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- kevin sellers
Why can't Hollywood do the American classics? The three greatest novels in our literature are arguably "Huck Finn," "Gatsby," and this one and we've never even come close to making a decent movie out of 'em. Why do writers as good as Ray Bradbury, when faced with the adaptation of a classic, seem to freeze up and write dull speeches instead of believable, revealing dialogue? Why are fine directors like John Huston, who have shown in other films that they can effortlessly blend action with suspense, when called upon to direct a classic not even able to generate excitement from a whale chase or a final showdown between Ahab and Moby? To quote Yul Brynner, "It's a puzzlement."
Widescreen - YES!
This film is widescreen (Academy ratio 1:66:1). If you are looking to buy it in widescreen, it is available in a PAL version on DVD9 disc with audio in English, Polish, and Russian, and about 8 different subtitle languages. The English audio track is a non-standard mono while the Polish and Russian are oddly both in stereo. It appears darker and grainier to me than the NTSC version, with noticeable flicker, but some of that can be rectified by adjusting your t.v. set. You'll likely need a region free dvd player to view it. The hardest part will be finding a copy, but it can be done. I unanimously agree and second the motion that this film deserves the full restoration Blu-Ray treatment with commentary track by someone intimately familiar with the history of the film.
Most Faithful Adaptation
- Antonio Huerta
This film never fails to impress.
Great sea adventure
- Ron bp
I loved this movie. The way the crew went along with they're Captains orders and the roughness of the whole sea adventure was just awesome.I thought it was so amusing the way that young black kid was skipping and dancing around Queequeg with his tambourine and every few steps, saying his chant. All of the actors played they're parts so well,not just captain Ahab but how about the whalers in the smaller boats ! They played the hard core whaling men of the open sea and showed little fear of these monsterous whales.Could you imagine how that was ,going out and getting right up to those whales to harpoon them and then in a fight for they're lives, take off with such power, pulling those boats like they were as light as a gulls feather ! I give this movie four and a half stars !
Where do I start with my admiration? Gregory Peck is amazing in this as most all of his roles. He brought passion and pain to the character that showed his greatness. I have been a fan of Ray Bradbury since I was 10. I loved the colorful supporting cast who smoothly propel this story from the beginning. I congratulate Houston for this masterpiece that has instructed so many filmmakers and audiences. I hope adults will watch and enjoy Moby Dick with their children as my parents and grandparents did with me.
best version of moby dick.
- paul caraccio
saw it in a theatre at 18, Loved it then,love now. I wish they would release the original movie soundtrack by louis levy and orch. I have it by the moscow symphony orch. No comparison to original. Please,someone, do the right thing. Thank You. P.C.
- Rudy Pavlic
Aurora is absolutely correct! I saw Moby Dick in the theater.....it was a wide screen production. I hope somebody out there releases it the way it should be seen. I have it, but on a modified for TV edition. This film should be seen widescreen.
better than described
This web page claims the original aspect ratio of the film is 1:33 but in fact it is more like 1:66 from what I saw!It aired recently on TCM and I was fortunate to not only view it for the first time [finally] but see that TCM indeed aired a widescreen version. Sadly, the information on TCMs website states it was not widescreen, and neither is it even available on home video in widescreen. That is a shame.The film is great, and well worth seeing for both the fine performances and the great cinematography. But if you have it on DVD you are getting a pan and scan version and may not realize this. I have been wanting to see this film for years but was highly skeptical of the 1:33 aspect ratio when I saw it available on DVD. I am glad I finally did get to see it on TCM because it confirmed my suspicions. Hopefully it will be re-released in it's proper format.
Moby Dick (1956)
- Jay Higgins
Gregory Peck gives a fine and sincere performance and this is a plus in this adaptation of the literary classic. I would have expected better, it doesn't quite capture the essence of the novel. All in all though, it's a good story and well produced.
Gregory Peck makes a fearsome Ahab
This is one of Peck's best performances. He truly brings out the Ahab of Melville's book right from the pages. You can see the madness in him and how it plays off the crew. The special effects were also quite good in this movie.
O' Thall Whale!
One of the greats in cinematic acheivements with John Huston's great Direction. Gregory Peck is powerful with his Shakespearean performance. (O' Thall Whale! I Killeth The!)