Captain Bligh (Howard) is welcomed aboard the HMS Bounty with open arms, especially by those of the ever-faithful Second Mate Christian (Brando), as it sets sail from Portsmouth, England. But these welcoming arms soon become clenched fists as poor nautical decisions and inhumane treatment of crew members reign supreme. Before he knows it, Captain Bligh [continued on Page 66] is sent packing as an all-out Mutiny On The Bounty ensues. Based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. (Jack Kelley)
Special features include the original deleted prologue (four minutes) and epilogue (three minutes); a 24-minute chat with the builders, historians, and crew members of the Bounty; a 29-minute look at the building of the Bounty; 25 minutes of the Bounty's voyage to St. Petersburg; a 1964 World's Fair promo; a seven-minute segment chronicling the tour of the Bounty; and four trailers.
The VC-1-encoded 2.75:1 HD DVD picture looks good, with impressively resolved details on close shots and good shadow delineation. Medium and wide shots can be smeared and soft, but pixilation and edge enhancement are not overly apparent. Colors can be vibrant, although the color scheme is generally muted and grimy. For the age of this film, however, this is a superb release. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack spreads dialogue across the front three screen channels, directionalized across the stage with respect to the subject's on-screen location. Phase errors can become a distraction when dialogue is directionalized. Surround envelopment is wanting, and the LFE channel, while used, is not very effective. (Danny Richelieu)