Leopard, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1963) / Region A
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Leopard, The: The Criterion Collection

Making its long-awaited U.S. home video debut, Luchino Visconti's The Leopard is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento, when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d'Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the film in two distinct versions: Visconti's original Italian version, and the alternate English-language version released in America in a newly restored special edition.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 29 2010
  • Production Year 1963
  • Empire SKU 1526380
  • UPC Code 715515060219
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

Disc 1

Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie

Disc 2

The 161-minute American release, with English-language dialogue, including Burt Lancaster’s own voice
A Dying Breed: The Making of The Leopard
Video interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo
Video interview with professor Millicent Marcus
Original theatrical trailers and newsreels
Stills gallery
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Michael Wood

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Italian Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.21:1 Color

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