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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT299-BR

CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE (1947) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Tyrone Power, Thomas Gomez, Cesar Romero, John Sutton, Jean Peters, Lee J. Cobb, Antonio Moreno
Directed By:  Henry King
Composed By:  Alfred Newman

“A real dazzler…a complex look at class differences and the role of Spain’s corrupt Inquisitors…terrific Mexican location work…superb.”
– Glenn Erickson, DVDTalk.com

“A sweeping, majestic spectacle…one of Fox’s great epics.”
– TV Guide

A gorgeous, top-drawer Twentieth Century Fox spectacular, Captain from Castile (1947) – adapted from Samuel Shellabarger’s best-selling novel – offers Tyrone Power as a Castilian caballero, first a victim of the Spanish Inquisition, then a member of the Mexican expedition of Hernán Cortez (Cesar Romero). Along the way, he helps an Aztec slave (Jay Silverheels) and rescues a lively barmaid (Jean Peters) from the depredations of a cruel Inquisitor (John Sutton). Directed by veteran Henry King, and featuring a masterpiece of a score by the great Alfred Newman.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1947 / Color
141 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Rudy Behlmer, Jon Burlingame, and Nick Redman / Tyrone Power: The Last Idol / Tyrone Power and His Leading Ladies / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Edward Weinman on October 19, 2017 6:54 PM
What a remarkable blu-ray of this film! On my OPPO205, the video is superb and you have two choices for the mono sound track: one, strictly mono and the other I guess you'd call it double mono coming from the left/right speakers. This is the sound option I chose. All because of the great Alfred Newman's masterful music! Tyrone Power was at the height of his powers and the love theme for him and Jean Peters is one of the tender, emotional moments in all the film scoring! Buy it before it runs out!

Posted by Mark Turner on November 9, 2017 2:20 PM
Tyrone Power was a force to be reckoned with when at his peak. Contracted to 20th Century Fox he was their lead performer for years. He was as adept at comedy and drama as he was the numerous swashbuckling films he made. And at the height of his career he made this film at a staggering (at the time) costs for production. Not only that the film runs 2 hours and 21 minutes, something unheard of at the time.

The story is quite involved and takes place in two locales. The first is in Spain in the 1500s. There Pedro De Vargas (Power) is part of the upper class, a nobleman well loved. Pedro is in love with a fair haired maiden named Luisa De Carvajal (Barbara Lawrence). But Luisa has also caught the eye of Diego De Silva, the local representative of the Inquisition. When Pedro helps Coatl (Jay Silverheels), one of De Silva’s Indian slaves escape, De Silva has Pedro and his family arrested and ready for questioning. His first victim is Pedro’s 12 year old sister who dies while being tortured.

Placed in cells Pedro is rescued by Juan Garcia (Lee J. Cobb), an adventurer friend he made earlier who lost part of his family to De Silva as well. A sword fight with De Silva leaves him bleeding and thought dead. While his parents head for the safety of Italy, Pedro along with Juan and Catana Perez (Jean Peters), a young woman Pedro helped when De Silva’s men were upon her, all decide to join an expedition to the new world. Hoping to change their fortunes they sign on with Hernando Cortez (Cesar Romero) and his search for gold possessed by the Aztecs.

The film shifts to their adventures there in the new world and there are plenty of them. Between duplicitous seamen and the locals unwilling to simply part with their treasures the lives of these three are not easy. Added to the mix is the fact that Catana has fallen hopelessly in love with Pedro while Juan has grown fond of her at the same time.

Pedro deals with his past when confronted by Father Bartolome Romero (Thomas Gomez). When asked why he hasn’t shown up to mass he confesses his past sins and the death of his nemesis De Silva. Father Romero forgives him of his sins and makes him promise to atone for them. Which becomes an issue when nearly a year later De Silva shows up to represent the king and as a guest of Cortez.

Keep in mind these are the basics of the story going on here, the bones that flesh is wrapped around. The movie is filled with romance and adventure like many movies of the time offered. What makes the movie special is that it is all done with such skill. Every bit of the movie comes together to make the story come alive, especially the score by composer/conductor Alfred Newman. Power is at his best here and Peters makes it hard to believe that this was her first film.

Twilight Time has released the film with the cleanest picture ever offered for this title. In addition to that they’ve thrown in a number of extras this time around including an isolated music track, an audio commentary track featuring film historians Rudy Behlmer, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman, TYRONE POWER: THE LAST IDOL an episode of the old Biography series, TYRONE POWER AND HIS LEADING LADIES and the original theatrical trailer. Once more Twilight Time has limited this to just 3,000 copies to pick one up if you’re a fan.

Posted by haylyn challis on December 2, 2017 1:52 PM
This version of Captain From Castile is a superb restoration and supersede all other previous issues.Top marks for this, it even stands a screen zoom to fill the 4.3 ratio picture.The previous reviewer give a good review on the Story and quality.

However the Digital sound to me is very thin on the bottom bass notes,ie, bass, cello, drums etc (like all modern digital recordings are). DTS surround or Stereo, even with a (sub woofer) (which CAN sound 'Boxy')made no difference, That's why I turned to Analogue with an equalizer, my usual listening format. This recording even defied that, and made no difference. When I went back to the Isolated score tracks, all changed, in digital or analogue, some lower frequencies were there. The 2 CD soundtrack issue, was the same, fine. The trailer included, is untouched by Digital restoration, showed what the original sound in the 1940's Cinemas were like,full bodied original sound. When one goes to the Concert Hall one can hear ALL the full,Symphony Orchestra's instruments.

This is my personal view of this version, like all Twilight issues, they are worth having in ones collection.Can't wait for the December issue 'FOREVER AMBER'

Explanation please, Digital Engineers out there!.

Haylyn UK

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