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DVD: Carpetbaggers, The (1964)
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April 22, 2003



Genre: Drama  
During the Flapper Twenties, a Howard Hughes-like tycoon enjoys the high life, with sex, booze, and outrageous behaviour while the money keeps rolling in.



Directed by:

Edward Dmytryk
Screenplay by: John Michael Hayes
Music by: Elmer Bernstein
Produced by: Joseph E. Levine

George Peppard,  Alan Ladd,  Bob Cummings,  Martha Hyer,  Elizabeth Ashley,  Lew Ayres,  Martin Balsam,  Ralph Taeger,  Archie Moore,  Leif Erickson,  Carroll Baker,  Arthur Franz,  Tom Tully,  Audrey Warde,  Charles Lane,  Tom Lowell,  John Conte,  Vaughn Taylor,  Francesca Bellini

Film Length: 150 mins
Process/Ratio: 2.35 :1
Anamorphic DVD: Yes
Languages:   English (Dolby 5.1), English (Mono), French (Mono) / English Subtitles
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Comments :

A major studio release in its day, "The Carpetbaggers" was adapted from Harold Robbins' best-seller by John Michael Hayes, who had by then become one of Hollywood's top screenwriters before bowing out from his profession two years later, via "Nevada Smith," a prequel to "Carpetbaggers."

Directed by Edward Dmytryk, and starring an exceptionally assembled cast, Paramount's DVD offers a brilliant transfer, showcasing Joseph MacDonald's rich Panavision cinematography. Sporting a new 5.1 mix, the discreet Dolby tracks are very active, nicely separating dialogue, sound effects, and Elmer Bernstein's thunderous orchestral/jazz score. (A mono mix is also included for those preferring a more rudimentary mix, but why do that to Elmer?)


© 2003 Mark R. Hasan

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