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Captain From Castile

Twilight Time // Unrated // October 17, 2017 // Region 0
List Price: $29.95 [Buy now and save at Twilighttimemovies]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted July 22, 2018 | E-mail the Author



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Captain from Castile Twilight Time Blu-ray Review


Captain from
Castile
is one of
the most ambitious Hollywood productions of its time. The film was
made with a massive production budget. Featuring immaculate sets,
lavish costumes, and an enormous number of extras, Captain
from
Castile
both looks and feels expensive at every turn. It was
an
early example of a big-budget Hollywood spectacle before the dawn of
CGI effects and the rise of the modern blockbuster. Executive
produced by Darryl F. Zanuck (The Longest Day), this
is an
excellent example of Hollywood spectacle through-and-through.


The film stars Tyrone Power
as Pedro de
Vargas, a Spanish knight with a thirst for going on adventures.
Alongside his friend Juan Garcia (Lee J. Cobb) and a young woman,
Catana (Jean Peters), who falls madly in love with Vargas, the trio
of characters become entangled within the ever-turning wheels of the
expedition and invasion of Mexico by Cortez (Cesar Romero) during the
early 1900's. The journey is one of excitement and intrigue.


The film has the heart of
an old-school
swashbuckler with some good adventure and excitement thrown into the
mix. There are numerous sequences which are so lavishly produced it's
a wonder to think of these scenes being produced in the 40's, long
before modern technologies advanced. The scope of the large scale
production is also enormously impressive. Take, for example, the
countless extras featured in many of the film's key sequences: it
makes the story-line feel even larger and more epic in scope.


The cinematography by
Arthur E. Arling
(The Yearling) and Charles G. Clarke (Moontide)
is
richly woven with beautiful framing and quality Technicolor
photography. The music score composed by Alfred Newman (The
Diary
of Anne Frank
, All About Eve) is one of
the best things
going for the film: full of Newman's signature style, the score is
beautiful, rich, and bold. The costume designs by Charles Le Maire
(All About Eve, The Day The Earth Stood
Still
) are
lavish to behold.


Based on the novel by
Samuel
Shellabarger (Prince of Foxes), the screenplay by
Lamar Trotti
(Yellow Sky, With a Song in My Heart)
is a
straight-forward expedition. The storyline may not be complex but the
film is also never a bore to watch. It's entertaining and exciting
and the screenplay aids with that.


Directed by Henry King (The
Song of
Bernadette
, Carousel), the filmmaker did
a superb job of
pulling together so many excellent aspects of the production. The
film feels confident and it helps it to be a more fun experience.
Though the film doesn't quite hit the mark of being a classic epic
the clear ambitions are enough to make up for some shortcomings.
Captain from Castile is a entertaining experience
that feels
like a perfect recipe for a fun Saturday matinee (even when viewing
in the comfort of one's home).


The Blu-ray:




Video:


Presented in 1080p high definition with an MPEG-4 AVC encode
with
a high bit-rate. Presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of
1.33:1 full frame. This is a stunning presentation. The colors are
rich, the clarity is strong, and there's nary a speck of dirt or
debris on this clean, crisp transfer. The effort that went into this
presentation is impressive. The film looks beautiful and the
cinematography excels.


Audio:


Presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo and original
DTS-HD
Master Audio 1.0 mono audio. Although these are similar front-based
tracks it's nice to have a variety of options on the audio. The
lossless resolution of the audio helps the dialogue reproduction and
the score clarity.


English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing are
provided.




Extras:


Isolated Music Track (featuring the score
by Alfred Newman)


Audio Commentary with film historians Rudy
Behlmer, Jon
Burlingame, and Nick Redman


Tyrone Power: The Last Idol (SD, 45 min.)
is a biography
channel documentary about the star of the film and featuring
interviews with historians and collaborators.


Tyrone Power and His Leading Ladies (SD, 12
min.) features
interviews with several actresses who worked with Tyrone Power over
the years as they discuss his star power, charm, and appeal.


Original
Theatrical Trailer


Final Thoughts:


Captain
from
Castile
is a
fun if light
adventure with some entertaining spectacle for a classic Hollywood
production. The film has enough charm and wit to be worth a watch.
Twilight Time has done a commendable job with this release of the
film. It has a superb presentation of the film and a nice assortment
of extras.


Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.


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