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Dragonwyck [DVD]

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  • 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.

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I just love this film watched it on TV one day when I was stuck at home and just had to order it for my collection
Great acting from the whole cast. Bring back the oldies I say!
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Wonderful period Gothic drama of the best kind. Gene Tierney looks stunning and turns in an excellent performance as the farmer's daughter from New England, who marries into a rich family of Dutch ancestry in New York State, who have tenant farmers, a thing unheard of where Tierney comes from and people farm their own land. At first she is smitten with her arrogant, handsome husband, but soon she becomes aware of a darker side, and questions arise about the death of his first wife. And why does he keep spending hours alone in the room at the top of the winding stone stairs? The husband, of course, is Vincent Price, and, although younger than I've ever seen him, all the quirky elements are there, and his performance is riveting. There's also a young, rugged doctor on hand to provide moral support to an increasingly isolated Tierney, and Jessica Tandy gives a heart breaking performance as the loyal maid whom Price despises because of her disability. One scene I liked very much was when the single Tierney first meets a group of young ladies at a ball, and constantly has to remind them that there is no 'Van' in front of her name. How plebeian is that!
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I will not live according to printed mottoes like the directions on a medicine bottle!

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
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A great Hollywood ckassic. Gene Tieney, tired of her present excistence with the family on the farm she has dreams of being a lady in waiting wanting to live in Dragonwych. From a working class back ground, she hopes to meet a wealthy man of her dreams. Vincent Price is the one to be. Married later her life she finds it, turns out not as what it ought to be. Vincent Price the villan as usual and behaving in mischief. Greedy towards the land farmers and everyone who disagrees with him.
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I caught this on Film4 while I was on the Internet and I had to shut the computer off because this enthralled me. The mood and atmosphere of this is brilliant and so are the performances. Vincent steals the show (as always, but this time he saves the ending) and is trilling as a Dutch patroon in the 1840s, obssessed with power. He invites his beautiful, naive distant cousin (Gene Tierney in a brilliantly underrated perfomance)to live with him as an au pair girl. Then...I won't say any more as I will surely spoil it. A haunting experience that deserves more than 2 viewings at least!
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There are few actors to match Vincent Price in his "creepy" roles - and this is a good example! Basically a tale of simple Bible-raised good girl being seduced by a luxury lifestyle, and the "gentleman" Price - who bumps off his wife in order to marry a younger model! All goes wrong when the couple's baby son dies, leaving the Patroon of Dragonwyck going slowly off his rocker! A promising ending for the young widow though, as a future with the good-hearted local Doctor is pending! Good stuff for a rainy day! Favourite quote from Price as the heorine's dreams fall apart: "Your father is a man to take his religion unflinchingly"
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For a movie as old as this one is the quality was quite good. The packaging was excellent and it arrived on the day specified. Thank you.
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SUPERB GOTHIC DRAMA - Vincent Price's finest hour! For much of the film he is the epitome of the handsome, cultured Victorian Gentleman, who would have had every available woman swooning at his feet. His master touch is the way he delivers his incredibly brilliant lines. Later in the movie we see his character change - almost becoming the deranged person he was to portray in the many Roger Corman movies of the early 60s. This was an Oscar winning performance, but alas the competition was too high. A gem!
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