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Sand Pebbles [Blu-ray] [Import anglais]
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"EL YANG-TSE EN LLAMAS narra muchas historias. Es la historia de China, un gigante dormido que despierta ante los gritos de su gente, y la historia de los americanos que se vieron atrapados en su sangrienta despertar. Es la historia de los americanos que se vieron atrapados en su sangriento despertar. Es la historia de Frenchy (Richard Attenborugh), un miembro de la tripulación del buque estadounidense San Pablo que secuestra a su prometida china en una subasta. Y sobre todo, es la historia de Jack Holman (Steve Mcqueen), un marinero que ya no intenta estar en paz con nada, ni siquiera consigo mismo. Candidata a nueve Oscars, incluidos el de Mejor Pelicula y Mejor Actor para McQueen, EL YANG-TSE EN LLAMAS combina acción explosiva, drama y romance en conmovedoras dosis. NOTA : Contiene los siguientes extras: - Comentario en audio de la pelicula del director Robert Wise y de los actores Candice Bergen y Mako. -Documental radiofonico -""Changsa Bund y las calles de Taipei"". -Documental radiofonico -""Un barco llamado San Pablo"". -Tres anuncios radiofonicos. -Galeria de fotos. -Trailer Original de Cine." --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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L'histoire se déroule en 1926. La canonnière américaine San Pablo patrouille sur le Yang Tse et se retrouve confrontée à la guerre civile qui oppose les partisans de Tchang Kaï Check et les révolutionnaires communistes. Le navire américain et ses marins doivent dans la mesure du possible rester neutres mais le contexte est parfois compliqué, notamment lorsqu'il faut aller porter secours à une mission chrétienne isolée et menacée par la guerre.
Ce long film de trois heures joue sur un rythme très lent et de subites accélérations liées à la confrontation sur le fleuve des cultures occidentales et extrême-orientales. Une centaine de marins américains seulement se voient opposés aux masses chinoises, innombrables et menaçantes, qui rappellent celles des « 55 jours de Pékin ». Le film se présente comme une sorte d'avertissement annonciateur des prémisses des guerres de décolonisation à venir. Vivant en vase clos sur leur canonnière les marins, observateurs plus qu'acteurs des événements, en son réduit à des actions humanitaires et doivent gérer de nombreux dilemmes moraux et militaires.
Steve McQueen est exceptionnel tout au long du film. Candice Bergen lui donne la réplique avec beaucoup de romantisme.
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Eventually, however, Holman is nevertheless drawn into the conflict through a series of events that impact him beyond all personal resistance, the most significant being when American lives are threatened throughout China, and Holman and a landing party are sent ashore to protect and escort some missionaries back to the safety of the San Pablo. But at the mission, Holman discovers a way of life, the likes of which he's never known, and for the first time ever, he realizes a sense of belonging. And he likes it. For Holman, however, it may be too late; the political turmoil throughout the country has put the lives of everyone at the mission in peril, including a young missionary named Shirley Eckert (Candice Bergen), with whom Holman has made a connection he simply cannot dispel; for in Shirley, he discerns an innocence and a goodness that compels him, and in which he finds a welcome sense of fulfillment. So what began as a routine mission becomes a salient point in Holman's life, and he is faced with the most important decision he's ever had to make.
This is the one for which McQueen should have won an Oscar. As Holman, he demonstrates an emotional range and depth that runs the gamut from almost boyish naivete to a world weary veteran of life who has seen and heard it all. Utterly convincing, he can say more with a slight incline of his head, a slow blink or shifting of his eyes than most actors could say with reams of dialogue at their disposal. He communicates with so much more than words, and there's meaning in everything he says and does-- he never wastes a line or a single moment. What he does with this role is magnificent; it's the definitive McQueen performance. His Holman is the personification of the loner, and in creating him he delivers something few actors could ever equal: He's tough, convincing and charming-- all at the same time. And he should've taken home The Statue for it.
As Collins, the Captain of the San Pablo, Richard Crenna gives one of his finest performances, as well, and it cemented his transition from television actor to a career on the big screen. After this, there was no going back. His portrayal of the somber, introspective Captain is riveting, and in him you readily perceive Collins' sense of duty and honor, as well as his overwhelming sense of futility and failure. And the urgency with which he grasps his chance for redemption, even in the face of insurmountable odds, is entirely believable as it is consistent with the character he has created.
