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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.8 out of 5 stars
The Importance Of Being Earnest [DVD]
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on 17 July 2017
Good film version of a brilliantly witty play, albeit a film which does not, wisely I think attempt to disguise its theatrical origins. Striking costumes, good sets, sumptuous camera work. Edith Evans recreating her famous Lady Bracknell, and everyone else giving very polished performances.
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on 21 March 2017
Brilliant film which I have wanted to own for some time. A real nostalgic throwback to the Saturday matinees enjoyed on tv many years ago. Would definitely recommend.
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on 5 May 2017
The original play as we all know, acted well.
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on 8 June 2017
Most enjoyable.
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on 15 February 2014
The later remake nothing but a pale imitation Thank you to all actors,Anthony Asquith,and Oscar Fingal O'Flaherty Wills Wilde Esq.
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on 19 May 2014
Very pleased with purchase, all the way from Greece, which was gift for my father in law. Would highly recommend this seller. Thanks Anna. Harry
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on 29 June 2017
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on 1 October 2017
Okay film. Funny in parts, but sound quality for a Blu Ray is poor.
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on 22 March 2012
Having now tested 4 copies (2011-2012) of this network edition of the 1952 film, one direct from amazon.co.uk and three others (one a replacement copy) from amazon marketplace sellers, I can only warn others not to waste their money on it.
I bought the DVDs for friends learning English and only discovered how bad the sound was when I had one sent direct to myself. I have since sent all four copies back. One friend assumed the problem was her insufficient knowledge of English. Far from it!
I seriously question whether those giving this network edition 5-star reviews (sometimes merely recounting the story or praising the cast, etc.) have ever even watched it!

IMPORTANT NOTICE (2017):
If you are looking for a DVD of this 1952 version with decent sound quality (cf. 7-part recording on youtube), I recommend you buy the ITALIAN DVD (L'Importanza di Chiamarsi Ernesto), which is also available on amazon.co.uk. The English sound track is a bit muffled (not as good as the Italian), but quite acceptable. It also has optional English subtitles, if you need them.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 13 September 2016
There can be little doubt that this film production of the famously witty Oscar Wilde play is a complete masterpiece in terms of acting, setting and costuming. The cast of actors is sufficiently superb as to have become iconic. Those who disagree with this moderate assessment are welcome to inhabit their own separate universe! For those who don't the only question is whether this re-mastered Blu-ray has made any significant improvement to a technically disappointing previous DVD presentation.

In terms of image resolution the improvement is little short of startling. The sound, though, is still set at a very low level and is also far from the clarity one might expect from a film of this vintage. Bearing in mind the very obvious visual improvement it seems likely that the soundtrack is now being offered at the best level and resolution possible given the software being used. Nevertheless it should be noted that in this case it was found that an increase of 10dB playback level was required to make the dialogue loud enough to follow with any ease - a vital requirement in a work of such verbal richness. Was the original film's soundtrack really as bad as this?

Fortunately the Blu-ray medium allows for this playback level increase to be achieved without an equivalent background distraction as the background is largely clear of noise. Why did Network not raise the playback level on the disc might be a reasonable question. The downside of raising the level of the dialogue is that the music then becomes sufficiently loud to make inherent distortion only too apparent. Fortunately this is really only a major problem at the beginning and ending credits sections which can easily be silenced with the mute button or otherwise lowered.

To coin a quote though 'The play's the thing' and in that respect this fully delivers. The Blu-ray presentation is visually much improved and the sound can be accepted (just). Otherwise, both as a presentation and concept of the original play, this really is in a class of its own and admirers of the film will find that this Blu-ray offers by far the best option so far until a more successful attempt is made to improve the sound. It is unlikely to be further improved in the near future though and this Blu-ray must now be considered to be the best current option for the film's and the play's many admirers.

In summary therefore, the image quality of this Blu-ray release is very clear with firm colours. The soundtrack can only be described as an obstacle to be endured.
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