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The Whole Wide World (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Driven by the electrifying performances of Vincent D'Onofrio (TV's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") and Renée Zellweger (Chicago, Bridget Jones's Diary), THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD is the touching true story of the star-crossed love between writer Robert Howard and schoolteacher Novalyne Price. The creator of Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja, Howard was a small-town writer with an insatiable appetite for larger-than-life heroism and fantasy. Shunned by the prudish locals, he was befriended by a feisty young teacher who offered him an unforgettable chance at love.
Director Dan Ireland shows a talent for authenticity with this heartbreaking love story based on Novalyne Price's 1988 account of her prickly romance with 1930s pulp-fiction writer Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian. She was a schoolteacher in a small Texas town; he was the odd-ball writer who lived at home and created comic-book characters that were sexier and more violent than was considered decent by the locals. Renée Zellweger's performance is a gem of sweet unconventionality matched by Vincent D'Onofrio's powerful show of eccentricity and increasing mental illness. Though smart and feisty, this leaves us wishing the filmmakers had dug deeper into Howard's unusual relationship with his manipulative mother. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The DVD however, is a disappointment. I don't know who is responsible for re-mixing the film for DVD release but they have OMITTED 12 minutes of the film that really help to tell the story with much more clarity. They have also rearranged some of the scenes to try to camouflage their butcher job. Interestingly enough in the special feature commentary Dan Ireland, Vincent D'Onofrio and a few others begin to comment on an upcoming scene when they realize it is no longer in the picture. They quickly change the subject but not without the viewer picking up on their obvious embarrassment.
The jacket for the DVD shows one of the omitted scenes on the back cover. Personally, I feel that any film that has been remixed, especially when scenes have been deleted for a DVD release, should be labeled as such so the buyer is aware that they are NOT GETTING the same film they may have viewed at the theatre or on TV.
With that said....I would still buy the DVD just for the kissing scene. It is THE BEST!
On the LD there are a couple of added scenes. There is a scene where Robert and Novalyne talk about ancestral memories, a scene where lightning strikes a tree as they sit in the car, and I think another scene with Robert's mother talking about his correspondence with HP Lovecraft. Does anybody know if these are on the DVD?
For those who want a real-life romance, this film is perhaps the best I have seen. It is sort of like "Out of Africa" in that respect; but I enjoyed it far more, because it is about someone (Howard) that I care about.
The only problem I have and strongly wish the distributor to fix is that the DVD version lost many very touching and romantic sences that impress me so much on TV.. I hate whoever did this to a wonderful movie. I searched every store in my local area to find out the VHS or other DVD version of this movie. But unfortunately get nothing. I do wish the distributor can give out a new version of this movie without any edition. Please keep those beautiful sences!!!
Most recent customer reviews
Good movie, but not for the action seekers. Vincent does a great job, as always, playing the part of a deep characterPublished on Sept. 5 2011 by Frances
Just a revision to my previous review. In my excitement of finally seeing the full length version of this film again I engaged in some very bad math. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2005 by Dinoguy
I'll keep this short. Thank you Alliance/Atlantis for releasing the film I saw in the theatre, all 116 minutes of it. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2005 by Dinoguy
this has quickly become my all time favourite movie.It is a beautiful story about unrequited love. The cast is superb,especially Vincent D`Onofrio as Robert Howard. Read morePublished on April 14 2004
I just ran across this movie on cable and thoroughly enjoyed it. When Renee Zelleweger thanked Vincent D'Onofrio at the Oscars when she won for her role in "Cold... Read morePublished on April 7 2004
I just stumbled across this movie when it was on cable. It was riveting. The story itself (which has been described by others here in detail) is interesting and touching and I... Read morePublished on March 13 2004