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Anna Karenina [DVD]

Keira Knightley , Jude Law , Joe Wright    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • Directors: Joe Wright
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Icelandic, Polish, Russian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
  • Dubbed: Russian, Polish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DCXZZO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anna Karenina is acclaimed director Joe Wright’s bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, stirringly adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s great novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The film marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley and Academy Award-nominated producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Paul Webster, following their award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. The timeless story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia.

The year is 1874. Vibrant and beautiful, Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to: she is the wife of Karenin (Jude Law), a high-ranking government official to whom she has borne a son, and her social standing in St. Petersburg could scarcely be higher. She journeys to Moscow after a letter from her philandering brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) arrives, asking for Anna to come and help save his marriage to Dolly (Kelly Macdonald). En route, Anna makes the acquaintance of Countess Vronsky (Olivia Williams), who is then met at the train station by her son, the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). When Anna is introduced to Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot--and will not--be ignored.

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Anna Karenina is acclaimed director Joe Wright's bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, stirringly adapted from Leo Tolstoy's great novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The film marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley and Academy Award-nominated producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Paul Webster, following their award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. The timeless story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia. The year is 1874. Vibrant and beautiful, Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to: she is the wife of Karenin (Jude Law), a high-ranking government official to whom she has borne a son, and her social standing in St. Petersburg could scarcely be higher. She journeys to Moscow after a letter from her philandering brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) arrives, asking for Anna to come and help save his marriage to Dolly (Kelly Macdonald). En route, Anna makes the acquaintance of Countess Vronsky (Olivia Williams), who is then met at the train station by her son, the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). When Anna is introduced to Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot--and will not--be ignored.

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Watchable 20 Sep 2012
By Cynic
Format:DVD
I had already seen the reviews of this film so was prepared for the somewhat odd theatrical take on it. Having read the book many many years ago I went with an open mind, but to be honest I found the overall effect to be strange and somewhat disengaging. There was undoubted spectacle about it, and from a visual perspective some scenes were stunning, but at the end of the day I found the film disjointed and difficult to follow as it seemed to jump between the conventional and the surreal.

Keira Knightley looking predictably stunning in some wonderful costumes, is sadly not a convincing character actress as I find I can never forget I am watching Keira rather become immersed in the character she is portraying(very much the same about her role as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice)

I was unprepared for Jude Laws knock out performance as the tormented Karenin. I have never been a great fan of this actor, but I honestly believe his performance is award worthy. Unlike Keira Knightleys 'Anna', Jude Law became the personification of his character, and the film was worth watching for his performance alone. Matthew McFaddyn was also a delight to watch as Annas errant brother

Sadly, I left the cinema feeling oddly unmoved, and feeling that the movie could have given audiences much more.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Filmic Marmite 12 Sep 2012
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Since it is impossible to do justice in a two hour film to such a celebrated classic, with its focus on inner thoughts, it is probably a good decision to try a different take, in this case the ploy of setting most of the scenes in a theatre, not just on the stage but in the wings, the walk-ways above the podium, the stalls and so on.

So, the audience is watching a film of a play of a book. This has the benefit of conveying a sense of the restrictions and conventions which may have driven Anna to "break out" and give expression to her love for Vronsky, but which also made it impossible for her to be accepted by society afterwards. On the other hand, the theatrical confines may make some scenes seem too stylised, artificial and therefore less moving e.g. the whispered gossip and disapproval of Anna's affair. I was also often unconvinced by the frequent technique of freezing minor characters into the pose of statues, to highlight say, the image of Anna and Vronsky falling in love as they dance together in a world of their own.

I was glad not to need subtitles, since many scenes are quite visually complex, requiring close attention to pick up all the fleeting impressions used to convey a good deal. Tom Stoppard's script is very effective, clear and unpretentious. I could hear every word, which is often not the case. There are some striking scenes such as a horse race in the theatre in which an audience becomes a crowd of real people, only to be replaced by characters painted on a stage backdrop.

All the actors perform well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did I buy it??? 29 July 2013
By Jan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I found it boring and extremely wierd as it seemed to be set amongst a stage set most of the time and I had no sympathy for the leading lady at all very disappointing
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood at its worst 29 Mar 2013
By fpk
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, the movie concept and direction are far fetched, superficial and confusing.
Except for Jude Law, the performance of the principal actors is simply pityful and it is quite obvious that they haven't understood anything much about the context and spirit of the story.
Sadly, the whole production is an insult to Leo Tolstoy's wonderful novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strictly Bolshoi 30 May 2013
By Merget
Format:DVD
The spectre of Mr Luhrmann is present in every scene of this stylised melodrama. Mrs Karenin's shocking intrigue with an army officer is played out in the `theatre' of the fashionable world - so the director starts the action in an actual little tacky theatre, cardboard scenery and all. As the story unfolds we keep drifting into `real world' for a while, then we are back in the theatre again. Eventually Anna will be rejected by Society when she makes an ill-advised appearance at the opera - at a theatre within a theatre within a cinema. It's a metaphor that certainly knows how to outstay its welcome.

And it's not even always well done. In a ballroom scene dancers freeze in attitudes, like a corps du ballet, while Anna and Vronsky make an impassioned exhibition of themselves around the floor. Ginger and Fred could have carried it off with feeling and grace but all the device does here is bring it forcibly to our attention that Keira Knightly & Aaron Taylor-Johnson are both, as we Lancastrians say, about as lish as a stone trough.

There's not much passion in the acting either. Knightly is the arty director's favourite dolly: put her in a hat and let her gaze at the lens through a black lace veil and, with the help of suitable music, the audience will helpfully project appropriate emotions onto that porcelain face. But beyond her own three or four stock expressions she has no reserves to surprise us - and tragedy does need an actress who can tear herself and her audience to pieces.

Vronsky is certainly handsome. With his floppy curls (I'm not sure about those strange blond highlights, though) he has a look of the young David Hemmings. `Cor! Llanfairpyllgwingeth ...er...gogogoch!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... remarkable achievement - the leading actors are all so good, and...
A remarkable achievement - the leading actors are all so good, and the staging in a Russian theatre
works amazingly well. Well worth more than one viewing.
Published 9 days ago by katetudor
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
A weird film seemingly filmed on a stage, not my cup of tea.
Published 12 days ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Really enjoyed this film although it felt slow at the start and the stage set took some getting used to. Wonderfully shot and some great performances and effects.
Published 14 days ago by H. Iles
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
bought as a present.
Published 16 days ago by no
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch!
Really enjoyed this film. A completely different style of adaptation but beautifully filmed and a real treat to watch.
Published 16 days ago by Honeybee
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the theatricality actually...
Its certainly worth watching, so please ignore the other reviews. I've not seen other adaptations but I'm newly in the process of reading the novel. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Miss Sunny Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best
Got very bored with this. Tried watching it with a friend, but we gave up. Disappointing.
Published 26 days ago by Mrs Sally A Berriman
2.0 out of 5 stars Anna Karenina (DVD)
A very poor interpretation of this dramatic story. A weak and misguided production.
Great chunks of the book were not interpreted; if you watched the DVD only, you would have... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jan
1.0 out of 5 stars Modern day interprutation
The modern day interprutation of such a classic story in no way held the same viewing power as the older version. Not keeping it in my collection.
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Published 1 month ago by Bonny Field
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