Official AVForums Blu-ray Review: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Simon Crust

Movie Reviewer
Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 11th December 2011.
Here, in MGM’s most indulgent version, the pageantry is at its most flamboyant, both in terms of visual excess and performance. The film is long and feels like a voyage but, once you have set the time aside and prepared yourself for the long-haul, the rewards are often fine and enjoyable ...

It is abundantly clear that Brando could have sunk the production, almost literally, but his comical and excessive altercations with the writers and the two directors add a flavour to the performances and the sweaty atmosphere that don’t seem at all forced and put-on just for the cameras ...

Warners disc is problematic too. The dearth of fine detail is cause for concern, robbing what is an amazingly vibrant image of any true film-like texture. The improvements over previous editions (though I cannot comment on the HD-DVD version) is clear enough – this looks astonishing at times, almost like a painting come to life. The audio is good, though hardly anything to get excited about, but the supplements are a damp squib unless you are a devoted fan of the replica Bounty and its post-Mutiny outings ...



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