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The Lathe of Heaven
Review by Ernest Lilley
New Video Group DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B00004U8P6
Date: 05 April 2013 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB Listing / Netflix DVD listing / GoodReads Discussion Group / Show Article /

We ran this review of the 1980 PBS version of Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven back in 2000, but I've reformatted it for our current issue and re-posted it to coincide with a discussion group on GoodReads (see links). The movie has a remarkable history, having been shown only once, but sought after for literally decades after. It's still a great piece of work, a minimalist adaptation of the classic novel, and though no novel survives film adaptation completely, this one does a pretty good job.

Although I don't know of anywhere it's available online, and Amazon's listing is sold out, you can find third party sellers who have a copy there. You can also get it from Netflix (see link), though not on their instant play. Personally, I'm reluctant to see the 2002 remake of this, starring James Caan as George Orr, and I'm evidently not alone. Amazon's "What do others buy after seeing this?" states that 99% who view the 2002 page buy the original, though one expects that means of those who buy anything. Still.

Note: The DVD version contains an excellent interview with Ursula Le Guin by Bill Moyers. They cover what SF is, the conflicts in the film, the difference between writing for film or books and how Le Guin writes. She also talks about her transition from writing male protagonists to writing female protagonists and her feminist conversion.

From official release/information:

Product Description: For George Orr, sleep is not a respite. For Dr. William Haber, dreams are tools. For sci-fi fans, the wait is over. Praised as "rare and powerful" by The New York Times, Ursula K. Le Guin's THE LATHE OF HEAVEN is one of the most celebrated science fict

(Source: New Video Group)

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