The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud Cast: Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater

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Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Name of the Rose finally gets some preferential treatment in this solid release from Warner Bros. With a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and enhanced anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture (far richer than previous versions), the film's presentation is better than ever, which is only amplified by the fine extras included on the disc. First off is Annaud's commentary, which is a delight from start to finish. Laid back and jovial, with his French swagger on full blast, the director spills forth endless amounts of anecdotes on the production, including the tale of the controversial sex scene with 15-year-old Christian Slater, as well as details on his nasty relationship with F. Murray Abraham (whose ego had just come off the Oscar win for Amadeus). Annaud continues in the "Photo Journey with Jean-Jacques Annaud" interview section, where he again delves into the making of the film through archival photos from his collection. Additionally, a fantastic 40-minute vintage German documentary is also included, featuring rarely seen behind-the-scenes footage from the production. With the original theatrical trailer rounding out the extras, this disc is a classic release that does justice to the artistry that went into sculpting this beautiful and engaging film.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2004
UPC: 0085393746520
Original Release: 1986
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:11:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Vintage making-of documentary "The Abbey of Crime: Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose"; Commentary by director Jean-Jacques Annaud; All-new Photo Video Journey with Jean-Jacques Annaud; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery William of Baskerville
F. Murray Abraham Bernardo Gui
Christian Slater Adso of Melk
Elya Baskin Severinus
Michel Lonsdale The Abbot
Feodor Chaliapin Jorge de Burgos
William Hickey Ubertino de Casale
Ron Perlman Salvatore
Valentina Vargas The Girl
Volker Prechtel Malachia
Helmut Qualtinger Remigio de Varagine
Urs Althaus Venantius
Valerio Isidori Actor
Kim Rossi Stuart Novice
Franco Valobra Jerome of Kaffa
Dwight Weist Adso as an Old Man
Michael Habeck Berengar
Leopoldo Trieste Michele de Censena
Vernon Dobtcheff Hugh of Newcastle
Donal O'Brien Pietro d'Assisi
Andrew Birkin Cuthbert of Winchester
Lucien Bodard Cardinal Bertrand
Peter Berling Jean d'Anneaux
Pete Lancaster Bishop of Alborea
Franco Adducci Monk
Mario Diano Monk
Armando Marra Monk
Maurizio Merli Monk
Francesco Scali Monk
Ennio Lollainni Swineherd
Emil Feist Swineherd
Francesco Maselli Swineherd
Renato Nebolini Swineherd
Mark Bellinghaus Jorge's Novice
David Furtwaengler Novice
Patrick Kreuzer Novice
Lars Bodin-Jorgensen Adelmo
Franco Diogene Papal Envoy
Gina Poli Papal Envoy
Gianni Rizzo Papal Envoy
Vittorio Zarfati Papal Envoy
Carlo Bianchino Papal Guard
Eugenio Bonardi Inquisition Guard
Pietro Ceccarelli Inquisition Guard
Franco Marino Inquisition Guard
Hans Schoedel Inquisition Guard
Peter Welz Nero
Alberto Capone Executioner
Ludger Pistor Actor

Technical Credits
Jean-Jacques Annaud Director
Gianni Arduini Casting
Dominique Besnehard Casting
Andrew Birkin Screenwriter
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Franco Cristaldi Co-producer
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Bernd Eichinger Producer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Celestia Fox Casting
Howard Franklin Screenwriter
Giorgio Giovannini Art Director
Alain Godard Screenwriter
James Horner Score Composer
Hasso Von Hugo Makeup
Sergio Mioni Stunts
Alexandre Mnouchkine Co-producer
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Adriano Pischiutta Special Effects
David Rubin Casting
Rainer Schaper Art Director
Francesca Lo Schiavo Set Decoration/Design
Sabine Schroth Casting
Thomas Schühly Executive Producer
Jane Seitz Editor
Lynn Stalmaster Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:49]
2. Observations [3:24]
3. Accidental Death [4:26]
4. Something Diabolical [4:28]
5. Abandoned By God? [4:03]
6. Restless Night [2:57]
7. Drowning in Blood [3:38]
8. Salvatore the Penitent [5:22]
9. No Laughter, Few Books [6:29]
10. Hidden Writing [4:51]
11. Interlude With the Girl [6:20]
12. Heart of an Ox [3:16]
13. Taking Possession [2:54]
14. Missing [:32]
15. In Water [2:01]
16. Book That Kills [3:28]
17. Be Mortified [4:54]
18. Secret Library [4:15]
19. Labyrinth [4:26]
20. Bernardo Gui Arrives [3:44]
21. Irrefutable Evidence [4:26]
22. Torments [3:52]
23. Severinus' Final Chapter [3:43]
24. Styles of Pity [4:28]
25. Confessions [3:10]
26. Disputed Verdict [3:34]
27. Black Mark [5:03]
28. Poisonous Custodian [2:57]
29. No Fear, No Faith [4:23]
30. Purging Flames [3:05]
31. All His Doing [3:49]
32. Adso's Decision [1:55]
33. End Credits [5:00]

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The Name of the Rose 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolute wonderful movie that took too long to be released on DVD... and when it is released, it's on full screen format! Why oh why??? This film deserved wide-screen and director's cut and whatever more ammenities.
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Oh, relax. What an underrated movie. People complain about too much production in a movie and when the plot challenges individuals a certai
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
Sean Connery even says "it's elementary" when explaining a clue to his novice. GREAT reference! As a pamplisest of Eco's phenomenal novel, taking place in the 1300s in a monastery in the desolate reaches of northern Italy, Brother William and his teenaged assistant Adzo work to uncover the reasons behind a number of murders. Of course several of the men say "the Devil is doing it, the end of the world is near" but the truth is not all that spectacular. Featuring a very ill-tempered headmaster, a subservient (that is, spineless) second-in-command, a hunchback who was once a heretic, a bewitching peasant girl (who's not a witch), an extremely creepy overweight monk who's ghostly white and a library maze, all the pieces are in place for a riveting whodunit. Then the Holy Inquisition gets involved and the stuff really hits the fan. Thankfully the film does not include the barrage of philosophical conversations that went far over my head (Eco's a genius, I am not) but it conveys the source material well enough. I also loved the message about the value of books and learning from different opinions - even ones considered blasphemous/forbidden at one time or another.
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"The Name of the Rose" is the most historically correct film ever made in Hollywood according to my college history professor. She absolutely wanted all her students to see this film. It's based on the book, so yes there would be a nude scene wouldn't there?
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I bought this DVD without renting it first and I regret my decision. The reviews failed to mention that there is an explicit nudity scene, which totally took me by surprise and did not fit in this movie whatsoever. Definitely a movie I would not let the family see. The whole thing is slow moving, and I found myself fastforwarding through some of it. The storyline was interesting, so I did watch it to the end, but I most likely will not watch it again.