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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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An embittered, malevolent couple invite a younger couple to their home and draw them into their destructive path.
Title: Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
Edition: Two-disc special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (131 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Commentary by directors Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh; commentary by cinematographer Haskell Wexler; vintage biographical profile "Elizabeth Taylor--an intimate portrait"; two featurettes, "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?: a daring work of raw excellence" and "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?: too shocking for its time"; 1966 Mike Nichols interview; Sandy Dennis screen test; Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton movie trailer gallery.
"Presented in a 'matted' widescreen format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition. Enhanced for widescreen TVs"--Container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
"Produced on the stage by Richard Barr and Clinton Wilder."
Based on the play by Edward Albee.
Contents: Disc 1: The movie
Disc 2: Special features.
Summary: An embittered, malevolent couple invite a younger couple to their home and draw them into their destructive path.
Audience: Not rated.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Awards, 1966: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Elizabeth Taylor); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sandy Dennis); Best B & W Art Direction/Set Decoration (Richard Sylbert, George James Hopkins); Best B & W Cinematography, Haskell Wexler; Best B & W Costume Design, Irene Sharaff.
ISBN: 1419835890
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; Ernest Lehman's production ; screenplay by Ernest Lehman ; directed by Mike Nichols
Credits: Director of photography, Haskell Wexler ; film editor, Sam O'Steen ; music, Alex North.
Performers: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer format.
Other Language: English or French dialogue; English, French, Korean, Portuguese, or Spanish subtitles. Closed captioned.
Subject Headings: New England Drama. Cocktail parties Drama. College teachers Drama. Marital conflict Drama. Married people Drama.
Genre/Form: Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films.
Domestic drama.
Topical Term: Cocktail parties
College teachers
Marital conflict
Married people
Publisher No: 82109
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Jan 06, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have to confess this is probably the 3rd time I watch this film, but still don't like it that much. You have to enjoy stage plays, and to enjoy watching married couples going at each other's throat. This is one long, talky film. Not my cup of tea.

Dec 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Daunting performances from Taylor and Burton (and Sandy Dennis, too) in this HEAVY "Debbie Downer" film adaptation of Edward Albee's play. Scathing dialogue abounds, with language never before allowed for public distribution, as another commenter has mentioned, markedly denoting this film as the beginning of the end of the archaic Hayes Code censorship system. A very depressing film, but an extremely well put together rapid-firing script. Quite an amazing debut for Mike Nichols ("The Graduate", "Carnal Knowledge", etc.). FIVE STARS.

Jun 18, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An entertaining film of Albee's play.

Dec 27, 2011
  • 8217549 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

b/w four ppl in one room and you glued to tv till last moment trying to understand what they talking about. very good movie

Jul 05, 2011
  • JoeGirard rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Cinematography buffs will find a lot to admire in this early departure from the static approach many pre-60s camera workers employed. One almost feels that this family drama was shot to be an action movie, though fans of that genre should steer clear.

Dramatists will be enamored with Albee's searing dialogue, calling to mind of slew of best picture nominees and winners over the years (American Beauty, Raging Bull, In the Bedroom).

Acting fans will find layers and layers to peel off and enjoy as the characters cycle through endlessly imaginative turns of emotion. There's a timeless honesty (underlined by the black and white imagery) that will have you wondering what year the film sprung out from.

Both lead and supporting actresses churn out their grittiest, most terrifyingly realistic work, depicting the interior decay of 50s superficiality when met by the newfound freedom of 60s blunt honesty. Both lead and supporting actors perform tiny miracles bringing their hopeless, emotionally destitute men to engaging life.

Mar 28, 2011
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This film on human relationships are probably deemed mundane in today's much more complex society. Don't expect any comic relief from Geroge Segal. If you do not like "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", skip this one.

Mar 26, 2011
  • fillups rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film was a landmark at the time (1966) because of language censorship and controversial language. The language seems tame today but the lines retain their acid sting courtesy of playwright Albee.
This is Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at the best they could be and that turns out to be pretty incredible.
The film won a total of five Academy Awards for Elizabeth Taylor (her second), Supporting Actress Sandy Dennis, Art Direction, Costume Design and Cinematography. It is also worth noting the incredible nominated work of: Director Mike Nichols (making his directing debut), Supporting Actor George Segal and Alex North's haunting musical score.

Thought it was a well done movie overall...was originally a Tennessee Williams play, whom was very close to Liz Taylor at the time


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Dec 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Martha (to George): "I swear, if you existed, I'd divorce you."

Dec 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nick: "May I use the... uh... bar?" George: "Oh, yes... yes... by all means. Drink away... you'll need it as the years go on."

Dec 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(In the backyard at the tree swing, where the two men are quite drunk) Nick: "...You have any other kids? You have any daughters or anything?" George: "Do we have any heh, heh, heh -- what?" Nick: "Do you have any... I mean, you only have the one, uh... kid! Your son!" George: "Oh! No, no, just, one. One boy. Ha ha.. Our son." Nick: "Well... That's nice..." George: "Yeah, well... he's a... comfort... He's a beanbag." Nick: "...A what?!?" (cont'd)

Dec 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(cont'd) George: "Beanbag. Beanbag. You wouldn't understand... (gets in Nick's face) A BEAN-BAG!!!" Nick: "I heard you! I didn't say I was deaf! I said I didn't understand!" George: "You didn't say that at all!" Nick: "I meant I was implying I didn't understand! .. Christ's sake..." George: "You're getting testy." Nick: "I'm sorry." George: "All I said was that our son, the apple of our three eyes -- Martha being a cyclops; our son is a beanbag, and you get testy." Nick: "I'm sorry -- it's late. I'm tired; I been drinkin' since nine o'clock; my wife is vomiting... There's been a lotta screaming going on around here!" George: "So you get testy! Naturally! Don't worry about it! Anybody who comes here ends up getting testy. It's expected! Don't be upset!" Nick: "I'm not upset." George: "You're testy." Nick: "Yes."


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