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Wuthering Heights - BBC [DVD]

Ken Hutchison , Cathryn Harrison , Peter Hammond    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ken Hutchison, Cathryn Harrison, Richard Kay, David Wilkinson
  • Directors: Peter Hammond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Ken Hutchison stars as the brooding and tormented lover Heathcliff in this BBC television adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic novel. Adopted as a boy by the kindly Mr Earnshaw (John Collin), Heathcliff comes to live with the family at their home, Wuthering Heights, in the Yorkshire moors. He soon falls in love with Earnshaw's headstrong daughter Cathy (Kay Adshead), a doomed relationship that plunges them both into despair when Cathy agrees to marry her rich neighbour Edgar Linton (David Robb). Tortured by his love, the dark and sinister Heathcliff refuses to relinquish his emotional hold on Cathy, and does everything in his power to destroy the lives of her and her family.

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Emily Bronte's unforgettable romance filmed on the wild Yorkshire moors. This is the full story of the windswept lovers Heathcliffe and Kathy.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely accurate but stilted adaptation. 5 April 2010
I have read Wuthering Heights quite a few times now, and have seen 3 film versions: 1978 (this one), 1992 and 1998. Of these 3 this version is by far the most accurate to the book, often playing scenes line by line from the original. Such accuracy is often a book-fan's dream, and since I am a fan of the book, I expected that this production would be satisfying to watch. However it is sadly lacking in many parts. Some of these I can forgive, such as the bad special effects and often strange camera angles (scenes often play out using reflections of the actors, not the actors themselves). The sets and scenery look good and fit the book descriptions. Characters sometimes lose their Yorkshire accents, but that is common enough in many films.

Where the series is lacking is in the credibility of the acting. Many scenes, especially those with the child actors, suffer from really bad acting, and even the principals seem to simply perform their parts rather than become the characters. Ellen Dean was one of the only believable characters, though Joseph, Hindley, Edgar Linton and Hareton didn't do too badly either (though they made Joseph too nice). The leads playing Cathy (1) and Heathcliff were good in some scenes and downright terrible in others, so the passion or hatred they seemed to have at one point had completely fizzled out in the next and they were wooden again. Both were too old to play the 20 year olds they were at the beginning (though this is a common problem with adaptations of this book). The woman playing Cathy generally did a good job in other scenes, but Heathcliff failed to do so well, especially near the end. It was this poor acting that sadly made the adaptation quite boring and stilted.

It is evident that this book struggles in being adapted to film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC 'Wuthering Heights' with Ken Hutchison 27 Nov 2011
By Noname
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This must be the definitive production of 'Wuthering Heights': the background struck me as completely authentic, and it follows the plot chronologically without getting into all that irritating reported speech in the book! The setting is wild and bleak, and Ken Hutchison as Heathcliff is brooding and passionate. Above all, you feel the anguish he suffers from the cruelty of the rigid class system at that time - which makes for a very painful but brilliant film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully true to the book 25 Sep 2012
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This 1978 BBC series is the only full version of Emily Bronte's ground breaking novel. The novel was regarded as distasteful and obscene by contemporary reviewers when it was first published in 1848. The script follows the book very closely and most of the lines are direct lifts from the text. Most versions of this wonderful novel truncate and butcher the story focussing only on the romance between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff which comprises half of the novel. The characterisations are excellent from all the players and the cinematography emphasises the brooding gloom of the Yorkshire moors. The atmosphere is quite dark and oppressive so it is not surprising that the characters are so pent up with rage and misery. The story explores the themes of race, class, sibling rivalry, passion, infidelity and thwarted desires. The Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier version replaced these disturbing themes with a mawkishly sentimental script that bears no resemblance to the original story. The only other truly worthy Heathcliff was Timothy Dalton in the 1973 version of this film which similarly captured all the dark themes but once again only told half the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By alda
This film was long. And I mean 255 minutes long. And the acting is very strange: theatrical but of a kind you don't see in theatres either. Here's what happens. Each character is in his or her own world and when two or more characters do a scene together, each one either overacts or underacts, and doesn't get involved with the energies of the other characters in the scene! Very odd. Only the actress portraying Ellen Dean gives a balanced, solid performance, and engages with others (and Isabella is getting there, too, but unfortunately Cathy isn't), and Ken Hutchison gets the pitch of his overacting just right as Heathcliff. He does a superb job, I think. The rest of the cast are unimpressive. As I said, they act together in scenes but are not involved with each other's acting, and their energies just don't make this televised play what it could have been. Because it does have a few things going for it: Ken Hutchison is great (only the others don't resonate with his energies, and in the end it seems as if Hutchison, too, gets his acting wrong, alongside the others); the film is true to the book, as others have noted (I for one read the book a long time ago, but even I remembered lines from the book!); the atmosphere of Wuthering Heights is there in the manor sets; and the rainy and misty Yorkshire moors are a great element in a dark, gloomy story.

It was a weird piece of BBC filmmaking and the first parts drags on and fail to engage, but in the end, after watching the whole 5 parts I can say it was worth it. It got me thinking about the whole story. The plot is wonderful, and it's a good thing that they kept the whole story in the film (I understand other versions focus on the love story between Heathcliff and Cathy and also take liberties with the plot).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
I love most BBC adaptations of the classics, this is an exception. It is noisy, uncoordinated and the acting is not good. It was so bad that I had to skip the final chapters. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Willy B
5.0 out of 5 stars grate show
I have been told this is a grate dvd to watch and I will be watching this weekend this dvd was sent out to me very quickly and is in A1 condition I would but from this seller again... Read more
Published 5 months ago by john wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights for university work
My daughter needed this for her university work in Brussels. It was perfect, even the local accents, so no complaints and quality good.
Published 8 months ago by Jeanine Vann Damme
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story
In the old style of drama. Its what the BBC are good at. Heathcliff is not the man that history portrays him to be. Read and form your own opinion.
Published 16 months ago by D. Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights
Follows book and is well acted two disks region 2 supplied and worked well on my all region DVD player
Published 20 months ago by Stanley Sheldon Zack
2.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights BBC
Viewed from the sophisticated 21st century this whole thing smacks of amateurism. The sets are small, the actors almost seem to be falling over each other, Heathcliffe and Cathy... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jane Doe
1.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights
I was so excited to receive Wuthering Heights, however living in the US my dvd player is programed for a different zone making the dvd useless!!!!!!! Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Nora Hise
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong version
This is not the rudolph cartier version from the 50s but a much later one from 78. Haven't bothered to watch it yet so the score relates to it not being as advertised, and has... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Apologia
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I would not recommend this DVD, even if it is the truest to the book, the acting is nothing short of terrible, absolutely awful.
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by Leap
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