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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT249-BR

MOBY DICK (1956) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Orson Welles, Gregory Peck, Harry Andrews, Richard Basehart, James Robertson Justice, Leo Genn
Directed By:  John Huston
Composed By:  Philip Sainton

“One of the better John Huston films of the 50s. Ray Bradbury collaborated with Huston on the script, and some of the poetry of the original is retained.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader

“The virtues of this Moby Dick are many: the unusual use of a color process that exactly conveys the cold gray feeling of a New England seaport…Basehart’s sensitive Ishmael, Genn’s excellent Starbuck…above all, a literate script that is faithful to Melville.”
– William Murray, The Village Voice

The legendary writer-director John Huston adapts Herman Melville’s great American novel, Moby Dick (1956), with the assistance of another legend, co-screenwriter Ray Bradbury. Everyone is familiar with the story about the obsessive Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck), determined to hunt down at whatever cost the titular Great White Whale, a potent symbol for all the unstoppable evil in the world. Featuring extraordinary supporting performances from Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, Orson Welles, and Friedrich von Ledebur; and sterling cinematography from Oswald Morris.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1956 / Color
116 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo, Paul Seydor, and Nick Redman / A Bleached Whale: Recreating the Unique Color of Moby Dick / Posters, Lobby Cards & Production Stills / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Michael O'Farrell on January 20, 2017 8:12 PM
I first saw "Moby Dick' when it opened in 1956. I was 7 years old and the movie made a lasting impression on me. Decades later I read Herman Melville's novel, a huge book as vast and terrifyingly beautiful as the ocean itself. Director John Huston was able to visually approximate the enormity of the sea and the monstrous white whale Captain Ahab pursues. It's not the novel but is an utterly unique creation all the same, a criminally underrated film classic. Gregory Peck's performance was roundly panned by the majority of film critics back in the day but his portrayal is unforgettable, a mad man in pursuit of ...what? At the expense of everyone and everything. Though technically not a full-fledged film restoration , the movie has been given a cosmetic 'makeover' approximating as close as possible the original color scheme that made this 50s Technicolor production a landmark in cinematography. The additional full length commentary track by Julie Kirgo and company is incredibly entertaining and informative. Twilight Time has produced one of the finest Blu-ray discs of 2016.

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