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Stanley Kubrick's satirical look at human obsession, in the guise of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, is as timely today as it was upon release. James Mason's droll, uncool Humbert Humbert and Peter Sellers' stammering, dada Clare Quilty stumble around this excellent widescreen DVD presentation. The high-contrast black-and-white imagery, courtesy of cinematographer Oswald Morris, is consistently stunning, with a very good digital transfer. Lighting effects and shadows paint subtle and not-so-subtle symbols across the ...
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Stanley Kubrick's satirical look at human obsession, in the guise of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, is as timely today as it was upon release. James Mason's droll, uncool Humbert Humbert and Peter Sellers' stammering, dada Clare Quilty stumble around this excellent widescreen DVD presentation. The high-contrast black-and-white imagery, courtesy of cinematographer Oswald Morris, is consistently stunning, with a very good digital transfer. Lighting effects and shadows paint subtle and not-so-subtle symbols across the actors' and actresses' faces. In this letterboxed format, the visuals more than astound. The Mono sound, Kubrick's preferred format, is quite fitting when paired with the period look of the movie. The dialogue, the musical score, and all sound effects are clear and crisp in the Dolby Digital mix. The theatrical trailer is a stylish if dated look at the film's interesting marketing campaign, which does indirectly express some of the controversy of the subject matter. Other features include direct access to all of the DVD's 42 chapters and a one-page list of awards and nominations.
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Special Features

movie trailer; awards
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Of all of Stanley Kubrick's films, Lolita typically gets the lowest marks. While in many respects that's a fair assessment, it sells short the accomplishment of making a workable film of Vladimir Nabokov's novel within the restrictions of the early '60s, or any era, really. Working from a Nabokov script, Kubrick places his emphasis squarely on the novel's dark comedy. Strip the difference in age and Humbert Humbert's attitude toward Lolita becomes simply a portrait of the male psyche at its ugliest: obsessive in his idealization before Lolita reciprocates his affections, he becomes possessive and patronizing once their relationship gets underway. Capable of seeming charming and self-effacing even while he's destroying the lives of those around him, James Mason's performance holds the film together, but virtually every key role has been smartly cast. Peter Sellers is both funny and chilling as Mason's doppelganger, a man able to commit the same offenses with virtually none of the consequences. It's Winters, however, who grounds the film, her tremendously sad, all-too-recognizable character lending it a humanity lacking when she disappears from its second half. When Humbert's wanderings begin, the film itself loses its way a bit, in part due to its reliance on the interaction between Mason and Sue Lyon, who never quite displays the acting chops to match her appealing presence. A daring experiment, and in many respects a successful one, Kubrick's film is ultimately unable to maintain the uncomfortable intensity of its early domestic scenes, but still has much more going for it than its reputation as an interesting failure would suggest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • UPC: 012569500426
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Humbert Humbert
Shelley Winters Charlotte Haze
Peter Sellers Clare Quilty
Sue Lyon Lolita Haze
Gary Cockrell Dick Schiller
Marianne Stone Vivian Darkbloom
Diana Decker Jean Farlow
Jerry Stovin John Farlow
Suzanne Gibbs Mona Farlow
Roberta Shore Lorna
Shirley Douglas Mrs. Starch
Roland Brand Bill
Colin Maitland Charlie
Cec Linder Physician
Irvin Allen Hospital Attendant
Lois Maxwell Nurse Mary Lore
William E. Greene Swine
C. Denier Warren Potts
John Harrison Tom
James Dyrenforth Beale Senior
Terry Kilburn Man
Copper Penny
Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director
Bill Andrews Art Director
Gene Coffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Denys Coop Camera Operator
Rene Dupont Asst. Director
James B. Harris Editor, Producer
Anthony Harvey Editor
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Low Set Decoration/Design
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
Vladimir Nabokov Original Story
George Partleton Makeup
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Scene Index

1. Polished Credits.
2. Sore Loser At Ping-Pong.
3. Portrait Of Death.
4. Charlotte Haze.
5. The Decisive Factor :Loltia.
6. At The Drive-In.
7. Bedtime For Lolita.
8. Getting Relaxed.
9. The Summer Dance.
10. A Daughter With A Lovely Name.
11. Something Cozier.
12. A Charming Evenung's End.
13. Poetry For Breakfest.
14. A Glorious Susprise.
15. "Don't Forget Me."
16. Charlotte's Confession.
17. The Happy Couple.
18. Lolita Calling.
19. Death Wish.
20. An Open Book.
21. The Accident.
22. Bathtub Grief.
23. Retriveving Lolita.
24. A Good Deal Together.
25. Two Normal Guys.
26. Comes The Coat.
27. A Game Idea.
28. Breaking Sad News.
29. Cross My Heart.
30. Father/Daughter Spat.
31. DR. Zemf's Visit.
32. Revelations At Play.
33. Family Row.
34. On The Road Again.
35. Mystery Car.
36. The Hospital.
37. Midnight Caller.
38. In Care Of Her Uncle.
39. Three Years Later.
40. PLans To Relocate.
41. "Come Away With Me Now."
42. Epilogue.
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Menu

1. Jump To A Scene.
2. Awards.
3. Theatrical Trailer.
4. Languages.
5. Play Movie.
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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    A Man and a Girl with twist and turns of LOVE!!

    This movie yet in black and white was still great!! The actors were exactly like the book except for Lolita who seemed more like 18 than 12 which is the age she depicts in the book but this move is not horrible long and has a very fluid transition so you are sure not to get lost. Humbert's past is not really explained in this book but you do feel his genuine obsession with Lolita come out in the movie. A must see for fans of the book!!!!

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