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All That Heaven Allows (Blu-ray + DVD)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead
  • Directors: Douglas Sirk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J2PQYG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring John Mercer, coauthor of Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility, and film scholar Tamar Jeffers-McDonald
  • Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport
  • French television interview with Sirk from 1982
  • Excerpts from Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director
  • Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including All That Heaven Allows
  • Trailer
  • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on Sirk

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    A wealthy widow falls in love with her much younger gardener and becomes the target of small town gossip.
    Genre: Drama
    Rating: NR
    Release Date: 0000-00-00
    Media Type: Blu-Ray

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    This heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s American mores by Douglas Sirk (Written on the Wind) follows the blossoming love between a well-off suburban widow (Magnificent Obsession’s Jane Wyman) and her handsome and earthy younger gardener (Seconds’ Rock Hudson). After their romance prompts the scorn of her selfish children and snooty country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others. With the help of ace cinematographer Russell Metty (Spartacus), Sirk imbued nearly every shot with a vivid and distinct emotional tenor. A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, All That Heaven Allows is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.

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    Charming cast, beautiful acting.
    andreas deja
    It's very well done and presents a woman's point of view in a unique way for 1950's Hollywood.
    Thomas
    This is one of my favorite movies and it looks great on Blu ray.
    A. Bradford

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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on June 24, 2014
    I'd never seen this film until I bought the Blu-ray version. It's very well done and presents a woman's point of view in a unique way for 1950's Hollywood. Rock Hudson, never a favorite of mine, gives a fine performance as does Jane Wyman.
    The transfer and colors in the film are stunning! I've never seen any more beautiful reds and blues in a film. Every aspect of the production is top notch and attention to detail, both in the film itself and the Blu-ray release, make the purchase worthwhile. I will watch it again for sure.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SJreviewsEverything on July 22, 2014
    From Douglas Sirk, the granddaddy of soaps, comes the triumph All That Heaven Allows, a small-town melodrama of forbidden lovers in a world that will not accept them.

    This movie is so impressive largely because it handles such sappy material with genuine dignity and humanity. The basic premise has Jane Wyman as an upper-middle class widow, falling in love with her gardener Rock Hudson. They come from two different worlds - hers of country clubs and garden parties, his of cabins and nature. (His background and interests barely get fleshed out, but who cares?)

    The strong performances truly elevate the slim plot, making us believe their romance and desperation to a far greater level than we probably should. With each disapproval from neighbors and family, the impact and toll it takes on their love are truly painful to withstand.

    This film resonates so well also because it is still relevant; the strong socioeconomic contrast that nearly keeps them apart is just as real today, arguably even more so given the ever-rising divorce rates.

    We also get some classic Sirkian phallic symbols - from Rock Hudson wielding a rifle at waist level to his ascending blanketed knee upon Jane Wyman’s arrival in a pivotal scene, Sirk inserts plenty of sex into an (explicitly) sexless film.

    In addition to these tongue-in-cheek visual cues, though, Sirk also creates powerful imagery to convey Wyman’s sense of entrapment. In one memorable scene, her children (who have just expressed their intolerance of her new romance) give her a new TV set, placing it in an open space between a chair and the fireplace.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Cumbow on August 17, 2014
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    Breathtakingly beautiful to look at; probably Sirk's definitive take on the standards of upper middle class life in the Fifties--the era that posterity has made decisively Sirk's arena. Not without it's corny moments though, and for me, one step behind WRITTEN ON THE WIND.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Bradford on September 29, 2014
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    This is a wonderful melodrama directed by Douglas Sirk, who also directed "Imitation of Life" and "Magnificent Obsession". It's a wonderful story of a lonely widow and a younger man who lives by the words of Walden Thoreau. This is one of my favorite movies and it looks great on Blu ray.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Zegarac on July 18, 2014
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    Douglas Sirk's pluperfect example of the glossy, frothy women's weepy gets an A-grade transfer from Criterion with memorable extras. Just the sort of grand way to spend a rainy/snowy afternoon. Great stuff!
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    If you like the Julianne Moore / Dennis Quaid indy "Far from Heaven," in the early 2000s, you will love "All That Heaven Allows,"a 1955 "woman's weepy" from emigre director Douglas Sirk, known for his consummate color palatte in polished Hollywood works such as "Written on the Wind," "Magnificent Obsession," and "There's Always Tomorrow," all of which reinvent the conventions of soap opera melodrama but marching boldly toward them, while broaching dark themes.

    "All that Heaven Allows" acts as May-December romance with Jane Wyman, a wealthy widow, and Rock Hudson, a poor young landscape designer, falling in love despite age and social class differences. The colors positively pop. Enjoy the scene where Wyman's non-approving children buy her a television as a kind of second-prize to replace Hudson.
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    5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alyce Silva on June 24, 2014
    I would love to buy my own copy. Have watched it twice now and loved it each time. But cost is just too high for me to get my own copy. Hopefully the prices will come down on this one. Its a shame people are pricing it so high. Maybe it could be enjoyed by more people if they didn't.
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    A classic. Everything is fine. The sound is a bit "tinny" and sharp but it's an old movie.
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