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Wuthering Heights [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Anna Calder-Marshall , Timothy Dalton , Robert Fuest    DVD
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  • Actors: Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Pamela Brown, Judy Cornwell
  • Directors: Robert Fuest
  • Writers: Emily Brontė, Patrick Tilley
  • Producers: James H. Nicholson, John Pellatt, Louis M. Heyward, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R5GB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,271 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartfelt Production 9 Aug 2005
In the early 19th century on the lone, shivering Yorkshire moors, the owner of Wuthering Heights brings home an orphan from Liverpool named Heathcliff (Timothy Dalton). When the kindly Mr Earnshaw dies, his son Hindley forces Heathcliff to work as a stable boy. Though clearly despised by Hindley, daughter Catherine develops an intense kinship with the dark, brooding Heathcliff that blossoms into fervent love. When Cathy (Anna Calder-Marshall) meets wealthy neighbour Edgar Linton (Ian Ogilvy) and encourages his attentions, the devastated Heathcliffe runs away. Cathy marries Edgar, and a few years later the resentful Heathcliff returns with his own wealth and sophistication. Still obsessively in love with each other, Cathy gets deathly ill and the plot ensues with tragic consequences for all involved.

What a delightful, haunting tale of sheer brilliance and disturbing imagery. Filmed on location in Yorkshire, the scenery is spectacular, foreboding and beautifully depicts the characters sense of desolation and hopelessness. Director Robert Fuest dishes up plenty of mood, atmosphere, and some rather delectable performances from his two leads, particularly Timothy Dalton as the tortured, gorgeous Heathcliff. This film is not without faults, it does not zealously follow Emily Bronte's novel and some viewers might find this annoying. Overall, a stunning, heartfelt production that I warmly recommend to all.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the atmosphere and great theme music. 6 July 2008
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I have just watched this on DVD having originally seen it at the cinema in Morecambe in 1974, whilst a student at Lancaster University. The atmosphere of this version and especially the appropriately haunting theme music, composed by Michel Legrand, has stayed with me ever since. I was, therefore, delighted when the main title music appeared on a CD 'The Essential Michel Legrand Film Music Collection' released on the Silva Screen label recently.

I largely agree with the review by Ellen and although, like almost any film based on a novel, the movie takes liberties with the plot, it maintains the essential atmosphere of Bronte's world, being beautifully filmed in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Above all I liked the performances by Anna Calder-Marshall and Timothy Dalton, as an appropriately brooding Heathcliffe. The final sections were especially haunting (no pun intended) and my wife, who was watching the film with me, was in tears at the end, which has to be an indication of the film's success!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights - Great British film making 17 April 2012
I have to say I loved this film. It tells the story of Heathcliff, adopted into the Earnshaw family in rural Yorkshire, and the effect he has on the family, especially his adopted sister Cathy. Heartache and tragedy ensue in this dark tale of passion.

Directed by Robert Fuest (yes, he of Dr. Phibes fame!) and starring Anna Calder Marshall as Cathy and Timothy Dalton as Heathcliff, this is an impressive film. The actors all bring their characters to life, especially Dalton who really gets the passionate, brooding Heathcliff pitch perfect (And who could also teach Russell Crowe a thing or two about doing a Yorkshire accent!). He's got a lively twitchiness to him, and a capacity for great emotion whether it be love or malice that really suits the part. Calder-Marshall is an impressive Cathy, and the two work very well together. Julian Glover menaces as the dissolute Hindley, and Harry Andrews is a stern yet somehow kindly patriarch.

The cinematography of the Yorkshire dales is similarly impressive, and the director has used it to good effect to emphasise the ruggedness of the characters and the world they inhabit. It's directed with quite some flair and style, never allowing the actors to ham it up too far and packing some real emotional punch.

It strays quite a way from the book, only giving us the story of Heathcliff and Cathy, and not the second generation story of their children. It also somewhat changes the fates of several main characters and doesn't show Heathcliff's revenge on Hindley. But these changes I think were necessary to make a film of manageable length, and with a distinct ending. Purists may hate the ending, but I think it is perfect for the film, and leaves you feeling emotionally drained at its intensity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It could have been so much better 3 Dec 2008
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- had the whole story been told (& more faithfully)...
First of all, this film won't please those who are big fans of the book. They should probably skip it altogether. The dialogues are somewhat simplified, the film takes a lot of freedom with the plot (Cathy & Heathcliff's relationship/Hareton...) and the ending, although beautiful and haunting, is not what the book describes.
However, I give it 4 stars because this film is lovely as it is. Better viewed perhaps as `inspired by the book' rather than `an adaptation of the book'. Cathy, Heathcliff, Edgar and Nelly were all perfectly cast in my opinion & the music score by Michel Legrand was wonderful. It's a shame this version didn't cover more of the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking 18 April 2013
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Timothy Dalton at his best. He was just amazing as Heathcliff. What a broody character. For Bronte fans everywhere, and people who believe in true love never dying!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film that 'gets' Catherine and Heathcliff 19 Feb 2013
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This for me is the best Wuthering Heights film because Anna Calder-Marshall and Timothy Dalton truly capture the passion of the characters of Catherine and Heathcliff as they are in the novel, particularly Catherine's madness and in that sense, really do the book justice. It could be a film designed simply to pull in crowds at the cinema, yet for me achieves far more than the Laurence Olivier/Merle Oberon effort ever could.

The film deviates from the book and makes up its own ending, presumably because it would have been a very long film if it had not, but I would prefer that than have Catherine and Heathcliff portrayed as a couple of people on a farm who shoot a few meaningful gazes at each other, as has happened in numerous other productions. So many productions are based on the two actors staring at each other a number of times and little else.

Given that, for me, Anna Calder-Marshall in particular has captured Catherine so perfectly when there have been so many productions that have fallen so far short, I am not sure anyone could play Catherine in the way that Anna does.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Evocative Version
I am glad to see that others have recognised that this is a worthy version. The scenery is stunning and the incredibly beautiful theme by Michel Legrand is haunting. Read more
Published 13 days ago by N. G. Harverson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
Well done and well acted. I watched it with a friend who had not read the book and he loved it.

I have read the book several times and I was aware of omissions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember this version when i was younger and may pluck courage up to...
I have not watched it yet it will tare my heart out at moment so i will watch when i am strong enough too
Published 5 months ago by maria bonser
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version of Wuthering Heights
Great acting, very close to the book except for the ending. Doesn't cover the next generation of children, but still good to watch.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Yvonne Rotman
5.0 out of 5 stars bought as a present
I bought this as a gift and the person loved the film that much they watched it 3 times in the first week.
Published 10 months ago by Trainerchick
4.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights
Timothy Dalton does glowering and gloomy very well, helped by his "gypsy" dark looks. Can't make up my mind about Anna Calder-Marshall's part - at times instead of being... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jane Doe
5.0 out of 5 stars What Passion!
I have always loved this film, it is haunting, so romantic and the characters look exactly as I imagined after reading the book as child. The music is also beautiful .... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by BlueRabbit
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, but not the best.
Well, it is faithful to the text at first, but then deviates and creates its own story, by removing the Linton, young Cathy and Hareton love triangle and focusing entirely on... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by K. Lygo
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult movie
This is a very honest adaptation to Brontė's Wuthering Heights.
As an adaptation, it has limits and this must be take in consideration. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2010 by Débora 1968
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Wuthering Heights
I have read the book and seen lots of films through the years of Emily Brontes classic tale. This is the best film by far. Read more
Published on 5 May 2009 by Mrs T
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