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Picture of Dorian Gray [VHS]

UPC 030306635835
REGISTERED: 04/10/18
UPDATED: 07/04/20
Picture of Dorian Gray [VHS]
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Picture of Dorian Gray VHS

  • Picture of Dorian Gray VHS available on November 06 2014 from Amazon for 19.98
  • UPC bar code 030306635835 ξ1 registered November 06 2014
  • Product category is Video
  • Manufacturered by Mpi Home Video

    ^ (1994). Picture of Dorian Gray [VHS], Mpi Home Video. Amazon. (revised Nov 2014)

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I saw this movie when it came out in the 70's and it's a great movie, but the sound is so low on the DVD that even at full volume, it is inaudible. I had it replaced and the second one was the same way. Until they get this fixed, don't waste your time and money.
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Leaving aside audio issues, which are there, not imagined, this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novella leaves many other things to be desired.Not only does the screenplay and eerie soundtrack lend an ominous, "Dark Shadows" feel to the proceedings, there has been a concerted effort to downplay the homo-erotic subtext of Wilde's work. Gray is transformed into a Jack-the-Ripperesque, Jeckel and Hyde figure, preying on women, living the life of a rock-star or playboy. Shane Briant does have a bit of a Freddie M..
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As much as I would've liked this film, my enjoyment was ruined by a bad DVD transfer that had a horribly inaudible soundtrack. When this occurred on my replacement DVD, I had to come to the conclusion that this was a flaw of MPI, who distributed this disc. While they present a great product in the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes films, they do nobody any favors with this slipshod transfer. It only gets the one star for the solid visuals, but unless you want to crank your TV volume at full blast to even hear..
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