Good intentions turned to paranoia and madness dominates the beautifully filmed epic Ludwig. This 1972 Luchino Visconti classic has been fully restored and re-mastered, giving this four-hour epic the glorious quality that it deserves.

The film, a tale of Bavaria’s “mad king” Ludwig II, portrays a young monarch who takes his promise to his father to become a great king by taking on wise advisers to an extreme degree.

Those who love beautiful cinematography will love this DVD if only for the amazing effort that was put into delivering this film in its full glory. The DVD also offers over two hours of bonus features, making this a great two-disc set for lovers of long, epic films.

Grade: A

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