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Man Of La Mancha Blu-ray Review

Man Of La Mancha

“Man Of La Mancha” is an underrated musical.

The 1972 musical film version of “Man Of La Mancha” revolves around playwright and actor Miguel de Cervantes and his trusted servant. The two become abruptly arrested by the Spanish Inquisition and are placed among other prisoners who initially don’t take kindly to his arrival. In fact, they put him and his manuscript on trial. From here on out Cervantes performs his manuscript which involves a man (Alonso Quijana) who lost his mind and believes he is a Knight named Don Quixote who must defeat the villainous Enchanter. Don’s journey with his servant takes him to various places and realizations.

“Man Of La Mancha” was actually knew to me as I had not previously seen it before. Of course I was familiar with the iconic song “The Impossible Dream,” but my knowledge of the musical was quite limited. After viewing it, I have to say I regret not having seen it sooner.

Now, granted, the movie does meander in the middle and probably could have used actual singers, but it would be unfair to take away anything from Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren’s performances. O’Toole truly carries the film as he not only plays multiple roles, but really sells the dramatic moments. Sophia Loren is equally impressive here as she gives a very touching and human performance.

Story wise, I was actually quite surprised by how dark and heady it was. This is by no means a fluffy musical as it tackles subjects involving delusions, reality, escapism, hope, death, dreams, and life imitating art. It’s all very clever and well written.

The production itself is also worthy of praise as the sets and costumes are first rate. The production team really captures the tone and feel of the story.

Of course, I have to mention the songs as well which will undoubtedly get stuck in your head. The aforementioned “The Impossible Dream” is, of course, a classic, but I’m also quite fond of the titular song as well. The rest of the songs are certainly memorable as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This disc boasts a nice clean print. The colors are particularly noteworthy here.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Unless there’s a musical number, the track is pretty soft sounding.

Extras:
* Theatrical trailer for “Man Of La Mancha.”
* A photo montage.
* “Man Of La Mancha- The Impossible Dream Comes True”- A vintage 10 minute featurette that covers Don Quixote, the stage musical “Man Of La Mancha” and the film version.

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May 15, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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