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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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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 12/2/2003
  • UPC: 097363253341
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

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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Side #1 --
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   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         English Dolby Surround
      Subtitle Options
         English
         Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    Excellent romantic period piece

    Ralph Feinnes definitely made an impression on me in this film. His eyes, his voice... what a great performance. Juliette Binoche is always a treat and she doesn't disappoint. For those who love romantic period pieces, you are sure to love this. This Heathcliffe will haunt your memory and your heart.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    A Travesty of a Classic Novel

    It's hard to put your finger on precisely what went wrong here. Taken individually, all the right ingredients are present: the usually excellent Ralph Fiennes, a sweeping score from Ryuichi Sakamoto, the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, Janet McTeer at the top of her form, Jeremy Northam ... the list is almost endless. Somehow, however, it fails to gel. It doesn't help that the script appears to have been written like a game of consequences - it doesn't hang together. Chunks of original quotation from the novel are lashed together with dialogue which is, at best, banal and at worst toe-curlingly embarrassing. Ralph Fiennes never really gets to grips with Heathcliff - although that may be more the fault of the direction and the script than his acting. It isn't Juliette Binoche's fault that she has a french accent, but its presence is seriously distracting - and who on earth thought it was a good idea to have her playing BOTH Cathys? The younger Cathy is so plainly the older Cathy in a blonde wig that it's farcical - although not QUITE as farcical as Sinead O'Connor yomping across the moors pretending to be Emily Bronte herself. The icing on the cake is the Mickey Mouse House. It genuinely looks as if it was dreamed up by the Disney Corporation. You expect Tinkerbell to emerge from the tower at any moment ... The whole film gives the impression of having been knocked together by someone with too big a budget and too little idea of what to do with it. Although the whole book has been filmed, it's a travesty. Don't waste your money on this unless you're a serious Fiennes groupie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Excruciating Movie

    Ralph Fiennes is, in my opinion, a horrible actor anyway. This movie was as excruciating as Sunshine, another of his movies. Juliet Binoche comes across as shallow and stupid. This movie is horrible. To anyone who is thinking of renting and/or buying this movie, think again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wuthering Heights - A film about two people being together and the consequences because of it.

    I've never read the book but have heard of it. I'm not much of reading classics though did like Little Women. Its one of those movies based on a classic book that you've always wanted to see for some reason. This is a story of two lovers and how because of their love they are torn apart through a misunderstanding. Something like Romeo and Juliet though different I guess. Ralph Fiennes did an amazing job as Heathcliff, as with Juliette Binoche (in a dual role) as Cathy. Its a sad story and after seeing the film I just might read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Version

    Having watched all three versions (including grandma's version from the 1940s), this is the best. I viewed this one last and almost didn't watch it because I was so disgusted and bored with the other two...however, this turned out to be exactly what I had hoped for all along. Characters are portrayed beautifully, chemistry between lovers/characters convincing. Despite any deviations from the original writing, of which I do not know, I recommend it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A disappointing and condensed version of the novel.

    This film is but a branch of the tree that is the novel Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte must be turning over in her grave at this adaptation...the film rushes through the story, deleting whole sections of the book, with no character development and none of the heart-wrenching emotions that are evoked in the book. I'm going to have to read the book again just to get this disappointing film out of my head.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Reaches the Heights!

    Wuthering Heights has always been 1 of my favorite literary accomplishments. While the earlier film starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon was entertaining this particular production is closer to the actual book as it includes the entire story. I was a fan of Ralph Fiennes prior to having seen this film and nothing has changed. I recommend this DVD for a night of escaping to an altogether different time and place!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovers that can never be

    A tragic love story of two young lovers/friends who wind up being apart physically although they maintain a strong mental bond. The tragey of this physical seperation leads to further disaster as Heathcliff becomes a bitter man and takes his anger out on everyone around him. Several well worded monologues are the highlight of this flick. The scenary and music are excellent although it would have been better if the same actress did not play both catherine and cathy. For the most part, there is no happy ending for the main characters in this film whom have no one to blame but themselves. Its no april fools joke to be sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    If you don't enjoy this movie it is only because you either A) don't understand it or B) have no sort of emotional surface at all. It is amazing in every sort of way, and the actors make the characters come to life, and portrays them exactly as the book does. This is definantly an emotional ride that can come through to an audience of all ages and both genders.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best Heathcliff ever!!

    I think Ralph Fiennes performance is the best Heathcliff I've ever seen! He played the character with the most heartwrenching emotion! I still wish that Heathcliff and Cathy had figured out what their kind of love was and got together in the end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless

    If you're looking for passionate performances, look no further. This version of Wuthering Heights is incredible for those who understand and love really good heart wrenching love stories of tragedy. Juliet's monologues alone are worth the purchase of the film. When she talks about her possible marriage and right after she has a baby, these monologues are true genius and emotionally incredible. Her scenes are heartbreaking. Ralph's scenes are wonderful as well. A truly wonderful movie for the diehards of tragedy out there, to not love this movie would be difficult indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    My fave version of the film

    Please, I'm begging you...put this version on dvd. I have loved this movie from the first time I saw it, when it first aired on tv. I own it on vhs and have for a long time. I'm scared to watch it much more, so I don't wear the tape out. I have been waiting so long for it on dvd. PLEASE !!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    You'll Need a Carton of Tissues

    If you want to cry for days on end, then this is THE movie to see. Tragic does even begin to describe it.... I can not write anymore, for the tears are starting to flow.... P.S. Ralph Fiennes is THE BOMB!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    WAITING FOR DVD GREAT MOVIE

    SOMEWHERE IN TIME HAD LOW RATINGS IS NOW A CLASSIC LOVE STORY THIS EDITION OF WUTHERING HEIGHTS IS FANTASTIC. CAN'T WAIT FOR DVD VERSION. IT WILL BE WORTH THE PRICE I RECOMEND IT HIGHLY IF ROAMACE IS IN YOUR HEART

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Best Adaptation Ever!

    This movie is definately one of the best that I have ever seen. It is not only an amazing film on its ow with the wonderful performances by Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, but it is the one movie that faithfully went along with the superb original book by Bronte. I loved this film and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    Possibly my favorite movie of all time

    Rarely does a movie live up to the book...especially a classic. I was disappointed with the version from the 40's, as it leaves out over half of the book. I am always fearful to watch a movie made from one of my favorite books..but this one is fabulous. Ralph Fiennes is the best Heathcliff ever, with both his dark, moody side and his faithful, loving side. Juliette Binoche shows her talent as both mother and daughter. I could watch this movie every day. The other characters are all watchable and talented. This movie is a true drama...real life calamities, ghost story, passion at its most real, betrayal, family ties, death and finally afterlife. The musical score is so haunting. I have been trying to buy it, but it seems it is out of stock. Pop some kettle corn and sit down to a great movie !!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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