The superlative supporting cast includes Richard Attenborough (Frenchy), Emmanuelle Arsan (Maily), Mako (Po-han), Larry Gates (Jameson), Charles Robinson (Bordelles), Simon Oakland (Stawski), Ford Rainey (Harris), Joe Turkel (Bronson) and Gavin MacLeod (Crosley). A powerful drama, extremely well crafted and presented by Wise, "The Sand Pebbles" is a great and memorable film that will forever stand as the pinnacle of McQueen's successful career. Jake Holman is a character you will never forget, because there is something of him-- that wistful longing to belong, perhaps-- in all of us. A timeless classic among classics, this is one of the greatest motion pictures of all time, and is by definition, the magic of the movies.
The setting is China in 1926. Violent conflicts were everywhere. Warlords were fighting each other, and the Nationalist leader Chang Kai-Shek was gaining power. In addition, the Communists were fighting against the Nationalists. Because the U.S. had interests there, they had a few Navy gunboats going up and down the river. They weren't supposed to do anything - just be a show a force. But the Chinese, from all the different factions, wanted the Americans out. "Go Home Foreigners" was their battle cry. The Americans knew that at any moment an international incident could erupt. Sound familiar?
Steve McQueen, in the best performance of his career, is cast as a Navy machinist on the gunboat, which was nicknamed the "Sand Pebbles". When he joins the crew, he's surprised to discover that the "Coolies" do all the hard work - everything from cooking to cutting hair to running the engine. He opposes this as he wants to run the engine himself, and after some conflict, and an accidental death, he befriends one of the Coolies, and teaches him how to run the boat. Later, there are violent consequences.
There is tension throughout between McQueen and the crew for many reasons. And we soon know who the good guys and the bad guys are. Richard Attenborough plays a good guy. He falls in love with a young Chinese woman in bondage to the local house of pleasure. Another good guy is the Captain of the ship, played by Richard Crenna. He believes in ideals and is determined to act with valor even though he has to make some hard choices. Steve McQueen is the ultimate good guy though. He acts on instinct and every move is from the heart.
Then there's the crew who treat the Coolies badly and fight against every improvement that McQueen wants to implement. They also are willing to almost cause a mutiny when an incident occurs in which the Chinese call for McQueen's blood. We also see the naivety of the missionaries, one of whom is Candice Bergen, who think that by declaring themselves "stateless persons" the Chinese will not see them as Americans. The film is a series of battles. Some of the battles are with guns. Others are moral ones. Together they create a huge mosaic of high adventure coupled with questions of intervention. There are no easy answers.
The DVD has several features by Robert Wise in which he discusses the making of the film. However, to my disappointment, they are all in audio only. We hear his voice superimposed over a static scene or the logo from the film. After all the high adventure of the film, I was bored by these and didn't watch them.
However, the film stands alone on its own. It's almost three hours long, but yet every moment is action packed with complex interweaving stories. There isn't one dull part and all of the acting is great. I loved it. I therefore give it an extremely high recommendation. Not to be missed.
The cast is stellar, starting with what may have been perhaps the finest and most accomplished acting by Steve McQueen in his long and illustrious career. Here McQueen does more with a series of facial shots than most actors could do with a gunboat full of dialogue. It also includes a very young and beautiful Candace Bergen, a remote and imperious "by the book" and dangerously gung-ho skipper played quite well by Richard Crenna, as well as wonderful performances by Mako, Richard Attenborough, and a number of notable others. All of them add to the progress of the drama, but it is McQueen's reawakening as a person during the progress of the movie that is the centerpiece of its story, as he slowly transforms from a selfish, emotionally remote, and cynical sailor into a person who increasingly recognizes that there things in life worth fighting and even dying for.
The movie is quite long at 180 minutes (3 hours), but through its length provides a very interesting, absorbing, and off-beat look at how our country sometimes becomes embroiled in international incidents without understanding what is going on, and how that military involvement, whether it is in a sleeping China or in Vietnam (which was the obvious parallel in the mid-sixties when this was made) affects everyone involved. Don't miss this chance to see Steve McQueen and a strong supporting cast in this terrific though perhaps subtle anti-war movie.
First off, The Sand Pebbles is a LONG movie. At just over 3 hours long it has found it's way to Blu Ray in high style, with a quality transfer sourced from an almost impeccable print and a remixed 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack that does nothing but enhance the overall experience.
