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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, poignant, romance and tragedy - enchanting music.
Some good reviews here, some bad - I guess you either love it or hate it ! ! Only recently available on UK DVD, the film has been digitally restored and remastered and I found the picture and sound quality perfectly satisfactory (unlike one reviewer here).
Based on the debut novel by John Fowles (1963), this movie was released two years later and instantly takes...
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1.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Its not what I thought it would be infact the quality of The picture is so poor I watched only about 10 mins of the film and then switched it off.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, poignant, romance and tragedy - enchanting music., 23 April 2014
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This review is from: The Collector [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Some good reviews here, some bad - I guess you either love it or hate it ! ! Only recently available on UK DVD, the film has been digitally restored and remastered and I found the picture and sound quality perfectly satisfactory (unlike one reviewer here).
Based on the debut novel by John Fowles (1963), this movie was released two years later and instantly takes the viewer back to the bygone age of the 1960's. Billed as a psychological thriller and directed by William Wyler, starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar, there are no demented seagulls or psychotic knife-wielding murderers - rather a deeper, more gentle and thought-provoking treatment of class and social distinction.
Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) is a shy, idealistic, working-class young man who collects butterflies as a hobby and wins a fortune on the pools - he has an uncontrollable passion for Miranda Grey (Eggar), a middle-class art student, but, lacking the social skills and opportunity, he is unable to make any contact with her and so decides to kidnap her in the hope that she will fall in love with him. He imprisons her in the cellars of a beautiful old house he has bought in Kent, treats her with the greatest courtesy and respect and waits for the "inevitable" to happen - and it almost does ! !
There is one particularly touching scene where he invites her to candle-lit dinner in the house - she is freed from the dungeon, her prison, and emerges into the clear star-lit night - poor Freddie very nearly gets his wish but cannot see it !
Wyler was known as a perfectionist - the film was nominated for three Oscars, receiving Best Picture nominations from both the Golden Globe and Laurel awards - Stamp and Eggar swept the Cannes Film Festival winning Best Actor and Best Actress.
The film has an enchanting, poignant quality but, for me, Maurice Jarre's music makes it unforgettable - one remembers it long after.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Collector (1965)" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With This 'US' Disc..., 20 Mar. 2014
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In some ways mining the same territory as “The Silence Of The Lambs" (but decades prior) - our Terence Stamp wants to expand his hobby for collecting butterflies to something a bit more daring - human specimens. But he meets his creepy psychopath match in Samantha Egger...

A cult since its 1965 release - many horror-mind-games fans have longed to see this classic get a UK release – but no such luck. Worse still - the American Image Entertainment BLU RAY release (2011) is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are). And at present (March 2014) there is no European or Region B alternative.

Until it gets a release on this side of the pond - this is yet another case of Region Coding restrictions denying film buffs the BLU RAY they want...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The collector, 27 Sept. 2010
This review is from: The Collector [VHS] (1965) (VHS Tape)
This is a film I saw in the 60's and then just had to get when I saw it for sale. Terence Stamp was a fine choice to play the quietly insane collector. (However, he's a bit too organised for a Schizophrenic, which I suppose the author meant him to be). I can just imagine what modern film makers would do with this story. It imparts such a mixture of emotions in the viewer and if you've never watched it before, you will be trying hard to guess the ending througout. If you enjoy the film, then I recommend you read the book. The Collector (Contemporary classics)It is in two parts - one is the story from the collector's point of view and the other that of the girl.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUTTERFLIES ARE NOT FREE IN A BEASTLY WORLD, 6 Sept. 2009
John Fowles ground breaking book about a dysfunctional english social recluse ,who collects butterflies is adapted by "William Wyler" and 'Stanley Mann' into a simplistic narrative ,where the collector only relates the story, while the book narrates the diaries of both the victim and the collector.

After winning a fortune at lottery ,Clegg played by Terence Stamp as the collecter ,acquires a huge country estate and in a carefully planned abduction ,kidnaps Miranda[Samantha Eggar] ,an aristocratic English art student ,whom he worships and is obsessed with since he was an anonymous ,non-descript ,bullied child in a school in Reading .

Miranda like his cherished butterfly collection is only an item or a trophy to satiate his deprived past ;a consequence of his lower social class ,and he is determined to preserve ,pampere ,indulge and imprisone her in a cellar as a posession that is a prize that he wants for the sake satisfying his ravaged ego .

