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Any Human Heart [DVD]

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Jim Broadbent , Kim Cattrall , Michael Samuels    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Jim Broadbent, Kim Cattrall, Gillian Anderson, Matthew Macfadyen, Skye Bennett
  • Directors: Michael Samuels
  • Writers: William Boyd
  • Producers: Lynn Horsford, Lee Morris
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec 2010
  • Run Time: 284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003RRXUHS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,030 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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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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 ze...Any Human Heart - Season 1 - 2-DVD Set ( Any Human Heart - Season One )

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It 13 Dec 2010
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
To be honest I have never read anything by William Boyd before and when this was first advertised as coming on our screens I wondered what it was going to be like. After the first episode I went out and bought the bookAny Human Heart which I haven't touched as I didn't want to know what I would be seeing on the tv, now it is finished I can relax with the book at any time.

The story centres around Logan Mountstuart, who is a novelist and some time journalist. Ranging from about 1906-1991 we are given an entry into Mountstuart's life. His affairs, his friends all appear as we are shown occasions throughout his long life. Flashing between his old age and his younger self we get the feeling of Mountstuart looking back on his life, with regrets but also with happiness. With his old age, and like your average old person his health isn't the best it could be, we are also shown a very poignant sight. My gran recently died and she was the oldest of all her brothers and sisters, only leaving the very youngest one now alive, and this shows in a way what that is like. As relatives and friends die before you you kind of get a feeling of loneliness, and thoughts of will I be next.

All in all this was brilliant, from the script to the acting, and like all lives this doesn't show all doom and gloom, but those happy moments, those times when you wished you had done more and those times that are humourous, though sometimes this humour is quite black.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, funny, honest. 16 Dec 2010
By Broogle
Format:DVD
I have just finished watching the last episode of Any Human Heart. Like the previous reviewer, I am ordering the book, and can't wait to read it - if William Boyd's screenplay is anything to go by, the book will be astonishing.

This drama, although slow-moving, is utterly captivating. The themes of loss and regret are expertly, effortlessly woven throughout it, and the acting subtle, but moving. Jim Broadbent steals the show; in the first three episodes he hasn't even got a line but still manages to deliver a heartfelt, seamless performance. I will devour the book greedily, and when the DVD arrives I will savour it a second time.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Human Heart 13 Dec 2010
By jet
Format:DVD
I agree completely with M Dowden, I to wanted the book & ordered it from Amazon, hoping it'll be delivered soon.

I noticed in the Radio Times that this production hasn't been too well received by the viewing public,which is so sad...for a change we got a story slowly told so that we could get to know the characters involved, lots of dialogue & minimal 'Action Sequences', call me old fashioned...I am,but it was wonderful for once to watch a programme which rates with 'Brideshead', 'The Forsyte Saga' etc. It's a classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Ginia Bellafante wrote in the New York Times on February 11, 2011 that the Masterpiece production of "Any Human Heart" is a "Forrest Gump" for the literate. She also wrote that the beauty of the story is that "embitterment never sees its own victories. Failure, too, has its pleasure." A fun comparison yet fine words to describe the "heart" of one Logan Mountstuart, a fictional character, whose life in the 20th century is chronicled from his Oxford days in the 1920's to a mere existence in the 1990's.

William Boyd, who wrote the novel and the screenplay for this spectacular production, asks and answers this question: How did a boy adrift on a placid river in Uruguay become a grizzled old man sorting through piles of boxes and books in an old country house in France? It's a fascinating ride!

Sit back and enjoy the clever dialogue, the sets and the photography, the fine performances of Jim Broadbent and Matthew Macfadyen as Mountstuart.

Try to keep up with the wives and lovers. The casting is superb. Don't overlook the first wife, Lady Lottie Cassell, who gives Logan his love of the aristocratic life and a son. Hayley Atwell plays Freya, the much loved and beautiful second wife. Kim Cattrall (the sexy vamp from Sex and the City) plays Gloria, a redhaired lover and the third wife of Logan's Oxford buddy. And even after World War II, when Logan leaves a destitute life in London of eating cans of dog food and beans and moves to France, he charms a young neighborhood beauty who has a glorified memory of her father during the war. (The scenes of an older Mountstuart in military camoflage watching over her father's memorial plaque are hilarious.)

Enjoy the real-life 20th century figures who flit in and out of Logan's life. It does not go without saying...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Human Heart 19 Jan 2011
By Jenny
Format:DVD
I have read the book and loved it so was not sure whether the DVD would match up to the same level of enjoyment. It did! Clever use of retrospective format. My husband had not read the book and enjoyed it as well. The 1st part took us up to past 1 o'clock on the saturday night! Obviously certain strong elements of the story were less well detailed as time would have been a factor. The prison and the royals part of the story I noticed especially.
Would recommend this as much as the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 10 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
This book has recently been serialised on television and I usually don't watch anything twice but I could not resist purchasing the DVD (in fact I replaced my original purchase borrowed by my daughter). This is amazing and definately worth watch - following the life of the main character makes for an exciting and heartwarming adventure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant adaptation
This is both my wife and daughter's favorite novel. Unusually the serialisation is just as good. The cast led by Matthew MacFadyen and Jim Broadbent are absolutely brilliant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Josephus
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous DVD
Having read the book which was great I really enjoyed watching the DVDs and they were pretty true to the original story which was good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The book was great and so is this adaptation. When it was over I wanted to start watching it again straight away. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Very interesting and entertaining--Gives a further insight to the Second World War especially in regards to Mrs Simpson and the Abdicated Royal.
Published 9 months ago by Brian D
5.0 out of 5 stars A meandering pleasure
A fictional series about the life of a novelist, Logan Mountstuart. I thoroughly enjoyed this 6 hours of entertainment. For me it worked best just watching one episode at a time. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. C. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful television
I read the book some years ago when it first came out, and loved it. I heard they'd done a TV version and bought the DVD. I've watched in twice, and it's just as good as the book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by tomchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful to watch, listen and feel. He skips a few of the scenes from the book but this TV adaptation is high class cinema drama
Published 14 months ago by Chistopher King
4.0 out of 5 stars Feedback on Any Human Heart
This was a gift and was enjoyed by the recipient who had watched the series on television earlier in the year.
Published 15 months ago by Becksy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This serise follows the life of Logan Mountstuart (excellently played by Matthew MacFayden and Jim Broadbent) with a great supporting cast. I've not read the book, but liked this.
Published 17 months ago by faerievampyr
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Entertainment
My husband and I watched this whole series in two nights. It was an excellent drama, would highly recommend it. Great acting.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs L J Waddington
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