Wilde

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Overview

The life of renowned author Oscar Wilde is touched upon in the biopic Wilde. Columbia has done only a mediocre job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. There are many instances where the image appears soft and worn while the black levels don't appear as dark as they should. Overall, this is a very disappointing transfer by the studio. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English. While the mix is generally clear and free of any excessive hiss or distortion, overall this is a very...
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Overview

The life of renowned author Oscar Wilde is touched upon in the biopic Wilde. Columbia has done only a mediocre job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. There are many instances where the image appears soft and worn while the black levels don't appear as dark as they should. Overall, this is a very disappointing transfer by the studio. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English. While the mix is generally clear and free of any excessive hiss or distortion, overall this is a very flat and unimpressive soundtrack to the film. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. This "special edition" of Wilde includes a nice commentary with director Brian Gilbert, producer Marc Samuelson, writer Julian Mitchell, and actor Stephen Fry. This is a fairly engaging commentary that should please fans looking for production insight and stories. Two documentaries, "Simply Wilde" and "Still Wild About Wilde," sport interviews with the cast and crew and cover not only the history of the film's production, but also some history on author Oscar Wilde himself. Finally, there is a short photo montage, four theatrical trailers, and some filmographies on the cast and crew.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English (Dolby Surround); Subtitles: English; Audio commentary with the filmmakers; Original featurette: "Simply Wilde"; New, exclusive to DVD featurette: "Still Wild About Wilde"; DVD-ROM: the complete content of the Official Wilde Website; Photo montage; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies; Interactive menus; Scene selections; Production notes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Instead of focusing on Oscar Wilde's career accomplishments, Brian Gilbert's Wilde largely concerns itself with the tragic relationship with Douglas, or Bosie, as he was called. Great pains are taken to record Wilde's downfall, catalyzed by scandalous sodomy charges brought against him by Bosie's father, the loathsome Marquess of Queensberry (Tom Wilkinson). By focusing on Wilde's trial and imprisonment, the film makes him out to be more of a gay martyr than a brilliant wit and playwright. This approach results in a somewhat incomplete portrayal, but Wilde is inarguably well served by Stephen Fry's characterization. Hulking, refined, and bearing more than a passing resemblance to the character he inhabits, Fry gives a performance marked by wit, passion, and surpassing dignity.
New York Times
[Stephen] Fry's warmly sympathetic performance finds the gentleness beneath the wit. He conveys the sense of a man at the mercy of forces he cannot control, not least of them his own brittle genius. Janet Maslin
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • UPC: 043396022973
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,307

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Fry Oscar Wilde
Jude Law Lord Alfred Douglas
Vanessa Redgrave Wilde's Mother
Jennifer Ehle Constance Lloyd
Gemma Jones Lady Queensberry
Tom Wilkinson Marquess of Queensberry
Judy Parfitt Lady Mount-Temple
Michael Sheen Robbie Ross
Zoë Wanamaker Ada
Ioan Gruffudd John Gray
Technical Credits
Brian Gilbert Director
Sarah Bird Casting
Michael Bradsell Editor
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Nic Ede Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Fuhrer Cinematographer
Alex Graham Executive Producer
Jim Greenhorn Sound/Sound Designer
Cordelia Hardy Asst. Director
Alan Howden Executive Producer
Martyn John Art Director
Julian Mitchell Screenwriter
Deborah Raffin Executive Producer
Peter Samuelson Producer
Marc Samuelson Producer
Michael Viner Executive Producer
Debbie Wiseman Score Composer
Michiyo Yoshizaki Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [4:52]
2. The Notorious Oscar Wilde [3:56]
3. Robbie Ross [3:42]
4. A Young Man's Affections [3:23]
5. Dinner Excuse [6:44]
6. "Lady Windermere's Fan" [1:11]
7. Lord Alfred Douglas [3:37]
8. Blackmailed [1:18]
9. Perfect in Every Way [1:16]
10. Smitten [1:17]
11. Oscar & His Boy [7:12]
12. The Spice of Life [4:09]
13. Sick of the Country [6:02]
14. Bosie Returns [:34]
15. The Marquess of Queensberry [4:34]
16. "You'll Cease to See Wilde." [3:24]
17. A Blocked-Up Nose [2:47]
18. Utterly Distraught [5:21]
19. "I Must Ask You to Leave." [2:09]
20. "You're a Bugger!" [3:10]
21. "The Importance of Being Earnest" [2:18]
22. Libel [3:53]
23. Wilde Testifies [4:20]
24. Natural vs. Unnatural Love [10:50]
25. Convicted & Sentenced [3:16]
26. Two Years Imprisonment [1:35]
27. Nothing Left [9:20]
28. Deciding to See Bosie Again [1:13]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Featurettes
         Simply Wilde
         Still Wild About Wilde
      Photo Montage
      Audio Commentary With Cast and Crew: On
      Audio Commentary With Cast and Crew: Off
      Filmographies
         Brian Gilbert
         Julian Mitchell
         Stephen Fry
         Jude Law
         Vanessa Redgrave
         Tom Wilkinson
         Jennifer Ehle
      Theatrical Trailers
         Wilde
         The Celluloid Closet
         Remains of the Day
         The Age of Innocence
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    WIlde's Life Minus WIlde's Witicisms

    A well-acted and staged biography of the Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, who is now more remembered for his acerbic one-liners than his whole works and life. The movie is also a powerful reminder that just 100 years ago men were tried and sentenced for being gay.

    It is impossible to reduce a life like Wilde's to a movie-length story. By honing in the later years of his life, much was told without dramatization. THe costumes and stage sets were very well done, the acting was impeccable and Wilde's complicated nature deserves more screen time in more movies.

    Nearly 120 years ago, Wilde's Dorian Gray captured vampiric narcissism with panache. His work and life remains vital even now. I was left with questions and wanting more and that is exactly how Wilde would have written his life.

    Or, in his own words: "The truth is rarely pure and never simple."

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An underrated masterpiece

    I saw this film when it was released and I was amazed that it was ignored when awards season rolled around. The performances in this film are first rate and the film is terrific. This is a must have for any serious film fanatic such as myself who appreciates high quality LGBTQ cinema!

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