Lolita (DVD)

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Lolita (DVD)

Lyne (FATAL ATTRACTION) tries his hand at a more faithful adaptation of Nabokov's novel than Kubrick was allowed to attempt in 1962. In the process, I...

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Review of "Lolita (DVD)"

published 15/03/2001 | pixiejovo
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Pro Brilliantly performed controversial Film!!
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"Lolita the 14 year old nymph..."

This is an Excellent film and is greatly adapted to DVD. It's based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, and basically it's a tragic comedy of obsession - "Lolita", the hilarious,whilst disturbing, but suspenseful and profoundly moving story of a forbidden love affair and its extremely shattering consequences.

Humbert (Jeremy Irons) is a remarkable man with a poisonous wound: the painful memory of a fated childhood love and a haunting urge to rediscover its lost passion.

When he encounters Charlotte Haze (Melanie Griffith), a widow with romantic plans, its her nymph daughter, Lolita (Dominique Swain), who ultimately wins Humbert's affection, testing him and satisfying his secret desires with disastrous results.

This is a vry moving film and it honestly does make you stop and think about things in a different perspective! I first saw it on Cable a few months back and had to get it on DVD, it's Absolutley Fabulous!!!!

The Special Features Include:

The Director's (Adrian Lyne) Commentary
A Casting Session with Jeremy Irons
Theatrical Trailer
Cast and Crew Biographies

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  • eve6kicksass published 12/11/2003
    This was a terrific film...I even thought it was better than the original 1962 Stanley Kubrick version. Great op!!! Chris xxx
  • cheekypixies published 24/03/2001
    I agree with everyone. The opinion could do with being a tad bit longer, but I felt it was good never the less. :)
  • roons_y published 23/03/2001
    I think she meant that you just copied what the features were. It is a good op but a little short. Nice prom dress tho.
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Product Information : Lolita (DVD)

Manufacturer's product description

Lyne (FATAL ATTRACTION) tries his hand at a more faithful adaptation of Nabokov's novel than Kubrick was allowed to attempt in 1962. In the process, Irons gives an amazing, tortured performance as Humbert Humbert, the professor who can not control his physical desires for 12 year-old Dolores Haze (Swain). Swain also turns in an exceptional performance as the title character. Controversy surrounded the production to the point where it languished, completed, on the shelf, for almost 2 years looking for an American distributor. The film had a successful European run before making its American debut on the Showtime cable network, and finally, to a limited art house run.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD


Release date: 08/05/2000, 01/09/2001

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: P 8877 DVD, D 065541

Editor: David Brenner, David Brenner

Barcode: 5060002830307, 7321900655415

Screenwriter: Stephen Schiff, Stephen Schiff

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Vladimir Nabokov

Conductor: Nelson Riddle

Cinematographer: Oswald Morris

Art Director: Bill Andrews

Producer: James B. Harris

Set Designer: Andrew Low, Peter James

Director of Photography: Oswald Morris, Peter James

Composer: Nelson Riddle


Main Language: English

Subtitle Language: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish

Dubbed Language: French, Italian

Hearing Impaired Language: English, Italian

Technical Information

Special Features: Audio Commentary - 1. Adrian Lyne - Director, Bonus Footage - 1. Casting Session with Jeremy Irons, 2. Never Before Seen Footage, Featurette, Trailer - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer, Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Biographies

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Mono

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Mono English French Italian

Aspect Ratio: 1.66 Wide Screen

Professional Reviews

Review: ...Swain's performance as Lolita is the main reason to see this movie. She comes amazingly close to the nymphet described by Nabokov... (Movieline, 1998-09-01)<br><br>"...Swain's performance as Lolita is the main reason to see this movie. She comes amazingly close to the nymphet described by Nabokov..." (Movieline, p.48, 01/09/1998)<br><br>...Irons give a performance of sustained wit and cogent remorse... (Rolling Stone, 1998-09-03)<br><br>"...Irons give a performance of sustained wit and cogent remorse..." (Rolling Stone, p.108, 03/09/1998)<br><br>...LOLITA is a comic romp, an amusing escapade... (Sight and Sound, 1998-05-01)<br><br>"...LOLITA is a comic romp, an amusing escapade..." (Sight and Sound, p.51-2, 01/05/1998)<br><br>


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