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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great film -- too bad about the DVD commentaries Jan. 5 2007
Format:DVD
What an excellent film. I love noir, and Laura rings nary a false note. I just viewed the 2005 DVD and the video is very sharp.

Please do go and get the disc (definitely worth it), but a word of warning about the extras: Sorry to drop the P-bomb, but Jeanine Basinger's (and, to a lesser extent, Rudy Behlmer's) commentary is beyond-the-pail pedantic. How wonderful that Maestro Basinger has benefited from having the Gene Tierney archives at Wesleyan U., but sophisticated viewers of 2007 do *not* need to have enormous blocks read to them in the commentary feature; have rudimentary film language terminology defined and hemmed/hawed about for long stretches; have the commentator list every film that each actor participated in. Can you say "filler"? Perhaps one aside of Tierney's letters here or there would be useful, but the shopping lists are endless. Please studios, monitor the commentaries that are done on these great films! I do not need to have an academic explain to me at great length what the purpose of a flashback is, etc., etc. And--wow!--I had no idea that the painting of Laura was actually a doctored photo (explained ad nauseam in every corner).

Here's hoping the Leave Her to Heaven disc is spared such treatment in the extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the music alone! Aug. 26 2003
Format:DVD
The theme from "Laura" is one of the most haunting ever written, by David Raksin, relatively unknown, but forever memorialized through this melody. Gene Tierney is at her peak of beauty, and she really is breathtaking in the most literal sense of the word. When I grew up this was always one of my favorite movies, and then when I re-discovered this movie as an adult, I was always mesmerized by her and by the entire cast, the score and the story, all prime examples of how great film noir can be when it's done with this amount of style and class.
SIDENOTE:
***I was not aware until recently of her tragic encounter with a female Marine at a Hollywood Canteen, during WW2. Apparently this Marine was hospitalized for German Measles, and she sneaked out of the hospital to meet her favorite movie star. She had her picture taken with GT, who was pregnant at the time, and also KISSED her, which resulted in her baby daughter being born with severe mental retardation. When Daria (the daughter) was four years old she was insititutionalized. GT met the woman one year later and found out how she had contracted German Measles, but did not mention the tragic consequences of the woman's actions for reasons unknown.***
What sets this particular movie apart from the rest of the genre, is it's cast and it's tasteful telling of the story, which includes the creme de la creme of New York society, played to the hilt by the cast. One of my chief joys in watching this movie, is the scene of Clifton Webb (as the acerbic critic, Waldo Lydecker) sitting in his enormous black bathtub(!) typing furiously, and relishing the power he has by virtue of his position as a critic. He takes savage pleasure in denigrating anyone who displeases him, either by their lack of talent or because of his own personal dislike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In love with Laura July 4 2003
Format:DVD
My personal all-time favorite and widely considered to be one of the best film noirs ever made, I envy anyone who has yet to see this film. Complete with story and plot, mood and atmosphere, twists and turns, this film picks up the audience, completely surrounding it so that nothing else matters, and takes control of the collective mind from beginning to end.
Laura's beauty and character touched everyone who knew her. The acerbic columnist, in love with her and willing to do anything to keep her; the good-for-nothing heir, keeping up the pretense of living of another's fortune; the aunt who hated her for her beauty and wished her dead; the maid who worshiped her for her kindness; the hard-boiled detective in love with the portrait of a dead woman.
And then there is Laura herself. Beautifully played by Gene Tierney at the height of her career, we are at once drawn to her and once we have seen her, nothing else matters. The shy advertising artist, the blossoming career woman, and finally, the self-assured beauty that is worshipped by those around her--and we are there to witness the transformation. But it is not really a transformation; we are just beginning to really understand her.
In film noir, the opening scene is critical and often plays with the mind of the audience, where nothing is as it seems. And this film is a classic example. It opens up with a haunting scene in the outer foyer of Waldo Lydecker's home with his voice-over "I shall never forget the weekend that Laura died..." Beautifully acted, scripted, and directed, this is a must see for classic and noir fans alike. Get set. You are in for a real treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars laura
a excellent movie very good acting and the storey line very good would recommend to anybody who likes good mpvies
Published 2 months ago by donald hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I appreciated both the story and the acting of this movie. I enjoyed the suspense and the outcome of this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Emile April
5.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of Laura
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Jerker !
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fraser D. Riddell
5.0 out of 5 stars In Love With...."Laura"......
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! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Breadmanwalking
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 12 months ago by Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
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.
Published 17 months ago by Suzanne
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 18 months ago by Rudy Trottier
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Disappointment
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.
Published 18 months ago by Robert G. Black
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 18 months ago by J. Thompson
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