Maurice - The Merchant Ivory Collection
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Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forsters Maurice is a story of coming to terms with ones sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret, even though Clive refuses to allow their relationship to move beyond the boundaries of "platonic" love. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for "the unspeakable crime of the Greeks," Clive abandons his forbidden love, marries, and enters into the political arena. Maurice, however, struggles with questions of his identity and self-confidence, even seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his undeniable urges. But while staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice is seduced by the affectionate and yearning servant Alec Scudder, (Rupert Graves), an event that brings about profound changes in Maurices life and outlook. Sparking direction by James Ivory, a distinguished performance from the ensemble cast, and a charged score by Richard Robbins all combine to create a film of undeniable power, one that is both romantic and moving, and a story of love and self-discovery for all audiences.
- New high definition transfer
- Over 30-minutes of deleted scenes and a reconstructed opening sequence with audio commentary by director James Ivory
- Conversations With the Filmmakers: part of a new series of interviews with the filmmakers
- The Story of "Maurice": new interviews actors James Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves, and screenwriter Kit Hesketh-Harvey
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Ton of thanks to Cohen Media for finally give us the chance of owning "Maurice" gloriously restored. Already pre-ordered a copy but I must add that I totally dislike the artwork since it features Clive's character (Hugh Grant) over Maurice himself (James Wilby) which is totally ludicrous. The movie and novel are called "Maurice" not "Clive"
In my opinion the Criterion Collection dvd artwork was a lot better and more accurate. For such joyous ocassion you should've done a much better job in the artwork area, at least including a picture of the complete love triangle, including the wonderful Rupert Graves (Alec Scudder)
Its not like most fans of Hugh Grant's rom coms were waiting to buy this.
If you currently own the DVD, I would still recommend the upgrade, but be aware that they are subtly different.
The four star review is mostly for my aversion to milky blacks in the transfer...this is solidly a five star film.
When this film was released, I went to the theater and saw it twice. It came out on VHS I viewed it twice. I own it on DVD and have viewed it more. I have the two disc version. There are interviews with Hugh Grant and James Wilby which are informative. I recommend viewing the extras if you are able.
This film stands the test of time. James Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves performances were outstanding. All of their careers were helped by their being in this fim, IMO. How could these men have looked bad wearing the Edwardian wardrobe?
It was the first time I saw, in a film, two men having an understanding relationship with its ups and downs. Heck yeah I cried along with Maurice when Clive leaves him to lead an inauthentic life. What a real and heartfelt performance by James Wilby. I cheered at the happy ending when Maurice and Alec meet up and want to live together. Fight the power Alec and Maurice.
The film improves upon the book. Wonderful script, lovely cinematography, unforgettable (sp) scenes all make this film, for me, a classic.
BUYER BEWARE: If, like myself, you're a purist, do not purchase the Korean edition of this film. The country's moral sanitation police made certain to blur the few moments of innocuous frontal nudity, obviously fearing the exhibition of the male genital in its "non-threatening," quiescent state would prove distasteful, if not altogether intolerable, to some unsuspecting prude who inadvertently chanced upon it.
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