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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty, Angela Lansbury, Terry Moore
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Producers: Arthur Hornblow Jr.
  • Format: Black & White, HiFi Sound, Mono, PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000057FL3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,896 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic drama starring Ingrid Bergman as a woman who believes she is going mad when she moves back into the home where her aunt was murdered. Paula (Bergman) is initially disturbed when the gaslight in the house starts flickering unexpectedly and she becomes convinced she can hear footsteps in the attic, which has been shut up for years. Then there is the case of the unknown man (Joseph Cotten) she begins seeing everywhere and numerous other strange events that seem to relate back to her aunt and the house. Will Paula be able to get to the bottom of her aunt's murder and the strange goings-on before the mystery drives her insane?

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In 1944, Ingrid Bergman took home a Best Actress Oscar for her work as the neurotic, persecuted wife in Gaslight, a thundering melodrama based on the play by Patrick Hamilton. At the heart of the piece is a splendidly cruel scenario as a husband (Charles Boyer) subtly drives his wife out of her mind in a house suffocating with Victorian clutter. But MGM production gloss and George Cukor's broad strokes direction make this a less affecting, suspenseful effort than the 1939 British film version with Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard. Bergman has a succession of big, impressive mad scenes that show off her acting muscles--and is given the full Hollywood glamour lighting and costuming to highlight her personal beauty--while Boyer comes alive as he salivates over the missing jewels. The best work comes from a teenage Angela Lansbury (in her screen debut) as an impudent, sexy-sinister maidservant, undermining her mistress at every turn and pouting to perfection.

On the DVD: Gaslight on disc includes a trailer, a newsreel snippet of Bergman getting her Oscar and a nice featurette with Pia Lindstrom (Bergman's daughter) and Lansbury talking about the film. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Tracey on 20 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
It doesn't appear to be mentioned anywhere on this link but potential purchasers should be aware that the Region 1 Warner Brother's (WB) release of this dvd comes with 2 film versions of Gaslight. In addition to the 1944 Ingrid Bergman/Charles Boyer release you also receive the British 1939/1940 release.

The latter in my opionion stands up and holds it's own against the remake no matter how many times I watch them. In fact I would even say that the more times I watch them I feel that British original is even superior.

My favourite story about the the remake by WB (Bergman/Boyer)film is as follows. It appears that WB wanted their 1944 film to be such a landmark that when they purchased the rights to make the remake they also purchased the rights to all of the existing prints of the British original. They then ordered that all copies of the British original film be destroyed as they did not want any comparisons made.

Thank heavens for those film buffs and film purists out there that hid away copies inspite of orders against this.

I'm not sure if the UK Region 2 dvd gives you both films but you might want to pop into an actual shop somewhere to check before buying the Region 2 dvd.

Trust me: You will be sorry if you don't watch both of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 27 Dec. 2008
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Gregory (Charles Boyer) marries Paula (Ingrid Bergman) and they return to live in the house that Paula had lived in as a child. She initially left the house to forget about her aunt who was murdered there. Now she is back. She starts to become forgetful and her mind begins to fall apart. Not until Brian (Joseph Cotten) appears on the scene does she have any real hope of discovering that something sinister has been in the air.

Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer are excellent in the lead roles - Bergman plays the victim well and she is never quite so weak as to be annoying - and it is good to see her fight back at the end. Watch how she handles a knife - is she crazy or not? It's my favourite scene in the film. Meanwhile, Boyer's face lends itself to an arrogance that has you disliking him from the start.

There is plenty of suspense and the film runs at a pace that has you forget that the film is almost 2 hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 21 Dec. 2010
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Driving my partner slowly insane is not something that I do on purpose, but is happening anyway. If I was looking for a guide on how to purposely pitch her off her trolley then `Gaslight' may be the key. A 1944 film starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, who pay the newly married couple of Paula and Gregory. Paula moved to Italy as a youngster after her Aunt was murdered in London, Gregory wants to move back to London to live in the house left in Auntie's will. Is the suave Gregory everything he claims to be? Or is there an ulterior motive for wanting to gain access to the house?

Acting in the 1940s was a staid affair, before the likes of Brando and Dean entered the scene to add overacting and sweaty foreheads. Therefore, the fact that Bergman won an Oscar for her role as Paula may be surprising to some, but when compared to many of the emotionally light performances of the time she paints a woman going slowly insane well. Boyer as the mysterious Gregory is weaker; coming across as a pantomime villain rather than the evil genius he would need to be to pull off his plan. Plaudits should also go to Joseph Cotten's role as the police officer who suspects that not all is right in the relationship.

With Bergman's central performance playing a key role, director George Cukor is able to pace the film well. The initial quarter suggests the film will be a pleasant costume drama, only for the mood to darken as the film progresses. As the plot thickens Bergman makes the film more claustrophobic, a house that was once homely becomes menacing. By the end you realise the film has become a complex thriller that has gone on to influence films up to the present day.

In terms of extras the trailer for the film is included, which contains plot spoilers. The featurette on the film is an interesting one as it explores the relationship between the cast and crew.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EasyGoer2 on 22 Aug. 2009
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...as I did recently and the 1940 English original is on side B of the double-sided dvd. This Warner release is dated 2004, with a spine number of 65148 and the artwork front cover is the same as the R2 release (except for the PG triangle). This R1 release is listed here on Amazon marketplace, so you can order with confidence. You will pay more, and have to put up with the "NTSC stutter", but both digital transfers are very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Although it's not as tight or intense as Thorold Dickinson's long-suppressed 1940 British version, MGM's lavish 1944 remake of Gaslight has plenty of strengths of its own, not least Ingrid Bergman's extraordinary Oscar winning performance as the wife who doesn't seem ill but whose husband keeps telling her she is...

As you might expect from an MGM prestige production, where the original was largely confined to the house and surrounding square the remake is much more expansive, opening the action out to Italy and the Tower of London and increasing the size of the rooms while cluttering them with expensive period bric-a-brac. It also goes to great lengths to fill in the back story: rather than beginning while his campaign to drive his wife mad has already been underway for some time, this shows how they met, fell in love and moved back to the house where her aunt was murdered before moving on to the subtle beginnings of his scheme. The husband may now be called Mr Anton in what one suspects is an inside joke, but Boyer lacks Walbrook's intensity so the role has been reworked as a more genial smoothie, more roué than hypocrite, and one who is more understanding and dismissive at first of his wife's lapses: it's not until halfway through the film that his more bastardly side is unleashed.

The role of Frank Pettingell's genial retired detective and potential saviour from the earlier screen version has been combined into two separate characters, Dame May Witty's enthusiastically nosey neighbour ("I enjoy a good murder now and then") and Joseph Cotton's assistant to the Police Commissioner, though both are kept at a distance from Bergman for most of the film to make her character much more isolated.
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