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Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

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Director: Frank Lloyd

Cast: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone


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Frank Lloyd's 1935 adventure Mutiny on the Bounty comes to DVD for the first time from Warner Home Video. The film is presented with a standard full-frame transfer. Mono soundtracks are available in English and French. Optional subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Closed captions are also accessible. The disc includes the 1935 MGM short


Frank Lloyd's 1935 adventure Mutiny on the Bounty comes to DVD for the first time from Warner Home Video. The film is presented with a standard full-frame transfer. Mono soundtracks are available in English and French. Optional subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Closed captions are also accessible. The disc includes the 1935 MGM short Pitcairn Island Today. Other special features include theatrical trailers and newsreel footage of Mutiny on the Bounty winning Best Picture in 1935. This is a highly recommended disc for a historically important film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The winner of 1935's Best Picture Oscar, this sumptuously produced adaptation of the Charles Nordhoff-James Norman Hall bestseller has weathered the intervening decades extremely well. It's just as powerful and exciting today and remains the best of several big-screen versions. Based on real-life events, Mutiny dramatizes a momentous voyage of HMS Bounty, an 18th-century cargo ship sent to Tahiti to gather supplies of breadfruit that will be sold to West Indian colonies. The ship's new first mate, Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable), discovers early on that Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton), the Bounty's commanding officer, is a ruthless tyrant. A series of outrages gradually turns Christian against Bligh, and the mate leads his rebellious crew in a mutiny that culminates in the captain's expulsion from the ship. But that's only part of this unusually complex story line, beautifully developed by top screenwriters Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, and Carey Wilson. Legendary MGM executive Irving Thalberg personally supervised the production, insisting on period accuracy down to the most minute details: Although the film's Tahitian maidens were garbed somewhat more modestly than their real-life counterparts, the sets and costumes were flawlessly re-created and shipboard routine was realistically pictured. In actual fact, Bligh was not quite the heartless villain he's made out to be here, nor was Christian the altruistic humanist of Gable portrayal. But that doesn't matter, really. As a rousing historical drama, Mutiny on the Bounty is expertly constructed. It's one of several superb motion pictures directed by that underappreciated journeyman, Frank Lloyd, whose masterly touches made the film an instant classic -- and one that has withstood the test of time.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Mutiny on the Bounty represents the height of MGM filmmaking during the Irving Thalberg era. Filming on location in Tahiti, the studio spent $2 million in production costs, an astounding sum for 1935. Thalberg's boss, Louis B. Mayer, opposed the film, but the production chief prevailed, insisting that the public was fascinated by cruelty. Indeed, Charles Laughton's Captain Bligh is among the screen's most despicable villains, never mind that the historic Captain Bligh was a substantially more complex person, and the heroic Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable) of the film is hardly the Fletcher Christian of history who kidnapped Tahitian natives and forced them to work as slaves for his mutineers. Mutiny on the Bounty holds up well as a grand tale of adventure, beautifully filmed, with charismatic lead performances and the quality of production that made Thalberg's work legendary. It is a rarity in Academy Awards history: a Best Picture winner that won only that one Oscar. The bigger winner for the night was John Ford's The Informer, which took four Oscars, all at Bounty's expense. Yet, as is common in Academy history, Bounty, a bigger box-office blockbuster, won the top award.

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Special Features

"Pitcairn Island Today" vintage documentary; Academy Award newsreel; Theatrical trailers of this and the 1962 remake

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable 1st Mate Fletcher Christian
Charles Laughton Capt. William Bligh
Franchot Tone Roger Byam
Dudley Digges Bachus
Herbert Mundin Smith
Donald Crisp Burkitt
Eddie Quillan Ellison
Movita Actor
Francis Lister Capt. Nelson
Henry Stephenson Sir Joseph Banks
Spring Byington Mrs. Byam
Ian Wolfe Samuel
Ivan Simpson Morgan
DeWitt Jennings Fryer
Stanley Fields Muspratt
Wallis Clark Morrison
Vernon P. Downing Hayward
Dick Winslow Tinkler
Lionel Belmore Innkeeper
James Cagney [uncredited]
Maria [Movita] Castaneda Tehani
Mamo Clark Maimiti
Marion Clayton Mary Ellison
Harry Cording Soldier
Alec Craig McCoy
Harold Entwistle Capt. Colpoys
Pat Flaherty Churchill
Mary Gordon Peddler
Winter Hall Chaplain
John Harrington Mr. Purcell
Charles Irwin Byrne
Crauford Kent Lt. Edwards
Robert Livingston Young
Doris Lloyd Cockney Moll
King Mojave Richard Skinner
David Niven (uncredited)
John Powers Hillebrandt
Byron Russell Quintal
William Stack Judge Advocate
Will Stanton Portsmouth Joe
David Thursby McIntosh
David Torrence Lord Hood
Douglas Walton Stewart
Percy Waram Coleman
Eric Wilton Captain of Board
Nadine Beresford Ellison's Mother
Hal LeSueur Millard

Technical Credits
Frank Lloyd Director
Margaret Booth Editor
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Jules Furthman Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Art Director
Talbot Jennings Screenwriter
Albert Lewin Associate Producer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Irving G. Thalberg Producer
Carey Wilson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [1:49]
2. Chapter 2 [3:36]
3. Chapter 3 [4:58]
4. Chapter 4 [4:38]
5. Chapter 5 [2:19]
6. Chapter 6 [2:50]
7. Chapter 7 [3:00]
8. Chapter 8 [7:35]
9. Chapter 9 [5:28]
10. Chapter 10 [5:06]
11. Chapter 11 [2:24]
12. Chapter 12 [4:51]
13. Chapter 13 [3:39]
14. Chapter 14 [6:32]
15. Chapter 15 [4:06]
16. Chapter 16 [4:44]
17. Chapter 17 [3:46]
18. Chapter 18 [:49]
19. Chapter 19 [1:28]
20. Chapter 20 [3:26]
21. Chapter 21 [6:17]
22. Chapter 22 [1:53]
23. Chapter 23 [3:51]
24. Chapter 24 [3:40]
25. Chapter 25 [2:36]
26. Chapter 26 [5:22]
27. Chapter 27 [3:25]
28. Chapter 28 [3:36]
29. Chapter 29 [4:24]
30. Chapter 30 [4:22]
31. Chapter 31 [4:50]
32. Chapter 32 [4:18]
33. Chapter 33 [1:18]
34. Chapter 34 [2:48]
35. Chapter 35 [1:36]


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Mutiny on the Bounty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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'Mutiny On The Bounty' is a classic sea epic about the crew of a British tall ship who revolt after their captain (Charles Laughton) becomes tyrannical on the high seas. Clark Gable cuts a handsome swashbuckling figure as Fletcher Christian - king of the mutineers. His ability to insight revolt leads to a disastrous outcome for all concerned. Franchot Tone give a poignant performance as one of the wronged sea men, put on trial but eventually exonerated from the charge of mutiny. For adventure on the high seas there's none to touch this harrowing classic! Warner Brothers¿ transfer is a mixed blessing. Though much of the footage shot on indoor stages seems to have held up well over time the exterior and location photography is riddled with age related artifacts, slightly out of focus image quality and glaring film grain, dirt and grit. The gray scale sometimes has a well balanced look to it. At other times it appears to be suffering from low contrast levels. Blacks are never solid or deep. There are no digital anomalies. Fine details are never realized. The audio is mono but very nicely cleaned up. Extras include a couple of featurettes and a trailer. Ho-hum...the pirates life for me!
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