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  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001IVFG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,892 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lou Knee on 24 Aug 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Kubrick's 1962 film hardly managed to hint at the real sordidness that surely comes with such an affair at the centre of this story, and hardly touched on the inner turmoil of professor Humbert. While Kubrick was very restricted in what sort of movie he could make, which more or less decided the wry, lightly satirical tone of his movie, Lyne of course was afforded much more licence to get to the nitty gritty of the story and make it more graphic and more intense, in other words more realistic. He indeed goes for a very intense and vivid narrative, and naturally enough the satirical side, a thing which was an instrinsic part of the novel, is brushed aside completely. With such a full on depiction of their relationship it would have been very difficult to combine the two.

More attention though is given to the period feel of the book, and Lyne makes a good piece of cinema out of it, really delving into the mid 20th C Americana of old brand names and neon lights and motels and long roads and gas stations in the middle of nowhere. Again the Actress playing Lolita was a good year or two too old for the part, like Lyon was in the original, but she was a whole lot sassier, more sexual looking and a lot more provocative. Also, I got the clear sense in this film that she was the one with all the power, and Humbert was a mere fool for her, being played and played and played by her. In this movie, I ended up feeling far sorrier for Humbert than I did in the original and felt far less for the highly manipulative teenager than I did with Lyon's more sympathetic, more together and more sophisticated character.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film will be seen by people in two ways. In the way i saw the film it was the most tragic love story you could imagine, the story of a man obbsessed by a young girl, no matter what she does he adores her even though he knows it is wrong, this in the end is what drives him over the edge of sanity and normal life.
The film is very explicit and suggestive, it will cause offense to some people. But if you can understand the story froma deeper point of view it could possibly be seen as quite a masterpiece.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
All to often misconcieved as being 'soft' on paedofilia, lolita is one of the few films to bring a tear to my eye. The tremendous performances of all actors involved seem to incorporate the spirit of the novel in a very tasteful way. Telling the story of a teacher who falls in love with a twelve year old who he meets out of chance and reminds him of a childhood liason, this has got to be one of the best sad films ever made. Lolita is portraid as she is in the book, a sweet and innocent girl who somehow knows exactly how to get what she wants out of men. A very enjoyable piece to view.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hiro on 5 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
Okay, I am going to write something that might upset some people. Remember that I do not approve of paedophile here at all. There has to be a mutual consent before having a sexual intercourse with anyone. And minors cannot possibly give a reasonable consent due to their immaturity + lack of experiences, therefore there is no way for anyone to have sex with people under the legal age limit. Full stop.

But people sometimes madly fall for someone they must not fall for- A married woman fall for another married man. There is almost painful chemistry, but both of you already have kids, and cannot turn a new leaf together by cutting off everyone involved over the long marriage and just wonder what might have happened if ..... for the rest of your life.

Fancying someone and actually sleeping with the person are two different things. Fancying someone who you shouldn't fancy, unfortunately, can happen. But when you go over the borderline, you are turning your back to the world. Jeremy Iron acts brilliantly as a man who drowns in the sea of forbidden love. Humbert falls in love with Lolita. He admits this is sin. But he ended up sleeping with her after her mother died in a car crash. I wonder if he knew what was waiting for him in the end - was he prepared for the painful ending? Or was he blinded by the lust?

The acting in this film is finest. Melanie Griffith acts so well as a loud and pretentious lady, and Dominique Swain is just so amazing.

This is such a hopeless and helpless love story. I always shed some tears at the end of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Telaja on 14 Dec 2012
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I watched this film with a few of my mates and we had lots of arguments about what should have, and shouldn't have been. Good movie I would recommend to a friend.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Kendall on 24 July 2003
Format: DVD
Beginning with one of the most famous opening lines in literary history ("Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta.") we are introduced once more to the inimitable Humbert Humbert and his elusive quest for the Holy Grail in the form of "nymphness" personified. And oh what a sordid sorry trek it is, taking him and his young orphaned charge to some of the seamier spots of a fifties era American landscape. To cheap hotel rooms in little podunk towns where he can for a few fleeting days share a bit of privacy with his nubile naiad. Then of course, we follow the happy pair to the final confrontaion with one Clare Quilty, the only character in cinema/literary history who could make a pedophile like Humbert Humbert look wholesome by comparison.
Remakes of movies always draw varying responses. Many critics and viewers were reluctant to favor this 1997 Adriane Lyne/Stephen Schiff/Jeremy Irons remake to the Kubrick/Nabokov/James Mason 1962 original. It's hard to argue when a novelist of the stature of Nabokov had such a direct hand in writing the screenplay (Kubrick was an uncredited co-author). Surely the work's creator would be better able to realize his vision cinematically? Yet, I believe the later film actually does a much better job in capturing the essence ot the novel.
It boils down to casting. Shelley Winters was probably more right for the role of Lolita's Mom, Charlotte Haze, than was Melanie Griffith (almost universally described as the weakest link in the remake). That role aside, however, I think that every casting choice in the '92 version was spot-on. Irons, though he doesn't conjure up the physical characteristics of the Humbert that comes across in the novel, nevertheless did a better job than Mason in conveying Humbert's rakish libertinism.
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