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Michael Winterbottom's Jude comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. This is a beautiful transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, a making-of featurette, and filmographies of the cast and crew. This is a solid title from USA Entertainment that may help the ...
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Overview

Michael Winterbottom's Jude comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. This is a beautiful transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, a making-of featurette, and filmographies of the cast and crew. This is a solid title from USA Entertainment that may help the film find a wider audience.
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Special Features

Featurette ; Cast and crew filmographies; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen; English Dolby Surround; English closed captions
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Romantic tensions escalate to dizzying heights in director Michael Winterbottom's compelling adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel, Jude the Obscure. Christopher Eccleston Shallow Grave stars as Jude Fawley, a stonemason in 19th-century England whose love for his brainy and beautiful cousin Sue Bridehead Kate Winslet is tested to the limit by Victorian mores. Eccleston and Winslet are completely convincing here: The chemistry between them is powerful right from the start, making their long, obstacle-filled courtship simply and beautifully agonizing. Rachel Griffiths Hilary and Jackie provides an erotic counterpoint, bringing an earthy, predatory sexuality to her portrayal of a pig-breeder's daughter who traps Jude into an impulsive, short-lived marriage. Jude is about the clash between powerful passions and conventional morality; by the end it becomes a full-blown tragedy, a truly potent blend of desire and despair.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it was considered so shocking at the time of its publication that author Thomas Hardy never wrote another novel, the subject matter of Jude the Obscure probably won't outrage or titillate modern audiences. It may, however, depress the hell out of them, which may explain this adaptation's relative obscurity and lack of awards. Lit-flick fans flocked to the film, soaking up its sumptuous Victorian detail and the flat-out beauty of Eduardo Serra's cinematography; the mainstream audience, however, missed out on a complex picture that transcends corsets and accents to delve into the heart of what it means to stand outside of society. The difficulty of capturing the essence of Hardy's novel is that it's more than a mere story of forbidden love. Jude (grave, granite-faced Christopher Eccleston) carries two torches, one for his cousin, Sue (Kate Winslet, vivacious and prickly), the other for the life of a scholar; both are denied to him through no fault of his own. It's easier to encapsulate Hardy's intertwining issues of class, social propriety, and unfulfilled longing in the story of two cousins who fall in love, but first-time screenwriter Hossein Amini and jack-of-all-trades director Michael Winterbottom refuse to give short shrift to their protagonist's scholarly passions. There's a great scene here where Jude stands atop a table in a pub full of monied students, singing out the Apostle's Creed in flawless Latin, and spitting out a condemnation of his country's class-based educational system -- perfect visual shorthand, and hardly the film's only example. The sense of inexorable doom that overtakes the picture as it progresses hardly prepares the viewer for the harrowing final act; to the filmmakers' credit, though, they follow this sucker punch with a steady rumination on what it all means before they roll the credits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • UPC: 696306012627
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Polygram Usa Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Eccleston Jude Fawley
Kate Winslet Sue Bridehead
June Whitfield Aunt Drusilla
Liam Cunningham Phillotson
Rachel Griffiths Arabella
Ross Colvin Turnbull Little Jude
David Tennant Drunk Undergraduate
Technical Credits
Michael Winterbottom Director
Hossein Amini Screenwriter
Howard Arundel Asst. Director
Joseph Bennett Production Designer
Andrew Eaton Producer
Judy Farr Set Decoration/Design
Simone Ireland Casting
Martyn John Art Director
Adrian Johnston Songwriter
Sheila Fraser Milne Associate Producer
Vanessa Pereira Casting
Andrew Rothschild Art Director
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Mark Shivas Executive Producer
Stewart Till Executive Producer
Martin Trevis Sound/Sound Designer
Trevor Waite Editor
Janty Yates Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. At Marygreen
3. A New Friend
4. The Wedding
5. Dear Jude
6. At Christminster
7. Cousin Sue
8. Getting Started
9. Understanding
10. Back to Marygreen
11. At Melchester
12. Jude Comes Clean
13. The Right Decision
14. Bumping Into Arabella
15. Paying Respects
16. At Shaston
17. At Aldbrickham and Elsewhere
18. A Letter
19. The New Baby
20. A Necessary Qualification
21. At Christminster Again
22. Too Many
23. How Can I Look at You?
24. Fond Memories
25. Christmas 1889
26. Closing Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Featurette
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Christopher Eccleston as Jude Fawley
         Kate Winslet as Sue Bridehead
         Directed by Micheal Winterbottom
   Language Selection
      English Dolby Surround
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      None
   Chapter Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Film of 1996

    Since buying my DVD player almost two years ago, this is the film I've been waiting for most anxiously. I've owned the VHS for ages it seems, but the DVD is finally arriving. :) The film was greeted coldly by most critics, something that has never made sense to me. I saw it on the big screen & couldn't believe my eyes. Eccleston is all fire deep inside. Winslet gives the best performance by an actress in the 90s, period. And the film itself is the best thing Michael Winterbottom has done, which is saying a great deal, as he has yet to make a bad film.

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