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Vanity Fair (2004)

Director: Mira Nair     Starring: Reese Witherspoon James Purefoy
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40700766
UPC: 025192500121
UPC 14: 00025192500121
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Unsatisfied with her lower-class birthright, beautiful, calculating becky sharp is resolved to conquer high society by any means necessary, employing all of her wit, guile, and sexuality to move her way up. Adapted from the classic novel.

"A triumph for its director and its star.   Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Graced with Nair's loving direction, Witherspoon's radiance and that great cast, it is a treat, if somewhat less so than the novel.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Witherspoon's simply terrific...  Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

Editor's Note
Reese Witherspoon is surprisingly effective as Becky Sharp in Mira Nair's lush adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic novel of Victorian England, VANITY FAIR. Nair, known for such films as SALAAM BOMBAY!, MISSISSIPPI MASALA, and MONSOON WEDDING, tells the compelling story of a young orphan girl, Sharp, who attempts to rise above her station in very class-conscious British society. Sharp enters this very rich and rigid world as a governess who captures the heart of Rawdon Crawley (James Purefoy), who chooses love over the family fortune, a financial decision that could potentially doom the relationship. Meanwhile, her best friend, Amelia Sedley (Romola Garai), lets true love slip right through her fingers. As war rages on against Napoleon and the French, Sharp continues her ascension, though she's met by naysayers and gossipmongers every step of the way.|Nair has put together a terrific cast, including Gabriel Byrne, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Douglas Hodge, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Rhys Ifans. Natasha Little, who played Becky Sharp in a 1999 BBC miniseries, appears here as Lady Jane, and British favorite Eileen Atkins is hysterical as Miss Matilda Crawley. Splendid costumes, beautiful locations (including Hampton Court Gardens and India), high-quality acting, and gorgeous music combine to make this a worthy version of a classic tale about a feminist ahead of her time.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/4/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 141 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 25001
Video UPC UPC: 00025192500121
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Angelica Mandy
Video Cast Info Gabriel Byrne
Video Cast Info Kate Fleetwood
Video Cast Info Lillete Dubey
Video Cast Info Reese Witherspoon
Video Cast Info Roger Lloyd-Pack
Video Cast Info Romola Garai
Video Cast Info Ruth Sheen
Video Cast Info Allyson C. Johnson - Editor
Video Cast Info Declan Quinn - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Donna Gigliotti - Producer
Video Cast Info Janette Day - Producer
Video Cast Info Julian Fellowes - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Lydia Dean Pilcher - Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Skeet - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Matthew Faulk - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Mira Nair - Director
Video Cast Info William Makepeace Thackeray - Based On Novel By

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Witherspoon holds her own against these lions of British cinema....The actress has the requisite wit and smarts..." 09/01/2004 p.114-15

New York Times
"Ms. Witherspoon, as usual, conveys a bristly, determined spunk." 09/01/2004 p.E1

Film Comment
"[B]y the final scene, you feel as though lives have been lived." 09/30/2004 p.72-3

Los Angeles Times
"VANITY FAIR is a never-ending Western story that benefits from Nair's philosophically Eastern point of view." 09/01/2004 p.E1

Chicago Sun-Times
"[Nair] has an instinctive feel for the comic possibilities of marital alliances, as she showed in her wonderful MONSOON WEDDING." 09/03/2004 p.31

Sight and Sound
"[With a] smart pace and exuberant style..." 02/01/2005 p.75-6

USA Today
"Nair's treatment is exotic and full of color..." 02/04/2005 p.6D

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
There's always a risk inherent in adapting a lengthy classic novel, and pacing is often the first ca

San Francisco Chronicle 7 of 10
Vanity Fair is a conscientious adaptation of the William Makepeace Thackeray novel. A lot of - Mick LaSalle

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Some of the film's best moments come when characters administer verbal flayings to one another. Mati - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Witherspoon,Reese
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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