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The Picture Of Dorian Gray
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Starring: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore, Richard Fraser
Based upon the novel by: Oscar Wilde
Screenplay and Directed by: Albert Lewin
Studio: Warner Bros.
Retail Price: $19.97
Commentary with Angela Lansbury and Historian Steve Haberman, "Stairway
to Light" Short, "Quiet Please!" Short, Theatrical Trailer
1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles,
Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Chapter Selection (14
Released: October 7th,
Picture Of Dorian Gray" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as it
was screened back in 1945. The image does look its age in some regard,
as there are plenty of scratches, dirt pieces and all sorts of
blemishes. There is also some noise on the transfer, and things can be
a bit grainy and faded at times. But even with those instances, the
picture quality is in more-than-decent shape, and often does look
pretty sharp and refined, with very good detail all around. The black
and white cinematography also looks rather nice and pretty bold. This
is probably the best the film has looked in years, if not decades.
Certainly not bad for a film over 60.
English Mono track is the only included track, and it sounds pretty
spiffy. There are no audio defects, or distortions, such as hisses and
pops. Everything comes through very clear and blends together well in a
straightforward track: the dialogue, the music and a few sound effects.
Fidelity is a bit on the low side, but this track still pleases in the
Subtitles in English, French and Spanish are available
on the disc, while English closed captions are available through your
The main goodie is an Audio Commentary with Angela Lansbury and Historian/Screenwriter Steve Haberman.
This is a very engrossing and informative commentary, with Haberman
leading the way. Haberman certainly knows his stuff, pointing out
plenty of tidbits that covers the golden era of when "Dorian Gray" was
made as well as the film itself, but he also branches out into other
productions the filmmakers worked on and their personal lives.
Lansbury, who still sounds quite elegant and lively, chimes in
with her own stories of the actors and filmmakers, stories from working
on the film, and even a bit on her career. Haberman prompts Lansbury at
times, but overall, this is a well-rounded conversation with plenty of
give and take. Always interesting and entertaining, this is a must
listen. (And really, they don't make them like they use to... and I
just don't mean the film.)
Also on the disc are two Shorts: the live-action "Stairway To Light," and the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Quiet Please!" The film's original Theatrical Trailer is also included.
is a nice DVD release of a classic, marked by a fantastic commentary
that features historian Steve Haberman and Angela Lansbury. The film
itself looks and sounds pretty good, while the two included shorts (and
trailer) are clever touches. This is a worthy purchase if you enjoy