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Masterpiece Classic: Wuthering Heights [Blu-ray]
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One of the key virtues of this Wuthering Heights is that it attempts to offer both characters some form of empathy while also fully acknowledging that they're both basically self-absorbed jerks. To be sure, circumstances do push Heathcliffe and Cathy apart to a certain extent, but their real problems are rooted in their unwillingness to compromise their pride and/or social standing. They are incapable of sacrificing enough to earn mutual happiness, and as a way of responding they choose to make everyone in their lives miserable. They could easily be impossible to spend time with, but the performances and direction ensure that we at least understand what drives these people and even feel for them at times.
Speaking of which, the real reason to see this Wuthering Heights is the riveting performance of Tom Hardy as the troubled Heathcliffe. Hardy's solid early on as the conflicted young man in love with his step-sister, but absolutely electrifying as the calculating, embittered self-made man plotting revenge on his long-time enemies.Read more ›
Wuthering Heights is Emily Jane Bronte's masterpiece. Peter Bowker did a great job on the screenplay, although he took some liberties that slightly change Cathy's character from the one Emily Bronte intended.
Be sure to get this Blu-ray Original UK Version (see the lower left corner of the Blu-ray case). The DVD edition has been cut and is missing the important opening scene where Cathy says to Heathcliff, "Let me in." You'll know it when you see it. Another option is to stream it. Amazon offers the uncut UK version at no additional charge if you have Amazon Prime (I also recommend Amazon Fire TV).
For those of you who loved reading Wuthering Heights, I also recommend "The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Bronte" edited by C.W. Hatfield. Emily Bronte felt her poems were so personal that she didn't want anyone to read them, and was aghast when Charlotte Bronte found and read them. Fortunately for all of us, Charlotte and her other sister Anne, encouraged her to have Emily's, Charlotte's, and Anne's poems published as "Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell". The Bronte sisters went on to write and publish their masterpieces the following year: "Wuthering Heights" (Emily Jane), "Jane Eyre" (Charlotte), and "Agnes Grey" (Anne) (I personally prefer "The Tenant of Windfell Hall" to "Agnes Grey").
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Wonderful acting - love Tom Hardy as Heathcliff!
Dialogue was sometimes difficult to make out, but nonetheless a wonderful production.Published 13 months ago by Debra Jean
This is an absolutely beautiful adaptation. Have fallen in love with Tom Hardy! This is my all time favorite movie now.Published 21 months ago by Savy Shopper
My favorite version of this classic. I'm a Tom Hardy fan since Inception and Layer Cake. It was nice to see his earlier work.Published on January 3, 2014 by Selene Torres