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Gothic [DVD]
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on 12 December 2017
I watched this film many years ago when it was released. Back then I was young and ignorant of the subject matter, so I loved it, as I have always loved all of Ken Russels movies. Except that now, I am older and no longer ignorant of the fact that there is nothing in this very bad copy of the movie that resembles in any way the facts of the period, the people, or the setting. Of course Russel is famed for his avant-garde interpretations of history. But for me, this movie is so very far from the truth that it is nothing more than a rather useless, dated fantasy, that does not even begin to capture the essence of these amazing young people. All of them are portrayed in the most childish inflated interpretations of their characters. In many of Russels movies he outrageously advances understanding of his subject matter. Here he is just messing around with a subject he obviously has no understanding of at all. Unwatchable in all ways, IMHO
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on 14 March 2018
A huge disappointment !
You'd expect some clear picture when you buy a movie allegedly digitally remastered. But this DVD delivers a picture like someone positioned a web cam in front of a running tv set. The picture is really bad. And the sound is horrifyingly bad.
I feel truly and deeply messed about by the offering salesperson of this so not 'Digitally Remastered' DVD. Don't fall for this offer !
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on 30 July 2016
Very bizarre but constantly interesting take on the shenanigans at the villa deodati where Shelley, Byron et al gathered in the summer of 1816.
The film chronicles their decision to write their own ghost stories and their descent into madness as their ingestion of laudanum and alcohol takes hold.
Interesting visuals from Ken Russell include the coming to life of Fuseli's painting The Nightmare and a woman with eyes in her breasts.
I found this film constantly interesting and novel.
It's well worth seeking out
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on 15 January 2017
I loved this film when I watched it years ago - but this version is awful. I'm not talking about the actual movie but the quality of the picture and sound - both absolutely terrible!!! Like a really bad copy of a VHS tape! Not good enough Amazon!


Amazon graciously gave me a full refund and removed the film from my library and they promised to look into the quality issues - thank you Amazon!
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on 28 February 2018
The screen play is reasonably entertaining and has those surrealist episodes associated with Ken Russell. However, it was let down by the poor visual and sound quality which may be due to transcribing a video tape original into a DVD.
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on 19 April 2011
If you really know what does the genre gothic means, then you will love this film. Ken Russell depicts with images what Goya says in his engraving "The sleep of reason produces monsters". This film is an oniric voyage created by opium and by the characters' fears. Gothic, as literary critic Fred Botting describes: "signifies a writing of excess". This is what Russell does, a film full of excesses and of a constant battle between otherness. This in an excellent movie. I also recommend an excellent film full of gothic elements, Svankmajer's "Conspirators of Pleasure".
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on 10 July 2017
Surreal but entertaining DVD featuring Timothy Spall and Julian Sands as Polidori and Shelley, well worth a watch.
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on 8 May 2011
Very lucid, surreal and frantic at times, portrays one of most important moments in history of fantastic literature. Symbolic, with unique visions (which is Russel's trademark). Good acting, including late Natasha Richardson and Julian Sands. Shame this is only "bare-bones" edition, with no extras added - I believe they exist, or may be created one day? Anyway, one of best horror-related British movies of 80's.
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on 29 January 2018
bonkers, but its now in my collection
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on 29 August 2017
This is a really poor copy of this film, I ended up turning it off after 5 minutes and seeking a different copy as it is frustratingly unwatchable!
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