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The eternal and very English collisions of class and propriety are shot through the story of Wuthering Heights, and are shown in their extreme in this admirable production. The acting is uniformly splendid, though it's McShane who steals the show, giving a far wilder, darker, more threatening performance than Laurence Olivier's more famous, but far more polished, one. Angela Scoular, a veteran British TV actress, is appropriately dewy and heartfelt in her love for Heathcliff, as well as in her conflict of loyalty to him and to her brother and the class system. William Marlowe is a true scoundrel as Cathy's brother Hindley, though he lets just enough vulnerability show through to indicate how threatened he is by Heathcliff's mastery of the wilds of Yorkshire.
And here is another highlight: For a TV production, the utter desolation of the Yorkshire moors is portrayed unflinchingly--and very hauntingly. The winds never seem to quiet down, and the trees are barren, the horizon foreboding. All of which gives this Wuthering Heights its affecting torment a stunning claustrophobic feeling--despite, or perhaps in spite of, the enormous open, desolate spaces. --A.T. Hurley
[Certainly, Heathcliff may have been a gypsy, just as he may have been something else.
In my opinion, there are better versions of this story on DVD including the one with Timothy Dalton and Anne Calder-Marshall.
Very pleased with this but beware - this is a USA zone DVD (if in UK, check playable zones).
Great transaction! Fast shipping, quality, great experience all round! Buy with confidence! Thanks so much!Published 3 months ago by MysticKat74
I haven't seen as many versions as others here, but I really didn't care for this one. It was dark and dreary and the sound of the wind, at times, nearly overtook the dialog to the... Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Macanoodos
I haven't looked at it yet, but I clearly remember how I felt watching it originally - Ian McShane - always awesome - was the perfect Heathcliffe. The DVD arrived nicely sealed.Published on June 1, 2012 by AskAnnette
Emily Bronte is one of my favorite authors. Bronte displays the human soul as it struggles with many of the terrible experiences of human existence. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Not a bad rendition of the story on film, but nothing special. It did tell the entire story from beginning to end and I give it credit for that. Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by Cynthia A. Spruiell
Having never read the book, I picked up this movie off a shelf at the public library. I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to watch this movie. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by C. Stadelmaier
This was almost unbearable to watch with Ian McShane as Heathcliff, and I did not like it. It's very long, and follows the book closely, but Heathcliff did NOT slit his wrists in... Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Booklover