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Wuthering Heights [DVD]

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  • Actors: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Emily Brontë, John Huston
  • Producers: Samuel Goldwyn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028HCEW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,439 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon star in this Hollywood classic as Heathcliffe and Cathy, in the popular dramatisation of Emily Bronte's novel. Set in Victorian England it traces the doomed love affair between a girl and a gypsy. An Oscar winner (for photography) , the movie stops at chapter 17 of the book.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
The 1939 version of Wuthering Heights may be a Sam Goldwyn picture but here at least he has the taste not to bury it under his usual excessive (over)production values and let the mostly British cast get on with it under William Wyler's inspired direction, with screenwriters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur saving their reverence for the characters and spirit of Emily Bronte's novel rather than the set dressing and place-setting details which obsess modern costume pictures.

The film grips from its atmospheric opening to its tragic and genuinely moving conclusion and while it may end at chapter 17 it never soft-peddles the characters - neither good nor bad, they all choose their own personal Hells and have to live with the consequences. Even if you're no admirer of Laurence Olivier, you will be astonished at how his mixture of ruthlessness and emotional vulnerability makes the part his own forever. Merle Oberon's mercurial Cathy, torn between Olivier's force of nature and David Niven's pillar of society, may not match his power but it's still probably her best work while Geraldine Fitzgerald is a revelation as the woman Heathcliff marries for revenge, her unrequited love compellingly transformed to bitter desperation.

Gregg Toland's photography is black and white at its best and Alfred Newman's score is perfection. A genuine all-time great - and then some.

The Region 2 PAL DVD has no extras but does have a fine transfer.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2005
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I first watched this film when I was 8 years old and have been a fan ever since. I read half of the book when I was 16 but recently at the age of 38 I read it all. I was very impressed and surprised by how natural the characters were despite living in a very different world from today. I can now understand the decisions that were made when adapting the book to the 1939 film. The film manages to capture the feel of the novel and Olivier's performance (apart from a rather hammy start, when he plays the older Heathcliff) brings the passion of Heathcliff to life. If you are a modern film goer perhaps you will be put off by some of the production values but stick with it. It will beguile you in the end.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. murphy on 6 Mar. 2010
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i bought this film from amazon uk .
and it was worth every penny. they have tried several re-makes of this epic with the very polished and not very belivable acting of ralph fiennes and julitte binoche . and tv adaptations with robert cavana and orla brady that were also to polished and over made up faces of the characters were not belivable in any way .
they are a million miles away from this fantastic classic of the film and the version i bought with sir laurence olivier merle oberon david niven. flora robson . is untouchable in every way you could imagine . made in 1939 and 71 years ago the cast and the acting is wonderfull .the wind torn mores and snow swept weather lends itself perfectly to this beautiful story of love happiness tragedy and death . the final scenes with merle oberon and laurence olivier in the room are heartbreaking . as are the beautiful final words of flora robson that were truly lovely .they will never be any remake to touch this outstanding masterpiece i would recommend it 100% "they dont make them like this anymore"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2011
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Wuthering Heights is directed by William Wyler and adapted to screenplay by Charles MacArthur & Ben Hecht from the novel of the same name written by Emily Bronte. It stars Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Flora Robson. Music is scored by Alfred Newman and cinematography is by Gregg Toland.

Ok, so it's only a part of Bronte's classic novel, and yes some liberties have been taken, but Wuthering Heights is still a wonderfully involving picture. Expertly played by the actors and directed with adroitness, it's a haunting tale of tragedy, love and passions never to be sated. Moodily photographed by Toland, who won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the process, tale unfolds in flashback style that's aided by retrospect narration from Robson's wily house keeper Ellen Dean. Characters are perfectly formed as children, expanded upon into adulthood; with Olivier and Oberon coming into their own on the acting front, then the story reaches its denouement to leave the viewer flushed with emotion. All given dramatic impetus by Alfred Newman's sweeping score.

1939 was a stellar year for classic cinema, Wuthering Heights is deservedly a part of that upper echelon number. Brilliant. 9/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2008
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One of the most famous love stories brought to the silver screen - and certainly the best and original version of this classic tale.

'Wuthering Heights' features a host of big stars including the great Dame Flora Robson, Sir Laurence Olivier, Geraldine Fitzgerald, David Niven and Merle Oberon.

Despite the focus of love and heartbreak being centred around Heacthcliff and Cathy, one cannot help but feel the sheer heartbreak and suffering that is endured by the character 'Isabella' - wonderfully played without too much sentiment by Geraldine Fitzgerald. This is a woman whose life is unwittingly caught up between two people who love and hate at the same time, and as a consequence, she herself is used and abused and utterly destroyed, yet this goes almost unnoticed being drowned in the sentiment of the 'other' love story. Geraldine Fitzgerald steals the movie with her outstanding scene as she pleads for Heathcliff to look into her eyes to find the love he ignores, and the suffering he's inflicted upon an innocent pawn in his game for revenge upon Cathy...

They certainly don't make films like this anymore - and probably couldn't if they tried...

A terrific gem!
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