El Cid-Deluxe Edition

Directed By: Anthony Mann Starring: Sophia Loren Charlton Heston

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really classic collection piece

by Happy Karaoke Singer on 3/3/2011

I love this old classic movie this is totally recommendable and pictures is really excellent.

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Now available on DVD for the first time, this sweeping, Oscar-nominated epic is "one of the most spectacular mega-productions ever made" (Louis Black, The Austin Chronicle). Digitally remastered and loaded with revealing special features, El Cid stars Academy Award winners Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren in two of their legendary performances.

Anthony Mann masterfully directs this classic tale of the 11th-century hero (Heston) who fought to unite Spain. Known as history's "compassionate warrior," the film follows El Cid's remarkable journey from peace-broker accused of treason to the King's fighting champion, and later from exiled hero to legendary martyr.

Unequaled in scope, grandeur and adventure, El Cid is an essential part of any film lover's collection.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 206699985
UPC 796019803960
UPC 14 00796019803960
Format DVD
Release Date 1/29/2008
Big Battles
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note A widely acclaimed Hollywood spectacle which tells the story of the 11th century Spanish hero who drove the Moors from Spain. The restored version was overseen by Martin Scorsese and is uncut and remastered. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Song ("The Falcon and the Dove").
Chicago Sun-Times "...It is not only a spectacle the likes of which we may never see again, but also brings an elegance to the form not much seen before its release, either..." 08/27/1993 p.41
New York Times "[A] feast of visual detail....The film overflows with deep-focus vistas, towering sets, densely crowded battle sequences and the imposing presence of two remarkable physical specimens, Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren." 01/29/2008
Sight and Sound "[I]t's clear that the director relished working in 70mm and having such rich resources at his disposal. As a spectacle, it's muscular and more dynamic than most." 04/01/2008 p.89
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "There are obvious resonances with today's religious tensions, but this is a story of much more, and it is handled superbly." 04/01/2008 90
Anthony Mann
Sophia Loren
Charlton Heston
Cast & Crew
Genevieve Page - Star
Frank Thring - Star
Sophia Loren - Star
Charlton Heston - Star
Raf Vallone - Star
Gary Raymond - Star
Douglas Wilmer - Star
Herbert Lom - Star
John Fraser - Star
Massimo Serato - Star
Robert Lawrence - Editor
Robert Krasker - Director of Photography
Miklos Rozsa - Composer
Veniero Colasanti - Production Designer
Philip Yordan - Screenwriter
Samuel Bronston - Producer
John Moore - Production Designer
Fredric M. Frank - Screenwriter
Anthony Mann - Producer
Anthony Mann - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1961
Catalog ID 80396
UPC 00796019803960
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 188 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.20:1
Golden Globe (1962) Anthony Mann, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Director,El Cid, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Miklos Rozsa, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Score,Samuel Bronston, Winner, Special Merit Award
Oscar (1962) Miklos Rozsa, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture,Miklos Rozsa, Paul Francis Webster ("The Falcon and the Dove"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song,Veniero Colasanti, John Moore, Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
ReviewSource Variety
Review El Cid is a fast-action color-rich, corpse-strewn, battle picture. The Spanish scenery is magnificent, the costumes are vivid, the chain mail and Toledo steel gear impressive. Perhaps the 11th century of art directors Veniero Colasanti and John Moore exceeds reality, but only scholars will complain of that. Action rather than acting characterizes this film...Yet the film creates respect for its sheer picturemaking skills. Director Anthony Mann, with assists from associate producer Michael Waszynski who worked closely with him, battle manager Yakima Canutt, and a vast number of technicians, have labored to create stunning panoramic images...Of acting there is less to say after acknowledging that Charlton Heston's masculine personality ideally suits the title role. His powerful performance is the central arch of the narrative...Two actors in King of Kings who remained over in Spain to appear in El Cid ended up as bit actors. Hurd Hatfield is the court herald in a couple of scenes, Frank Thring is a most unconvincing Moorish emir with a shaved noggin...Most provocative performance among the supporting players is that of Genevieve Page, as the self-willed princess who protects the weakling brother (John Fraser) who becomes king after she, sweet sibling, has the older brother slain.
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "El Cid is one of the greatest epic films ever made. Anthony Mann's sense of composition, his use of space, and his graceful camera movements bring to life an ancient tapestry where the transformation of an ordinary man into a legend become almost a mystical experience." Lavish praise from Martin Scorsese, one of the forces behind the restoration and re-release of El Cid. Pardon me if I am not in wholehearted agreement...Beyond the spectacle and pageantry, El Cid's virtues are limited. The costumes and set design are as imposing as the magnificent backdrops against which the turbulent battles occur, and the effort necessary to orchestrate the realistic clash of thousands of swords is remarkable, but while these things form the grand centerpiece of the film, they cannot entirely camouflage its shortcomings. Acting is by far the biggest problem. Both Charlton Heston and Sofia Loren have imposing screen personalities, but, at least in this picture, neither is capable of projecting real emotion or drawing us into a rapport with their characters...The plot is high melodrama with few surprises...El Cid turns more often to the ridiculous than the sublime...Regardless, there are still moments of breathtaking, almost transcendant splendor, when the film makers attain the grand aspirations they strive for.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Heston,Charlton
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine To say that El Cid is the most intelligent of the elephantine epics of the early '60s is to damn it with faint praise.
Martin Scorsese One of the greatest epic films ever made.
Richard Harrington, The Washington Post ...the costumes are lavishly colorful, the sets spectacular, the crowds huge, the passions extreme.
Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope Charleton Heston is the perfect mythic conflicted hero.
The New York Times ...a feast of visual detail...overflows with deep-focus vistas, towering sets, densely crowded battle sequences...

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really classic collection piece by Happy Karaoke Singer on Mar 03, 2011