20th Century Fox has managed to cram both the movie itself and the bonus features onto 1 disc and still retain a high quality image. The Sand Pebbles, being of the 60's , does not feature brilliant vibrant "spectrum of the rainbow" type colors, keeping within the style of the times and the intent of the director and DP and the film stock used. It does however feature natural color in every scene. Never over-saturated and no terrible fading either. I found it most satisfying on that level, along with a stable, wobble free image. In addition , the image has no discernible DNR, edge enhancement, banding or black crush and the shadow detail is also very strong. Contrast wavers in a few small places, but never for very long. Also, a very few softer looking scenes crop up from time to time, but again they are very few. Natural film grain and fine detail are the order of the day here.
The BD-50 dual layer disc seems to be fully utilized here, considering how lengthy this movie is. Honestly, it really is a nice rendering and a real joy to look at in the Blu Ray format.
The soundtrack with music by the late great Jerry Goldsmith fares just as well as the picture quality. (IMHO) The music has been obviously remixed to take advantage of the 5.1 format and is both lush and crystal clear. Ambient effects are spread through the surrounds, but never obtrusive or gimmicky. My only complaint would be that sometimes the dialogue may be a bit 'tinny' and a few times it gets just slightly clipped or distorted, but always intelligible and easy to understand. The majority of the dialogue sounds just fine and is much better than I had hoped for a film of this age and era. The original recordings were obviously made with care for this much quality to shine through in a lossless audio presentation. The separation and expanse of the music mix is very very good and on my Denon/Klipsch system it had me feeling I was at the Cinerama! Cool!
The extras include some great commentaries including an isolated score track. Over 2 and 1/2 hours of documentaries are also included plus a stills gallery, radio spots , the original trailer and more. All told, this is one amazing package and shows just how great the Blu Ray format can be by fitting it all on just one disc while retaining a very high level of quality.
No doubt about it, The Sand Pebbles is a film classic and this Blu Ray release is THE way to see it at home. A 5.1 surround system that decodes DTS-HD Master Audio will reveal a beautiful and engaging soundtrack to complement the gorgeous 1080p visuals. Also, this disc is NOT Java encumbered and as such the disc resume feature will WORK which is good if you can't sit for the entire 3 hours without a break.
For McQueen fans and classic film fans in general this is a great purchase and a fine addition to anyone's personal video library!
Bob Wise made many great films, but this may be his best, on par with The Sound Of Music, I'd say. Steve McQueen made some fine movies, and this may be his peak. Ditto Richard Crenna; his is in fact probably the finest performance here, a true tour de force. Attenborough is also splendid, as is Bergen, who combines innocence and intelligence in a lovely, understated way. Mako as well says volumes while saying little. The cinematography is gorgeous, as are the locations in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Jerry Goldsmith turns in a typically perfect score. There is in fact almost nothing not way above average for '60s Hollywood here. Or any period of cinema, in fact.
At over 3 hours, a film has got to be good to keep you committed. Sand Pebbles does that easily, with a tight script and emotional tension that never lets up. Its frank and for the time unusually brave assessment of American imperialism rings true decades later, and seems quite prescient (when if ever will we get The Afghan Pebbles?). There's more depth on most every level here than we get these days, to be sure. And yet there's also understatement and elegance to spare. It feels like a big budget studio film but looks like real art, a combination all too rare in any cinematic era. And considering that China now owns more of our debt than any other country, and we just keep borrowing more for yet another wonderful war, the messages here about Chinese-American relations have a real resonance. Some of this film looks very racist by today's standards, no doubt, and really makes one reconsider how we treat and have treated other nations and peoples. Only a truly great film can tackle so many issues and still be warm and heartfelt; Sand Pebbles is one of a kind, a true classic.
If only all old classics got this kind of reverent blu-ray package! There's nothing lacking here, from a perfect transfer that seems like you're back in the theater in December 1966 to hours of extras. An hour doc on the film that's very good; short docs on McQueen (everybody loved him, it seems), Wise (the same), the ship, etc. Radio spots. A separate film score (ALL films with good scores should have this! ALL of them! Can you hear us out there in Hollyweird?) with commentary yet, an even rarer thing; a main commentary; interviews with most of the old stars; deleted scenes, a few of which I wish had been in the film (Steve and Candice in a tough little talk, and a perfect McQueen/Attenborough exchange that sums up the heart of the film in one line: "What do you call her?" Don't miss that one); and more. Now that's the sort of cornucopia a film fan dreams of.
All in all, one of the very best blu-rays I've seen, in every way.
What a difference, and what a treat, when a studio shows respect for both the film and for the fans.