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Age of Innocence (1993)

Daniel Day Lewis , Michelle Pfeiffer , Martin Scorsese  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Daniel Day Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Miriam Margolyes
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004499LWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Martin Scorsese, one of the great directors of our time, directs Oscar(r)-winner Daniel Day-Lewis (1989 Best Actor, My Left Foot), Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder in a brilliant adaptation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, the ironically-titled story chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the 1870s. At the center of the film is Newland Archer (Day-Lewis), an upstanding attorney who secretly longs for a more passionate life. Engaged to the lovely but ordinary socialite May Welland (Ryder), Newland resigns himself to a life of quiet complacency. But when May's unconventional cousin returns to New York amid social and sexual scandal, Newland risks everything for a chance at true love. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE is a spellbinding portrait of hidden romance and regret.

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    157 of 163 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Loneliness and the Strictures of Society. June 7, 2004
    Format:DVD
    Imagine living in a world where life is governed by intricate rituals; a world "balanced so precariously that its harmony [can] be shattered by a whisper" (Wharton); a world ruled by self-declared experts on form, propriety and family history - read: scandal -; where everything is labeled and yet, people are not; where in order not to disturb society's smooth surface nothing is ever expressed or even thought of directly, and where communication occurs almost exclusively by way of symbols, which are unknown to the outsider and, like any secret code, by their very encryption guarantee his or her permanent exclusion.

    Such, in faithful imitation of Victorian England, was the society of late 19th century upper class New York. Into this society returns, after having grown up and lived all her adult life in Europe, American-born Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), after leaving a cruel and uncaring husband. She already causes scandal by the mere manner of her return; but not knowing the secret rituals of the society she has entered, she quickly brings herself further into disrepute by receiving an unmarried man, by being seen in the company of a man only tolerated by virtue of his financial success and his marriage to the daughter of one of this society's most respected families, by arriving late to a dinner in which she has expressly been included to rectify a prior general snub, by leaving a drawing room conversation to instead join a gentleman sitting by himself - and worst of all, by openly contemplating divorce, which will most certainly open up a whole Pandora's box of "oddities" and "unpleasantness": the strongest terms ever used to express moral disapproval in this particular social context.
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    54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE May 18, 2000
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    Martin Scorsese has made a reputation of conveying the essence of the human spirit through images of toughness and violence. On the surface, The Age of Innocence seems about as far removed from films like Raging Bull and Goodfellas as east is from west. But look a little closer and you'll see that this is most definitely a Scorsese film. For it's the characters, and rightly so, that have always been Scorsese's "means to the end." In this movie, it is the characters and the potent tension building among them that takes center stage. The Age of Innocence could be compared to a sumptuous and lavish banquet. Elmer Bernstein's score is powerful and moves along in perfect counterpoint to cinematographer Michael Ballhaus's visuals and their vivid colors--the crimsons and yellows of voluptuous roses, the flashes of red and white that mark transition scenes, the full-course gourmet meals. The costumes and set design are so perfect that it's not hard to believe one has travelled back in time to nineteenth-century New York City. The Age of Innocence is an adaptation of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Edith Wharton. Set in New York City in the 1870s, America is, at that time, every bit as Victorian as England ever was and even a hint of immorality can bring ruin to a family. Enter Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) who has lived most of her life in Europe and is now attempting to escape from a disatrous marriage. Her first meeting with Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is quiet and proper, yet smoulders with yet-to-be-spoken desires, for Archer is engaged to Ellen's cousin, May (Winona Ryder). Read more ›
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    65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A small masterpiece of smoldering unrequited passion November 2, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    This 1993 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, brings the Edith Wharton novel to life. Here it is -- all the social comment and smoldering unrequited passions originally intended by the author. And now it's in living color with academy award winning costume design reflecting New York society in the 1870s.
    Daniel-Day Lewis is cast as Newland Archer, the upper class young man in conflict between social convention and desire. Michelle Pfieffer plays the Countess Ellen Olenska, who has already defied convention by marrying a European and is further defying convention by leaving her husband and returning to New York. However, in spite of his attraction to the countess, Newland Archer marries the beautiful but seemingly simple May Welland, played by Wynona Ryder, whose outstanding performance won her an academy award nomination.
    The film is woven together by the excellent off-screen narration by Joanne Woodward, reading excerpts from the book describing the nuances of social behavior and unspoken thoughts of the characters. The entire package comes across as a small masterpiece. I loved the book, but there is nothing like actually seeing the ballrooms, the gowns, the dinnerware and the food. There is nothing like seeing how very subtle gestures of a glance, a raised eyebrow or a change in tone of voice can have so much meaning. And there is one scene in which Newland Archer struggles with the buttons of the Countess's glove that captures an erotic sensuality in a very special way.
    However, a book can be read over many days or weeks. It can be put down and thought about, the characters carried in the mind's eyes for a while. The subtleties and nuances have time to live with the reader. A film, however, must be watched all at once.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
    In my opinion this movie captures the ambiance at the end of the nineteenth century in the USA, and specifically inside the world of a certain layer of society, like the... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Conchita Diaz-Asper
    4.0 out of 5 stars why
    I always find the story of human evolution interesting.Dr. Phil McGraw once stated,"To know where you're going, you need to see where you've been."
    Published 8 days ago by carol gosselin
    2.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
    it was pretty formal....................too much for me Boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe you would like jt but too slow for me I like action not formality... Read more
    Published 10 days ago by clarkpy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Most beatufiul movie
    Incredible movie. Worth every penny. Gave to young woman who really enjoys this genre of an age where there were manners and etiquette was so important!
    Published 17 days ago by Barbara J.Salice
    5.0 out of 5 stars Age of Innocence, Marvelous
    I loved this movie. The characters played their parts fantastically. The plot was awesome. Daniel Day Lewis never looked better. Read more
    Published 24 days ago by Dianna Gaines
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
    Seeing this movie is a must! I was so excited when it was made available in DVD in the US and at a reasonable price! Read more
    Published 28 days ago by BookButter
    4.0 out of 5 stars Visually Gorgeous..Subtle, but excellent performances
    I've seen this movie a few times. At first, I was struck by the beauty of the settings, costumes and attention to detail, also the lighting. It's a visually beautiful movie. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by jaj910
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks. Fast shipping. Good seller.
    Love this movie. Have seen it 3 times and now can see even more. I never get tired of it.
    Published 1 month ago by Alyce Silva
    1.0 out of 5 stars Hate ....
    .... doesn't begin to describe how awful this movie was. What a let down, could not even watch it to the end.
    Published 1 month ago by frenchy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intense But Good
    I liked this movie, but it is a "chick flick". While you are viewing the movie, at the same time you have a sense that you are you are reading a good book with a lot of... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by ArelenMills
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