Napoleon 1927
A massive five-and-a-half-hour biopic of Napoleon, tracing his career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign), his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797.

Originally conceived by Gance as the first of six films about Napoleon, this epic features full-scale historical creations of episodes from his personal and political life, that see Bonaparte overcome fierce rivals and political machinations to seal his imperial destiny.

Utilising a number of groundbreaking cinematic techniques, Napoleon is accompanied by Carl Davis monumental score (newly recorded in 7.1), and offers one of the most thrilling experiences in the entire history of film.

Director: Abel Gance
Cast: Albert Dieudonne, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daele, Antonin Artaud, Gina Manes, Pierre Batcheff
Country: France
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War


3 x BD50 | 1080p AVC | 332 minutes | 119 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English intertitles
Subtitles: none

Extras:
• Feature-length commentary by Dr. Paul Cuff
• The Charm of Dynamite (Kevin Brownlow, 1968, 51:34): BBC documentary on Glance's silent films, narrated by Lindsay Anderson
• Composing Napoleon - An Interview with Carl Davis (2016, 45:42)
• Napoleon digital restoration featurette (2016, 5 mins)
• Stills and Special Collections Gallery (11:27)
• Alternative single-screening ending (played in isolation or with Act 4)
• Individual triptych panel presentations (21:20)

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