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Oscar & Lucinda [VHS]


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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Richard Roxburgh
  • Directors: Gillian Armstrong
  • Writers: Laura Jones, Peter Carey
  • Producers: Mark Turnbull, Robin Dalton, Timothy White
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: June 2, 1998
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000006GJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film is simply perfect.
J. Kara Russell
When I watch this movie, I get a very similar feeling as when I read the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.
Amazon Customer
I watched because I love actors who played the main characters; Ralphe Fiennes and Cate Blanchett.
MaryamHajar

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By N. B. on February 7, 2005
Format: DVD
Based on the excellent Booker Prize wining novel of the same name by Peter Carey, "Oscar and Lucinda" is a gem of movie making but one that, sadly, has been little seen by the public.

Rewarded with only one Academy Award nomination (Best Costume Design) despite deserving more, in the year when the whole world was obsessed with the much inferior "Titanic," "Oscar and Lucinda" fell through the cracks playing mainly in independent movie houses and in those cineplexs that are not terrified of off center story telling and films made outside of Hollywood.

Ralph Fiennes and, in her leading role debut, the marvelous Cate Blanchett, lead an impressive cast in this beautifully shot movie (complete with a gorgeous Thomas Newman score) that tells the story of a love between two quirky misfits in 19th century society.

As part of its "fallen through the cracks" status, "Oscar and Lucinda" was released on VHS in mid 1997, a couple of years before DVD became the norm and has only in the past month finally been made available on this format. Sadly there are no extras here aside from the theatrical trailer. No director's or cast commentary, no making off featurette, not interviews etc. but the look of this feast for the eye film translates well to DVD and is here for all to see in glorious widescreen. It is several years late, but most welcomed and absolutely and unreservedly recommended.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By EriKa on February 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Most films featuring Cate Blanchett are destined to be brilliant simply by virtue of her luminous presence. I would venture to say that her presence can elevate an otherwise mediocre film to being good. This is no easy feat. Oscar and Lucinda is a somewhat slow moving period picture, and while the subject matter is interesting, it will not engage the interest of every viewer. The movie could be well served with analysis of its complex elements, including its main characters' upbringings, the religious background of Ralph Fiennes's character, and the symbolic nature of the glass church the main characters build at the end. Blanchett is remarkable as the unconventional and gambling-addicted Miss Leplastrier, while the always brilliant Ralph Fiennes plays a tormented and equally gambling-addicted love interest who has been estranged from his deeply religious father. The characters are complex and rich, and the interaction between Blanchett and Fiennes' characters are deeply human and believable. The addictions from which both characters suffer are also quite believable onscreen. I felt that this was an underrated picture hindered only by the fact that it moved slowly. The ending is sad, but most good films do have a sad ending, even if the endings provide some kind of hope.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Hester on May 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I spent over a year looking for this movie and when I finally found it I wasn't disappointed. This interesting romance between two gamblers thrown together after a card game is enchanting. Every minute adds another shimmering thread to the movie's tapestry. The two lead actors were absolutely marvelous. Ralph Fiennes plays the role of the shy,modest, and moral Oscar surprisingly well and Cate Blanchett is absolutely luminous as the going against society type. If you love period, slightly odd movies of the romantic nature than buy this movie, you won't regret it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"Oscar and Lucinda" is an elite film, everything you'd want a film to be. Fiennes' painfully sincere portrayal of Oscar is simply wonderful, and Blanchett is absolutely radiant as Lucinda. Fiennes established himself to be my favourite actor since I saw this film (Blanchett was already my favourite actress since I saw her in Elizabeth), and the film itself is one of my favourite movies of all time. The passion between Oscar and Lucinda is rather overwhelming, though it's very controlled. They are comfortable just talking with each other, and that's rare in recent movies. The costumes and soundtrack are a marvel, and my goodness, the directing is so heartfelt. If you haven't seen this movie, you should--it's what the best period movies are like: shimmering, haunting, enchanting, and absolutely stunning.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Kuhn on July 30, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
At first I didn't like the movie because it seemed too pale and almost watery, but after a second attempt I realized that therein lay the beauty. The two main characters are both as fragile and delicate as Lucinda's translucent glass, and in order to see the luster it has to be caught by the light at a certain angle. Once I did fall in love with the movie, I couldn't understand how it was bypassed by the oscars et al., and I think it must be because the protagonists are so quirky. I recently read the Booker prize-winning book by Peter Carey as a follow-up to the enchanting film, and the uniqueness came from the practically complete shunning of the hero and heroine. Not that they were without friends entirely, but the characters were described as having such strange appearrances. It's about time! But it's unfortunate that the film may have been ignored becase Ralph Fiennes was perhaps not his characteristically debonair self (at least on a superficial level), or because Cate Blanchett wore what looked like skirts over pantaloons. Both Fiennes and Blanchett live up to their exquisite potential, immersing themselves in the deeply wounded and yet inspiringly hopeful characters, spun as aptly and flawlessly as a spider web. Watch this sparkle of a movie, and then read the book, too.
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