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The Secret of Dorian Gray (1970)

Helmut Berger , Richard Todd , Massimo Dallamano  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KDYR84
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL PROBLEMS RESOLVED!! NO MORE GRIPES! October 7, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
[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
3.0 out of 5 stars Picture Perfect (The DVD, That Is) September 29, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS DVD!!! FAULTY PRODUCT!!! June 14, 2011
I just want to add to the list of people who got ripped off after purchasing this DVD. The image and sound quality are great but when you are seventy minutes into the film the picture pixilates and becomes unwatchable!!! ARRRRGHHH!!!!!!

But, what really burns me is Raro Video's pathetic statement, "Our suggestion is to return your disc for a refund and repurchase the new disc around the first of July." Seriously?????????? How about those of us who bought the DVD a month ago or more and have finally got around to watching it??? Let me tell you, we're not getting a refund.

When Anchor Bay released a faulty DVD of Dario Argento's 'Opera,' they posted an address on their site where you could send in the old disc and they would mail you the corrected one. When Panik House released a faulty DVD of `Girl Boss Guerilla' in their amazing Pinky Violence Collection, they did the same thing as Anchor Bay. That was the right thing to do. The audacity of Raro Video placing the onus on the purchaser is ludicrous.

Zelda Lazor, what if you can't return your disc? What would be your suggestion?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective 06/03/2011 June 4, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I too, have the exact same problem with my DVD - Starting at chapter 17 movie becomes pixellated then unwatchable thru most of the rest of the movie. That said, up until that point I was really into the movie! It is an incredible transfer, the actual movie is shot well and I was enjoying this adaptation.

I just requested my return/refund from Amazon, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully if I get a refund and the posted RaroVideo response on this site is correct - I will reorder the DVD again. I'm Hoping that everyone does their job at Raro and Amazon and gets rid of all the defective stock. I would hate to reorder at a later date and still receive a defective DVD!

Let's hope it all works out. RARO it WAS a superb transfer! Shame about the production defect. Don't be discourged. Roll out a new batch. I'll reorder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helmut Berger dazzles as a Dorian Gray for the Swinging Sixties
Directed by onetime Sergio Leone cinematographer Massimo Dallamano, Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s Victorian Gothic provocatively updated to Swinging Sixties London at the peak of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by K. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars creepy story of over sexed youth, watch out for defective discs
Great drama/horror movie with some racy implied sexual situations, that are very tame compared to the current crop of sexy movies. Its well acted and looks good. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by grafdog
3.0 out of 5 stars A very good video transfer
I recently purchased this dvd.It is a very good quality video transfer.The picture is clear and crispy.I am a fan of the 60s & 70s cinemas.
Published on September 21, 2011 by ahmad
5.0 out of 5 stars RARO corrects the defects
A Great film, and kudo's to RARO Video for jumping on the defective problem and replacing the inventory so quickly.
Published on June 27, 2011 by philbobaggins
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective DVD ruins an otherwise pleasurable movie experience
I, too, received a defective pressing of this DVD. Starting at Chapter 17 of the disc, the picture freezes and seldom moves throughout the rest of the film. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by ACS
5.0 out of 5 stars They fixed it!!!
October, 2010: This is a complete reassessment of my previous (negative) review about what was a defective product. Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by Chuck Snow
1.0 out of 5 stars Would have been great
The DVD gets stuck at certain scenes throughout the movie. It doesn't play on the computer or in a DVD player. It would have been a great DVD. Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by Philly15
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective Discs for All
I'm just chiming in with the other reviews because my disc is also defective, and in just the same way described by the others. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by bella
4.0 out of 5 stars Problems resolved
Original release of this DVD was defective. Raro have fixed this, and the new version is fine. Quite a nice image for this colorful pop horror film. Read more
Published on May 19, 2011 by pep3
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