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The Picture of Dorian Gray


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Picture of Dorian Gray, The (1945) (DVD)

Is the sole purpose of art to create beauty?When Dorian Gray, a handsome, young Victorian gentleman obsessed withthe fleeting transience of his own beauty, becomes disturbed by aportrait that seems to capture too much of his soul, he makes a darkpact: He will remain forever young, while the age, disease and decaythat should affect his body ravage The Picture of Dorian Gray. Over theyears, Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield) revels in every imaginable pleasureand experience--altruistic, decadent or evil--while somehow maintaininghis youthful beauty even as the painting, locked away in a dark room,reveals an increasingly decaying, corrupt, aging visage. Although Graymay be able to avoid the ravages of time, he cannot escape the wrath ofpeople he wrongs over the years. And when his one lethal weakness isfinally discovered, Gray pays for all his evils in a shocking climax.


These nip/tuck, Botoxed times would seem to be ripe for a remake of Oscar Wilde's ageless story of youth-worshiping aristocrat Dorian Gray. Until then, we have this 1945 prestige production starring Hurd Hatfield as Dorian, who, under the influence of the incorrigible Lord Henry Wotton, vows to live only for pleasure and to give in to all "exquisite temptations." While he sinks into a vile life of decadence and corruption, he remains young, while his painted portrait becomes "an emblem of his own conscience," growing more hideous as Gray becomes more monstrous. Angela Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award for her heartbreaking performance as innocent singer Sibyl Vane, the first victim of Gray's callousness. George Sanders is at his contemptuous best as the cynical Lord Wotton, wringing every drip of disdain out of such Wilde-isms as, "I always choose my friends for their good lucks and my enemies for their good intellects." This pristine transfer does full justice to the film's Oscar-winning black and white cinematography (with vivid Technicolor inserts of the mesmerizing painting). With entertaining extras that replicate an old fashioned night at the movies, including a trailer and two Oscar-winning shorts, the Tom & Jerry cartoon, "Quiet Please" and "Stairway to Light," and affectionate, detailed, and illuminating commentary by Lansbury and film historian and screenwriter Steve Haberman, this DVD is suitable for framing. --Donald Liebenson

Special features

SPECIAL FEATURES: • Commentary by Angela Lansbury and Historian Steve Haberman • Oscar-Winning** Short Stairway to Light • Oscar-Winning** Cartoon Quiet Please! • Theatrical Trailer • Subtitles: English , Français & Español (Feature Film Only).

Product details

  • Actors: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford
  • Directors: Albert Lewin
  • Format: Black & White, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 305 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000OHBCI8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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