Gothic [DVD] [1986]

  • SKU: 6913548
  • Release Date: 02/26/2002
  • Rating: R
Ken Russel's period drama Gothic comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a pedestrian release from Artisan.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features

  • Full-screen version
  • Scene index
  • Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround
  • Digitally mastered


Director Ken Russell applies his trademark excess to this surreal, experimental examination of the creative dementia which shaped Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. The story is embellished from events which allegedly took place at the Swiss villa of Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne) on the night of June 16, 1816. Byron's guests include poet Percy Shelley (Julian Sands) and his future wife Mary (Natasha Richardson); Mary's half-sister Claire (Myriam Cyr) and Byron's leech-happy personal physician Dr. John Polidori (Timothy Spall). Byron promises them a night of horror like only a mad poet can deliver -- after partaking of laudanum and other hallucinogens, the guests tell ghost stories while exploring the dark corridors of his home. From here, Russell dives headlong into madness, discarding plot structure in favor of fever-dream setpieces in which the guests confront living manifestations of their own fears and insecurities -- creative, mortal and sexual, among others. The raging Romantics are also given to lengthy discourse on the nature of fear and the fine line between creative genius and insanity; by the film's end, viewers may find themselves wondering the same thing about the director. Those who may prefer a more subdued speculation on the same theme should seek out Ivan Passer's Haunted Summer. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Gabriel Byrne
    Gabriel Byrne - Lord Byron
  • Julian Sands
    Julian Sands - Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Natasha Richardson
    Natasha Richardson - Mary Shelley
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    Myriam Cyr - Claire Clairmont
  • Timothy Spall
    Timothy Spall - Dr. John Polidori

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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    Gothic is great! I am so happy Vestron put this out on blu ray. I was trying to find the DVD for this for years!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Well done


    Julian Sands always gives a good performance. This is more of an art house horror. There are some beautiful scenes, but the movie is not scary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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