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

Irene Rich , May McAvoy , Ernst Lubitsch , John Gorrie    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Irene Rich, May McAvoy, Bert Lytell, Ronald Colman, Helena Little
  • Directors: Ernst Lubitsch, John Gorrie, Rudolph Cartier, Stuart Burge, Tony Smith
  • Writers: Eric Locke, John Osborne, Julien Josephson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XE1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,272 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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172 of 172 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal Collection 11 Jan 2010
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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserve Oscars? - They Are Oscars 25 April 2009
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning collection 16 Oct 2009
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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class porductions 1 Nov 2008
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection 6 Jun 2009
This collection is brilliant. I particularly enjoyed The Picture of Dorian Gray. Fantastic acting by all of the characters involved. I recommend this product to everyone considering it.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch 28 Oct 2006
Although the settings for these productions are firmly in the period of Wilde they all look a little dated, however if you are able to put that aside the performances are wonderful. Especially good are Gielgud and Brett in 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray'; Joan Plowright and Paul McGann in 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' and a serprising Amanda Redman. But I did find the 70's filming of 'An Ideal Husband' too much. It felt too staged and cramped. I hired the DVDs for my daughter to see a production that wouldn't have the Hollywood treatment of messing about with Wildes dialoge. So, if you don't mind it looking a bit tired it's worth a watch
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Best remembered for his countless poignantly witty epigrams, Oscar Wilde was a leading representative of Aestheticism, a movement espousing the notion that art exists for no other purpose than its existence itself. Born in Dublin and a graduate of Oxford's Magdalen College, he worked as a journalist, editor and lecturer before turning to dramatic writing, and produced his most acclaimed works in the six-year span from 1890 to 1895, roughly coinciding with his romantic involvement with sixteen years younger Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas. "Bosie's" strained relationship with his father, the Marquees of Queensberry, eventually caused a series of confrontations between Wilde and the Marquees, in turn resulting in three trials, Wilde's conviction for "gross indecencies" under a law interpreted to prohibit homosexual relationships, and a two-year prison sentence of "hard labor." Wilde emerged from prison a broken man and, after three years' wanderings throughout Europe, died in 1900 of cerebral meningitis, barely 46 years old.
This marvelous collection brings together four of his best-known works in productions from the BBC's long-running "Play of the Month" series, starring an array of Britain's finest actors; plus a biography with contributions by, inter alia, renowned scholar Isobel Murray, Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland and "Bosie's" great-grandniece Lady Alice Douglas, as well as many well-chosen excerpts from Wilde's works and the trial transcripts, visits to the locations of his life's key stations, and a wealth of photographs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely to have these beautifully acted original versions
Published 11 days ago by A. R. Teesdale
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent DVD'S, excellent performances by excellent actors. Highly recommended !!
Published 1 month ago by artdealer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting throughout and great dialogue to enjoy once more
Superb acting throughout and great dialogue to enjoy once more. Dorian Gray is an acquired taste and I shall probably not want to see that again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vynor Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic wit an education on the English language
Published 2 months ago by John Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent value, will be a treasured dvd
Published 2 months ago by viva
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved these old productions of the Oscar Wilde classics
I loved these old productions of the Oscar Wilde classics. The acting is superb - a fabulous snapshot of how it was in certain society in the old days. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kiteally
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Published 3 months ago by trevor sargison
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
Oscar Wilde is a favourite of mine, with The Importance of Being Earnest being my all-time favourite. Its so entertaining and witty I can watch it again and again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ANDREW LUKER
5.0 out of 5 stars Well acted and faithful to the text.
I bought this for my son who is studying AS English. It brought the play alive for both of us and I'm sure helped with his understanding. Read more
Published 5 months ago by WendyWu
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful productions
The quality of the acting and thestyle of the sets and costumes is excellent in all four plays and Oscar Wilde's wonderful use of the English language is done full justice... Read more
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