- Actors: Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, Walter Huston, Harry Morgan, Jessica Tandy
- Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Optimum
- DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
- Run Time: 103 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0006M4S6O
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,231 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Gothic melodrama starring Vincent Price, and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Set in the Hudson Valley of the 1840s, Price plays tortured landowner Nicholas Van Ryn, a man who grows to hate his wife because she has been unable to provide him with a son. After hiring young Miranda Wells (Gene Tierney) as a maid, Van Ryn begins to fall in love with her and poisons his wife so they can be together. Miranda eventually gives birth to a boy but the child does not survive, sending Van Ryn into a black depression and a drug-induced rage. When Miranda begins to fear for his health, she employs local doctor Jeff Turner (Glenn Langan), who discovers the secret of Van Ryn's first wife's death and realises that Miranda may soon fall victim to Van Ryn's deranged psychosis.
Top Customer Reviews
Great acting from the whole cast. Bring back the oldies I say!
Dragonwyck is directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz who also adapts the screenplay from the Anya Seton novel of the same name. It stars Vincent Price, Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Glenn Langan, Anne Revere, Jessica Tandy and Spring Byington. Music is by Alfred Newman and cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.
Connecticut farm girl Miranda Wells (Tierney), is recruited by her aristocratic patroon cousin Nicholas Van Ryan (Price) to be governess to his young daughter at his Hudson Valley mansion. Originally thinking it to be a new step up in life, Miranda finds that Nicholas and the Dragonwyck mansion have dark secrets to tell.
Bluebeard and Rebecca come swirling together in this neatly constructed Gothic thriller. It has the requisite eeriness about it, the period atmosphere is strong and Price turns in a wonderfully sinister performance as the tormented Van Ryan. Narratively there's other interests besides the core story of "mad love and dark secrets", such as observations on faith and class structure issues, while the patroon land owner system forms a most historically interesting backdrop. PCA presence means that the spicy aspects of the story (drug use and poisoning) are sketched in grey, but we know what's going on and film doesn't suffer for it.
It takes a while to really get going, for the drama to take a hold, and the light dusting's of the supernatural hint at what a better film it could have been. Yet this is comfortably recommended to Gothic thriller fans and fans of Price and Tierney especially. 7.5/10
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Vincent Price. In this film he plays a disturbed drug addict. The role is very straight but I think this is one of his finest performances. Read morePublished on 24 April 2015 by Claire Louise Lennox
Such a good film. I've been looking for a copy for a while. It came in good condition and received on time.Published on 13 Jan. 2014 by GF Pye
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
A letter arrives at the farm owned by Mr Wells (Walter Huston). Read more