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Gone To Earth [DVD]

Jennifer Jones , David Farrar , Michael Powell , Emeric Pressburger    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Jones, David Farrar, Edward Chapman, Sybil Thorndike, Cyril Cusack
  • Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003K6R2I4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,671 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, beautiful film 17 Jan 2005
This review contains no plot spoilers.
A magnificent acheivement by Powell and Pressburger, full of the mysterious atmosphere of the Welsh Marches. Sadly, it was butchered before release - just 35 minutes remained in the 1950 cinema release. This DVD is the full 110 minute restored version, and the DVD transfer is superb for a film of this age. The audio is also excellent. There are even good extras, rare in a budget British DVD.
The outdoor shots are superb, and thankfully there are only a few seconds of back-projection here and there. If you like P&P's work (I Know Where I'm Going, Colonel Blimp, A Canterbury Tale), then you'll love this. Also a 'must' for Kilvert's Diary lovers.
It seems the DVD pack designer was just handed a few old black & white film stills and didn't even watch the film. This is because the front image and the rear three stills are all in black & white! It would be a shame if this put off potential viewers - as it's actually in georgeous, subtle technicolour.
The only (slight) let down is the sharpness and suddenness of the ending. Buy & enjoy!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Film at its best 22 Sep 2004
By Pat
All Powell and Pressburgers' films have a magic about them that delights us. "Gone to Earth" is one of their finest as it centres on our relationship with the landscape around us. We follow the heroine through her courtships knowing that her real love is the world she inhabits rather than people. This allows P & P to follow some familiar paths as they introduce us to a range of eccentric, thoroughly British charchters, who both shock and amuse the Gypsy girl and ultimately cause her destruction. P & P make the familiar British landscape haunting and magical. Not to be missed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
'Gone To Earth' is a sumptuous film done in glorious Technicolor - a story based upon the novel from the great writer from Shropshire Mary Webb.

Mary Webb wrote some fabulous stories with some wonderfully colourful eccentric characters. This film is a true and accurate interpretation of the said novel, with great camera work and some great acting. An entertaining film that sees Hugh Griffith in one of his best roles as the all-protecting servant of the womanising Squire, and Cyril Cusack is the kind and gentle Parson who eventually wins his wife back from the red-blooded Mr. Redding.

For those of you unfamiliar with the book and film - be prepared for a shock ending!

N. B. DVD 'bonus' features includes footage from 'behind the scenes' of the making of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Rich Soil 6 April 2011
This review is for the Korean import version. The picture quality is very good, although possibly the blacks are too black ( which is usually a good thing )and this film deserves a complete restoration. I thought this might be a difficult film to follow but instead I found a haunting tale with a captivating & touching heroine. One of the most visually gorgeous movies I've ever seen, Jennifer Jones is better served here playing the 'close to nature' earthy innocent than she was in the expensive 'Duel in the Sun'.
A film specific to time & place and the social & moral mores within, all this is expertly AND lovingly evoked. Having finally seen this I now consider it a masterpiece from the Powell & Pressburger stables. A beautiful music score, understated symbolism, stunning Technicolor cinematography (like a painting that moves) and one of cinemas most beautiful & expressive faces in Jennifer Jones.
Please note I am Biased towards Jennifer Jones AND Powell & Pressburger.
I have uploaded some images from the movie so you can judge for yourself as the dull packaging of the DVD really gives no hint at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hounds of Love are Calling...... 16 Dec 2013
By Kerrie
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I have memories of this movie from childhood so my review is more sentimental than critical. Love the beautiful J/ Jones and the tick the boxes romantic storyline which is frankly over the top and would not be tolerated in a film now. Here it goes with the territory and you simply enter that reality for a while. It looks poetic but I don't remember the cut version well enough to recognize the extra restored bits. Not my usual movie fare but a definite guilty indulgence. Appears to adhere closely to the book of same title. Cannot fault the quality and was the item promised at purchase. Grab some comfort food and zoneout for a while - not for mental stimulation or challenge but lovely for Sunday afternoon/evening couch trip.
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