The movie is a comment on the socially created class divisions which segregate humanity and thus ruthlessly mock human equality, as Clegg righteously claims that if not for his radical kidnap stunt ,Miranda would never have even glanced at him, as he was nothing but an insect like the butterflies, in her beautiful and precious world of pretentious art and wealthy hierarchy ,who treat people like Clegg as a mere convenience in a patronising contempt .

The discussion proceeds as the sophisticated script enfolds and the two grow to develop a mutual fondness after their articulate discussions and arguments which define theophosiphical and intellectual paradigms and yet Miranda has only one goal , to achieve her freedom .

Clegg does not perceive her as imprisoned but as a treasured cherished guest and tries to please her with every indulgence and at no time is she terrorised or maligned.

Wyler has defined the desperation and helplessness of Miranda in Samantha Eggar's posthumous performance from her perspective ,where she goes from being a terrified prisoner to a bewildered bereaved victim who realises she is a lost cause like the "preserved butterfly collection" of clegg ,who is a beneficiary of his social circumstances given the power to acquiesce his desires by the gift of wealth alone .

The ideology that wealth is an evil that begets power for the psychotic is obvious, but it also is highlighting the aspect of the patronising contempt which Miranda and her class practice towards the working classes .

The movie has enough emotion and intellect to immortalise Wyler ,Eggar and Stamp forever and the vision of arrogance ,acquisition and desire are juxtaposed with beauty ,art and divinity in all the positive and negative aspects of the final equation .

The best adaptatation of a Fowler book ever which is a chilling reminder of how frail human existence is as it is compared here to the beauty of the exotic butterflies which Clegg imports ,hatches and then impales at their prime to preserve in a glass jar .

This is where art meets psychological complexity and an obscure terrain where the answers are left to the subject viewing the art as indeed all art is subjective .

Miranda tries to escape ,she even offers sex which repels Clegg even more and evolves the script into an undefined metaphysical sphere where the two characters are locked in an stalemate of pure frustration like humanity itself in it's existential dilemma .

But there is no doubt about the exquisite and haunting emotions this evokes in your mind about existence as you empathise with both the stalker and the victim who are both justified in their own stance as they are acting out of their human instincts to persevere and survive .

Yet the role of the society that has created them in their flawed existence is the provocative debate and it is as relevant today as it was in stone age because it questions the creation of civilisation itself and accrues the injustice suffered by human spirit to the flaws of our own creation .

When it does that it virtually merges the most important question of where and how justice is served in the human civilisation and how is it perceived and whether it is just as subjective as art and religion itself .
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5.0 out of 5 stars I watched this film years ago and was delighted when I found it on Amazon, 6 July 2014
This review is from: The Collector [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
I watched this film years ago and was delighted when I found it on Amazon, it was great to see it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it. Terence Stamp puts in a great performance, 10 Oct. 2014
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Intriguing film. Really enjoyed it. Terence Stamp puts in a great performance. Like an English Anthony Perkin's . :)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing!, 19 April 2010
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This review is from: The Collector [VHS] (1965) (VHS Tape)
In the middle 1960s, some very odd movies were made - and those that were really good, were almost always the 'newer' type of 'Kitchen Sink Drama'. However; quietly slipped in between all that, some other really bright gems found their way to the surface - and here is one of them!

A man (Terence Stamp) who wins a fortune on 'The Pools' who is a 'loner', decides to buy a big old house in the country to live alone away from his mother - but his plans include something much more sinister...

Having watched a young woman from a distance, (Samantha Eggar) he develops a 'fantasy' surrounding her 'romantically'. So much so - when he decides to kidnap her and make her his 'possession' and gets the opportunity - he won't even touch her...

This is quite a long movie (two hours) and could have been over-long, but in fact, it works well. It also has an unpredictable ending that some might find quite surprising, and from that point of view, it's certainly a story with a difference!

In places, the movie is quite 'tame' - but in others (and particularly towards the end) there is quite a disturbing scene when the man drags the woman by her hair along the ground outside in the pouring rain whilst only wearing a night dress. It's also quite sad and moving in other parts.

On a much lighter note; this guy could abduct me any day! I wouldn't even struggle!! (he wouldn't need his Chloroform!) To be worshipped - put on a pedestal - everything provided for me - no worries - waited on hand and foot; and the guy's dishy too! The woman was a fool... LOL

N.B. For some reason - only available in the US as a 'Region 1'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wyler hits creepy heights, 27 July 2013
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Weird and wonderful Wyler. Two outstanding performances, never ending tension and black humour galore make this a must for any serious film fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars grrrrrreat, 10 Aug. 2014
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onederful iconic film
back to the sixties
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything fine., 15 Mar. 2015
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Arrived early. Everything fine.
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