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Equus
     

Equus

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely

 
Based on the play by Peter Shaffer, Sidney Lumet's 1977 psychological drama Equus comes to DVD from MGM with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. The Dolby Digital mono soundtrack is rendered in English and Spanish with optional subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French. Closed captions are accessible. Special features are limited to the original

Overview

Based on the play by Peter Shaffer, Sidney Lumet's 1977 psychological drama Equus comes to DVD from MGM with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. The Dolby Digital mono soundtrack is rendered in English and Spanish with optional subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French. Closed captions are accessible. Special features are limited to the original theatrical trailer and trailers for other MGM titles. This is an adequate presentation of an Academy award-nominated film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
In Sidney Lumet's cinematic adaptation of Peter Shaffer's psychological drama Equus, Richard Burton must portray a psychiatrist who has lost faith in himself. He is a hollowed-out man in a stultifying marriage who no longer believes that his work with severely troubled teenagers does any good whatsoever. He is savvy enough to understand what is happening to him, but is still unable to rouse himself out of his malaise. Burton inhabits this character with such sadness and such self-directed anger that it is easy to see why many people consider this his last great performance. Shaffer's screenplay allows Burton to have a handful of very showy monologues presented by Lumet directly into the camera and a series of more subtle exchanges with the troubled young man played by Peter Firth. Burton's face, which was showing the effects of years of heavy alcohol use, looks heavy and it gives the performance a gravitas that dominates the drama -- so much so that it is easy to forget about Firth's patient when he is offscreen. More than most directors, Lumet has a knack for bringing stage material to the screen. He respects the theatrical aspects of the piece, while still making it cinematic. His skills do not fail him here. In an opening flash-forward, Lumet allows the audience to see how distraught Burton's character will become before he reveals the patient. And the horses are gloriously photographed, as if the audience is allowed to see them as Firth's character does. Equus is an accomplished piece of no-frills filmmaking, elevated by an outstanding lead performance.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
UPC:
0027616884244
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:17:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: Mono; Spanish: Mono; English, French, & Spanish-language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Dr. Martin Dysart
Peter Firth Alan Strang
Colin Blakely Frank Strang
Joan Plowright Dora Strang
Harry Andrews Harry Dalton
Eileen Atkins Hesther Saloman
Jenny Agutter Jill Mason
John Wyman The Horseman
Kate Reid Margaret Dysart
David Gardner Dr. Bennett
James Hurdle Mr. Davies
Karen Pearson Mary
Sheldon Rybowski First Child
Elva Mai Hoover Miss Raintree
Ken James Mr. Pearce
Patrick Brymer Patient

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
Yakima Canutt Consultant/advisor
Brenda Dabbs Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Doner Consultant/advisor
Simon Holland Art Director
Gerry Holmes Set Decoration/Design
Elliott Kastner Producer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Lester Persky Producer
Peter Shaffer Screenwriter
John Victor Smith Editor
David Tringham Asst. Director
Patti Unger Costumes/Costume Designer
John Vanderpas Consultant/advisor
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Walton Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Not Enough Horse Power [4:13]
2. Main Title/The Usual Unusual [7:26]
3. The Nauseous Head Priest [2:15]
4. In The Biblical Sense [6:52]
5. His First Horse [9:20]
6. "It Was Sexy" [5:14]
7. Extreme Religious Art [3:03]
8. Bloody Good, A Real Find [4:34]
9. Spurs, Flanks...Sweat [3:21]
10. "My Only Begotten Son" [6:40]
11. The New Stableboy [8:46]
12. "Tell Me, Tell Me, Tell Me!" [1:51]
13. A Brisk Marriage [5:03]
14. A Child's Eyes/Blink [3:30]
15. Bareback in the Field of Ha Ha [4:22]
16. "Account For Me?" [8:43]
17. Always the Parents' Fault [3:51]
18. Truth and Pain and Ecstasy [3:18]
19. Just a Little Pill [9:06]
20. Jill/Men With Secrets [6:56]
21. Not Flesh, But Horsehide [9:16]
22. God Equus Sees All [7:29]
23. Doctor, Liar, Destroyer [5:01]
24. End Credits [5:30]

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Equus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Pallacod More than 1 year ago
What hasn't already been said about Richard Burton that can be said again. Great actor, superlative voice and powerful inon stage and one the screen. This is a fine but disturbing film and wonderfully performed by Mr. Firth who was in the stage production as well. A must see film that will stay with your consciousness forever. Makes you realize the power of acting and the inspiration of good writing.