The sinking of Titanic leads a historical handful from local Blu-ray label Imprint Films this month. Get ready for Romans, Vikings, gladiators, scandal and mutiny.
Decades before James Cameron’s Oscar-winning juggernaut, the sinking of Titanic was dramatically documented in director Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 feature A Night to Remember, based on testimonies from those who survived the disaster. Imprint brings this classic to Blu-ray in a special limited edition including new video interviews with critic Matthew Sweet and film historian Jo Botting, a making-of documentary, and more.
Anthony Quinn stars as the eponymous thief turned gladiator in this lavish 1961 biblical epic from director Richard Fleischer (The Vikings). Spared from crucifixion when Christ is chosen to take his place, Barabbas enters the gladiator arena to resolve a spiritual crisis and fight for his freedom. Also starring Jack Palance, Silvana Mangano and Ernest Borgnine.
The 1970 big screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s play stars the late, great Sir John Gielgud in the title role, but the focus is on his loyal apprentice, Mark Antony (Charlton Heston), who fights for the future of the empire following Caesar’s murder. The all-star cast also features Diana Rigg and Christopher Lee. Extras include a new commentary and interviews.
Adapted for the screen by Terence Rattigan from his stage play, A Bequest to the Nation, this 1973 historical drama follows the scandalous relationship between Lord Nelson (Peter Finch) and his mistress, Lady Hamilton (Glenda Jackson), during the Napoleonic Wars. Extras include new video interviews and the theatrical trailer.
Aboard the British warship HMS Defiant, Captain Crawford (Alec Guinness) must battle Napoleon’s fleet and the ruthless Lieutenant Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde), who incites the crew to mutiny. Also starring Maurice Denham and Anthony Quayle, this rousing seafaring adventure from 1962 is directed by Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, The Spy Who Loved Me).
Legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff directs this 1964 Viking saga that stars Richard Widmark and Russ Tamblyn as brothers who steal the Norse King’s funeral ship, setting sail in search of a fabled treasure known as “The Mother of All Voices” – a gigantic, solid gold bell. The Vikings must battle a vengeful Moorish prince (Sidney Poitier) for this glittering prize.