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The Oscar Wilde Collection [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XE1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,126 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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176 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Twist on 11 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
The first thing to say is that if you are interested in Oscar Wilde's life and work then this collection - spread over three DVDs - represents excellent value for money. What you get are BBC television productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband and Lady Windermere's Fan. You also get a BBC TV adaptation (by John Osborne) of Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey. As if this were not enough (for a measly eight quid) they have also thrown in that episode of the BBC documentary series "Reputations" (from 2005) which dealt with Wilde's life, triumphs and savage downfall. This last includes the only recording of what is believed to be Wilde's voice (from 1900) as well as telling interviews with both his own descendants and those of Lord Alfred Douglas' family, which demonstrate what a profound effect the scandal of the Wilde/Douglas relationship has had upon the subsequent generations of both. This well made and thorough documentary should not be underestimated as a valuable and integral part of the package.

So what's the bad news? The bad news is that the video to DVD transfer of the plays has been handled with what appears to be precious little in the way of either care or attention. This means that the picture quality is mediocre (at best) and poor where it most needs to be sharp - on The Importance of Being Earnest. I have seen BBC productions, on DVD, of both this vintage and earlier which have had a much better picture quality than you get in this package. And so it loses a star for that.

The productions themselves (from the 1970s and 80s) are in the straightforward, old-school BBC style. Completely studio-bound, with sets, they (almost) look and feel like filmed plays. And that, one suspects, is the intention.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Grady O'Tool on 25 April 2009
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All four of these witty comedy classics are well filmed and well acted with some fascinating period detail.

I think the the Picture Of Dorian Gray is perhaps the weakest but still worthy of more than one view.

I really bought this set to compare The Importance Of Being Ernest with the 1952 Michael Redgrave version. Both versions stand up in there own right. Well worth getting.

Lady Windermere's Fan it certainly worth watching many times.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George Sands on 16 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
I have just finished watching this collection and I am stunned by just how consistently great are all productions. The brilliant cast need no introduction from me, and they all turned in very high calibre performances.

This collection is particularly valuable for the 1-hour feature film The Life and Loves of Oscar Wilde, which is beautifully done. I was very moved by it.

I have seen many Wilde plays on stage as well as film and TV adaptations. This collection has stood the test of time and should be in every collector's library. The price is ridiculously low for four Wilde plays plus the extra feature film. Highly recommended.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this set some time ago, but have just re-watched some of the plays and was again impressed with the high standard of acting and production. For example, the version of An Ideal Husband is so much better than the recent film of that name. The latter seems so shallow in comparison and made the mistake of re-writing Wilde's words.
If you like Oscar wilde's writing you'll enjoy this set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
Well I guess that is a matter of opinion. However, it is not easy to outperform the BBC. This is a great collection from "The BBC play of the Month" Series.

It is not so much the stories of Oscar Wilde but the witty dialog and moldered attitude that make his plays stand out. In this case, the whit is perfectly delivered by the excellent cast. Each play brings with it a moral and an enriching ending.

"The Importance of Being Earnest"

This play has been played and copied by many of the well and not so well known actors. It would be strange not to have it preformed on a local stage. So before watching this "BBC Play of the Month" production you will come into it with a certain expectation and standard. Found Coral Browne's who also is in "Lady Windermere's Fan", acting clearly overshadows that of the other actors. The big advantage of this production is that it is a play and everyone knows it.

Jack Worthing (Michael Jayston) a gentleman by adoption makes frequent visits to the town to visit his fictitious brother Earnest. There as Ernest he can be unscrupulous at will. That is until he meets Algernon Moncrieff's (Julian Holloway) cousin and falls in love. As luck would have it, Algernon's cousin Gwendolen Fairfax (Gemma Jones) was always in love with the name Ernest. Now Jack must tell Algernon what he has been up to. Algernon seizes the opportunity while Jack is in the town, to play his mysterious brother Earnest. Now Algernon falls in love with Jack's ward, Cecily Cardew (Celia Bannerman) of who mysteriously has always been in love with Ernest.

Oh what a tangled web we weave. How can either Earnest explained that he is not Ernest and is this true?
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