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Picture of Dorian Gray


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  • Actors: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Billy Bletcher, William Hanna, Donna Reed
  • Directors: William Hanna, Albert Lewin, Joseph Barbera, Sammy Lee
  • Writers: Albert Lewin, Joseph Barbera, John Nesbitt, Oscar Wilde
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 7 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OHBCI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,588 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3 2004
Format: VHS Tape
When you think of expressionism in the movies you tend to think of the wierd angles, lighting and cutting of the German directors of the 20's and 30's. But Albert Lewin's marvelous movie adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel makes the same kind of other-wordly impact with an amazing and unsettling exaggeration of Victorian manners, morals, and architecture. The icy detachment of Gray and his friends from any emotional involvement with their surroundings heightens tremendously the impact on us of the genuinely human gestures and feelings of the other characters. This Faustian parable about a man and his graven image probably reflects Wilde's torment over whether he had sold his own soul to become an international funnyman. The whole cast is a standout but it's Lewin's picture and a total success.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 22 2007
Format: VHS Tape
"I sent my soul through the invisible,
Some letter of that after-life to spell;
And by and by my soul returned to me,
And answered, `I myself an Heaven and Hell'"
- "The Rubaiyat" Omar Khayyam

Dorian Gray, with the help of Lord Henry and Basel's painting, realizes that youthful looks are everything and proceeds (in the presence of an ancient Egyptian cat god) to sell his soul in exchange for letting the portrait grow old while he stayed youthful looking.

Although the story was slightly modified for the sake of the media and the long diatribes were cut out, Albert Lewin - Director / Writer (screenplay) left in the most important dialogs directly quoted from the book.

The movie itself is in black and white with some color plates of the portrait included.

One of the biggest surprises is that Angela Lansbury plays Dorian's love, Sibyl Vane; she looks like a little china doll as she sings "Little Yellow Bird". Later Lansbury will repeat this performance in the series "Murder She Wrote".

Even though Hurd Hatfield plays Dorian, George Sanders with his snotty sounding voice steals the show as Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian's amoral sounding friend.
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By no on July 17 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
great movie-watched it several times
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Madge on April 3 2009
Format: DVD
Anything written by Oscar Wilde is worthy of at least one Movie. This story is loaded with the wit and wisdom of the great playwright. Unfortunately, like one other great Englishman he died in ignominity on a hillside in Paris near the Moulin Rouge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Vegan on Dec 31 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Handsome, young and morally corrupt Dorian Gray has his portrait painted. Soon after, under the influence of the incorrigible Lord Henry Wotton, he betrays his fiancee, leading to her suicide. As the years pass Dorian does not age but evidence of his narcissim are apparent in his portrait which grows uglier with each transgression. His mysterious behavior and ageless appearance begin to attract suspicion. This is one of my favorite stories by Oscar Wilde. This movie has everything that a good movie should have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yowlingcat on Sept. 24 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This really is a quite extraordinary film - yes, Hurd Hatfield as the eponymous Dorian Grey is wooden, but in a sense this just adds to the drama. His wooden acting lends a sinister atmosphere to his every move, gesture and feeling. This is amply set off by the other actors, who give their all - a distinct contrast to Dorian's flat, almost logical way of carrying on.
As an Englishman, I find the inclusion of American actors somewhat strange - I assume this was something to do with the film getting finance, but don't let the accents put you off. All the cast give their all and to great effect.
The direction is immaculate - look for the little details of lighting, the humble people in the background in many of tyhe scenes going about their everyday duties, everything has a symbolism, and the more you watch this film, the more you will get out of it.
A masterpiece - a must-see.
Richard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I can only second what almost every other reviewer has said about this movie. The casting is impeccable (and to those who say Hurd Hatfield's performance is wooden, please bear in mind that Dorian is a 19th century upper class Brit, not a young Jerry Lewis) -- Angela Lansbury is heart-breakingly hopeful and fragile and Hurd Hatfield is so creepy it's unreal (watch the scene where he panics that his secret will be revealed by the portrait's artist and DON'T LET YOUR GAZE LEAVE HIS EYES -- it'll really get you!). Don't bother with any other "Dorian" movies; this is THE one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on July 15 2002
Format: VHS Tape
That's the name of the little ditty that 20 year-old Angela Lansbury chirps in this classic exursion into the macabre. Dorian Gray, a young man living in Victorian London, has his portrait painted by an artist named Basil Hallward, himself fascinated by Gray's youthful innocence. Egged on by the amoral Lord Henry, Gray manages to keep himself youthful by giving up his soul, and proceeds to indulge in a life of selfish hedonism and cruelty while through the years his face stays unnaturally young...While not a totally successful transition of Wilde's wickedly elegant novel - it's too glum and slow paced - there's much to admire in this 1945 version of the bizarre theme. Hatfield was an inspired choice for the title role, combining his handsome, ethereal face with his cool, aloof manner which perfectly suited Wilde's corrupted aristocrat. George Sanders is perfection personified playing the acidly witty and cynical Lord Henry Wotton and Angela Lansbury is memorable as the demure caberet singer Sybil Vane who meets a dark fate...
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