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Dorian Gray [Blu-ray] (2009)

Colin Firth , Ben Barnes , Oliver Parker  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Ben Barnes, Rebecca Hall, Rachel Hurd-Wood
  • Directors: Oliver Parker
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: National Entertainment Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M986TI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,426 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dorian Gray [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Oliver Parker and screenwriter Toby Finlay
Multiple Behind-the-scenes featurettes, “Making-of Dorian Gray” (including cast and crew interviews)
Deleted scenes, blooper reel, photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Forever young. Forever cursed. Based on the acclaimed novel by Oscar Wilde. Upon arriving in London, the young and powerful Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) becomes drawn into a world of debauchery and decadence by Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth). Desperate to preserve the beauty captured in his exquisite portrait, Dorian trades his soul for eternal youth – leading him down a path of wickedness and murder in order to protect his horrifying secret.

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't expecting to like this very much. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that everyone involved with this film knocked himself out. Oliver Parker, the director, certainly had so much more style and flair in his version than I'd seen in the old black and white version. Ben Barnes as Dorian couldn't be better. He is superb. He has the perfect face too for the walking around Dorian whose vices don't show on his face. Firth is his mentor but he is an armchair decadent compared to Dorian, able to talk the talk but not walk the walk.

If there is anyone on the planet who doesn't know the gist of this Oscar Wilde classic novel, it is this: Dorian Gray is a handsome, wealthy young man whose picture is painted as he is launched into society. He is quickly diverted into an ever escalating cycle of vice and debauchery. However, instead of the ravages of dissolution marring his face and figure, they instead ravage the painting. How far will he take this and is there any way out as the painting gets worse and worse?

The settings, the costumes, the details--all wonderful. I think Wilde himself would have enjoyed being at the premiere of this film!
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'You are the Fire of your Life' July 22, 2010
DORIAN GRAY as adapted form Oscar Wilde's famous novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and directed by Oliver Parker is about as fine a transfer of a period novel to the screen as has been made of late. The settings, costumes, and acting are all outstanding and with Parker's 'enhancing' some of the debauchery in the transformed life of this famous character updated to allow for more sensuality and brutality than prior cinematic versions, the tale really becomes dramatic.

Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes), an orphaned, abused child who happens to inherit a mansion in London upon the death of his only relative, comes to London as a young inordinately handsome yet shy man. He is immediately seizes the attention of Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth) who believes that the only goal in life is to respond to your desires, to your sensual needs. Dorian is introduced to a young painter Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin) who is attracted to Dorian's beauty and as he paints his portrait he becomes enamored with his model. As the portrait is completed Lord Henry suggests that Dorian could always remain as beautiful as his portrait if he 'sold his soul' to remain ever youthful. Dorian takes up the idea and follows Lord Henry's tutelage to drink, smoke, and carouse in brothels, opium dens, and in the boudoirs of all the middle aged ladies of society. He encounters a beautiful young actress Sibyl Vane (Rachel Hurd-Wood), falls in love only to cast her aside (we later discover that her body has been thrown into the river much to the chagrin of her brother James (Johnny Harris). As Dorian's thirst for lusty and scandalous behaviors increases he causes much harm: the mutual attraction between Dorian and Basil eventually results in Dorian butchering Basil and discarding his body into the river grave.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant version of Dorian Gray July 9, 2010
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I finally was able to see the 2009 version of Dorian Gray, adapted from the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

I am writing this review AS an Oscar Wilde fan. I have read The Picture of Dorian Gray twice and I have read The Canterville Ghost twice.

I am going to tell you right now that these negative reviews that claim that this film is an insult to Oscar Wilde are WRONG! It's as if people who know very little about the works of Oscar Wilde are following a trend.

Those that say this would make Oscar Wilde roll over in his grave clearly have never seen the dreadful mid 2000s version of The Picture of Dorian Gray that re-sets it in the 1960s with a female Basil with horrendous acting. And they clearly have never seen the 1940s version of The Canterville Ghost that turned the entire story into World War 2 propaganda about a solider having to prove himself against a Nazi.

I will admit that this not a word for word faithful adaptation of the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray however it is very true to the heart of the novel, the meaning and purpose. The character portrayals are perfect and accurate. All changes are purely superficial. I know Ben Barnes as Dorian does not resemble the character of the novel however he does resemble Oscar Wilde himself and since Oscar Wilde saw himself in Dorian I felt this was a brilliant use of visual symbolism in Wilde's own relationship with Dorian Gray.

I know that some people have complained about the adding of the character Emily Wotton, whom does not exist in the novel. What people fail to remember is that nearly all film versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray have this 'redeemer' character. In the 1940s movie her name was Gladys.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make em like they do in Europe! September 16, 2010
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They just don't make movies in the states like they do in Europe! This movie had a really classy dark feeling. Though I personally didn't like all the nudity... It had to be in there to make a point to the downhill spiral Dorian made!
Ben Barnes is truely an amazing actor! He is so versatile in this and all his other roles! He came into the movie so innocent and "caspian" like! Then you saw the change as he " nailed his soul to the devils alter." Ben is a beautiful actor. He has such presence! I wish there were more young actors out there like him! He has TRUE talent. And he can sing and dance! What young actors can we say can do that? Not many! Ben is actually staring in a play called "Birdsong" in London starting September 18! Wow what else can be said for these brilliant British actors!?
It is a tragedy this movie wasn't shown in the USA on the big screen! Why? Well how many other countries movies are actually shown in the states? Not many! We need more of these movies here!
Colin firth! Amazing as usual and Colin and Ben's chemistry is outstanding!
Excellent movie and true to it's time! I wish it had gone on another 20 minutes!
Can't wait for Ben's movie "Locked in" to come to DVD since the USA probably won't show this one either!
Enjoy this movie! It is a masterpiece!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This movie was a great depiction of Dorian Gray. The acting was superb. Loved it you should definitely rent this
Published 13 days ago by ShelleyAnn Charlton
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of plastic!
Crash and Burn!! Just burn. I gave this away right after watching it once. I saw the original and couldn't possibly give this even two stars... Read more
Published 15 days ago by ClarityOfMind
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
Pretty good! If you've read the book, you're in for a different ride. The actors in it were very good, it is just very different from the book.
Published 26 days ago by Crystal R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Remake
I usually don't like many remakes but this one is very good. Great cast, well acted and it stayed true to Oscar Wilde's original story and the 1945 movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Opus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
That movie is FREAKY!! But good freaky. Not too much stuff jumping out at you, but it was a nail-biter.
Published 1 month ago by JCullen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This movie was different than I expected, but it had a great plot. It had some really good twists and turns that you didn't see coming. Good movie overall.
Published 1 month ago by Laura Krajca
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best for those who appreciate the original
The film went out of it's way to take an excellent piece of literature and change it so completely, that it was almost unrecognizable. Ben Barnes was a handsome Dorian. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with...
I love love love this movie. Not only is it filled with brilliant actors but every detail is in order, the scenery, costumes, cinematography and music.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alida Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the BBC
Never seen a Dorian Gray movie. Love the book and enjoyed the movie very much. Great take on the story.
Published 2 months ago by Dej
5.0 out of 5 stars My goodness, Mr. Dorian Gray!
This was a very good movie! I enjoyed the way it kept me glued to the screen! The actors were good and I just loved the way it was made!
Published 3 months ago by Tonya Cather
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