A Streetcar Named Desire details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Nick Dennis, Rudy Bond, Wright King, Richard Garrick, Karl Malden, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Vivien Leigh|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100, Award Winners & Nominees, Classics Catch-up|
A Streetcar Named Desire
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 May 2006|
|Subtitles:||English, Czech, German, Dutch, Spanish, Greek, Polish|
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Brando in his spectacular role as the dashing and brutal Stanley KowalskiBy Irfan Lamba from England, Reading , 02 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Marlon Brando sets the standards for future actors in his role as Stanley Kowalski. Although there have been many more film adaptations after this one, no other actor has been able to match, or even come close to Brando's performance in this masterpiece directed by Elia Kazan.
What I mainly love about this film is Brando's peformance. He is amazing. His ability to superb ability to improvise is clearly evident and is part of what makes this film so great.
Vivien Leigh is also magnificent in her Oscar Winning Performance as Blance Dubois. This film is well worth watching and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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A Streetcar Named DesireBy a customer from North of Watford , 01 Mar 2011This toned-down version of a play by Tennessee Williams touches on the subjects of alcoholism, pretentiousness, promiscuity, domestic violence, rape and madness. The feel of the piece is more stagey than cinematic. Stage & movie director Elia Kazan exercises firm control and draws terrific performances from Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden and others but, after more than half a century, the whole project seems dated, unpleasant in substance and maybe slightly overrated. Now heres a funny thing, I have always liked Vivien Leigh but never liked any of her films in entirety. Maybe this one will grow on me.
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OK but not greatBy 5ft7offootballheaven (300 reviews) from London , 08 Jan 2011If you want to see classic Brando then perhaps On the Waterfront is better. Seemed a little claustrophobic but maybe that was the point. Felt more sorry for Stanley than Blanche. Some good lines in it and my favourite scene was when Stanley clears the his place at the table in some style and then offers to do the same.
Brilliant BrandoBy a customer from London , 15 Aug 2010I'd heard a great deal about this film before watching it and it didn't quite live up to my expectations. However, Brando was in top form, (both looks and acting) and Vivien Leigh was terrific. Good cast all round, although it was a bit slow in places.
Brando and Leigh at their bestBy Rach225 (6 reviews) from Lockerbie , 01 Jun 2010I have always depended on the kindness of strangers one of the most famous and tragic lines in film history and the major flaw that takes our heroine, Blanche DuBois, to her gloomy end.
Blanche DuBois, a fading southern belle, arrives in the Big Easy after her promiscuity has her driven out of her home town. Blanche stays with her sister Stella and husband Stanley and it soon becomes evident that her delusions of grandeur and alcoholism is causing her grip on reality to slip. Tensions begin to mount in the claustrophobic apartment between Stanley and Blanche which finally culminates in a horrific act, releasing Blanches hold on her sanity forever.
Vivian Leigh delivers the greatest performance of her career as the deluded and fragile Blanche who is frantically clinging to the remnants of an old life that no longer exists. Her ability to evoke pity for a character as immensely flawed as Blanche showed her tremendous skill as an actress. Brando is nothing short of spectacular as the sensual yet brutal Stanley. No one has ever or will ever play the part of Stanley Kowalski with such raw intensity as Brando. This is him at his absolute best, before his arrogance got the better of him, it is difficult to believe that out of Streetcar's three acting Oscar wins, Brando was the only loser.
Strict censorship laws in the 50s forced some changes and altered the ending slightly. However even with these changes, the 1951 film of Tennessee William's play of lust, cruelty and raw sexuality is as close to perfection as an adaptation can get.
bonus disc duplicationBy a customer from Berkshire , 07 Apr 2010a lot of the material on the bonus disc duplicates the audio commentaries on disc 1. Only the interviews with Kim Hunter were extra.