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Tom Jones (1963)

Albert Finney , Susannah York , Tony Richardson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine, Rachel Kempson, Angela Baddeley
  • Directors: Tony Richardson
  • Writers: Henry Fielding, John Osborne
  • Producers: Tony Richardson, Michael Balcon, Michael Holden, Oscar Lewenstein
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: Lopert Pictures Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AUKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tom Jones" on IMDb

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Director Tony Richardson and scripter John Osborne's sprawling, bawdy romp through 18th-century England earned four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Albert Finney stars as the titular hero, a charming country boy whose beguiling manner gets him into one hilarious romantic misadventure after another; based on the novel by Henry Fielding. With Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, David Warner, and Edith Evans. 121 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this movie!!!! February 27, 2003
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I saw this in the theatre when it was first released, and the passage of time has done nothing to dim my love and fascination of this superb translation of the novel by Fielding. Of course, Albert Finney made a very dashing Tom Jones, and wqas so perfectly suited to the role; Susannah York great as his true love, Sophie, and the other roles, Hugh Griffith as Sophie's father, and hilarious in his part as a drunken, boisterous, lusty squire, and Dame Edith Evans as his rather disapproving, but very funny sister, reprimanding him with a trilling "Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrother...." while he is wrestling some country maidens in the haystacks, straw in his hair and a pack of bulldogs surrounding him. The dinner scene with him eating a roast chicken with great gusto, so much so that he harangues Sophie with pieces of it in his nose, is delightful, as is his unscripted departure from Squire Allworthy's residence, on his horse, and turning so tightly that the horse rears and collapses with Hugh Griffith on top of him...so funny Richardson wisely decided to keep it in the film.
I also appreciated the performances of David Warner, as the disgustingly priggish tutor, Mr. Bliful, and Diane Cilento (once married to Sean Connery...) as Tom's sometime paramour. The entire cast is excellent, including Joan Greenwood as the predatory older woman after Tom at any cost. Watch for the Masquerade Ball and see Hugh Griffith in his elephant mask; what a great scene!
The peripheral players are superb, as is the setting of London in the eighteenth century, with the deplorable lack of sanitary conditions and the terrible poverty.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Picture, Horrible Transfer March 8, 2001
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Pay attention to this review if no other. `Tom Jones' is a terrific movie, in my humble opinion. But this DVD version is one of the worst transfers you'll ever find. It is missing at least three minutes of of footage from the original, including one key scene where Lady Bellingham encourages Lord Whoever to rape Sophie. In the original, the scene is cool, elegant, and evlil. It's missing here, maybe for politically correct reasons, and the edit chops with incredible crudeness directly from Lady Bellingham sipping tea to the lord to that gentleman unaccountably attacking Sophie. The result is that a lof of subsequent plot makes no sense at all.
That alone would justify giving this one the miss, but the transfer is also hazy and unfocused, and may even have been made from a VHS tape. MGM Enterntainment is bringing out a new version on 6/19/2001. Wait for that if you have any sense.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Naughty Vintage Fun! May 30, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
For many years, Tom Jones was my absolute favourite film. My views have mellowed and my tastes changed somewhat, but I still enjoy seeing it every now and then. It's like an old friend. Although, I will admit, it is one of those films that viewers either love or hate.
Even though the story is set in the England of the early 1700's, the film is solidly a reflection of the 1960's. It was extremely popular when it came out - winning the Academy Award as best film. Audiences were overwhelmed by its bawdy humour, sinning and sinful characters, and endless camera trickery - all briskly paced and accompanied by a rollicking musical score. Director Tony Richardson threw everything into the mix - speeded up film, freeze frames, screen wipes, character asides to the audience, a lip-smacking narrator, even a silent movie opening sequence. The characters looked like real people instead of actors - the costumes and settings actually looked lived in. John Osborne's script contained dialogue with a proper period flavour (too much so occasionally) and the whole thing was photographed with a subdued, grainy quality not unlike an old painting. In fact, Tom Jones is almost two films in one - the first part rustic, earthy and halcyon on the sprawling estates of Squires Western and Allworthy, then an abrupt change of style to the intimidating Hogarthian squalour of London where danger seemed to lurk behind every corner. Newgate Gaol and a public hanging are uncompromisingly realistic for what is, after all, basically a comedy.
Most memorable of all are the performances. Albert Finney as Tom and pert Susannah York as his one true love are suitably attractive and talented. But the real flavour of this feast is provided by one of the most incredible supporting casts ever assembled for such a film.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE TOP TEN WORST LOOKING DVD TRANSFERS EVER! April 25, 2003
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
Albert Finney is the scandalous "Tom Jones", a squire of young ladies with nothing on their mind but sex. This is the bawdy, gaudy tale of Tom's romantic prowess and how he became the chambermaid's delight. It's told in a rather tongue-in-cheek fashion and celebrated with a lustfully playful score and winning cameo performances throughout. Susannah York crops up as the playful Sophie Western, one of Tom?s many conquests, much to the chagrin of her stoic and stalwart father (Hugh Griffith).
MGM's DVD is one of the worst looking efforts of digital mastering on the market. Where to begin? Colors are muted, dated, unbalanced and bleed throughout. Contrast levels are so low that night scenes look as though they were shot using only the light coming off of a flashlight with dying batteries. Flesh tones are way too orange. Fidelity in general is a mess. Edge enhancement, pixelization, aliasing and shimmering of fine details are excessive and present throughout the film. Digital and film grain are excessively high. There's really no instance where one can simply sit back and enjoy the film. The audio is a disappointing mono. Considering that the previously issued DVD (exhibiting the same disappointing picture quality) was remastered in "surround sound" the lack of surround on this disc seems odd. There are no extras.
BOTTOM LINE: Don't waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Jones
What a romp! Enjoyed it when it first came out, and it still makes me laugh. I would highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by marion muhoberac
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Jones is classic British comedy at its best
Bawdy and so well-played in every way. The movie deserved all the accolades it received when first released.one of the mst entertaining movies I have ever seen.
Published 1 month ago by Travis Short
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Jones
Rollicking good fun. I saw the movie when it came out, loved it then, and it was wonderful to see it once again.
Published 2 months ago by T. Cornell
4.0 out of 5 stars fun period movie
This movie is a definite reflection of the time period, early 1960's. It reminded me of a "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum" in style and content. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the remastered blu-ray?
I'll keep this simple. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. When it was made, it was utterly original, and totally deserving of its win for Best Picture of the year. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST
most hilarious and ribald films of all time,,, consistent with the mood and times of the story with an excellent cast in all roles
Published 3 months ago by john p.
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
We saw Tom Jones many many years ago and thought it was quite sensual, especially the eating scene that seemed to go on forever. Read more
Published 3 months ago by caseykath
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful classic to see again
Loved finding this original classic, thought it would be lost forever but now I can enjoy it whenever I want!
Published 4 months ago by linda l sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Jones, the movie
Husband remembered this movie from teenage years and wanted to see it again. I enjoyed it also as had not seen it as a teenager
Published 4 months ago by Genia D Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cinema
This is a brilliantly executed film - a gem of a window into the eighteenth century. Superb in every sense of the word. Tony Richardson's masterpiece...
Published 5 months ago by ZOWIE!
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