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Director: Anthony Mann     Starring: Sophia Loren Charlton Heston
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Format: DVD
Sku: 206699985
UPC: 796019803960
UPC 14: 00796019803960
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First Time on DVD!
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.

"To say that El Cid is the most intelligent of the elephantine epics of the early '60s is to damn it with faint praise.  Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"One of the greatest epic films ever made.  Martin Scorsese
"...the costumes are lavishly colorful, the sets spectacular, the crowds huge, the passions extreme.  Richard Harrington, The Washington Post
"Charleton Heston is the perfect mythic conflicted hero.  Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"...a feast of visual detail...overflows with deep-focus vistas, towering sets, densely crowded battle sequences...  The New York Times

Editor's 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").


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/29/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 188 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1961
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 80396
Video UPC UPC: 00796019803960
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.20:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Genevieve Page
Video Cast Info Frank Thring
Video Cast Info Sophia Loren
Video Cast Info Charlton Heston
Video Cast Info Raf Vallone
Video Cast Info Gary Raymond
Video Cast Info Douglas Wilmer
Video Cast Info Herbert Lom
Video Cast Info John Fraser
Video Cast Info Massimo Serato
Video Cast Info Robert Lawrence - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Krasker - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Miklos Rozsa - Composer
Video Cast Info Veniero Colasanti - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Philip Yordan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Samuel Bronston - Producer
Video Cast Info John Moore - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Fredric M. Frank - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Anthony Mann - Producer
Video Cast Info Anthony Mann - Director


Golden Globe (1962)
   Video Award Name Anthony Mann, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Director
   Video Award Name El Cid, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Miklos Rozsa, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Score

Oscar (1962)
   Video Award Name Miklos Rozsa, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
   Video Award Name Miklos Rozsa, Paul Francis Webster ("The Falcon and the Dove"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song

Golden Globe (1962)
Video Award Name Samuel Bronston, Winner, Special Merit Award

Oscar (1962)
   Video Award Name Veniero Colasanti, John Moore, Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

Professional Reviews

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

Variety 9 of 10
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.

ReelViews 8 of 10
"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. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Heston,Charlton
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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