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Picture of Dorian Gray [DVD] [1945] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

George Sanders , Hurd Hatfield , William Hanna , Albert Lewin    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Picture of Dorian Gray [DVD] [1945] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] + Dorian Gray [DVD] + Wilde [1997] [DVD]
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Product details

  • Actors: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Billy Bletcher, William Hanna, John Nesbitt
  • Directors: William Hanna, Albert Lewin, Joseph Barbera, Sammy Lee
  • Writers: John Nesbitt, Albert Lewin, Joseph Barbera, Oscar Wilde
  • Format: Black & White, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OHBCI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,581 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating faustian fable in festering flesh 12 Sep 2009
The 1945 cinema adaptation starts within a palatial english mansion where a renowned social painter is reverently translating the extraordinary beauty of a vain english youth onto canvas in a gesture of adoring the youth as an idol ,and as this metaphysical process ensues another english aristocrat present at the scene to challenge and tempt the youth to trade his soul for preserving his adonis like charms by giving way to all that is evil to preserve his vanity .

The influence yielded by the rather libertine older man is of such magnitude that the young Dorian grey makes a pact in the presence of an archaic idol of Egyptian goddess whereby his painting will age with time and be punished for his worldly debauchery while he will remain perpetually youthful in his physical glory with his human form not ageing in the least .

This scene itself is portrayed in a hypnotic spell of light and darkness with sonorous sound effects which makes this spell binding craftmanship and
Hatfield as dorian and George Saunders as the debauched Lord Henry are extremely sinister and intriguing while the painter Basil himself is an ignorant instrument of forging a deal between the light and the darker aspects of human nature .

Dorian immediately ventures into the dark realm of his vicious mentor when he deceives and ditches his true love ,sibyl vane played in an eclectic turn by Angela Lansbury as a singer and actress who truly adores dorian and embarks on a life of hedonistic degeneracy which is discussed in social circles rather than shown in excessive details on screen while his miraculously preserved beauty also becomes a source of scandal in Victorian London .
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
We first meet Lord Henry Wotton in his carriage reading Les Fleurs du Mal, a dead give away to the corrupt pleasures and literary pretensions that director/writer Albert Lewin is going to ladle up for us. Lord Henry is a man who speaks in a continuing stream of tiresomely witty and cynical epigrams a man named Wilde, hired for the purpose, prepares for him each morning. Lord Henry is on his way to meet a friend, the painter Basil Hallward. And at Hallward's studio he spots the portrait of an aesthetically handsome, Chopin playing, innocent young man named Dorian Gray. And, by coincidence, Dorian is in Hallward's parlor playing the piano and waiting to pose.

Says Lord Henry (George Sanders) to the impressionable young man, "There's no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral. The aim of life is self-development, to realize one's nature perfectly. That's what we're here for. A man should live out his life fully and completely, give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream. There's only one way to get rid of a temptation and that's to yield to it. Resist it, and the soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself. There's nothing that cures the soul but the senses, just as there is nothing that cures the senses but the soul." If we haven't gotten the idea yet, during this turgid bit of life philosophy, Lord Henry is at the same time using paint alcohol to carefully kill the butterfly he had captured in his hat.

And before you know it, Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield) decides he never wants to age and wants to explore all those temptations he's heard about. It's not long before the portrait changes a bit, so he puts it in his attic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY CLOSE TO THE BOOK 3 Oct 2009
I had not seen this film for many years but had recently read the book and wished to see this film again. I was not disappointed. The quality of this DVD is very good and the acting excellent. The extra to this film is having the wonderful Angela Lansbury giving a commentary and revealing many things regarding the actors and recording of this film which were extremely interesting. I have not seen the new version but this will be hard to beat. Well worth the price. KAREN SQUIRES
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful 12 Jun 2010
Unusually for a film emanating from Hollywood, this version of Wilde's only true novel is almost completely faithful to the book. It is a superb, almost faultless film, and deserves a wider audience than I think it has ever received - it is the kind of film that appears on weekday afternoons or at 4 o'clock in the mornings, which is terrible (the same applies to other great films, of course, but don't get me started on that...).
Its only real fault, I think, is in the casting of the eponymous hero. Dorian Grey is played by a little-known actor called Hurd Hatfield. You can tell why he is little-known if you watch this film - he has all the screen presence of a block of wood, and not a very interesting block of wood at that. It was a part that cried out for Tyrone Power - if he, or someone comparable, had been cast, it would have been a truly great, as opposed to merely very good, film.
Minor gripes. The film's one real straying from the book lays in the device whereby Gray's wish for eternal youth and beauty was granted by his proximity to an ancient Egyptian statue; this didn't happen in the book (the real wish-granting was much more metaphysical), and jars slightly with the overall tone of the film. And George Sanders (in full Addison DeWitt mode), while an excellent actor and probably the only one of his time who could have done justice to the part of Lord Henry Watton, seems bored with, and wearied by, the demands of his role. This isn't suprising; his dialogue is composed largely of a ceaseless stream of Wildean epigrams which, while fine and appropriate on the page become (as another reviewer has pointed out) tiresome on screen.
Still, minor cavils apart, this remains a wonderful achievement. The film strikes the perfect balance between gothic noir and bildungsroman that the novel demands, and deserves far more showings than it currently gets. Miss it at the risk of losing your soul!
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