The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975) ( Il Conte di Montecristo ) ( Monte Cristo )
Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A TV adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of. After many years in prison, the old Abbe dies, and Edmond escapes disguised as the dead body. Now free, Edmond must find the treasure the Abbe told him of, so he can use the new-found wealth to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Emmy Awards, ...The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975) ( Il Conte di Montecristo ) ( Monte Cristo )
- Language : English, Spanish
- Director : David Greene
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 99 minutes
- Actors : Richard Chamberlain, Louis Jourdan, Angelo Infanti, Donald Pleasence, Trevor Howard
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Cine
- ASIN : B09MQ6JM8W
- Number of discs : 1
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The sound is so-so, but the picture definitely has grainy artifacts which show up particularly well on a 55" tv.
I would have expected at least a little work to be done on the print before transfering to blu-ray. What extra's there are, are basically jpg's; a cinema poster or two and stills from the film.
The menu is pretty crappy as well, straight in on inserting no music or chapter marks even though you can forward and back once the film has started using chapter forward and reverse.
Having just watched the blu-ray I gave the DVD a look again and I am sorry to say that quality wise the DVD and Blu-ray are the same.
Hardly worth the money.
We're left with a quick parade of characters with little or no back story, often keeping only their name from the book and none of their character, who pop up with a few exposition laden lines. The swashbuckling from the 1934 film is kept, the truncated revenge elements are rearranged and lack the depth to show that the men are undone by their own actions, and the bittersweet ending from the book retains only the bitter elements
It would have made a great mini series, but there's simply too much going on to cover in two hours. Had they followed the 1934 model and taken a simpler version from the many threads in the book it would have been much more effective. That said, it trundles along quite neatly, and the attempts to make a middle aged Tony Curtis look like a teenager add some unintended amusement
A satisfying story of revenge I am sure we all (?) daydream we all could exact on those that have crossed us. Just wouldnt want to be banged up in a rock cell for 30 odd years meself though.