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The Secret of Dorian Gray

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This Italian-German-Lichtensteinian co-production tells the tale of a wealthy man who sells his soul for eternal youth, aging only in his portrait. Based on Oscar Wilde's novel. A.K.A. "Dorian Gray."


This a beautiful digital transfer from the original 35mm negative and is, of course, a must-see... --Paper Magazine

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  • Actors: Helmut Berger, Richard Todd, Maria Rohm
  • Directors: Massimo Dallamano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KDYR84
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on October 7, 2011
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[THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY - (1970) - Widescreen Presentation - Directed by Massimo Dellamano - Italian with English subtitles] OK gents, it's time to stop moaning about the dvd problems from the first batch, RaroVideo has addressed this issue, and get on with the merits of the movie and the remastered transfer. The picture quality is absolutely gorgeous, the colors rich and vibrant, so much so they pop out at you constantly, the contrast is bold and the aspect ratio appears perfect. It's nothing short of breathtaking for a 'lost' film released for the first time for home consumption in any format.

The film itself is a mod 60's update of Oscar Wilde's famous story (which is better than any theatrical version yet made - the best adaptation is the 1945 version, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' starring George Sanders IMO), but the swinging sixties London scenario adds a new touch to the tale. Helmut Berger is cast as the foppish pretty boy who never ages, but has a portrait of himself in his attic that doesn't look so good. Swiss sensation Marie Liljedahl ('I, A Woman', 'Inga' and 'The Seduction of Inga') is his aspiring actress girlfriend who is eventually cast aside as Dorian falls prey to those who gradually corrupt his morals as he climbs a social ladder of conceit and decadence. Herbert Lom is his benefactor and initial prime source of corruption, but soon Dorian becomes his own monster, devouring well-known Euro-lovelies Margaret Lee and Maria Rohm, among other various vixens clamoring for a dalliance with Dorian.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Wells on September 29, 2011
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After perusing the reviews of other buyers recounting their problems with copies of "Il Dio Chimato Dorian", I was, admittedly, somewhat reluctant to purchase the DVD, even after reading that those problems had been corrected. However, for the price, I decided to take a chance, and I'm glad I did. The quality of the DVD is flawless, with none of the pixillation problems reported in earlier copies. Though stylistically, the film is somewhat dated, reflecting the time period in which it was made (swinging late sixties), the (corrected) digital restoration is amazing.

Aside from updating Oscar Wilde's classic to 1960's London, director Massimo Dallamano doesn't stray too far from the source material, although it may seem like it at times. Helmut Berger, perhaps the most beautiful man ever committed to celluloid, certainly looks the part of the dissolute and ruthless rake, and his performance as Dorian is credible, as well. His descent from callow youth into real evil doesn't seem too difficult a journey with the estimable Herbert Lom (Peter Sellers' nemesis in "The Pink Panther" films) urging him on every step of the way. Marie Lilljedahl makes a lovely impression as the unfortunate actress, Sybil Vane, whose brief screen time is spent, largely, undressed. A larger cast of European stalwarts move in and out of Dorian's orbit (and bed) before he gets his comeuppance in the final scene, which divulges from Wilde's novel.

The problems remaining with the DVD are the problems contained within the movie, itself. At 93 minutes, it still seems too long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Snow on May 25, 2011
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October, 2010: This is a complete reassessment of my previous (negative) review about what was a defective product. When I noticed that Amazon (as opposed to the Marketplace) was carrying this DVD again I figured it was safe to re-purchase it, and I was right. Well, fair is fair, I did get an instant refund and a promise for defect correction, thus my "new" review. I will not bother to describe the familiar plot since most folks have surely seen one or more versions of this often told tale.

The print is first rate color and anamorphic, and absolutely tack sharp and at a bargain price to boot ($12-$13). I have bought other Raro Video DVDs and their product merits to be rated right up there with Criterion.

The film itself is a fun 70's romp through a world of "decadence." It still keeps the Victorian belief that sexual promiscuity is "evil." Berger is perfectly cast as the hedonistic Dorian, while Herbert Lom (as usual) steals every scene he's in as the painter of the infamous portrait. The leading lady does not fare as well in a role that has always proven to be quite thankless, while Italian legend, Isa Miranda, shows up to play an "older" rich predator, dripping in diamonds and fancy rags. The film was quite "scandalous" in its day, but by now has lost that "shocking" sting.

The DVD presents this opus in two languages, Italian (the main track), and in English. Since the film takes place mostly in London and the cast is actually speaking English, I found the Italian track distracting, so I switched to English and it worked better for me.

A highly recommended purchase.
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