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Wuthering Heights [DVD] (2011)

Kaya Scodelario , James Howson , Andrea Arnold    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Solomon Grave, Shannon Beer, Oliver Milburn
  • Directors: Andrea Arnold
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Digital Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006328QWI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Wuthering Heights is Academy Award®-winning writer-director Andrea Arnold's third feature following the BAFTA® award winning, Fish Tank and Cannes Jury Prize winning Red Road. Based on the novel by Emily Brontë and adapted for the screen by Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed, Wuthering Heights stars newcomer James Howson as Heathcliff and Kaya Scodelario (Skins) as Cathy alongside Steve Evets (Joseph), Oliver Milburn (Mr Linton), and Nicola Burley (Isabella Linton) and introducing Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave playing the young Cathy and Heathcliff. A Yorkshire hill farmer on a visit to Liverpool finds a homeless boy on the streets. He takes him home to live as part of his family on the isolated Yorkshire moors where the boy forges an obsessive relationship with the farmer s daughter.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark depressing and slow 14 Oct 2013
By Phil
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It was nothing like the wuthering heights I had read. I didn't like it at all. It was purchased to help my daughter with her studies and I chose because it was the latest version. It was a mistake, I have since ordered another version produced by the BBC and which I believe resembles the classic novel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 23 April 2013
By Mindy
This adaptation was terrible

A main portion of the book is dedicated to Heathcliff's revenge. Marrying Isabella, having a child with her. And then Cathy having a child, dying in labour and then Heathcliff exacts revenge on Cathy's daughter by forcing her to marry his son.

This book goes as far as Cathy dying (which happens in the first half of the book) and then the movie ends - there is no mention of the baby that she carried, or of anything which is the key element in the book.

Wuthering heights (despite media's interpretation) is not a romance, there is no romance in the book, it's a book about Heathcliff's revenge and everything before his revenge is merely the reason why he's angry.

Yes Heathcliff loved Cathy, but that is purely what this adaptation focused on.

Also, there are several occasions where live dogs are hung by the neck, and you can watch them squirm and struggle for life - even if these dogs 'were not harmed' it's traumatic to watch as it is real.

Terrible Movie - the Tom Hardy version is much better
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Up front I have to say I have never read the book upon which this is based, or seen any other film adaptation. Thus I cannot make comparisons, or comment on how closely the film follows the book or captures its spirit.

The film tells the story of Heathcliff, found orphaned in Liverpool and brought to live with the Earnshaw family in North Yorkshire. Heathcliff soon forms a passionate bond with his foster sister Cathy, whilst being tormented by everyone else. The film tells the tale of the passion between Heathcliff and Cathy, and the destructive effect it has both on them and those around them.

It is a great story, and one that should make for a great film. Unfortunately the director and writer seem more interested in flashy camera work, fancy editing and imposing a modern morality on certain aspects than actually trying to get a sense of character across, and much seems to be lost. I got no real sense of the passion between Cathy and Heathcliff, despite the best attempts of the actors. Due to the direction their attempts at delivering depth of feeling and passion came across more as petulance. The film seems to be lost in a morass of shaky handheld camera work and fast edits that left me feeling slightly bewildered and with a large headache by the end. Also, when a director spends so much time showing extreme close-ups of insects (which crop up with a monotonous regularity) rather than telling the story you know you're in trouble. Especially when it is set in the Yorkshire Dales and there is so much gorgeous scenery to film if you run out of other ideas.

The writer has tried to update some of the dialogue, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. I know in Emily Bronte's novel Heathcliff is depicted as being foreign, possibly from the East.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Unaffecting 15 Nov 2012
Andrea Arnold's interpretation of the Bronte classic wins a few points for an attempt at presenting the story with a much more elemental and stripped down approach, but unfortunately really does fall quite flat due to some poor performances and a throughly anachronistic clash of styles and themes.

Arnold really wants us to smell the mud, study the movements of animals and get soaking wet in the endless rain, and there is some very interesting camera work, much of it handheld, utilised to try and achieve this. She really does come horribly unstuck, however, with a very ill-judged 4:3 frame, which robs the landscape of any depth of character or dimension and renders the humans characters as busy blurs within the frame for most of the running time. Her decision not to use any music on the soundtrack is also a mistake as the sound of rain or heavy breathing which fills up the spaces between dialogue becomes rather dully repetitive within the first 20 minutes of the film, and numbingly tedious thereafter.

The real let down of the film though is in the script and performances. Whilst realism is attempted through accurate regional accents, the dialogue and the very half-hearted attempt to lend it any feeling by the actors whatsoever, is absolutely dreadful. Whoever thought that adding in a stream of four-letter words and constant racial slurs was going to bring any added authenticity was sorely mistaken - this, as well as sentences that lack any sense of rhythm or phrasing, is where the film is most at fault, and there are horrid jarring notes of anachronism in practically every scene. Trying to force modern concerns and speech patterns into a classic gothic romance just kills it stone dead.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best adaptation of Wuthering Heights yet 25 Aug 2013
Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Wuthering Heights has raised the bar for all Bronte period dramas from now on. The trappings we have come to expect from period dramas- the classical background music, the lavish costumes, the formal language- have been stripped away to leave the stark humanity of the story itself and the setting of the Yorkshire Moors.

This film shows the children playing violent dominance games in the mud, rubbing it over each others faces, literally pullling hair out and licking bloody wounds clean. And throughout it all you can hear the wind howling over the moors. And closeups of the skeletons of birds and insects crawling through the mud. You know you're watching a potrayal of real weather in yorkshire when theres mud and torrential rain everywhere.I've never felt so emotionally attached to the actors of cathy and heathcliff before. The transition from the child to adult actors felt very seamless and natural despite my usual dislike for this method. The chemistry was electric and the children hardly spoke.

I forgot I was watching a film at some points. Because it was so intimate and there was no background music the whole thing felt very voyeuristic. This is actually what makes the film sometimes uncomfortable or uneasy viewing and why it succeeds for me so well. That feeling is so easily lost in previous adaptations of this book. With Arnold's version it feels like we have stepped right into not the book of Wuthering Heights but the story itself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 2 months ago by Mr Robert Saunders
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a bad film - words almost fail!
I can forgive the fact the film has very little to do with Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights but i cannot forgive the acting or the shocking script. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ms. kit nader
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful adaptation
I watched this on TV the other night. I like Kaya Scodelario and think she's a great young actress but she didn't have much to work with here.

It was awful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor adaptation
This missed core parts of the original story and relied on previous knowledge of the story to fill in the blanks
Published 6 months ago by Rob6R
5.0 out of 5 stars Understandably divides audiences, but I loved it
Intelligent, controversial, challenging and edgy new version that is the correlative opposite of the famous 1939 classic version of Bronte's novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars realistic
In my opinion this is the best version of this classic film.
This in no fairy-tale story of love and loss but a gritty down-to -earth tale of prejudice and jealousy set in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by big sister
2.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present and failed to entertain
A strange adaptation of an already complex theme. The actors were not engaging and you need to be hooked into their anguish and pain to be drawn along with the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chris Plant
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Heights
I was really suprised to read the poor reviews about this film. I had sat down to watch it for 15 minutes and ended up watching it nearly all in one go when I should have had an... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elizabeth M
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I watched this twice as first time i switched it off half way thru i got so bored. second time round i watched it thru to end and all it is fit for is the bin. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Diana Baillie
1.0 out of 5 stars Wobbling at Heights
When will film makers get the idea that juddering, jumping camerawork with frames shifting in and out of focus mimics nothing in the reality of human experience - certainly not the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Guy
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