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Luther [DVD] [1974]

Release Date:04/01/2003
Stacy Keach stars in this screen adaptation of John Osborne's play Luther, produced as part of the ambitious but short-lived American Film Theater series, which comes to DVD in an edition featuring plenty of extras. Luther has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Mono; the dialogue is in English with no multiple language options included. Bonus materials include trailers for Luther and ten other AFT productions, an essay on the play by Michael Feingold of The Village Voice, a reproduction of the original AFT program for the film, a gallery of production stills, and interviews with AFT executive Edie Landau, and a promotional film for the series featuring founder Ely Landau.

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    Special Features

    • Theatrical trailer
    • "John Osborne and Luther," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
    • The AFT cinebill for Luther
    • Stills gallery
    • An interview with Edie Landau, Executive in Charge, The American Film Theatre
    • "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera" - AFT promotion reel (1974)
    • The American Film Theatre trailer gallery - includes a complete list of the AFT films
    • The American Film Theatre Scrapbook
    • Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs


    Adapted for the screen by Edward Anhalt from the play by John Osborne, Luther stars Stacy Keach as religious leader and "heretic" Martin Luther. In minimalist fashion, the film traces Luther's disillusionment with the Catholic Church, and his eventual spearheading of the Reformation movement. Over the course of the film, Keach ages from an ingenuous seminarian to a disgruntled, middle-aged firebrand. Director Guy Green does little to cinematize the material, instead favoring a theatrical approach and thus allowing the rich dialogue to be better appreciated. Luther was a production of the American Film Theatre. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Bruce Carstairs - Duke of Saxony
    • John Gielgud
      John Gielgud
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      Malcolm Stoddard - Emperor Charles V
    • Alan Badel
      Alan Badel - Cardinal Thomas de Vio
    • Stacy Keach
      Stacy Keach - Martin Luther

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