DVD - 2014

An exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge. With its earthy visual textures it is a work of great pastoral beauty as well as vivid storytelling.

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Criterion collection ; 697.
Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Romance films
[Irvington, New York] : Criterion Collection c2014
Director approved DVD special edition ; widescreen
Item Description
Title from container.
Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy "Tess of the d'Urbervilles."
Originally released as a motion picture in 1979.
Special features: Once upon a time ... "Tess", a 2006 documentary about the film; Three programs on the making of the film; interview with Polanski from a 1979 episode of 'The South Bank Show;' Forty-five minute documentary shot on location for French television during the making of the film; trailer.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (171 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround.
Not rated.
Production Credits
Music, Philippe Sarde ; photography, Geoffrey Unsworth, Ghislain Cloquet ; editors, Alastair McIntyre, Tom Priestley.
Other Authors
Roman Polanski (film director), Gérard Brach (screenwriter), John Brownjohn (-), Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928
Review by Library Journal Review

Thomas Hardy's classic Tess of the D'Urber-villes (1891) has been oft-adapted going back to silent film, but Polanski's 1979 theatrical version outshines both its big-screen predecessors and small-screen successors. Anchored by Nastassja Kinski's breakout performance as the tragic heroine who suffers mightily for trying to rise above her poor circumstances, this sumptuously mounted period drama also owes much to Peter Firth (Equus) as Angel, the young man Tess falls in love with, only to be cruelly jilted by once he learns of her stolen virtue. Nominated for six Oscars-including score, director, and picture-Tess won for cinematography, art direction, and costume design. VERDICT Criterion's extras-laden issue of this digitally restored masterwork blows away Columbia-TriStar's 2004 DVD release, which should be cast from library shelves for its dated transfer marred by minor yet distracting print damage. This meticulously crafted and faithful rendering of the novel deserves the first-class treatment it's finally getting.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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