The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Director: Anthony Asquith Cast: Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans, Michael Denison
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The Importance of Being Earnest

Comedy comes in full swing with the 1952 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Criterion's work on the film's original 1.33:1 full-frame version is nothing less than great. Sporting vibrant colors and dark black levels, this is a superior looking image that includes only a few slight imperfections (edge enhancement and grain). Overall fans should be very pleased with the effort put forth on this picture. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 in English and often sounds confined and flat. However, considering the film's age, the soundtrack is top-notch shape without nary a hint of distortion or hiss in the mix. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Unfortunately, the buck stops here when it comes to substantial extra features on this DVD. The only supplements included on The Importance of Being Earnest are some production notes and a theatrical trailer for the movie.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2002
UPC: 0037429165621
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 2,223

Special Features

Digital transfer; Rare production stills with notes by film historian Bruce eder; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Redgrave Jack Worthing
Edith Evans Lady Bracknell
Michael Denison Algemon Moncrieff
Dorothy Tutin Cecily Cardew
Miles Malleson Canon Chasuble
Margaret Rutherford Miss Prism
Joan Greenwood Gwendolen Fairfax
Ivor Barnard Actor
Walter Hudd Lane
Aubrey Mather Merriman
Richard Wattis Seton

Technical Credits
Anthony Asquith Director,Screenwriter
Oscar Wilde Author
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
John Guthridge Editor
Teddy Baird Producer
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:36]
2. The Question of Cecily [5:28]
3. The Fine Art of Bunburying [2:57]
4. Cucumber Sandwiches [5:36]
5. An Earnest Proposal [4:44]
6. An Ordinary Handbag [7:49]
7. A Genuine Monster [2:48]
8. Cecily's Wonderful Secrets [3:34]
9. The Latin for Joy [2:47]
10. Flowers for Algernon [5:04]
11. Jack's Younger Brother [3:47]
12. A Great Success [2:01]
13. Cecily's Childish Dream [7:29]
14. A Perfectly Canonical Practice [2:22]
15. Dearest Gwendolyn, Dearest Cecily [8:53]
16. "Just One Question" [3:44]
17. An Insuperable Barrier [4:35]
18. A Life Crowded With Incident [3:28]
19. Jack Objects [6:26]
20. "Prism, Where Is That Baby?" [5:57]
21. The Vital Importance of Being Earnest [4:24]
22. Color Bars [:00]

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The Importance of Being Earnest 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A caveat regarding the messenger, not the message. This delightful play has been reproduced by the "pan and scan" method, resulting in conversations being reduced to isolated heads, talking. In a piece which is so converesation-centric, reactions to words are as important as the words themselves sad to say watching one character speak followed by a reaction shot had my head swiveling as though I were watching a badminton game. Perhaps the brass at Criterion will see fit to put some well deserved polish on this much loved opus by reissuing it in letterbox format, which would greatly enhance viewer enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Version of Wilde's hillarious book really captures the essance of each character. They are thoroughly developed and heavily focused on what the writing intended. the newer versions focus too much on the characters actions then Wilde's natural whit, not the way it was ment to be enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago