1. Sign-up to become a member, and most of the ads you see will disappear. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, so join the discussion today!
    Dismiss Notice

A Few Words About A few words about...™ Behold a Pale Horse - in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 1999
    Messages:
    12,622
    Likes Received:
    15,675
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Robert Harris
    Behold a Pale Horse has always seemed to be a bit of an oddity to me.

    Directed by Fred Zinnemann, one of the three that David Lean used to refer to lovingly as "the three foreigners," in a style so tepid to be almost without style, and with a minimal tale to tell.

    Partly having the appearance of neo-realism, and part studio, it never found its mark for me.

    One look at the cast, and the astute cinephile will know the heritage of the production, as linking with Columbia and Sam Spiegel, as part of the Lawrence deal. Some were placed in motion during Lawrence's writing hiatus, while others were part of the actors deals. A reason why Albert Finney said "no."

    Here you'll find Zia Mohyeddin, Omar Sharif, Maurice Jarre and Anthony Quinn.

    Also think Night of the Generals, among others.

    All this from one of the true great filmmakers.

    Twilight Time's new Blu-ray seems to accurately represent the black & white source, and the source, from an interesting segue from documentary footage at the opening to presumably dupey looking shots just thereafter, should not deter the modern viewer. Studio shots can be gorgeous, if dark.

    Image – 4.25

    Audio – 5

    Pass / Fail – Pass

    Upgrade from DVD – Yes

    RAH
     
    B-ROLL and PMF like this.
  2. atcolomb

    atcolomb Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,697
    Likes Received:
    1,498
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    Chicago Area
    Real Name:
    Angelo
    Never seen this film but being a big fan of the director and Gregory Peck will check it out from my local library if they get it.
     
  3. Richard Kaufman

    Richard Kaufman Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    48
    Trophy Points:
    10
    Location:
    Washington DC
    Real Name:
    Richard Kaufman
    As great an actor as Finney was, I cannot imagine him as Lawrence.
     
  4. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 1999
    Messages:
    12,622
    Likes Received:
    15,675
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Robert Harris
    Have you seen his screen test?
     
    Todd Mattraw likes this.
  5. Allansfirebird

    Allansfirebird Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Messages:
    534
    Likes Received:
    659
    Trophy Points:
    610
    Real Name:
    Sean
    I've always wondered why that was never included as a special feature on the blu-ray? I've read what I presume is the 13-page script for the test scenes from Michael Wilson, and it's intriguing.
     
  6. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 1999
    Messages:
    12,622
    Likes Received:
    15,675
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Robert Harris
    Mr. Finney would not give his permission.
     
  7. Allansfirebird

    Allansfirebird Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Messages:
    534
    Likes Received:
    659
    Trophy Points:
    610
    Real Name:
    Sean
    Such a shame, but I can understand that. I believe it's available to view at the BFI, is it not?
     
  8. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 1999
    Messages:
    12,622
    Likes Received:
    15,675
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Robert Harris
    It was.
     
    Allansfirebird likes this.
  9. Richard Kaufman

    Richard Kaufman Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    48
    Trophy Points:
    10
    Location:
    Washington DC
    Real Name:
    Richard Kaufman
    I have not seen Finney's screen test. As an actor he seemingly could do anything, nevertheless it's hard to imagine him as Lawrence. Perhaps a trip to the BFI is in order!
     
  10. Paul Rossen

    Paul Rossen Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2004
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    443
    Trophy Points:
    610
    Though I believe that Peter O'toole was tremendous in Lawrence I believe that Albert Finney would have been equally as good in his own way...and would have looked more like the real T.E.L.
     

Share This Page