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Leave Her to Heaven [Blu-ray] (1945)

Gene Tierney , Cornel Wilde , John M. Stahl  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Mary Philips
  • Directors: John M. Stahl
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CTSSLIO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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LANGUAGE: English
SUBTITLES: English SDH
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1945 / Color
110 MINUTES
NOT RATED
REGION FREE

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with actor Darryl Hickman and critic Richard Schickel / Movietone News Footage / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

"A 'film noir in color' (per Martin Scorsese) and a masterpiece of post-WW II American cinema...director John M. Stahl's gaze remains spare and precise, very Japanese in effect, like an acidic fusion of Ozu and Naruse." -The Time Out Film Guide

"[Technicolor] reached its astounding apogee in the lips of Gene Tierney, as red as a witch's apple. Each frame of her appears to be hand-tinted, as if she had ordered it." -Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

"A juicy entertainment...There are scenes to cherish." -Pauline Kael

Adapted from the Ben Ames Williams million-seller, Leave Her to Heaven (1945) was a blockbuster whose reputation has only grown with time. A juicy Technicolor melodrama with the shadowy heart of a film noir, it focuses on the alluring Ellen (the incomparable Gene Tierney), a femme fatale whose elegant exterior conceals depths of feverish jealousy which will drive her to the most heinous crimes. Although lushly photographed (by the great Leon Shamroy, whose work would win him a well-deserved Oscar), the film is directed with admirable austerity by veteran John M. Stahl, and features a potent score by Alfred Newman, available here as an isolated track.

Enjoy the extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes and film art packaged with the Blu-ray disc.


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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "What's Wrong With Ellen?" ... July 9, 2005
Format:DVD
Movie: ***** DVD Transfer: ***** Extras: *****

20th Century-Fox's highest-grossing film of the 1940's showcases exquisite leading lady Gene Tierney in a mesmerizing, Oscar-nominated performance as a femme fatale whose placid beauty masks a murderously possessive heart. Based on the best-selling novel by Ben Ames Williams, the astonishingly perverse screenplay by Jo Swerling touches on such then-taboo (and still-shocking) subjects as incestuous obsession, the victimization of the disabled, self-induced abortion, and suicide disguised as homicide! Pretty potent stuff for its time, and it's all presented in lush candy-box Technicolor by Oscar-winner Leon Shamroy, whose masterful cinematography skillfully emphasizes a central theme of the film: that a beautiful surface can sometimes hide a thoroughly rotten core.

By design and through her acting skills, Miss Tierney's tour de force performance dominates the film; she especially shines in two challenging sequences, one involving a rowboat and another which takes place on a staircase. Among the supporting cast, solid work is turned in by Cornel Wilde as the object of Tierney's intensity; Jeanne Crain as her sweet-natured cousin and adopted sister; and Mary Philips as her alienated mother; but it is Vincent Price who stands out in a bravura performance as Tierney's former suitor. Price's character takes center stage throughout the final twenty minutes of the movie, and he plays some very long and difficult scenes with aplomb.

