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Long Days Journey Into Night

3.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Laurence Olivier
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: S'More Ent/E1v
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BKDH6G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am delighted to be able to add this to my DVD collection. This production of the play is easily the finest ever put on film or tape, infinitely superior to that rather tired film with Katherine Hepburn and Ralph Richardson. This was taped in the studio after a famed production of the play was a major success at England's National Theatre.
Olivier's James Tyrone is indelible, the only actor I have ever seen to make the character a real living person rather than a hard-hearted tyrant. Olivier's performance is heart breaking, one of the most beautiful and moving performances I've ever seen. His James Tyrone manages to be achingly human and sad at all times, without ever once sugar-coating the character's less admirable qualities. That the same can be said of Constance Cummings as Mary Tyrone, and Denis Quilley and Ronald Pickup as Jamie and Edmund is a tribute to an overall magnificent cast.
A more than worthy addition to anyone's DVD library, and vital viewing for anyone interested in watching a great performance of a great play.
All in all, this is a great feast of acting for those willing to sit still and watch it with the attention it deserves. It doesn't get better than this.
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This was the first production of Long Days Journey Into Night that I saw. It changed my life, I was a high school student at the time, and I was blown away by the power of the play. The following year I was able to go to both London and New York and began a now 30 year love affair with the Theatre. For me, Denis Quilley and Ronald Pickup have been the Jaime and Edmund that everyone else must measure up to. This production was legendary, and deservedly so. A must for any O'Neill student.
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I prefer the Katharine Hepburn version overall but this one I will
buy just for the magnificence of Constance Cummings. Olivier got
an Emmy and huzzahs at the time but I don't really believe his
James Tyrone. But Cummings is Mary Tyrone. Just watching her
in her closeups as the morphine-addicted mother, haunted by her
past. There have been some wonderful Mary Tyrones recently.
Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Lange were fabulous too. But each
one had a little different interpretation and all are valid I
think. But Cummings is right up there with the best. I still hope
someone puts her shattering portrayal in WINGS on video. It deserves to be preserved too.
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For those of you who are thrilled to pieces to have found that this brilliant work will be released on DVD, I might have some bad news for you. I took the liberty to e-mail the President of the studio which is producing this DVD, and he informed me that the version is one from 1973 starring Laurence Olivier. And while Olivier was no slouch as an actor, I think most people will continue to view the 1962 film version to be the superior production. However you feel about it, I thought it would be nice to know what product you are considering. I hope it helps.
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Olivier gives his usual 200 % Best...but CONSTANCE CUMMINGS as the Mother steals the show.....A BRILLIANT HEARTBREAKING portrayal of a tragic addict who is in Denial of the truth of her condition...
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Several extraordinarily powerful moments, but on the whole, it suffers because the format of filming a stage performance introduces the old bugaboo of actors rushing through their lines.The inherent power of this play is very often in the pacing of the spoken words. And, although a full performance of the play usually takes close to four hours, cuts that need to be made should be done so with the utmost care, which this production lacked. As close to heresy as this may be for me, as an actor, to say, the performance given by Laurence Olivier doesn't rank among his best. The other principal actors filled their roles competently, but that's about all.
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I love the writing of O'Neill and I love Lawrence Olivier's acting ability. This is a great classic play and I have seen many versions of it. I never get tired of this tragic story and seeing great actors portray the characters. I was pleased to find this version and promise you will not get disappointed if you ad it to to your movie collection.
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Sir Laurence Olivier is magnificent in this version of the O'Neill family drama. Produced for television and shot on video tape.
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