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  1. The Scarlet Letter
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  2. The Scarlet Letter

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    Price R356.00

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Sexy Demi Moore (DISCLOSURE, INDECENT PROPOSAL) heats up this powerfully sensual story of illicit love! In a time when adultery is punishable by death, Hester Prynne (Moore) becomes involved in a risky and scandalous affair with her town's handsome minister (Gary Oldman -- MURDER IN THE FIRST). But when their secret passion results in a child, Hester is confronted with the town's overwhelming scorn ... and is condemned to forever wear the scarlet letter "A" as a public brand of shame! A highly provocative retelling of the classic tale of forbidden love, THE SCARLET LETTER combines a sizzling story with exciting stars and delivers must-see entertainment.

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Buena Vista Home Video
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

If you are a devotee of the wonderfully ill-conceived and unintentionally hilarious (as I am) it's impossible to extoll in sufficient detail the pleasures that await you in this famously absurd production of The Scarlet Letter. A cast of wonderful distinguished actors, a big budget, great gusto, glorious production values--this one has it all, except for, well, competent direction and a script that expresses any clue about Hawthorne's novel. What we have here is a kind of spirited hallucinogenic mashup combining (1) a Classics Illustrated version of a couple of scenes from the novel, (2) a late-twentieth century take on the Salem Witchcraft trials, and (3) a fever-dream combo of King Phillip's War and the climax from the Errol Flynn version of Robin Hood. I won't spoil the Turkeyfest with too much detail here: let me say only that the jaw-droppingly ludicrous love scene alone is worth the price of admission, as magical editing keeps moving us back and forth between Dimmesdale and... Read more
After just reading Hawthorne's book by the same name, I found the liberties taken with the story to be over much. I can see expanding the tale to tell the back story on the romance between Hester and Arthur. But I would love to have seen the movie makers stick more closely to the plot. Of course that probably wouldn't see well, so the ending was grossly altered. However I did think Demi Moore's portrayal of Hester was quite believable. But, changing the outcome of the minister's guilt for his hypocracy, resulting in his death, in exchange for a free thinking couple who saw themselves pure in God's eyes who lived happily ever after did a disservice to the plot. In the original, it was Arthur who dies, not the doctor. And while the doctor seemed to be getting revenge by his continual vexing of the minister, the subtleties of his wiles merely heightened the guilt of the other. In the end the doctor showed kindness to the love child of the offending couple, seems out of character... Read more
This movie inspired me to start reading the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The movie is freely adapted from the book....both are good entertainment and a learning tool into the insight of human nature. The movie might be considered a chic flic by fellas but men who are cerebral enough might enjoy this. I loved the Native American references in the movie and it has an exquisite soundtrack. They use memorable quotes from the book in the movie...I think the screenwriter did a great job. The book hints at the affair--------- the movie takes us right into it. For those that have never fallen in love in real life--- the scenes in the movie could keep you going for years! For those that enjoy this movie I highly recommend the book. It has helped me understand the building blocks of a writing a good story and using symbolism to build suspense. The movie end is great, book just as good but in a different way. Please don't let me persuade you into watching is your... Read more
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