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Ken Russel's period drama Gothic comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a pedestrian release from Artisan.
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Ken Russel's period drama Gothic comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a pedestrian release from Artisan.
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Special Features

Full-screen version; Scene index; Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround; Digitally mastered
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Gothic is not a movie for everyone -- a qualification that can be applied to almost any Ken Russell film -- but those who respond to it will respond very strongly indeed. The good news is that even those for whom Gothic is not really their cup of tea should at the very least find it engrossing, if perhaps too gross for their tastes. Compared to some of his 1970s excesses (Lisztomania comes immediately to mind), Gothic is relatively restrained. There are still plenty of moments to cause discomfort, but they're more at home here in what is, after all, really a horror movie. That, as it turns out, is one of Gothic's problems: it strays too far from the accepted limitations of the genre to satisfy as a typical horror flick, yet its efforts at being something deeper are ultimately too superficial for it to succeed as anything else (a character study, a historical account, a philosophical dialogue, etc.). Still, on a strictly visual level, there's a great deal to admire in Gothic, from its stunning Mike Southon cinematography to its grotesque special effects to its razor-sharp editing. It's also blessed with actors who, while they can't always triumph over some of the excesses of the director, still manage to craft compelling, provocative portraits. Gothic is too uneven to satisfy most people, but many will find that its highs more than compensate for its lows.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • UPC: 012236124931
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,972

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriel Byrne Lord Byron
Julian Sands Percy Bysshe Shelley
Natasha Richardson Mary Shelley
Myriam Cyr Claire Clairmont
Timothy Spall Dr. John Polidori
Andreas Wisniewski Fletcher
Alec Mango Murray
Dexter Fletcher Rushton
Pascal King Justine
Tom Hickey Tour Guide
Linda Coggin Turkish Mechanical Doll
Kristine Landon-Smith Kristine/Mechanical Woman
Chris Chappell Man in Armour
Kim Tillesley Shelley Fan
Mark Pickard Young William
Kiran Shah Fusell Monster
Christine Newby Shelley Fan
Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director
Michael Bradsell Editor
Michael Buchanan Art Director
Al Clark Executive Producer
Penny Corke Producer
Thoams Dolby Score Composer
Ace Effects Special Effects
Kay Gallwey Costumes/Costume Designer
Pat Hay Makeup
Christopher Hobbs Production Designer
Victoria Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Victoria Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Mike Southon Cinematographer
Roy Street Stunts
Stephen Volk Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Opening Credits [2:46]
2. The Arrival [4:47]
3. Hide and Seek [10:36]
4. Ghost Stories [5:27]
5. Conjure Up All Your Ghosts [5:50]
6. Poor Excitable Child [4:33]
7. Augusta [5:41]
8. Bad Dreams [4:07]
9. Poets Are for Each Other [4:04]
10. Nothing to Fear [5:45]
11. Something Dangerous [5:43]
12. "We Are the Gods Now" [5:34]
13. Send It Back [5:54]
14. "Get Rid of Our Fears" [4:46]
15. The Storm Is Over [5:31]
16. End Credits/No Ghosts in Daylight [6:31]
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