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Long Day's Journey Into Night

Laurence Olivier , Constance Cummins , Michael Blakemore , Peter Wood  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Constance Cummins, Dennis Quqilley, Ronald Pickup, Maureen Lipman
  • Directors: Michael Blakemore, Peter Wood
  • Writers: Eugene O'Neill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074JODYY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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American playwright Eugene O'Neills compelling 1956 drama 'Long Days Journey Into Night' reflects the struggle between man and his fate. Spread over four acts on a day in the summer of 1912, the family of retired matinee idol James Tyrone (Sir Laurence Olivier) grapples with the morphine addiction of Tyrone's wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund, and the alcoholism and debauchery of the older son Jamie. As day turns into night, guilt, anger, despair, and regret threaten to destroy the family.

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances, Great Play, Great DVD November 30, 2003
Format:DVD
I am delighted to be able to add this to my DVD collection. This production of the play is easily the finest ever put on film or tape, infinitely superior to that rather tired film with Katherine Hepburn and Ralph Richardson. This was taped in the studio after a famed production of the play was a major success at England's National Theatre.
Olivier's James Tyrone is indelible, the only actor I have ever seen to make the character a real living person rather than a hard-hearted tyrant. Olivier's performance is heart breaking, one of the most beautiful and moving performances I've ever seen. His James Tyrone manages to be achingly human and sad at all times, without ever once sugar-coating the character's less admirable qualities. That the same can be said of Constance Cummings as Mary Tyrone, and Denis Quilley and Ronald Pickup as Jamie and Edmund is a tribute to an overall magnificent cast.
A more than worthy addition to anyone's DVD library, and vital viewing for anyone interested in watching a great performance of a great play.
All in all, this is a great feast of acting for those willing to sit still and watch it with the attention it deserves. It doesn't get better than this.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olivier's LDJN: The wait is finally over September 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This was the first production of Long Days Journey Into Night that I saw. It changed my life, I was a high school student at the time, and I was blown away by the power of the play. The following year I was able to go to both London and New York and began a now 30 year love affair with the Theatre. For me, Denis Quilley and Ronald Pickup have been the Jaime and Edmund that everyone else must measure up to. This production was legendary, and deservedly so. A must for any O'Neill student.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Constance Cummings is Magnificent July 28, 2003
Format:DVD
I prefer the Katharine Hepburn version overall but this one I will
buy just for the magnificence of Constance Cummings. Olivier got
an Emmy and huzzahs at the time but I don't really believe his
James Tyrone. But Cummings is Mary Tyrone. Just watching her
in her closeups as the morphine-addicted mother, haunted by her
past. There have been some wonderful Mary Tyrones recently.
Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Lange were fabulous too. But each
one had a little different interpretation and all are valid I
think. But Cummings is right up there with the best. I still hope
someone puts her shattering portrayal in WINGS on video. It deserves to be preserved too.
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70 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the 1962 Katharine Hepburn Classic June 20, 2003
Format:DVD
For those of you who are thrilled to pieces to have found that this brilliant work will be released on DVD, I might have some bad news for you. I took the liberty to e-mail the President of the studio which is producing this DVD, and he informed me that the version is one from 1973 starring Laurence Olivier. And while Olivier was no slouch as an actor, I think most people will continue to view the 1962 film version to be the superior production. However you feel about it, I thought it would be nice to know what product you are considering. I hope it helps.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Version April 11, 2006
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Sir Laurence Olivier is magnificent in this version of the O'Neill family drama. Produced for television and shot on video tape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spell it theaTER or TheaTRE...It's Dynamite !! December 14, 2013
By Maestro
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Olivier gives his usual 200 % Best...but CONSTANCE CUMMINGS as the Mother steals the show.....A BRILLIANT HEARTBREAKING portrayal of a tragic addict who is in Denial of the truth of her condition...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I love the writing of O'Neill and I love Lawrence Olivier's acting ability. This is a great classic play and I have seen many versions of it. I never get tired of this tragic story and seeing great actors portray the characters. I was pleased to find this version and promise you will not get disappointed if you ad it to to your movie collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No Captions at all on this seminal work...
I ordered this cos' I heard it was good with a stellar performance by Olivier and Constance Cummings. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James G. Moore Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Neill's Opus, Olivier Brilliant
Eugene O'Neill's seminal work is treated brilliantly largely thanks to Lord Olivier's iconic portrayal of the bitter James Tyrone. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D.P. Brennan
3.0 out of 5 stars It is okay
It is a disappointment! That simple. It is so boring I fell asleep on the couch. The dvd in no way compares to seeing this play on stage with Jo Van Fleet as Mary, and James... Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. M. Steiner
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to watch
I'm a high school AP English teacher, and I bought both the Peter Wood and Sidney Lumet versions of Long Day's Journey into Night, and while Lumet's version isn't totally... Read more
Published on February 8, 2005 by Rob M
2.0 out of 5 stars Long Days Journey Review
Long Days Journey Into Night was the classic struggle about man battling with his fate. I thought the movie was alright, but not really my kind of flick. Read more
Published on October 30, 2003 by Scott Livengood
3.0 out of 5 stars An uninteresting but educational masterpiece
After viewing this movie, I thought that it was exactly like any other movie I've viewed in school, boring. Read more
Published on October 30, 2003 by Billy Arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars O'Neills Masterpiece Reflects Struggle Within Us All
Eugene O'neills compelling play Long Days Journey Into Night reflects the struggle between man and his fate. Though lacking the action packjed climax we find in todays movies. Read more
Published on October 30, 2003 by Erin Ramsey
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