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Petulia [DVD] [1968]

George C. Scott , Julie Christie , Richard Lester    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Julie Christie, Richard Chamberlain, Arthur Hill, Shirley Knight
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Digital Classics DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001THPPD0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,336 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set during the swinging sixties in San Francisco, Richard Lester's landmark romantic drama tells of the charmingly kooky socialite Petulia (Julie Christie), who has been recently married to David (Richard Chamberlain). Unhappy with her marriage, she embarks on a love affair with a melancholy recently-divorced doctor (George C. Scott) as they try to make sense of their dispassionate lives.

Through Nicolas Roeg's cinematography, the non-linear, fragmented love story loops back and forth and the dark reality emerges from the idyllic façade of sixties opulence. As the story of Petulia's abuse at the hands of her husband unfolds, the lovers try to find the courage to change the course of their lives in the face of their respective demons.

'It's a very real film about two people trying to get through to each other' - director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night).

DVD Extras
  • Featurette The Uncommon Making of Petulia
  • Theatrical Trailer

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4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm going to marry you, Archie." 22 Aug 2006
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The beautiful Julie Christie - there has never been another screen actress, before or after who has her radiant appeal. She made Petulia - a strange, hyperbolic and surreal sort of film - in 1968 at the height of her stardom. She'd just won the Best Actress Oscar for Darling a few years previously and was now considered one of the icons of the swinging sixties, which made the decision to have her star in this film all the more appropriate.

Now out on DVD, Petulia is just as bizarre, frustrating - and even as irritating - as it was thirty years ago, but the film is worth revisiting, mainly for performances by Christie, Scott and Chamberlain and also for the colourful images of San Francisco during the late 1960s. Directed by Richard Lester, with Nicolas Roeg as cinematographer - who gives the film an artier look than it really deserves - Petulia skewers time like a knife.

The film utilizes fast forward and backward cuts, which at the time seemed avant-garde and unconventional, but today it comes across as sort of exasperating. It begins when Petulia, a rich, married, kooky waif, played by Julie Christie, propositions Archie, a tired divorced surgeon, played by George C. Scott, at a San Francisco charity ball. She tells him that she has a husband, but that she desperately wants to have an affair with a married man.

Obviously a little odd, Petulia manages to capture Archie's heart and arrives with a tuba and bruises at Scott's apartment quite early one morning. He's a little hesitant to get involved with her as he still has feelings for his wife Polo (Shirley Knight). Archie's friends, Barney and Wilma (Arthur Hill and Kathleen Widdoes), understanding nothing, show him films of himself and his former wife, in hopes of reconciliation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A key film of the 1960s. 25 Oct 2012
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Richard Lester was one of the most interesting directors to emerge in the 1960s - no small claim - and "Petulia" is still his best film. At the time, it seemed quite a leap forward for Lester, who was simply thought of as a director of comedies and musicals. A tragic story was not what we were expecting from him after such movies as "The Knack", "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" and those two Beatles movies, even though the savagery and sophistication of "How I Won The War" (a very unpopular film) in 1967 had indicated that there was a lot more to Lester than a genius for quick jokes and innovative editing. "Petulia" is the most disciplined and far-reaching of all Lester's films - it cuts very deep, and it still seems to be about the problems that most people have with their lives. 1968 was the year of such great movies as "2001 - A Space Odyssey", "Playtime" and "Hour Of The Wolf", but I rather think "Petulia" might be the best of the lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal 11 July 2009
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A real treat to see Julie Christie in her prime. The story reminded me of Pinter's Betrayal. This is a high 60s fable with music by John Barry. Shame Richard Chamberlain did not have more to do but he looks gorgeous in tight purple pants. I do not know why this film is not better known.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Spanish DVD, *not* the film 10 Feb 2014
In 2006, Warner released a pristine new, anamorphically enhanced transfer of thic classic on a region-1 (US) DVD. Usually they follow suit with an equally pristine (sometimes even better) region-2/PAL version (Casablanca, the Thin Man series, North by Northwest, and countless others).
This region-2 disc (released in 2008 and showing the Warner logo), however, contains a mediocre, lack-lustre, not anamorphically-enhanced transfer of the film. This just as a warning to those who think they can make a bargain here: On DVD, stick to the Warner region-1 edition of this film.

To make sure, the ASIN code of the offending DVD: B0053CAF0U

(BTW - It is not my fault that Amazon places this review with all versions of the film)
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5.0 out of 5 stars not for me this one 27 July 2011
big names on the screen, but this film just did not work, for me much to slow. christie and scott did not, did not appear to gel. for me its as though christie is not that interested as i have found with some other of her films.Yes this is her style
Far From The Madding Crowd (one hell of a cast) and Billy Liar are for me two of her best
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