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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037KV112
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SUBTITLES IN FRENCH/SPANISH/ENGLISH

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This 1945 film starring George Sanders (Lord Henry Wotton), Hurd Hatfield (Dorian Gray) and Angela Lansbury (Sybil Vane) is the definative version of the classic novel by Oscar Wilde. It is filmed with care and attention, close to the novel, with a few minor changes. The mounted colour inserts of the picture itself are stunning in this b&w film. All other players are perfectly cast, and is the yardstick by which other versions have to aspire to.

Dorian's misdeeds are only hinted at, and leaaves the viewer to guess how awful they may be, which gives more scope for imagination, rather than giving all the explicit detail that more modern interpretations have done.

Angela Lansbury is the picture of innocence, as the music hall singer of 'Goodbye Little Yellow Bird', who is shattered when Dorian rejects her on the advice of Lord Henry. It is the first step on the road to ruin for Dorian.

Though the sound is a little quiet, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, which I have always wanted in my collection.
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The film is a classic - however I found this version would not play on my DVD (only on the blu-ray). The aspect ratios available were too inconsistent to make for viewing, for which reason I must vote this product low.
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Considering the film was made over twenty five years ago the reproduction is amazingly good.However because of inferior sound recording technology compared with the present day it was good that it had easily read sub title's,especially the viewer's hearing is not as good as it used to be.The story line and the articulacy of George Sanders was unsurpassed-if you like such such sparkling dialogue.Well worth purchasing.Pity I had to to get it sent to New Zealand via an UK address.
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It is a classic from the Irish poet that comes alive. There is `some' artistic license, but I figure that you have it in every movie adaptation from books (it's not a documentary). Aside from that license, the film follows closely the book, especially when watching other, later movie adaptation of this book.

Book/film differences in short: Sybil is here a gifted dance-hall singer and not an actress, which necessitates changing the reason for Dorian to break up with here. The novel has no reference to Dorian being painted with an Egyptian goddess shaped like a cat who could grant his wish, as the film has. Henry's final speech to Dorian Gray in the novel about the soul being non-material but corruptible is one he claims to have heard from a street-preacher. In the film, Dorian hears these words himself from a street-preacher. Dorian's final marriage before his death is to a parson's daughter in the novel; In the film, it is to Basil Hallward's niece, Gladys, who had a childhood crush on Dorian.

Besides that, the film is one I loved. For those who like Dorian, go see it.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray is directed by Albert Lewin, and he also adapts the screenplay from the novel written by Oscar Wilde. It stars Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore, Richard Fraser and Douglas Walton. Music is by Herbert Stothart and cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.

Dorian Gray of Mayfair and Selby.

Oscar Wilde's Faustian tale about a young Victorian gentleman who sells his soul to retain his youth, is given a magnificent make-over by MGM. Pumping into it a budget reputedly of $2 million, the look and feel is perfect for this macabre observation of vanity, greed and self destruction. In many ways it's still an under valued movie, mainly because there will always be Wilde purists who think it lacks the writer's poetic spikiness. While horror fans quite often venture into the picture expecting some sort of violent classic ripe with sex, drugs and debauchery unbound.

Lewin crafts his film in understated manner, never allowing the themes in the source material to become overblown just for dramatic purpose. He cloaks it all with an atmosphere of eeriness, keeping the debasing nature of Dorian Gray subdued. The horror aspects here mostly are implied or discussed in elegantly stated conversations, the horror in fact is purely in the characterisation of Dorian himself, we really don't need to see actual things on screen, we are urged to be chilled to the marrow by his mere presence, which works because Lewin has personalised us into this man's sinful descent by way of careful pacing and character formation.
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A great classic film - easily better than the modern remake (sorry!) - and with all the suspense as with all the 'old' films
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