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Laura

Gene Tierney , Dana Andrews , Kerry Jensen , Otto Preminger    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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This silky smooth film noir pits gruff police detective Dana Andrews, stiff and blunt in his street-bred manners, against a cultured columnist and acidic wit (Clifton Webb at his prissiest) in a battle of wits during a murder investigation. The cop is a romantic hiding under a hard-boiled exterior who falls in love with the beautiful victim through the portrait that hangs in her apartment, when one lonely night he turns from the picture to see Laura walk through the door. It's not a ghost: both the cops and the killer mistook the mutilated corpse for the lady of the house. Gene Tierney, whose heart-shaped face mixes the exotic with the girl next door, brings the poise and calm of a model to her role as Laura, the object of every man's gaze and the target of a killer that missed once but is bound to try again. Laura, handsomely shot in dreamy black and white, is the first and best of Otto Preminger's cool, controlled murder mysteries. In the gritty world of film noir it remains the most refined and elegant example of the genre, but under the tasteful decor and high-society fashions lies a world seething in jealousy, passion, blackmail, and murder. Vincent Price costars as a blithe gigolo and David Raksin's lush theme has become a wistful romantic standard. --Sean Axmaker

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Nominated for five Academy Awards®, this stylish mystery thriller twists and turns with new suspects, new evidence and unexpected revelations. A wealthy journalist (Clifton Webb) becomes entranced with a beautiful young career woman named Laura (Gene Tierney). But shortly before her wedding to a dashing young playboy (Vincent Price), she is found murdered. Stirred by her portrait, the detective (Dana Andrews) assigned to her case finds that he, too, is strangely under Laura's spell.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Disappointment Feb. 18 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Laura is a great movie. Unfortunately, the blu-ray transfer is sub-par on this disc. If you already have a DVD copy of the movie, pass on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noir At It's Best Aug. 11 2003
Format:DVD
I am thrilled to see that this outstanding film is due for DVD release. It is befuddling why it has taken this long--and why other truly great classic films (viz., Gaslight, Out of the Past, The Letter, Asphalt Jungle, High Sierra, Force of Evil, Dark Passage,The Sea Wolf, Magnificent Ambersons, Ace in the Hole) are still awaiting DVD issue. So much merdre gets released each week--it is truly astonishing that a film such as Laura has to take a number and wait. Well, that gripe aside--this is a taut thriller that is psychologically deep, witty, romantic,sexy, and suspenseful. How much more could one ask of a movie--that it solve the budget crisis? For an earlier reviewer who thought it ... that the Clifton Webb character leads the detective along, this device is part of the personality of Lydecker ("Lie", get it?), who is so narcissistic that he has to confess his perfection in both love and murder in order to appease his vanity, to be admired, to be known for the genius he believes himself to be--even be it for crime and a date with Ol' Sparky. He is constantly proving his superiority by insulting McPherson and Shelby and showing them up in Laura's eyes--so he thinks. He is a master manipulator, perfectionist, and control freak--even if it means implicating himself! So this bit of character development is completely in keeping with Lydecker's temperament and is what drives the story. Gene Tierney is incredibly gorgeous in this part, and Dana Andres is both muscular and tender--when he needs to be. Clifton Webb astonishes, with some of the best, most crackling dialogue ever composed---and just tons of snobbery!!! I'll score and watch this DVD the day it comes out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars laura May 31 2014
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a excellent movie very good acting and the storey line very good would recommend to anybody who likes good mpvies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie May 16 2014
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I appreciated both the story and the acting of this movie. I enjoyed the suspense and the outcome of this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of Laura Feb. 23 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It's hard to create an absent character, then feature them front-and-center without destroying all that mystery and power. Just look at "Rebecca."

But one exception to this rule is "Laura," a spellbinding film noir about a rough, clever detective and a society girl suspected of being first the victim, then the murderer. Dark atmosphere, red herrings, and a hefty dose of psychology are all part of the mix in one of Hollywood's strangest love triangles.

A young socialite, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) has been shot in the face with buckshot. Det. Lt. Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is sent on the case, investigating Laura's aunt, her gigolo fiancee Shelby (Vincent Price), and her best friend, an acid-tongued gay columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb). No one seems to have a motive for killing Laura -- everyone loved her.

And soon McPherson starts to fall in love with Laura too, with a painting as his guide. Then Laura walks into her apartment, alive and well. Now MacPherson must find out who the dead girl was, and struggles with his jealousy when Laura reunites with her cheating fiancee. But who was the real target -- and what twisted motives do they have?

Few murder mysteries of any kind are as tight and perfectly plotted as "Laura" is, and few noirs have as deep an insight into the human mind -- and just how strange and/or twisted love can become. Not many movies can have a guy who falls in love with a girl through a painting, without making it corny.

The movie is taut, intense and slightly overwhelming, with a twist in the middle that throws out all the previous suspicions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Jerker ! Sept. 4 2013
By Fraser D. Riddell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What an incredible movie this high quality DVD delivers. Gene Tierney is soooo beautiful she will take your breath away. Dana Andrews shines as the tough brooding detective. I wont give away anything except this movie has the best surprise ending ever ! I recommend this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Love With...."Laura"...... Aug. 18 2013
By Breadmanwalking TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
One of the best "noir"....I really enjoy this old flick.
Dana Andrews gives his best cool! Gene is a dream...voice
and slight overbite give this a special look! Do you savvy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! March 20 2013
By Suzanne
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What can one say about this movie? I consider it one the better films noir ever made, and that score!!! I recommend this to anyone who's into 40s films.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing on DVD
I didn't actually hate this movie; there was nothing on the disk to hate.
It was empty. I have never had this happen before, but I read other
reviews on Laura that have... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars BUGGS BUNNY, BOOMERANG,NO WAY OUT AND LAURA AND IM SURE THE VCR WILL...
All movies were great, I give them all five star,because I love classic movies, I will purchase more classic movies in March 2013 Thank you for the good services

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Published 17 months ago by Rudy Trottier
1.0 out of 5 stars Laura DVD Repackage
The photo on the DVD package don't even look like Gene Tierney! There is no product description just what additional are they offering this time, a slightly enhance picture?
Published 17 months ago by J. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Just who is that on the cover?
Truthfully, I was disappointed with this product. Much of the movie had a very washed-out effect. But worst of all was the cover! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Don Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars film noir at its best
Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb shine in this classic film noir tale of love, jealousy and deception. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars View it several times and patterns start to show.
Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), self-centered writer is having his lunch interrupted by a young lady Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) who is soliciting his endorsement of a pen. Read more
Published on July 20 2010 by bernie
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