War and Peace' DVD, Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda (1956), New & Sealed
Despite its reputation as an oversimplified epic, King Vidor's War and Peace remains a stellar showcase of Hollywood prestige. While Cecil B. De Mille was reviving ancient Egypt for The Ten Commandments, Vidor was transforming Italian countryside into war-torn Russia, bringing massive resources to bear on this sumptuous, if ultimately misguided adaptation of Tolstoy's classic. Given the marquee casting of Audrey Hepburn as Natasha and then-husband Mel Ferrer as decorated battle hero Prince Andrei, this is a movie you watch for star value, not literary fidelity. Henry Fonda serves Tolstoy more effectively as Pierre, whose passive observation of Napoleon's invasion turns this grand moral tale into an intimate study of individual passions. The battle scenes (directed by Mario Soldati) remain impressive, as does the film's grand parade of pomp and circumstance. Slow, regal, and peppered with brilliance, this epic falls short of classic but it's still a visual feast.
Director: King Vidor
Writing credits: Bridget Boland (adaptation) and
Robert Westerby (adaptation) ...
Audrey Hepburn .... Natasha Rostov
Henry Fonda .... Pierre Bezukhov
Mel Ferrer .... Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Vittorio Gassman .... Anatole
Herbert Lom .... Napoleon
Oskar Homolka .... Gen. Kutuzov (as Oscar Homolka)
Anita Ekberg .... Helene
Helmut Dantine .... Dolokhov
Tullio Carminati .... Prince Vasili Kuragine
Barry Jones .... Count Rostov
Milly Vitale .... Lise
Lea Seidl .... Countess Rostov
Anna-Maria Ferrero .... Mary Bolkonsky (as Anna Maria Ferrero)
Wilfrid Lawson .... Prince Bolkonsky (as Wilfred Lawson)
May Britt ....
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC format
Video: 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English / Chinese / None (Removable)