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Priest Of Love [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]

3.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM33GQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A Flawed Masterpiece Ruined
I have loved this movie since it came out and each year have viewed it at least once. At just over two hours, it was well paced, had towering performances- Janet Suzman is magnetic and Ian McKellan quite fine. Now, in its latest incarnation at 99 minutes it is a travesty. It is the 'Director's Cut' of the film and he excised the humanity of the time, the locations, and the people right out of it. Now there is no texture, no atmoshere, no feeling. It is like a Readers Digest version of a very good film. WHAT WAS HE THINKING???
D. H. Lawrence did not bow to public opinion. In his explanation for the cuts, Mr.
Miles said he took out an early scene between Suzman and McKellan because it is hard for an audience to be interested in a man fighting with his wife. Not so. We are shocked by Lawrence's behavior but we stay with it. His is an artistic temperament. And Frieda is no shrinking violet. She is a fighter herself. Sometimes when two people are so evenly matched, there will be fireworks. And the fireworks throughout most of this film have been eliminated. What was a thought provoking screenplay about love and literature and the people who make both has turned into a rather turgid love story.
Among the other items missing was a terrific epilogue that was bittersweet and funny and uplifting. Gone. Mr. Miles has missed all the things that made his original film so memorable. I only have a sad VHS copy and was so very looking forward to a new release of this wonderful film. My disappointment is enormous.
Further, the melodious music which did a beautiful job underscoring the action is now completely overpowering- alienating the audience whereas before it supported the actors.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One reviewer warned that too much of the original movie was cut in this release so I wasn't expecting much. Actually I saw the original and can't remember significant scenes which were cut. This DVD is worth it and until recently not available in USA format. Visual excellent, great acting and the story line provides a representative view of the author's life and views on war (thought it was insane losing men to political nonsense), sex (prudish actually....thought masterbation and sex for sex sake a sacrilege to real passion), and the need for monogamy although close relationships with the same sex (not necessarily erotic) very important. The actual scenes show it better.

I recommend Women in Love by Ken Russell and starring Alan Bates as D.H. as a wonderful supplement.

Too bad D.H. died so young with T.B.
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Format: DVD
Top cast, acting and locales for this story about controversial author and artist D.H. Lawrence. Original screen version has been edited from 125 minutes to 94 minutes which appears to affect the films continuity somewhat at times - otherwise, this is an absorbing story with a good DVD transfer and 5.1 Dolby sound.
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Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
There's some powerful acting here, and why not with the likes of Ian McKellen, Ava Gardner and John Gielgood in the cast. It seems they tried to play these real life people -D. H. Lawrence and his circle - as they were. However, it also seems that none of those real life people were particularly likable. One Psychology Today blogger wrote that Lawrence lived to fight, and would sometimes take contradictory positions, depending on which position would get a rise out of the person he was speaking or writing to. I didn't like the characters, but they fascinated me, and so, kept me watching to the end. So if you are fascinated by quirkiness, and sometimes disfunction, you will like it.

Some parts were hard to follow, e.g. whether certain scenes were flashbacks or happening in real time. I understand from other reviews that a lot of the original film was cut from this version, which might be the explanation for my difficulty.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wonderful movie, Ian McKellen....perfect for this role, along with Ava Gardener.....a beautiful movie......for those whom have read D.H.Lawrence's novels, here is a real life , of him, in colour, his passion, his moods, and his friends around him, who were characters in his stories....thoroughly recommended movie, on the life of D.H Lawrence
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Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This 1981 production features Ian McKellen in his first leading role in a film. Fans will not want to miss his bold but detailed characterization of D. H. Lawrence, played here as volatile, quirky, charismatic, and very difficult to live with. As his wife Freida, Janet Suzman bristles with wit and spit and vinegar, but also the fierce love that makes her performance the heart of the film. In a low-key supporting role, Penelope Keith turns in perhaps the loveliest performance of the film, as Dorothy Brett, friend of the fiery pair.

There are many other nice turns by actors in smaller roles, but none of them manages to save the film from being less than it might have been, considering the subject matter. The film never quite comes together to tell its tale well. However, it's worth watching for any fans of McKellen, Suzman and Keith.

The only real drawback is the tape itself. I am not familiar with HBO Cannon Videos, but if this is an example of their work, their products should be avoided. The picture quality is extremely poor: blotchy and muddy and murky, as is the sound. It is like a tape made from a TV broadcast, or a tape duped from another tape, rather than like a transfer made from the film itself.
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