Leopard, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1963) / Region 1
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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 03 2004
  • Production Year 1963
  • Empire SKU 591576
  • UPC Code 715515081214
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 3
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

Disc 1

New high definition transfer, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, with restored image and sound and presented in the original Super Technirama aspect ratio of 2:21:1

Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie

Disc 2

A Dying Breed: The Making Of The Leopard, a new hour-long documentary featuring interviews with actress Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceccho D’Amico, director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others

Interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo

An exclusive video interview with professor Millicent Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania on the history behind The Leopard

Original theatrical trailers and newsreels

Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos

Disc 3

A new essay by author and film historian Michael Wood
New transfer of the 161-minute American release, with English-language dialogue (including Burt Lancaster's actual voice)

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Italian Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color

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