The Leopard DVD


A 19th century Italian prince (Burt Lancaster) presides over the transition from his old world to a modern one where his class will no longer rule...

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17 April 2019
Bfi Video Publishing 
178 minutes 
PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play.  Against a dramatic nineteenth-century backdrop of radical Italian Nationalism Luchino Visconti masterful epic, The Leopard, follows the Sicilian Prince of Salina and his family as they adjust to the social turbulence of revolutionary times. Adapted from Tomasi di Lampedusa s esteemed novel of the same name, this is a tragicomic depiction of a class eclipsed by history. Luchiono Visconti's masterpiece The Leopard, is now available on DVD for the first time. Featuring the complete uncut version of the film, with fully restored picture and sound, this stunning high definition digital transfer from the film s original 70mm negative materials overseen by the film s director of photography Guisppe Rotunno, is presented here in it s original widescreen aspect ratio. Starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, this gorgeous evocation of an era beautifully photographed, designed and costumed, with a rousing score by Nini Rota glitters with superb set pieces, culminating in the climatic 45-minute ballroom section where we can and fell a society in transition.

Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale star in Luchino Visconti's epic story of the fortunes which befall one aristocratic family during the 1860s, at the time of the unification of Italy. Prince Fabrizio Salina (Lancaster) realises that times are changing when his war-hero nephew Tancredi (Delon) starts courting Angelica (Cardinale), the beautiful daughter of the town's middle-class mayor. When asked to grant his approval for their marriage, he agrees, even though it confirms everything he dreads and despises about the rise of the bourgeoisie. The celebrated ball sequence, which lasts for much of the film's last quarter, is often credited as one of the most oppulent scenes in cinema history. The film was digitally restored in 2010 and it took over 12,000 hours of manual restoration to remove years of dirt and audio pollution.

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