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Criterion Collection: Tess [Blu-ray]

John Collin , Tony Church , Roman Polanski    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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Roman Polanski adapted Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles and came up with this moody, haunting film starring Nastassia Kinski as the farm girl who is misused by the aristocrat for whom she works and who is then caught in a marriage where her initial happiness soon turns to grief. Fans of the novel may feel unpersuaded by Polanski's effort to marry Hardy's Dorset vision with his own fascination with psychosexual impulses toward survival, but the film is an often stunning thing to see, and Kinski's sensitive, intelligent performance lingers in the memory. --Tom Keogh

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New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Roman Polanski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Once Upon a Time . . . “Tess,” a 2006 documentary on the film Three programs on the making of the film—From Novel to Screen, Filming “Tess,” and “Tess”: The Experience— featuring interviews with Polanski, actors Nastassja Kinski and Leigh Lawson, producer Claude Berri, costume designer Anthony Powell, composer Philippe Sarde, and others Interview with Polanski from a 1979 episode of The South Bank Show Forty-five-minute documentary shot on location for French television during the making of the film Trailer, PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Colin MacCabe

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3.0 out of 5 stars Loyal to the novel (for the most part) Oct. 29 2003
By MikeY
Format:VHS Tape
Warning: Spoilers.
The one major complaint I have about this movie is its tendency to drag on. Many scenes were slow-as-life, showing Tess walking through a field or thoughtfully gazing off into space. Although I felt that the film was moving unnecessarily slow, I was certainly never bored. My attention was kept, I believe, by the fact that I had read Hardy´¿s novel prior to watching the movie. For the most part, Polanski stayed true to Hardy´¿s story and intentions with the exception of two major themes. First, I felt that Polanski didn´¿t make it clear that Tess felt an extreme responsibility to work for her family as a result of her accident that killed their horse, Prince. The fact that they had lost their horse was mentioned in the film, but I felt that an integral reason for Tess´¿s leaving home to work for the D´¿Urbervilles was because she felt responsible for her family´¿s financial woes. The second major departure from the book was the fact that Tess submitted to Alec in the woods. Hardy made it abundantly clear that Tess was disgusted with the man. In the film, Tess willingly kissed Alec back for a long while before he took advantage of her, thus leading to her misfortune throughout the rest of the story.
As a high school student, I realize that many students watch the film versions of novels before writing a paper. I must strongly recommend against this. While the film follows the plot of the novel almost exactly, there are many elements presented in the book that even the most masterful filmmaker could not be able to incorporate, such as Tess´¿s helplessness, Angel´¿s self-confidence, and Alec´¿s wild lust. All of these characteristics are magnified much greater in the novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and Suprising ending! Nov. 5 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have always loved this movie since 1979 when it first came out! It's nicer to have it on DVD where you can watch it at your leisure as pointed out it is rather long but it was worth it since I forgot how it ended and although it was tramatic, it was suprising. I always thought Natasha Kinski did such a superb job as the main character "Tess" and what hardships people, especially women faced during that era in history. The only thing, it only came in widescreen, other than that, thoroughly enjoyed it once again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polanski at his best... May 7 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Polanski finally won the Oscar! All of his great films are on DVD...why not this one? "Rosemary's Baby", "Chinatown", etc.Where's the DVD for "Tess", winner of many awards, and a brilliant debut for Nastassia Kinski? I want this DVD a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant Polanski film Oct. 22 2003
Format:VHS Tape
one of my favorites of both Polanski and Kinski. this one has Kinski as a farm girl who gets into a marriage that she regrets. with this movie it brings the depth and emotionally powerful performance that lingers from Kinski and you dont wanna forget it, I havent. its a really good movie
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