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Wonderwall [Blu-ray] (1968)

Jack MacGowran , Jane Birkin , Joe Massot  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jack MacGowran, Jane Birkin
  • Directors: Joe Massot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HS3KV0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

• Publicity Gallery

• Publicity Text

• Biographies

• The Comic Art of Jack MacGowran

• Reflections on Love

• The Art of Marijke

• Eric Clapton - Skiing

• John Lennon Poem

• The Remo Four Music Video

• Theatrical Trailer

• Outtakes.

• Theatrical Cut and Director's Cut


Editorial Reviews

Since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 1968, Wonderwall has remained one of the quintessential films of the psychedelic movement. Featuring a score composed by George Harrison and performed by an all-star ensemble of musicians including George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton, Wonderwall’s kaleidoscope of images set to Harrison's soundtrack catapult the audience into a lost world of innocence, where love and laughter reign supreme.


Set in swinging 1960's London, Wonderwall is the story of a reclusive professor Oscar Collins (Jack MacGowran) who becomes infatuated with his next door neighbors, the beautiful model Penny Lane (Jane Birkin) and her Svengalian photographer boyfriend (Iain Quarrier). When the professor attempts to rescue Penny from an overdose following a quarrel with her boyfriend, he enters the magical realm of the Wonderwall on a transformative journey, and returns to his laboratory a changed man.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but worth the trip August 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Penned by Roman Polanski's scriptwriter, Gerard Brach, "Wonderwall" is a mildly trippy look at obsession and repression, voyerism and sex. The plot is simplicity itself: a mild-mannered professor finds a spyhole in his living room which allows him to become involved in a world of young, Mod, Londoners (circa 1967). Through this hole (his "wonderwall") the professor becomes entwined in a world of fantasy and sexual chemistry and becomes both transformed and the transformer. Directed by the talented Joe Massot (also known for directing Zeppelin's "Song Remains the Same" and the equally wonderfully weird "Zachariah"), "Wonderwall" is filled with bright colour, groovy sounds and a decidedly 60's visual style. It's also been digitally spiffed up and features extended soundtrack music (by George Harrison). My only personal disappointment is with Jack MacGowran, who plays the professor. While he is a brilliant actor, and was wonderful in "How I Won The War", I find him slightly miscast here. But, all-in-all, "Wonderwall" is a minor treat.
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... because it is brilliant for what it is.

What it is, is an "art film". The shots, the set design, the concept are very artistic, and as such it is a gem of movie, within that very narrow spectrum of "art films" that have happened rarely throughout film history.

Harrison's soundtrack is WAY AHEAD OF IT'S TIME! Only now can someone like me appreciate it for the first time, having just seen the movie for the first time, 46 years after it was created! Wow. Think about that! A movie that is not appreciated, even by a Beatles fan, a George fan, until 46 years later. Truly a movie and soundtrack that were way ahead of their time.

Now, is this a great movie? No.
But it is a very interesting cinematic experiment which led to the creation of a truly great soundtrack by Beatle George Harrison!

I did actually find the movie very visually interesting. Jane Birkin of course has her own appeal, but aside from her the movie is still very visually exciting and interesting.

I am surprised and disappointed that this movie has only 6 reviews including mine. What a shame! Harrison is still so under-appreciated! While I used to be a Lennon fan above all the others, now it is George who I am fascinated and delighted by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderwall June 17, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A rare film artifact that is very enjoyable. The storyline follows various characters in the 60's era in a colorful, funny manner. I enjoyed the story and found the production rife with twists, turns and funny characters. The music enhances the brilliant innovations in film being done at the time.
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