]
20. Games of Life & Death [3:31]
21. The Charge: Sedition [5:02]
22. Execution at Dawn [5:43]
23. The Emperor's Favorite [4:36]
24. Barabbas vs. Torvald [3:49]
25. The Catacombs [4:54]
26. "Rome Is Burning!" [7:37]
27. Peter [5:07]
28. Into His Keeping [4:00]

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Barabbas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This Catholic movie is so excellent and explains so clearly.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this film, fantastic, and so much passion with all the actors and great effects. This is a must for anyone to watch over the age of 13 years. I would definately recommend this movie, it is very inspirational for believers in Christ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago