Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Farmer's Wife /Manxman |
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Includes: The Farmer's Wife The Manxman B&W/177 min.
A different kind of Hitchcock
Barbara (Burkowsky) Underwood | Manly, NSW Australia | 09/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a box set of 2 DVDs which can be bought individually, but together they are a nice little bargain and not at all too bad for the price. I approached these two very different films from the silent film standpoint, not as someone familiar with all of Alfred Hitchcock's work, but I know enough of his more famous work to say that these silent films are quite different from the suspense-thrillers for which he became renowned. For a start, "The Farmer's Wife" is a slow-moving, chatty and comical story about a middle-aged widower who decides to remarry. He goes through the motley assortment of widows and spinsters in his charming English village while all the time the right woman is under his own nose. I found that Hitchcock displayed skill and good knowledge of people/characters in the way this film focusses on the individuals and the interactions between the characters. One annoyance however, is the old music score that at times sounds like a scratchy old phonograph record - very noticeable to us with sensitive ears who are used to good quality digital recordings! But this aside, the music itself is pleasant and suitable, and the film itself quite entertaining.
The second film, "The Manxman" is my personal preference for its deeper drama. Two best friends love the same woman, but the story keeps you guessing what the outcome will be. Fine acting, more good focus on people, their emotions and interactions, and the musical score, being classical and quite suitable to the picture, sounds much better than the one for "The Farmer's Wife". For silent film fans, this 2-DVD set is a nice, somewhat different addition, mainly for the special touch by Hitchcock's masterful direction."
Good movies but NOT the original glorious music!
Melian Daily | Ohio, USA | 03/04/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As much as I like "The Manxman" I rate this particular collection 3 stars because it does not have the original music. I first saw it in 1996 on my local PBS station and it had beautiful classical music in it, including "Serenade for Strings" by Tchaikovsky and Sarasate's famous "Zigeunerweisen." The reason I bought this is because there is a piece of music that is so utterly gorgeous and I wanted to hear it again or at least find out who it was composed by. I can't remember exactly which scene it starts in, I'm pretty sure it's before the baby's born. To this day I still have the tune in my head and do not know where to find it! I was thinking it was by Tchaikovsky since the majority of the pieces in the film were by him, but I can't seem to find the tune in my vast collection of his works. If anyone knows where I can find the original version of "The Manxman" with the original score please tell me!"