Cyrano De Bergerac/Captain Scarlett

Cyrano De Bergerac/Captain Scarlett

Director: Michael Gordon, Thomas Carr Cast: José Ferrer, Richard Greene

DVD (Black & White)


This makes for an interesting double-feature, pairing off two costume films pitched at decidedly different levels of sophistication. Michael Gordon's Cyrano De Bergerac is a witty, erudite tale of romances thwarted and fulfilled in 17th century France, done with graceful and clever camera work and performances of delightful subtlety. Thomas Carr's Captain Scarlett, done three years later, is a tale reminiscent of Robin Hood, set in early 19th century France (but shot in Mexico), featuring broad, robust performances aimed at viewers for whom popcorn is a major part of the moviegoing experience. Cyrano De Bergerac is the better-looking and better transferred of the two movies, though it does have flaws -- principally wear and some minor instability of its image -- in its mastering. Captain Scarlett was criticized for its lackluster use of color when it was trade-shown in 1953, and it's something of a surprise that it looks as bright as it does here. It's still not great, but it looks better than some late-night showings of the movie that have appeared on local television. The chapter breakdowns allow for six markers each, which is adequate on Captain Scarlett, but a little skimpy for Cyrano De Bergerac. The total running time count on the package seems to be in error, but otherwise there are no major flaws on this double-feature disc, which has become hard to find since its release in 2001.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
UPC: 0807013001228
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Koch Records
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 3:46:00

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New Menu Item
0. Chapter Selection
1. Chapter 1 [24:11]
2. Chapter 2 [26:17]
3. Chapter 3 [17:08]
4. Chapter 4 [6:47]
5. Chapter 5 [19:31]
6. Chapter 6 [4:47]
0. Chapter Selection
1. Chapter 1 [12:09]
2. Chapter 2 [14:46]
3. Chapter 3 [13:25]
4. Chapter 4 [18:02]
5. Chapter 5 [7:54]
6. Chapter 6 [11:42]

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