Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Coming to DVD: That Hamilton Woman (1941)

THAT HAMILTON WOMAN, the 1941 historical romance starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, comes to DVD in a Criterion Collection edition on September 8, 2009.

Leigh and Olivier portray Emma, Lady Hamilton, and Lord Horatio Nelson. The supporting cast includes Gladys Cooper, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood, and Henry Wilcoxin.

I saw about half of this movie on TCM a few months ago and was particularly blown away by both Leigh's beauty and her performance. She was a completely different person from the actress of GWTW or STREETCAR; it went far deeper than simply being a good actor. I was greatly impressed. And I doubt she was ever more gorgeous than she was in this film, shot in black and white by Rudolph Mate. I look forward to seeing the complete film.

Extras are listed at the Criterion website (click the title of this post); they include a commentary track, an interview, and the trailer, which can be seen at both the Criterion site and Amazon.


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