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Video/DVD -- A Man For All Seasons

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  • mwittlans@aol.com
    With the growing popularity of DVD s, now is a good time to suggest movies to your library. Many libraries are building their DVD collections as more patrons
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      With the growing popularity of DVD's, now is a good time to suggest movies to
      your library. Many libraries are building their DVD collections as more
      patrons move away from VHS.

      Additionally, if you make a point of checking out good Catholic videos,
      perhaps your library will be more likely to buy additional copies on DVD.


      Title: A Man For All Seasons
      Starring: Paul Scofield, Orson Wells, Alice More, et al
      Director: Fred Zinnemann
      Studio: Columbia/Tristar
      DVD Release Date: Feb. 2004 ASIN: 6305252564
      Video Release Date: Feb. 1998 ASIN: 0800185226
      Price: DVD $19.95
      Comments: One of the finest films of all times.

      From amazon.com:
      Editorial Reviews
      Amazon.com essential video
      Robert Bolt's successful play was not considered a hot commercial property by
      Columbia Pictures--a period piece about a moral issue without a star, without
      even a love story. Perhaps that's why Columbia left director Fred Zinnemann
      alone to make A Man for All Seasons, as long as he stuck to a relatively small
      budget. The results took everyone by surprise, as the talky morality play
      became a box-office hit and collected the top Oscars for 1966. At the play's heart
      is the standoff between King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw, in young lion form) and
      Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield, in an Oscar-winning performance). Henry wants
      More's official approval of divorce, but More's strict ethical and religious
      code will not let him waffle. More's rectitude is a source of exasperation to
      Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles in a cameo), who chides, "If you could just see
      facts flat on without that horrible moral squint." Zinnemann's approach is all
      simplicity, and indeed the somewhat prosaic staging doesn't create a great
      deal of cinematic excitement. But the language is worth savoring, and the
      ethical politics are debated with all the calm and majesty of an absorbing chess
      game. --Robert Horton


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