Wuthering Heights
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Wuthering Heights

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Director: Peter Kosminsky

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer

     
 

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Peter Kosminsky's adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche as the doomed lovers, comes to DVD with an anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of the production. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. There are no supplementalSee more details below

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Peter Kosminsky's adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche as the doomed lovers, comes to DVD with an anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of the production. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but fans of the talented cast and of the source material will not be disappointed with this Paramount title.

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Near the beginning of their careers -- in fact, it was his first feature -- Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche starred in this perfectly adequate update of Wuthering Heights, directed by Peter Kosminsky. But what shackles it to mere adequacy may be built into the very text itself. Emily Bronte's sweeping novel of tragic romance on the moors is such high melodrama -- in the best sense of that word -- that any film adaptation is inevitably and inescapably earthbound, including William Wyler's excellent 1939 version. The tormented passion and gothic spiritualism of Bronte's work is best realized in the reader's mind, where it can achieve untold depths and vistas no filmmaker can touch. That said, Kosminsky's attempt is as good as any, if a little bit technically uninspired. Fiennes suppresses his natural regality to inhabit the feral skin of Heathcliff, an orphan adopted by the kindly owner of two grandiose mansions, and then abused by his son upon the old man's death. Heathcliff is one of literature's most complicated antiheroes, and Fiennes plays him with a rampaging bitterness that overcompensates for his emotional fragility and broken heart. The cruelty Fiennes shows he's capable of may help explain why the actor was cast as a villain early in his career, including his breakout role in Schindler's List the following year. Binoche is not quite so impressive while playing two admittedly less ostentatious characters. While Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff's star-crossed soul mate, is also quite complex, Binoche plays her with a fickleness that produces markedly different characterizations from scene to scene. Granted, it's possible there's nothing she could have done about that, given the character's troubling changeability as written by Bronte. Janet McTeer, Jeremy Northam and an uncredited Sinead O'Connor also fill out the star-studded cast, making this an involving but not quite enduring Wuthering Heights.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2003
UPC:
0097363253341
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround and English Dolby surround; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juliette Binoche Cathy/Catherine
Ralph Fiennes Heathcliff
Janet McTeer Ellen Dean
Sophie Ward Isabella Linton
Simon Shepherd Edgar Linton
Jeremy Northam Hindley Earnshaw
Simon Ward Mr. Linton
Paul Geoffrey Mr. Lockwood
John Woodvine Mr. Earnshaw
Trevor Cooper Dr. Kenneth
Jennifer Daniel Mrs Linton
Robert Demeger Joseph
Sinead O'Connor Emily Bronte
Dick Sullivan Parson

Technical Credits
Peter Kosminsky Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Bosanquet Producer
Tony Lawson Editor
Brian Morris Production Designer
Ryuichi Sakamoto Score Composer
Mary Selway Producer
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Mike Southon Cinematographer
Emily Brontë Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Open Credits [2:20]
2. Accommodation For Strangers [6:12]
3. Gypsy Brother [3:56]
4. Heathcliff and Cathy [2:30]
5. A Life of Storms [3:18]
6. The Grange [4:05]
7. "I'll Always Come Back" [6:00]
8. Dividing Time [2:50]
9. "I Am Heathcliff" [5:42]
10. A Measure of Happiness [1:34]
11. New Master of the Heights [5:25]
12. Kiss Goodbye [2:28]
13. Her Brother's Heir [4:06]
14. 'If I Dare Now, Will You Venture?" [5:10]
15. Provoking Edgar to Desperation [3:19]
16. A Heart's Betrayal [3:30]
17. "May She Wake in Torment" [3:37]
18. Hareton and Catherine [5:11]
19. Dispossession [8:09]
20. Imprisoned [3:33]
21. Disturbing the Dead [4:52]
22. Convey This Gift [5:20]
23. A Strange Change Approaching [3:58]
24. Ghosts on the Moor [6:02]
25. End Credits [2:58]

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