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Forever Amber [VHS][1947]


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Product details

  • Actors: Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene, George Sanders, Glenn Langan
  • Directors: John M. Stahl, Otto Preminger
  • Writers: Jerome Cady, Kathleen Winsor, Philip Dunne, Ring Lardner Jr.
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck, William Perlberg
  • Format: Colour, Mono, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: CBS Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQ8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,802 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

A 17th century romantic adventure starring Linda Darnell as Amber, the amorous courtesan who is able to conquer any man - except the one she really wants. She is left alone to bear the child of Bruce Carlton, a gallant adventurer whom she desperately loves. Determined to win him by gaining stature and title, the calculating Amber has an affair with a captain, marries a wealthy Earl and even becomes mistress to the King - all in the hope that Bruce wil return. Directed by Otto Preminger, the Los Angeles Times' reviewer described its reproduction of the Restoration as 'lavish and beautiful'.

Review

A more becoming Amber could hardly be conceived than the firm, luxurious creature that Linda Darnell makes. --New York Times

Lavish and beautiful. --Los Angeles Times

A visually stunning costume drama...With Jessica Tandy in one of her first screen roles, and David Raskin's score, one of the best in Hollywood history. --USA Today

Lavish and beautiful. --Los Angeles Times

A visually stunning costume drama...With Jessica Tandy in one of her first screen roles, and David Raskin's score, one of the best in Hollywood history. --USA Today --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Betty G. Whiffin on 6 Sep 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was suppoed to have "Spanish Subtitles" but turned out that if you did not speak Spanish it was difficult to get the English language. The seller DeeVeeDee was obnoxious when I queried the fact that I thought that this would be in English with Spanish subtitles. I wanted to return it but was knocked back. It starts off with no-smoking and other ads. in Spanish, then on to Spanish for several minutes, and then there is more Spanish showing you how to get English translation. If you can't read Spanish you have to try and try again. I was told I as not sensible by DeeVeeDee and I think it is disgraceful to send an email to a customer in this vein. I finally worked out how to get it in English but still had to go through the Spanish rigmarole at the beginning. Very disappointing. I was able to get another copy of this from another company in straight forward English. I have had Dutch imports which are quite easy but this Spanish import is not and I would not recommebnd it. I have dealt with Amazon for many years and have not had to write such a review as this, in fact my reviews have been very complimentary in the past.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "cooksuey" on 27 April 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is the classic story of Amber the country girl who falls in love with Bruce Carlton, a handsome cavalier of King charles, and her ruthless climb to Duchess status in order to secure his love and eluding marraige to her. A gripping historical romance that takes us through the colourful London life of the Royal court as well as the Great Plague and Fire of London. I felt that I had to watch this video after reading the 2 volume book to satisfy my curiosity of the beautiful Amber and handsome Bruce and their exiting story. I was not disappointed. With or without the books this is one for the true historical romantics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "elainerockett" on 31 July 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Filmed in the dramatic style of the age of the silver screen with lavish costumes, scenery and ambiences, beautiful actors and mega-dramatic acting, this film is certainly worth watching, but I feel it is nowhere near as in-depth as the novel, and therefore could disappoint devotees of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I had searched high and low for this film and book, as i named my daughter Amber after it. As it was apparently my nans favourite, as she died some years before my daughter was born, i decided to name my daughter Amber..... so therefor had to find out more about this film/ book. Having read and watched the film I am not so sure it was very apt but love the name anyway.And also love the film and the book. Thanks nan. And also a great big thanks to Amazon for helping me find it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
Set in 1660 England during the Restoration era of Charles II (George Sanders, no surprise stealing the movie), a young country girl (Linda Darnell) feeling repressed by the rural country life as well as by her adoptive Puritan father (Leo G. Carroll) flees to London to make her fortune. Though in love with one man (Cornel Wilde), a profiteer on the seas for the King, she sleeps her way to top of court society until she becomes the King's mistress. Based on the "scandalous" best seller (it was banned in fourteen states and condemned by the Catholic church) by Kathleen Windsor, it's hard to see what all the fuss was about based on resultant and considerably cleaned up Otto Preminger film. What we end up with is a colorful costumer about an ambitious vixen and while the heroine is a "wicked" slut, as played by the appealing Darnell, you can't help but like her. Still, all in all it's too tasteful when it should be a bit more naughty or, yes, even vulgar. I mean when you have a sexy wench manipulating those around her and sleeping her way to the top, it should more fun, no? And Darnell could have used a livelier leading man than Wilde who seems too enervated here. The plague and great fire of London sequences are handled very nicely. The Oscar nominated underscore by David Raksin is a thing of beauty. With Jessica Tandy, Richard Greene, Anne Revere, Glenn Langan, Richard Haydn, Robert Coote, Margaret Wycherly (very good as a murderous nurse), John Russell, Norma Varden and Alan Napier.

The Fox DVD from Spain is a decent colorful transfer with both English and Spanish soundtracks with optional subtitles. The film ends abruptly suggesting the film's original ending has been edited out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MONICA53 on 11 May 2009
Format: VHS Tape
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PRODUCTION FROM AN EXCELLENT NOVEL!
I JUST WONDER HOW MAGNIFICENT A PRODUCTION IT WOULD BE IF IT WAS RE-DONE NOW?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Forever Amber is a passionate and lust filled tale of a young girl who ascends slowly through the ranks of King Charles II's court. However, the one man Amber truly loves can never see beyond her peasant birth and continually breaks her heart through out the epic novel. The book is agonising for the reader as we know who really Amber is, but are forced to face what she will forever be to her society. Compulsive page turner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Lynn Taylor on 16 Oct 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I loved this book and film when I was a girl, in fact thes tory could have been about me when I was a child - I watched it once on the television and always wanted to own the DVD - came across it on Amazon and just had to buy it,excellent film and good value... thanks...Lynn Taylor
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