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Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) Review


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They don't make films like Mutiny on the Bounty anymore. The road show spectacular is a lost art that has disappeared along with 70mm cameras. But in 1962, MGM's remake of the Gable-Laughton Mutiny of the Bounty was the most breathtaking of all the big super-productions coming out of Hollywood. Exciting, colorful, no expense spared (the studio even constructed its own exact copy of the H.M.S. Bounty with craftsmen laboring at wooden hull construction), a cast of thousands (when that really meant a cast of thousands), the pageantry of real Tahitian locations, Mutiny on the Bounty was a massive, awesome extravaganza.

With veteran director Lewis Milestone at the helm (this was to be his final feature), Bounty shoves off in impressive form. As in the 1935 version, the film chronicles the repressive and sadistic Captain Bligh's (Trevor Howard) attempts to corner the market in breadfruit for England by traveling to the South Seas and First Lt. Fletcher Christian's (Marlon Brando) mutiny, casting Bligh to sea in a rickety boat with a handful of allies as the mutineers set sail back to Tahiti.

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again Review


Weak
Terribly uninspired, this sequel to the bizarre and hilariously gory The Abominable Dr. Phibes has Phibes (Vincent Price) reanimating himself after three years of death (he engineered his own embalming at the end of the first one) in an attempt to find his scrolls holding the key to ultimate life. This of course leads to innumerable murders, though they aren't nearly as amusing as in the original -- vultures and animatronic snakes? Spare us. Phibes, alas, would arise no more after this installment.

Ben-Hur Review


Excellent
To hell with Gladiator.

Scratch that. Ben-Hur is no stupid gladiator movie. As the title sequence tells us, this is "A Tale of the Christ," an unabashed religious fable, albeit one that only shows its hero from the back.

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