Fox Home Video's DVD presentation of this classic drama is truly impeccable, featuring a gorgeous, digitally restored print and remastered soundtrack.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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The real star of this fascinating little movie is the breath-taking Technicolor photography of Maine and New Mexico; even the architecture is great to look at (as is the gorgeous Gene Tierney!). Tierney's role of Ellen Berent has received almost cult status over the years since her character is that of an obsessive and cruel, selfish and evil woman; her relationship with Cornel Wilde indeed makes for an unusual and strange love story! Ben Ames William's novel of the same name was released in 1944 and was read by over a million people; the public was obviously captivated by this lurid little tale of a psychopathic wife. While being more than a little melodramatic, the story's believability is quite implausible at times, however the film lingers in the psyche nevertheless (the scene where Ellen lets Wilde's crippled little brother Hickman drown out of sheer jealousy is genuinely disturbing). Classic line: Ellen's mother: "There's nothing wrong with Ellen. She just loves too much!" Rarely has such a wicked woman looked as beautiful as Tierney does in this unusual story of obsessive "love".
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If looks could kill... May 23, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Gene Tierney, with her beautiful cheekbones, creamy skin, icy blue eyes, delicious overbite, and chestnut hair, was a vision of loveliness-one of the great beauties of the screen. She was also an underrated actress, who played "good" girls in films such as "Heaven Can Wait", "Laura", "The Ghost and Mrs Muir", and "Dragonwyck",and bitches in films such as "The Razor's Edge", "The Egyptian", and, of course, "Leave Her to Heaven" a technicolor "film noir". In this, her Oscar-nominated role, she plays Ellen Berent, a woman whose insane jealousy and possessiveness causes misery and death to those around her. She sets her eyes on writer Richard Harland, (Cornel Wilde) who reminds her of her late father. Ellen had an unusual, almost incestuous relationship with her father-one even suspects that she drove him to his death. Having jilted her district attorney fiancee Russell Quentin, played by Vincent Price, she sets out to hook Harland. It seems that Ellen doesn't want to share her husband's affections with anyone, including his crippled kid brother, whom she lets drown when he attempts to swim across a lake, and her unborn child, when she deliberately throws herself down a flight of stairs to induce a miscarriage. When Ellen's jealousy of her sister's relationship and budding affection for her husband, along with his discovery of the truth of his brother's and unborn child's deaths force him to leave her in disgust, she plots the ultimate act of vindictiveness-she fatally poisons herself, and sends a letter implicating her sister and husband to her ex-fiancee Quentin. This doll didn't play! Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Melodrama in Very Bright Early Technicolor. April 30, 2005
Format:DVD
"Leave Her to Heaven " is often considered to be the only color film noir of the classic era. Its bright, oversaturated Technicolor does belie the film's themes, but "Leave Her to Heaven" is more dark melodrama than film noir. The story is grounded in emotions, not ambition; love, not sex; culpability, not cynicism. The film is based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams and directed by John M. Stahl. Cinematographer Leon Shamroy won an Oscar in 1946 for his wonderful work. In fact, "Leave Her to Heaven"'s most striking aspect may be its predominant oranges and blues and intricate shadow play. This early Technicolor film stock produced downright garish colors and little texture, but the production design and cinematography are so masterful as to outshine the film stock's limitations.

The tale is told in flashback by Glen Robie (Ray Collins), an attorney whose friend and client Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) has just regained his freedom after spending 2 years in prison. Robie relates the story of Harland's troubles, which started when Harland, a novelist by profession, met his wife: On a train en route to New Mexico, Harland meets a beautiful young woman of privilege named Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney). Immediately taken with Ellen, Harland is elated to find that they will be staying at the same ranch, along with Ellen's family. Ellen is engaged to be married to an ambitious hometown politician, but she favors Richard, so breaks her engagement. They are married after a whirlwind romance and move to Harland's lakeside lodge in Maine, along with Richard's crippled young brother Danny (Darryl Hickman). But Ellen has an all-consuming need to be with her husband and is insanely jealous of any attention he gives anyone or anything else -a need that threatens to consume everyone she touches.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp print, stunning photography.
The best print I have seen of the film. Absolutely worth buying especially if you are a fan. Colourful and glossy with a dark core. Couldn't take my eyes off Jene Tierney's beauty. Read more
Published 1 month ago by everest67
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great old movie. Great old stars. Beautiful settings. Great family entertainment. I enjoy movies from this era. I would recommend to all.
Published 2 months ago by Debra A Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars A+l Transfer
I have always loved this movie, but this is one of the best Blu-ray transfers I have ever seen. Flawless!
Published 2 months ago by David L. Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Gene Tierney!
Wonderful old movie that is seldom shown on tv - well worth the cost. It is a fine example of how women used their looks to manipulate their lovers and everyone else. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diana L. Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars frist time I saw it
This is the first time I saw this movie and I loved it. I really liked her in Laura and the Ghost And Mrs. Muir. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a beautifully done movie..........Alfred Hitchcock style!!!! Total classic ......couldn't get a better cast of actors in a movie
Published 3 months ago by yvonne
4.0 out of 5 stars Note To Cornel: Read the Fine Print!
I won't bother going over the plot, as others have done so very ably before me. Actually this is more of an ode to Gene Tierney than a review of the film, so.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Mambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
I saw this movie for the first time on TCM. It was a great movie and I loved it. I found it on Amazon and bought it.
Published 3 months ago by Pearlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I purchased this movie for my mother who loves "old movies". It is a top rate drama! Fine acting from Gene Tiernery.
Published 4 months ago by Jacqueline Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual portrayal
Excellent performance by Gene Tierney as a real villainess. Beautifully photographed. Rather disturbing material, but excellently handled. Good performances by everyone.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia A. Duigon
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