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Guilty Conscience [DVD] [1985] [US Import] [NTSC]

Anthony Hopkins , Blythe Danner , David Greene    DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Blythe Danner, Swoosie Kurtz, Donegan Smith, Wiley Harker
  • Directors: David Greene
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Direct Source Label
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1896306314
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,281 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Lousy DVD 25 Jan 2007
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Arthur Jamison (Anthony Hopkins) is a brilliant and successful criminal defense attorney. There's just one problem. His wife (Blythe Danner) has decided to file for divorce and is planning to milk him for all he is worth. Since Arthur doesn't want that, he needs to figure out a way to kill his wife. But, being the attorney he is, he knows that he'd be the first suspect. While he plots various ways to bring about her demise, his mistress (Swoosie Kurtz) shows up unexpectedly. Now what will Arthur do?

This is an interesting little made for TV movie from the mid-80's, made long before any of the stars were a success. It has a bit of a low budget feel, but all three stars do a great job acting. It almost feels like a play since almost all of it takes place in Arthur and Louise's house and these three characters are the only real characters.

The plot is hard to discuss without giving anything away. We get several sequences of Arthur's plots to kill his wife and then the cross examination he images he'll have when the case goes to trial. I was getting a little bored with the movie, but half way through there's a great twist that grabbed my interest for the remainder of the film.

While the movie itself is 5 stars, I had to take a couple off for the DVD transfer. It's absolutely horrid. The picture looks like it is a third of fourth generation VHS recording. The transitions at the original commercial breaks are jarring.

While this is great movie, the DVD is a disappointment. If you must have this movie, go ahead. But be forewarned this is not the quality we normally get these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor quality recording 9 Jun 2009
Like the previous reviewer, I was also very disappointed with the extremely poor quality of the recording. It seems that an already bad quality VHS recording has been simply copied over to DVD format, loosing further quality in the process. That's a real shame as the movie itself is really great. Excellent story, great actors and fantastic twists in the storyline. Had I known of the bad quality I would certainly not have bought this DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twist and turn. 4 May 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Absolutely a watchable film. Ofc Hopkins makes a lovely character as a smart and intellectual lawyer. One can relate to inner dialogue.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! 6 Jun 2009
I bought this DVD in good faith. I received what appears to be a domestically recorded DVD, with no menu, on a standard disc. The movie started immediately - no copyright warnings, distributors logo etc;, and looked like a straight DVD copy of a poor NTSC VHS recording of the film off-air. I returned the movie and complained to both Amazon and FACT some months ago. I have heard nothing from either organisation, yet this release still seems to be available.

The legal issues surrounding this release arequestionable, in the least. This is a shame, because Guilty Conscience is a terrific movie, which keeps the viewer on a knife edge throughout, using eloquent dialogue and a sublimely elegant performance from Anthony Hopkins.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fans may like it... 9 Jan 2006
Let's start off on a positive: At least it has a good script.
But apart from that, everything else about Guilty Conscience is pretty poor. It tells the story of a husband (Anthony Hopkins) who is having an affair, and thinking about killing his wife.
Fans of Sir Hopkins may appreciate this film, and possibly enjoy it, but mostly it is dull and cliched.
The stroyline is more suited to a play on stage than a film, because it all takes place in one house, apart from a few scenes outdoors. The camera is also so still, that you may as well have been watching it from the stalls and it wouldn't look any different. The camera also seemes to be out of focus, or maybe the DVD quality wasn't too good, because it was quite fuzzy around the edges of objects.
The dialogue is quite wordy, so kudos to the actors for managing to spit it out, and turn the story into something digestible. It's a bit of a con, as most of the film takes place inside Hopkin's head, as different scenarios he thinks of are played out. It does leave you with a few twists, so this is not a wasted viewing, but it certainly isn't highly original.
AS I've already stated, Hopkin's fans may enjoy this more than others, but don't expect Silence of the Lambs quality.
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