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Wuthering Heights [DVD] [1992]

Juliette Binoche , Ralph Fiennes , Peter Kosminsky    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer, Sophie Ward, Simon Shepherd
  • Directors: Peter Kosminsky
  • Writers: Anne Devlin, Emily Brontė
  • Producers: Chris Thompson, Mary Selway, Simon Bosanquet
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, Croatian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Greek, French, Romanian, Czech, Hungarian, Slovene, Serbian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Dec 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A5BTV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,041 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Peter Kosminsky's 1992 adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights goes to the extreme of casting Sinead O'Connor in a brief bit as Bronte herself, but the film still doesn't approach the accomplishment of William Wyler's classic 1939 production (with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon) or subsequent versions by Luis Bunuel and Robert Fuest. That doesn't make it unwatchable, however: it still offers The English Patient costars Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche as doomed lovers Heathcliff and Cathy. Binoche is a bit washed-out, but Fiennes makes a strong impression as the rejected labourer who makes his fortune and exacts a vengeance. Unlike Wyler's film, this one covers all the chapters of Bronte's book, but it is sodden with misery and lacks all grace. --Tom Keogh

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The classic saga of love lost is retold in this adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Many reviews of Peter Kosminsky's Wuthering Heights (1992) seem to work from the premise that it "should" represent the novel in an absolutely faithful manner. However, who is to say that it was Kosminsky's aim to give as faithful a portrait as possible? Isn't it just as likely to assume that he wanted to adapt it into a compelling film which, although clearly based on Emily Brontė's novel of 1847, can nevertheless stand alone as work of art of its own? It can be productive to look at what was changed in the process of adaptation for the screen and to speculate why, yet Kosminsky is under no obligation to please the purists: in fact, given the nature of the thing, that would probably be an impossible task.

