WARNER BROS has released the version of "MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" starring Marlon Brando on HD-DVD. While we favored the black and white, full-frame Clark Gable version for the most entertaining, and "BOUNTY" with Mel Gibson for its unique perspective, this 1962 version is far better than this reviewer expected, extremely entertaining, and dazzling in HD-DVD.
While many critics didn't applaud Brando's performance as Fletcher Christian, he's quite good here and creates a version far different but equally as good as Gibson and Gable managed to do in their own versions.
Most importantly, "MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY" was made with the aspirations of being presented as a true "epic" with lush settings, stunning cinematography, "big" performances and "wide screen" compositions. All of these things are here and the script offers frequently outstanding dialogue as well!
WARNER BROS. has provided a impressive transfer and the source material is astounding. There's nary a scratch present! The 2.76:1 image is intact with outstanding detail, deep blacks and grays and lush colors in every scene! The colors are rich but never oversaturated. Grain is only noticeable in a few brief sequences within the three-hour film and never intrusive.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix. While there are a surprising amount of effects interspersed throughout the film, the majority of separation is delegated to the outstanding film score. There are some impressive discrete effects although none are panning. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
WARNER BROS. has included some great extras here, including 5 featurettes, with "After the Cameras Stopped Rolling: The Journey of the Bounty" being the longest and best.