Robe (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Henry Koster Starring: Richard Burton

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Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, this inspiring story stars Richard Burton as Marcellus Gallio, a Roman centurion whose life is forever changed when he wins Christ's robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 210536239
UPC 024543570080
UPC 14 00024543570080
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/18/2014
Rating NR
Bible Epic
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on a best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, THE ROBE is one of the best Biblical epics of all time. Richard Burton stars as Marcellus Gallio, a Roman who, after leading the crucifixion of Christ, takes home Jesus? robe and is subsequently torn by nightmares and guilt. A distraught Marcellus makes his way back to Palestine, where a humble attempt to discover more about the man who died by his hand puts him on a miraculous path toward redemption. Originally released in 1953, this crisp and vibrant film was one of the first to be filmed in beautiful, expansive CinemaScope. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best (Color) Cinematography, Best (Color) Costume Design, and Best (Color) Set Direction-Art Direction. Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, and Jay Robinson offer stellar supporting roles.
Plot Summary
Summary Fictional story of a Roman senator whose life is changed when he comes into contact with the robe that Christ wore when he was crucified.
Henry Koster
Richard Burton
Cast & Crew
Jean Simmons - Star
Richard Burton - Star
Dean Jagger - Star
Michael Rennie - Star
Victor Mature - Star
Richard Boone - Star
Torin Thatcher - Star
Jeff Morrow - Star
Jay Robinson - Star
Ernest Thesiger - Star
Leon Shamroy - Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire - Costume Designer
Barbara McLean - Editor
George Davis - Art Director
Philip Dunne - Writer
Lyle Wheeler - Production Designer
Edward B. Powell - Music Director
Frank Ross - Producer
Alfred Newman - Composer
Lloyd C. Douglas - Story
Henry Koster - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1953
Catalog ID 2257008
UPC 00024543570080
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1954) Charles Le Maire, Emile Santiago, Winner, Best Costume Design, Color,Frank Ross, Nominee, Best Picture,Leon Shamroy, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color,Lyle R. Wheeler, et. al., Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Richard Burton, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1954) The Robe, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama
ReviewSource Apollo Movie Guide
Review Henry Koster's The Robe, released in 1953 is an interesting film that offers comment on America's socio-political climate a half-century after its release...Among the interesting qualities The Robe has to offer, its sense of social transcendence ranks among the worthiest, alongside the film's demystification of religion, and decentralization of its protagonists...By demystification, I mean to highlight the film's understated quality when dealing with the crucifixion of Christ, and all Christian matters leading up to that moment...The Robe decentralizes its protagonists by avoiding manipulative shot choice and composition; the star isn't the centrepiece of each frame. Here, we see Marcellus, played by the top-billed star, Richard Burton, situated in a negligible position amongst a pack of disciples -- mixed in, with no special treatment for being the standout celebrity...The Robe is an infectious tale that follows the lives of Marcellus, Demetrius, Diana, Caligula, and surrounding Romans and Jews as they come to terms with what it means to live a spiritually bankrupt life, based on the tenets that power and respect are gained through force, oppression, and mercilessness -- and the weight such practices bear on the souls involved...The film falters when it hits its dramatic points, which aren't set up effectively. The stakes of many scenes need to be raised in an effort to heighten the level of intrigue, wonder, suspense... and ultimately, entertainment value. Heightening this weakness is the uneven reality of the set designs (many are great achievements, while others stand out as inferior), and characters that are not fully explored...Still, The Robe is an important piece of American cinema in deconstructing the religious influence that developed the cultural make-up of 1950s American society, by illustrating the arbitrariness of Christianity's social reign.
Reviewer Jon Lap
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Burton,Richard
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Emanuel Levy, ...the first released film in CinemaScope and the one to bring Richard Burton his first lead Oscar nomination.
Variety One magnificent scene after another!

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