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Anna Karenina [DVD] 
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Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind), in her best role since Scarlett O’Hara, is the most tragic adulteress of all – Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. After falling in love with Alexei Vronsky, a Russian army officer, Anna scandalises Moscow by leaving her husband and child to live with him. But when her forbidden lover’s ardour cools, she finds herself outcast by an unforgiving society and she must make a desperate decision about her own lovelorn fate.
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They disappear once Anna boards her final train and her last look at the oncoming train is not blighted but I am very surprised they hadn't been removed prior to release.
Although we have not seen any of the other versions, my wife and I were transfixed by this film; the torment suffered by Anna and the appalling attitude of her boring, high and mighty, husband - cold as any Russian winter - who is concerned only with his political standing. His treatment of Anna in relation to their son, when he becomes aware of her extramarital affair is thoroughly despicable, even though she may be in the wrong.
In some respects, my wife felt that parts of the film were a little frightening, especially the premonitions Anna has of death, paralleled with a fatality witnessed early on in the film.
Although the story as depicted in the film has been outlined elsewhere, I have not read the book, so I am unable to comment on how faithfully this film version represents it, but I am pleased that I purchased this dvd.
As another reviewer has remarked, black vertical lines are noticeable for a few minutes towards the end of this particular print, apparently taken from the National Film Archive Collection, but which is not uncommon in old films, and which I should have thought may be difficult to eradicate. I was also rather amused by the so-obvious 'model train' plastered with icy snow on which Anna is travelling at the beginning of the film, but then visual effects have since improved considerably. Bearing in mind that the original film was released some 65 years ago, the picture quality is very good and I would recommend it to anyone interested in films of this genre.
Anna takes the train back to St Petersburg to meet her husband Alexei Karenina (Ralph Richardson) Alexei is a boring bureaucratic husband who pays little attention to his wife caught in a loveless marriage with nothing in common apart from their son, Anna's mind begins to wander. Count Vronsky had followed Anna back to St Petersburg's in pursuit refusing to give up, he has the knowledge that Anna is unhappy in marriage. Count Vronsky persistence finally pays off, Anna beings an affair at first discretely but soon Anna can bare no more and leaves her husband, in doing so she must pay the consequences of her decision, alienated by her husband and society she is forced to leave with her lover for Venice, Italy but while away Anna feel the Count is bored with his isolated life she now lives in desperate fear of believing her lover will lose interest and abandon her.Read more ›
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I've only seen this film once, I have seen other versions of this film. However in my humble opinion Vivien Leigh's film is the best version.Published 19 days ago by Mrs. K. Mcneil
If you expect a true HD quality to this "Blu-ray" release, avoid it. The picture is nothing better than the worst VHS copy from a bargain bin.Published 6 months ago by Alan Smithee
Very pleased with DVD much more enjoyable than the modern versions!Published 8 months ago by jobythesea
A beautiful restored dvd of anna karenina an expensive flop at that time but vivien leigh is a fine actress directed by french director julien duvivier it is always difficult... Read morePublished 15 months ago by patrick schoonvaere
Perfect casting with Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson especially. Stunning costumes and a superb score. A treasure from our golden age to be cherished.Published 24 months ago by Carla
I choose this rating as it was enjoyable , considering it was an old film also the quality was also very good, would recommend this to anyone, also quick despatch with thanks... Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2013 by cheeko123Atalk talk. net