The film was critically panned upon its release - The Guardian mocked it as "an abject disaster" - and the French actress Juliette Binoche was seen as a controversial, risible choice to play a much-loved heroine of English fiction. I vividly recall my English teacher at secondary school lampooning her performance: "Oh, Nelly, je suis Heathcliff!". One only needs to take a look at Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre (1995), however, to see how an international cast can triumphantly portray English figures. I find her accent passable (although without a Yorkshire tilt); I do have other reservations about her portrayal of Cathy Earnshaw, though. In the novel she is a "wild, wicked slip of a lass" - volatile, headstrong, mercurial, selfish, stubborn, and by no means the rather one-sided giggly, vivaciously capricious creature that Binoche portrays her as (how much Kosminsky himself wanted Cathy to be portrayed as such, we can only wonder).
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Passion 11 Oct 2003
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This 1992 screen adaptation, by Peter Kosminsky, of Emily Bronte’s novel, Wuthering Heights, covers all the chapters of the book (unlike the previous versions). Unfortunately, the movie should use at least another 90min to be complete, without then, more then 30 years of narration are difficult to follow, especially, by someone who haven’t read the book. But Kosminsky still made (in my opinion) the best adaptation ever of this novel, since the lack of time is well compensated by a great cast, amazing scenery and melodies by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a true artist.
In this story about passion, hate and revenge, Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes are Cathy and Heathcliff, wild characters whose doomed love is stronger then death. Fiennes really makes a perfect Heathcliff, improving his rough temper and Binoche, although it may seem too much, plays both Cathy, and her daughter, Catherine. She’s a great actress worthy of the challenge and it worked perfectly well. Other actors such as, Jeremy Northam, Janet McTeer, Simon Shepard and Sophie Ward also help to bring the novel to the screen, making a must see movie, for anyone who loves a beautiful love story, well performed. And the most important thing, the movie really keeps faithful to the essential of the immortal tale.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WITHERING HEIGHTS... 15 Dec 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I have never seen a period piece that I did not like. I now have. This film was surprisingly bad. In fact, on top of being disappointed, I was shocked by how bad it was. It is hard to believe that such a great, gothic story of star cross lovers, Cathy and Heathcliff, and their doomed families, the Earnshaws and the Lintons, has come to this, a travesty of a film. It conveys all of the abject misery contained in the novel, but none of its saving graces.
While this is a film that attempts to tell the entire story, chapter and verse, unlike its 1939 predecessor with Laurence Olivier, it still fails. The main problem is the miscasting of Juliette Binoche. While Ms. Binoche is, undoubtedly, lovely looking and a fine actress, her portrayal of an English girl, Cathy Earnshaw, falls flat. She is unable to fashion a credible English accent. Her underlying French accent is very distracting. Moreover, cast in the dual role of her daughter, Catherine Linton, with the same jarring accent, she is maddening. One never forgets that she is Juliette Binoche. She also, unfortunately, plays both roles in the same fashion. There is no attempt at any characterization or differentiation between the two other than a blowsy, blonde wig. Like mother, like daughter, I suppose. The roles were a definite overreach for Ms. Binoche.
Ralph Fiennes, on the other hand, is well suited to the role of Heathcliff, whom he plays with the intensity demanded of the character. Yet, he, an accomplished actor and worthy of the part, falls short of the mark. While there were glimmers of humanity and a certain poignancy to some of his babarous actions, it was not consistent enough to make the character come across as anything more than a cruelly depraved, miserable slob, rather than an anguished and passionate human being.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessive love 4 Oct 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
I have given this film five stars, mainly on the strength of Ralph Fiennes performance. He focuses on bringing out the raw side of Heathcliff, showing him as an uncultured rough man driven by a need to possess utterly the only woman who has ever touched him emotionally. For a portrayal of uncontrolled obsessive love see this man act. Juliette Binoche trys hard to match him as Cathy but she struggles to portray convincingly the wild tormenting streak that Cathy is meant to have and her elusive 'catch me if you can' nature and it is difficult to see why Heathcliiff would have been driven almost mad by a desire to have her. Still, that aside, the music is haunting and the film is visually stunning with wild sweeping expanses of moor and sky. I also thought it worked well with Emily Bronte narrating the story as it highlighted the underlying emotional longing, both that of the lovers and also of the girl that wrote the story. See the film just to lose yourself and catch a glimpse of a wildness that is better portrayed in this film than any of the other versions I have seen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype
The book is better by far. Bought as the children were reading the book at school. It left them a bit puzzled. Are they thick or the film rubbish?
Published 1 month ago by jeremy connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
A gorgeous adaptation of this haunting love story, Binoche and Fiens giving remarkable performances, if you are a Bronte fan I would say a "must see" !
Published 3 months ago by D. Eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars So touching
I love this story, call me an incurable romantic but I think poor Heathcliffe is just misunderstood. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ribena berry
3.0 out of 5 stars Love with a twist
The film shows the intensity of love that can bring bitterness and heartache.
Ralph Fiennes is a good actor, whom is a pleasure to watch.
Published 4 months ago by guzare sunar
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
It a movie that everyone should see and probably have a dvd of at home to come back to it. I enjoy it because it shows the passion that is very hard to see in modern life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by viva
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
This was a dreadful adaptation. It lacked all the passion of the book . I gave it to a charity shop
Published 5 months ago by sly1
3.0 out of 5 stars good for second hand
Good quality second hand product from relaible supplier but I have chosen the wrong version - it's not the best version I've seen, but that's my fault!
Published 7 months ago by L. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
A classic of cinematography, the main protagonists perfectly portrayed against a haunting soundtrack. Just treat yourself and sit back and enjoy
Published 7 months ago by Stuart Rimell.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I bought this to replace the video. I like this version for its similarity with the book and for Juliette Binoche's and Ralph Fiennes' performances. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lynda M. Kempsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Was okay but not as good as the original but thats my preference. Okay to watch if nothing else to do
Published 14 months ago by Ms. R. Cliffe
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