The Oscar Wilde Collection [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • The Lfe and Loves of Oscar Wilde - a 60 minute feature on the life of Oscar Wilde
  • Closed Captioned


Lady Windermere's Fan
This made-for-TV BBC drama offers a faithful adaptation of Oscar Wilde's best-known drama. Lady Windermere is a beautiful and well-respected woman whose husband seems to be spending a great deal of time with a mysterious older woman, Mrs. Erlynne. Gossip has it that Lady Windermere's spouse has been unfaithful, and Lady Windermere, fearing the worst, is convinced her spouse intends to leave her. However, Lady Windermere in time learns that she and Mrs. Erlynne share a bond of which she's unaware. This version of Lady Windermere's Fan features a distinguished cast, including Helena Little, Tim Woodward, Sara Kestelman and Stephanie Turner. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Importance of Being Earnest
An Ideal Husband
A made-for-TV production of one of Oscar Wilde's peerless stage comedies, this frothy satire concerns Lord Arthur Goring and his close friend Sir Robert Chiltern. Arthur is a wealthy but unambitious man who is proudly lazy and uses his not inconsiderable knowledge and wit for no profitable purpose, other than verbally sparring with Mabel Chiltern, Sir Robert's sister and a woman of no small beauty and charm. Mabel is hardly the only woman interested in Arthur, but despite the pleas of his father, Arthur has little interest in settling down with one woman. In striking contrast, Robert is a member of Parliament who is well-known for his firmly held principles and his devotion to his loving wife, Lady Gertrude. When a proposal is placed before Parliament to build a British canal through Argentina, Robert makes it clear he regards the project as a huge mistake and will speak out against it. However, one Laura Cheveley soon arrives on the scene, telling Robert it is in his best interest to support the canal plan -- and if he does not, Laura has incriminating information that could ruin his career in politics. An Ideal Husband stars Keith Michell, Jeremy Brett, Susan Hampshire, and Margaret Leighton. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Play of the Month: The Picture of Dorian Gray
John Osborne scripted this made-for-TV adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel, which charted the rise and fall of one tragically tempted man. Dorian Gray (Peter Firth) is a privileged man who sits for artist Basil Hallward (Jeremy Brett). Gray is so happy with the results that he wishes he could look that way forever; Hallward tells him it could be so, but for a terrible price. Gray soon discovers that he no longer ages, but his portrait does instead, and as he becomes more corrupt and stops putting a check on his appetites, he discovers just how great a toll is portrait is forced to bear. The Picture of Dorian Gray also features Sir John Gielgud. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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