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Dorian Gray (2009)

Colin Firth , Ben Barnes , Oliver Parker  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Ben Barnes, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin, Douglas Henshall
  • Directors: Oliver Parker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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 (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M987PQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dorian Gray" 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

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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
Format:DVD
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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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'You are the Fire of your Life' July 22, 2010
Format:DVD
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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52 of 59 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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5.0 out of 5 stars but this one is better, I love
I have the old version of dorian grey, but this one is better, I love it
Published 5 days ago by peggy pier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie of a traditional classic!
I enjoyed this movie very much. I never knew about the story of Dorian Gray. This was a good version. I have not seen any other movies of Dorian Gray though. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Greg L. Pennington
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not like it.
Published 9 days ago by The Fam
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark ominous production, although the issue of selling one's ...
Dark ominous production, although the issue of selling one's soul for eternal youth is a topical issue. Read more
Published 15 days ago by The Red Rider
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent!
I had heard the story before, but never read nor watched any version of it until this movie. I actually enjoyed the storyline quite a bit!
Published 16 days ago by Jonathon Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hot actor good movie
Published 25 days ago by Jeffrey C Bahrs
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Cool movie
Published 28 days ago by K. LOVE
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorian Gray
Simply put, I enjoy this kind of movie. I saw the original movie years ago (black and white) and was anxious to see it again in an
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Published 1 month ago by Katherine Coates
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Dark Dark
A more dark than usual reinterpretation of Wilde's great novel. Great acting. Good casting. Some nice updates. Good special effects.
Published 1 month ago by bakerwoman
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As The Book
But I still liked it. The movie is well acted and the story is pretty close to the book. All in all, pretty good.
Published 1 month ago by cardman
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