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Wuthering Heights (Import, All Regions) (1939)

Merle Oberon , Laurence Olivier , William Wyler  |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Format: Dolby, Full Screen, Black & White, Subtitled, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: South Korea
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FV87C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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South Korean Edition DVD/Sound in English / Optional Korean Subtitles , easy to turn OFF..*****Summary: __The story of unfortunate lovers Heathcliff and Cathy who, despite a deep affection for one another, are forced by circumstance and prejudice to live their apart.

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133 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incomparable Feat of Cinematic Storytelling May 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I had the good fortune of seeing this film on a big screen at a New York cinema in the early seventies. Viewing a master print in a darkened theatre was one of the all-time highlights of my movie-going experiences. Yes, this is a truncated version of the novel, which I would urge anyone who hasn't already done so to read. It is on my personal top ten list for greatest novels ever. In my opinion this film is far superior to GWTW, which took home the oscar for best-picture in '39. Basically this is due to the source material. Wuthering Heights is great literature. GWTW was a best-seller, but not what one could call great literature. Catherine and Heathcliffe belong in the same literary company as Abelarde and Heloise, Dante's Paolo and Francessa, and Romeo and Juliet. I cant think of anyone who could have been better cast as Heathcliffe than Olivier. Merle Oberon also made for a highly believable Catherine. Flora Robeson also delivers a flawless performance. This is William Wyler's masterpiece. I didn't know until reading some of these reviews that this was filmed in California. I was certain it had to have been filmed on the English moors. If you want to see genius at work, by all means buy the video or the DVD. And if you ever get the chance to see it on a big screen, seize the opportunity. I'm not ordinarily the sentimental type. I can only recall two occasions when I openly wept at the conclusion of a movie. The first was when I saw "Old Yeller" at about eight-years-of-age, the second when I saw Wuthering Heights. I have seen it about five times since and I'll be damned if it doesn't always have the same impact.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, great movie July 14, 2003
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Wuthering Heights had the misfortune to be released the same year as Gone With The Wind, so was probably not given the attention at the time it deserved. The movie is only adapted from part of the book, focusing on the story of Heathcliff and Cathy. Of course creating a flawless movie from such great literature is almost impossible; there will always be critics who insist the book should be followed to the letter. But the movie is quite overwhelming; the acting is first-rate. Olivier makes a perfect Heathcliff, perhaps a little prettier than Emily Bronte imagined him, but it isn't Olivier's fault he was born beautiful. It's hard to believe this movie wasn't actually filmed in England, the scenery is quite authentic. Anyone who has ever loved someone they felt was a little out of their league can relate to this tale of love, jealousy and revenge.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can You NOT Like This Movie?! June 1, 1999
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You can never compare the movie to the book since a movie can't possibly incorporate ALL of the text from the author! William Wyler put together an excellent cast, fantastic, dark, moody scenes and beautiful music to turn out this brilliant film. The handsome and brooding Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier), the ravishing and haughty Cathy (Merle Oberon) along with the stoic, dull Edgar (David Niven)and the rebellious and pathetic Isabel (Geraldine Fitzgerald) turn this into one of the most romantic, haunting love stories ever.
This movie will forever be considered, for me, the epitome of the romantic film. When Heathcliff carries Cathy to the window to look upon the moors one last time as she's dying, my heart swells and tears fill my eyes. It's simply stunning!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My name is Sarah and I am a romance-aholic . . . January 2, 2000
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Oh, yes. This was the start of it all. I was ten or eleven and at home with the flu. I was a die-hard Vivien Leigh fan and had just watched That Hamilton Women with Leigh and Olivier and as it was Olivier's birthday, AMC showed this next. I fell in love with Olivier, I fell in love with Emily Bronte and I fell irrevocably in love with Yorkshire moors and brooding anti-heroes. (You, should see some of my ex-boyfriends . . ) As I got older, and began to explore the Bronte world more deeply, I came to realize what a gross interepretation of Emily's shattering novel this was. However, out of the five versions of this novel I have seen - only Olivier and Oberon have convinced me that they would traverse the nether regions to be together. Only Olivier has said "Take any form, drive me mad . . " and meant it. Now, of course, I know that the two actors despised each other - but in certain ways - so did Cathy and Heathcliff - at any rate - the intensity was there. The fine line between love and hate, and all of those cliches are definately applicable. And I have stood on the Bronte moors in Yorkshire and I am much happier with the cinematic qualities of the TNT and Masterpiece Theater versions. California deserts with imported heather isn't going to measure up to the savage Yorkshire moorlands, of course. And I agree that the oft applied term of "sacchrine" is highly appropriate. Olivier was a stage actor who had a horrid relationship with the leading lady and the director. His overexaggeration of the dark Heathcliff was often almost laughable - but it never was! That's the secret to this classic - the whole movie was at the same pitch of intensity - every one was caught up in the torrents of passions these two had. Read more ›
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who cares about the book? October 27, 2006
Who cares about the book? This is a film masterpiece we are discussing, and this is surely one of the greatest. Across over half a century it still resonates in the hearts of men and women as it will continue IF it can be kept available. And THAT is MY peeve: you can't obtain a copy of the original at any reasonable price on DVD. Shame. The same is beginning to apply to other great films from the 30's. Hollywood would rather remake a film a dozen times than keep the original available. Of course if the original is not available, the new versions don't have to compete with it - which they seldom can. Again I say shame on the industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No comments needed, they could not do this justice ...
No comments needed , they could not do this justice!
Published 7 days ago by jammsnbcdude
5.0 out of 5 stars it is one of my top ten all-time favorite movies.
this was bought for is one of my top ten all-time favorite movies...marvelous acting by the best...a must see movie!!
Published 1 month ago by KARYL MAXWELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and good oldie.
Loved it. I had to buy for class. I forgot how good old movies can be.
Published 1 month ago by Monte Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best love story ever!
Published 1 month ago by Leticia Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
movie was in perfect condion! Loved it! God bless and Jesus saves!
Published 2 months ago by martha hockaday
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon are Heathcliff and Cathy. A classic telling of a classic story.
Published 2 months ago by Nobilangelo
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it to everyone who loves love stories
Could not find movie anywhere and now I have it thanks to amazon! Movie is one of my favorites growing up. I recommend it to everyone who loves love stories.
Published 2 months ago by Tricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Doesn't get any better than this!
Published 2 months ago by Trinae
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Gothic Romance Film
If you like gothic romance novels and stories, 1930's-1940's is definitely the film era for you! I have loved this movie my entire life and was incredibly excited to finally find... Read more
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