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Bounty, The

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis, Philip Davis, Liam Neeson, Teviate Vernette, Wi Kuki Kaa, Edward Fox & Laurence Olivier

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1001183
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/21/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roger Donaldson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book Captain Blight And Mr. Christian by Richard Hough, The Bounty uses an all-star cast to tell the tale of honor and betrayl on the high seas. While returning from a 27,000-mile voyage to procure fruit trees from Tahiti in 1787, the crew of The Bounty mutinies against its captain after he risked their lives due to his determination to steer the ship on a perilous course around Cape Horn, instead of the original path around South Africa.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that looks a bit dated, but exhibits generally good quality. Compared to the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 11, the DVD exhibits improvements in contrast and color balance. Images are generally sharp, but the picture sometimes has a smeared, hazy appearance. Hues are a bit drab at times, a likely stylization for the 18th century setting. Pixelization and shimmering details occasionally create distraction, but otherwise the picture is solid. Film grain and source element artifacts are apparent. (Suzanne Hodges)

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