Servant

The Servant

Director: Joseph Losey

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig

     
 
This Anchor Bay release brings one of the most intriguing and experimental features of the 1960s to DVD. While this digital release of The Servant isn't perfect, it is good to have the wonderfully bizarre movie (a substantial hit in 1963) available on DVD. There's no faulting Anchor Bay for the fine anamorphic transfer that returns the movie to its original

Overview

This Anchor Bay release brings one of the most intriguing and experimental features of the 1960s to DVD. While this digital release of The Servant isn't perfect, it is good to have the wonderfully bizarre movie (a substantial hit in 1963) available on DVD. There's no faulting Anchor Bay for the fine anamorphic transfer that returns the movie to its original widescreen aspect ratio but the source print used shows definite signs of wear and tear. Anchor Bay can't be blamed for this; they did the best they could. It is quite expensive and time-consuming to restore a movie print and this is something that the major film studios should be allotting more of their own resources to. Likewise, the dialogue track is much lower than the music track when played through a stereo system but the sound is well balanced when played through the television speaker. With the exception of a theatrical trailer and some artist bios, there aren't any DVD extras to be found here but this is a budget-priced disc. This same DVD edition of The Servant can also be found on a very inexpensive box set celebrating the work of leading man Dirk Bogarde.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Few films have gotten as much mileage out of Britain's caste system as The Servant, a psycho-sexual black comedy charting the uneasy relationship between lazy young aristocrat Tony (James Fox) and his devious, reserved manservant Hugo (Dirk Bogarde). One of the first films scripted by playwright Harold Pinter, The Servant is as much about gesture and mannerism as about spoken innuendo, and director Joseph Losey keeps the movie thick with suggestion: Hugo's co-conspirator Vera (Sarah Miles) is a study in coy seduction, and the sounds, shadows, and furnishings around the young man's estate are downright suffocating. Though the locations are minimal, the director never lets the movie become too stagy; Bogarde's hilarious fight for a phone booth is the stuff of classic silent comedy. That Bogarde and Losey never specify Hugo's rationale for corrupting Tony (money? control? sexual longing?) only adds to The Servant's allure and its ambiguous, hallucinogenic ending.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2001
UPC:
0013131158090
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:55:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Hugo Barrett
Sarah Miles Vera
Wendy Craig Susan
James Fox Tony
Catherine Lacey Lady Mounset
Richard Vernon Lord Mounset
Ann Firbank Society Woman
Patrick Magee Bishop
Jill Melford Younger Woman
Alun Owen Curate
Harold Pinter Society Man
Brian Phelan Man in Pub
Hazel Terry Woman in Bedroom
Alison Seebohm Girl in Pub
Philippa Hare Girl in Bedroom
Dorothy Bromiley Girl Outside Phone Box
Derek Tansley Head Waiter
Chris Williams Cashier in Coffee Bar
Gerry Duggan Waiter
Johnny Dankworth Jazz Bandleader

Technical Credits
Joseph Losey Director,Producer
Teresa Bolland Production Manager
Ted Clements Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Johnny Dankworth Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Lawrence Makeup
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Reginald Mills Editor
Harold Pinter Songwriter,Screenwriter
Norman Priggen Producer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Roy Stevens Asst. Director
Chic Waterson Camera Operator

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:01]
2. An Awkward Introduction [5:49]
3. Tony and Susan [4:52]
4. Settling In [4:16]
5. Winter Chill [7:34]
6. Still a Human Being [4:03]
7. Dinner Conversation [5:54]
8. Enter Vera [4:46]
9. Hanky Panky [6:14]
10. Sweet Temptation [7:22]
11. Two's Company [4:23]
12. Whispered Passion [4:23]
13. Master and Servant [6:38]
14. A Walk in the Snow [2:45]
15. "They're in Your Bed" [5:51]
16. Bitter Consequences [5:26]
17. Sob Stories [3:36]
18. Class Conflict [3:34]
19. "I'm Nobody's Servant" [4:36]
20. Hide and Seek [5:20]
21. Endgame [4:00]
22. "Come Join the Party" [4:26]
23. The Degradation [6:08]
24. End Credits [1:07]

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