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  • Actors: Jim Broadbent, Sam Clafin, Matthew Macfadyen, Kim Cattrall, Hayley Atwell
  • Directors: Michael Samuels
  • Producers: Lynn Horsford, Lee Morris
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec. 2010
  • Run Time: 284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042AMHD2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Main Stars: Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean 4On Sytranger Tides, Pillars of the Earth), Matthew Macfadyen (Robin Hood, Pride & Prejudice), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City), Hayley Atwell (The Brideshead Revisited), Gillian Anderson (The X Files), Tom Hollander (Elizabeth – The Golden Age, Pirates of the Caribbean – At Worlds End)

An adaptation of William Boyd’s best-selling novel, Any Human Heart tells the story of Logan Mountstuart’s long and rackety life, one which spans every decade of the twentieth century, in all its fantastic and humdrum, dangerous and tranquil, tragic and humorous aspects.

The four films follow Logan from his time in Oxford; through literary market success with the publication of his ‘racy’ novel ‘The Girl Factory’; through numerous affairs and two marriages; one tragic true love; adventures as a spy behind enemy lines; flirtations with Wallis Simpson; encounters with Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming, sexual scandal in the New York art scene; destitution in Pimlico; unlikely heroism to a final and perhaps even contented death. Although it would appear to the outside that his life has been defined by a combination of random quantities of good and bad luck for Logan, if he really looked closely, it has probably been more accurately defined by sex.

While it is compelling, pacy, witty, sexy, emotional and clever it is also a brilliant and innovative charting of the history of the 20th Century. Logan has the habit of popping up, Zelig-like, at pivotal moments in 20th Century history and teetering on the brink of immortality before, inevitably, plunging back into obscurity. Logan’s journey touches on key moments and movements that still shape our times in the 21st Century: the pre-war emergence of the working class power and the end of establishment complacency; the rise of European Fascism; the last global conflict that was World War 2; the zenith of American hegemony in the 1950s and 60s; the emergence of political terrorism (the Baader-Meinhof Gang); the squalor and degradation of urban poverty; the long shadow of the 2nd World War; and finally the serenity and wisdom that a long, fully-lived life can provide.

Special Features:
  • In Oxford with Sam Caflin
  • Matthew MacFayden on location in Spain
  • Interview with Jim Broadbent
  • Kim Cattrall on 'Gloria'
  • Gillian Anderson and Tom Hollander on playing the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
  • Hayley Atwell on 'Freya'
  • On the set of Any Human Heart
  • From paper to screen - William Boyd discusses Any Human Heart

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Feathers on 21 Dec. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I was a bit worried about this adaptation. Any Human Heart is a wonderful book, one of my favourite ever. But I always thought filming it would be too hard. Making films of novels always involves cutting out more than you leave in and this novel has so much going on all the time that it was impossible to imagine how it could be dramatised and stay intact.

But it was, and it did. It's a good thing that William Boyd wrote the script because anyone else would, I'm sure, have butchered it. But he has turned it into an elegant new thing - the same people, the same stories, but told in a new way which works on screen.

It's also a good thing it was done for TV. Four long episodes were barely enough, squeezing it into a two hour movie would have been impossible.

The acting, direction and cinematography are all superb and quite bold. This is a drama which creates its own style and atmosphere with occasionally unusual framing and focus. Perhaps not to everyone's taste (which might explain some of the critical sniping) but certainly to mine. The decision to use three actors for the main character works in part because we are constantly reminded that this is a memoir, an acting out of memories. The ensemble around them are also excellent and throw themselves fully into realising complex characters with, sometimes, little time and few lines before the plot moves on. Jim Broadbent in particular is moving and subtle, Gillian Anderson is a revelation for anyone who remembers Agent Scully.

Buy the DVD and luxuriate in it. It's a real indulgence to have this much time with the dramatisation of a single book, and a pleasure that it is also the work of the original author. This sort of thing normally goes horribly wrong (does anyone remember the film of "Bonfire of the Vanities"? Probably not, and be thankful). And if you haven't read it, buy the book. Perfect for bedtime.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Draine on 22 Dec. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I haven't read the book either, but thought this was an excellent drama.
It was beautifully filmed by Wojciech Szepel
Acting was superb, Jim Broadbent is always excellent but I do think Matthew Macfadyen was fantastic, I have only seen him in Perfect Strangers, once again he was brilliant (not plugging Amazon/BBC here, but this is also a good buy if a MacFadyen fan The Stephen Poliakoff BBC Collection: Caught On A Train / Perfect Strangers / Shooting The Past [DVD] )

I watched on 4HD and it looked great, so can only imagine the Blu ray might be worth the extra few pounds compared to dvd.
Sit back and enjoy!!
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This unusual one-off mini-drama tells the story of one man's life, portrayed by three different actors. Logan Mountstuart is a likeable character. He's a self-proclamined failed writer, who's life happens around him while he struggles to think up his great masterpiece. But his life alone is an entertaining one for the viewer. It intersects with the lives of many real people in history, in fictional circumstances, from before World War II until after the Thatcherite 80's. Logan's appetites, strengths, and weaknesses are met with consequences which will satisfy and entertain viewers. Be warned though - his life is a raunchy one and if on-screen sex and nudity offend you then this mightn't be for you.

The casting is superb. The narrative technique of using flashbacks and flashforwards throughout to paint a picture of a life hook you with intrigue at the beginning, and bid you farewell with pathos at the end. The final scenes are pure visual poetry - moreso on Blu-Ray. The extras are standard fare for such a short mini-series - short interviews on the set - but there could have been more/better disc extras.
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Following the journals of Logan Mountstuart's life, intertwining with several periods of historical interest this is a thoroughly well made, well acted drama.

For those a little prude, you do get a fair share of 'naughty bits' but in honesty this is one of those dramas where it does not take away anything, and the three stages of his life, acted by the three different actors (almost 'overseen' by Jim Broadbent's character looking back) are incredibly well done and interesting.

Expecting a story? Well, this is a life story, so you will get everything.

Good quality Blu Ray, good sound and this will be a regularly watched prized disc in my wife's collection.
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