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Lolita (Widescreen) [Import]


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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella, Suzanne Shepherd
  • Directors: Adrian Lyne
  • Writers: Stephen Schiff, Vladimir Nabokov
  • Producers: Joel B. Michaels, Mario Kassar
  • Format: Special Edition, NTSC, Import
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Oct. 12 1999
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001IVFG

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Garrabrant on Jan. 31 2004
Format: DVD
This screen adaption of Vladimir Nabokov's sensual novel of the same name took me by suprise from the moment it began. Jeremy Irons really is fantastic as Humbert Humphrey. For a film that deals with the societal taboo of nyphettes and older men, Irons turns what could of been the role of a monster into the role of a broken man. The older Humphrey recaptures the essence of a first love when he become involved with the (very) young Dolores Hayes. Indeed the subject matter is hard to swallow, but do try to give the film a chance. Unexplainably, Lolita is one of the greatest love stories of all time. It is about a man in love with his past. I do fail to give the film five stories with good reason. Dolores Hayes is played by Dominique Swain, who although captures the vivaciousness of a young nymphette, just doesn't seem right in the role. For such a tragic story, Swain seems to have randomley stuck with some of the worst dialogue. Director Adrian Lyne stuck closely to the original novel (unlike Stanley Kubrik who sensationally skewed the story as a black comedy) but didn't quite make it all the way there. But, even with its flaws, I find Lolita to be a beautiful telling and that it probably due to the talent of Mr.Irons. Never have I seen someone play such a sad man with such sincerity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santana1969 on Sept. 29 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of my favorite movies of all time! It is POIGNANT, yet DEEPLY DISTURBING. I saw this movie for the first time years ago and never forgot about it as I am a huge Jeremy Irons fan. Irons does such an outstanding job playing this role that it is even more disturbing. Even so, you cannot look away -- it's like driving by a site of a car crash. You don't want to look, but fascination prevails! Highly Recommend!
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Format: DVD
It is impossible to make a faithful (legal) movie of Nabokov's novel. However, this is very good approximation of it.
Jeremy Irons is perfectly cast as Humbert, and captures the kind of clueless social fumbling and bumbling which is a large part of the character in the novel. Humbert is not comfortable around people of any age. Domenique Swain, in her first role, pulls off an acceptable version of the title character, both vulnerable and crafty. Although Frank Langella is no Peter Sellers, his rendition of Clare Quilty is much more realistic and true to the novel - even the over-the-top death scene with the ballet-like movements and red spit-bubble is almost straight from the book. A real problem was casting Melanie Griffith as Charlotte - unfortunately she was completely wrong for the part - being too shrill and light.
The cinematography was excellent. The feeling of travel - 27,000 miles in the course of a couple years, and geography plays a substantial part in the book, and was well represented in the movie.
Beautiful score by Morricone, who also did the well-regarded "The Mission" score.
For all the good things in the movie, the same three things in both the Lyne and Kubrick versions bother me, as I feel it robs Humbert of some nuance to his character:
1. No mention of first wife. He was not always just into nymphets.
2. No mention of second wife, Rita, (and taping the goodbye note to her navel so she would find it).
3. The last page and a half from the book was left out. This is possibly the most moving passage of the novel - when Hubert offers his apology for all his nastiness, and his admonition to Lolita, and the revelation that neither Lolita nor Humbert are alive as we read the book, and his pathetic summation...
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By James Ferguson on April 26 2004
Format: DVD
Certainly the most compelling screen version of Lolita, Adrian Lyne has a much better feel for the story than did Stanley Kubrick, and Dominique Swain is much better cast as the young femme fatale than was Sue Lyon. But, the most striking feature of this film is the cinematography which gives the story a much more evocative feel. While it is through Humbert Humbert that we see Lolita, Lyne finds more subtle ways to probe Lolita than did Kubrick, who treated her very much as an object. I suppose in that sense it may have been a little closer to Nabokov's original telling, but Lyne has a more sensitive eye to detail and the devastating relationship that forms between Humbert and Lolita. The script stays close to the novel. Lyne lavishes much attention on the cross-country trip and the rain-soaked stay in New Orleans. I felt Jeremy Irons did a better job than James Mason in capturing Humbert's psyche, better able to convey the emotions that led to his ill-fated obsession in Lolita. The film also evocatively recalls the genesis for Humbert's obsession. It was a bold move by Adrian Lyne, demonstrating a thoughtful understanding of the novel and not trying to add any form of moral judgement on it.
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By A Customer on Feb. 24 2004
Format: DVD
So, Ok, I have never read the book, Lolita by V. Nabakov. If either one of the film adaptions is close, then I am still dissappointed. It reminds me of the The Professional aka Leon. You get teased into what you think is going to be a thought out drama probing the real possibility of extreme relations, and taboo sex. What you end up with is a little shameful tittalation and then heaping mounds of retributory punishment and typical community standards / Hayes committee moral condemnation. It always has to end in an I-Told-You-So. Same here, but worse. Let me see if I can describe the repulsive:
1. I did not need to see Frank Langellas Genitalia. I understand Clare Quilty is supposed to represent the rich, conspiracy leading evil one in power hogging all the nymphs type guy, and that somehow I am supposed to want some kind of visceral thrill out of seeing his utmost come-uppance, but it just makes humbert look more pathetic, period.
2. Lolita- she did not need to be heartless and evil, deserving only to die in childbirth. I know heartless and evil people and I know that they all come from somewhere, but the moral intent here was to have humbert sell his soul to the devil and she just played the part.
3. This film did not need to be set so hard in the forties. The attention to period detail and soft focus photography was nice, but a destraction to the potential of the material.
4. The combination of Teen-Who-Is-Sexually-Aware, and Stupid-Leacherous-Grinning-Guy is a few stereotypes too many, and not even close too what is really going on in the world.
In a world where 12 year old girls can chat explicitly on-line, start thier own modeling sites, get lewd on web-cams and turn tricks at the mall, Lolita is sorely out of date. It could be termed as silly, but really it is sad because for all of the production value, and hoopla, it turns out to be a weak gesture at a topic that needs truly deep discussion.
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