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  • Format: DVD Single
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006673M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Importance of Being Earnest - Criterion Collection [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [NTSC].

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 2003
Format: DVD
Asquith's is a superb adaption of Oscar Wilde's very funny comedy. The film is undoubtedly worth a 5 star rating, but unfortunately the sound of the main feature is extremely muffled (at least there are subtitles for the hearing impaired!). This is despite the claim on the front cover that the film has been "digitally remastered". It's really, really hard to follow the dialogue, something which is essential in Wilde's case, given his penchant for witty repartee.By contrast, the sound of the very good special feature -- the documentary 'A Profile of the Importance of Being Earnest' -- is excellent, including the clips from the film itself featured in the documentary. Clearly the clips from the film featured in the documentary must have been remastered.Unfortunately I cannot recommend this particular DVD in good conscience because of the poor sound that mars the main feature.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By highwayman on 29 May 2012
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There as no trouble with the ordering and delivery of the disc; it was well up to your usual standard. I was a little disappointed with the quality of the re-mastering of the film. There is considerable fluctuation in the colour shade and the sound is not clear. I realise that the film is of some age and that there would be difficulty in the re-processing but I thought it would be possible to have achieved a better result. It is a fairly expensive disc. The film, of course, is first rate.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By j6_40 on 22 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having now tested 4 copies (2011-2012) of this network edition of the 1952 film, one direct from amazon.co.uk and three others (one a replacement copy) from amazon marketplace sellers, I can only warn others not to waste their money on it.
I bought the DVDs for friends learning English and only discovered how bad the sound was when I had one sent direct to myself. I have since sent all four copies back. One friend assumed the problem was her insufficient knowledge of English. Far from it!
I seriously question whether those giving this network edition 5-star reviews (sometimes merely recounting the story or praising the cast, etc.) have ever even watched it!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. Sinton on 23 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
This 1952 version of the Oscar Wilde classic romantic is as good to watch today as it ever was. Michael Redgrave stars as Ernest Worthing, (whose name, in fact, is really John), a man who, as a baby, had been found in a bag in the cloakroom at Victoria Station. The story is a comedy of errors and confusions around names, in particular the name Ernest. Mr Worthing wants to marry Gwendoline, daughter of the formidable Lady Bracknell. He dare not tell his beloved that his name is not really Ernest as she has expressed a desire only to wed a man of that name. Gwendoline's cousin, Algernon, is pursuing Mr Worthing's ward, Cecily, but she does not know his real name, she believes he is called Ernest. The comedy starts when Cecily and Gwendoline meet for the first time and realise they are both betrothed to 'Ernest Worthington'. The film stars Margaret Rutherford as Miss Prism and Dame Edith Evans as the snobbish Lady Bracknell. Both actresses play their roles extremely well, as you would expect from such grand dames of the stage.
There are a few extras on this DVD (region 2 version) which include a profile of 'The Importance of Being Earnest', a 'behind the scenes' gallery, a theatrical trailer and biographies of the main actors and the director. The picture is crystal clear and the colours bright. Sound quality is good and there are subtitles for the hard of hearing. All in all, a very good version of one of Wilde's best known and loved works.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Vasco Almeida on 25 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
This play has long been a family favourite, and we have enjoyed the cassette version countless times. Those who produced this DVD, with its shameful sound, have shown an utter lack of respect for consumers and, more important still, for that work of art and those who have lovingly acted it out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DM on 5 Aug. 2012
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This 1952 film is superb, really witty, clever and engaging and I was looking forward to adding a copy to my collection - however the sound and picture quality of the DVD copy that I received was atrocious, muffled with terrible sound that I needed to increase the volume four times usual just to hear it and really poor colour quality - not happy!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Most famous for Edith Evans' delivery of THAT handbag line, this is a superb adaptation of one of Wilde's best plays.
The farcical quality is wonderfully handled and the casting is fantastic. Edith Evans was perfect for Lady Bracknell, as was Margaret Rutherford for Miss Prism.
Get it, have a laugh and watch it over and over. Each time you see it, you spot something new!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Vickery on 9 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
Although the dvd was listed as good as new , it most certainly was not. The speech quality was very poor . If it is not possible to transfer to dvd with a better quality I would recommend that nobody bothers to do it.I was most disappointed with the product.
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