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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (DVD + Digital Copy)

Judi Dench , Bill Nighy , John Madden    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,604 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Italian, Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,604 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZCH9FC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,298 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A group of British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you begin let go of the past.

From the director of Shakespeare in Love and featuring an all-star British cast, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a charming, life-affirming comedy drama about life, love and new beginnings…

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  • ·         Behind the story: Lights, colours and smiles

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583 of 591 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 27 Mar 2012
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not a gritty real life drama set in a council flat in the British midlands despite (a) being a British film and (b) featuring Bill Nighy. No, it is a stylised, slightly surreal film about a group of British pensioners who are inveigled to take out a long term residence in a hotel in Jaipur in the belief that it is a retirement home. The hotel itself is, of course, run down but quite astonishing - Indian Raj architecture of the highest order, run by a slightly crazy young man with a great vision for the future.

The film is full of cliches - the Indian call centre; the man returning to his childhood home; the racist old woman who hates black doctors; the mismatched couple; a couple of old imposters looking for romance... We have Delhi Belly; we have the exorbitant club serving pink gins; we have elephants on the street and mystic healers. Every shot shows bustle; bright markets; temples or the contrast of the shabby but peaceful courtyard in the hotel. There's an overbearing Indian mother; a family of untouchables; a heavy dose of the class system and glorious sunsets.

But the cliches are welcome friends. There is nothing challenging in the film - just a vast travelogue enticing the viewer to come to Jaipur at the first opportunity. Most of the stories end well - sometimes improbably but it doesn't matter. There is no pretence that this is real life - just two hours of pure fun, laughs, comedy and sadness mixed in together. It's colourful and vibrant. It provokes the odd thought without being too demanding.

The cast is to die for. Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel... All delivering epic performances. There are various separate and interlinked story lines to maintain interest over the two hours - whilst having just enough going on in the backgrounds of the perfectly constructed shots to make this worth watching a second or third time.

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152 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful. 6 April 2012
I thought I wanted to be on a Greek island with 2 friends, plenty of wine listening to Abba music, now I know what I really want is to stay in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a bunch of wrinklies like me. One of the best films I have seen and can't wait for the DVD to be released so I can watch it over and over again. It just proved there is a lot of life in us golden oldies and any film with Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench plus other REAL British actors can't fail to be a success.
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138 of 144 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining "feelgood" movie with a superb cast 17 April 2012
By haunted
I enjoyed this movie a lot. It has an outstanding cast with some of the greats of British cinema such as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. There are also some great supporting actors like Penelope Wilton and Ronald Pickup but as usual Bill Nighy steals the show.

The rather far-fetched story revolves around a group of people in their advancing years who for various reasons, decide to move from the UK to a run down former hotel in India. An enthusiastic but slightly incompetent local young man, played by Dev Patel, runs the hotel.

We see the back-stories of each of the main characters and see how they cope with living in a new continent. There is a predictable quota of amusing and touching moments and you always feel you are in safe hands with the cast of familiar faces.

The ending is predictably neat and tidy and you should leave the cinema with a smile on your face, as I'm sure the makers intended.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Feel Good Film 3 April 2012
By amk
This movie makes you feel good and it made me laugh out loud, many times, which is no mean feat. It's not edge of your seat gripping or a cinematic tour de force, it's a life affirming, funny, well written, poignant film that portrays older people taking risks and making the most of their lives.
The film should be celebrated for what it is, not denigrated because it shares certain parallels with other films. Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith are both excellent, as is Dev Patel. A good buy!
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic. 29 Mar 2012
Set to be a classic, this film highlights every aspect of senior citizenry, and not all of the most flattering kind.

It is a glorious, eye-wateringly colourful film, made with honesty and sympathy for characters - to use the horrid phrase - past their sell-by date.

If I have a small criticism; the characters when they are not stereotypical, border on the cartoon. Having said that it is not enough to lose it a single star-in fact, it makes them not less human, but more!

It is a masterpiece of cinema, for all ages and genders: can't wait to view it on DVD!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seen the movie, now read the book 20 May 2012
I read the book "These Foolish Things" before I knew anything about "the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". I accompanied my wife to see the film, and enjoyed it, as a film, but the book is SO much better, (as is often the case). Large chunks of the book, and one of the main characters, do not make it to the screen version, but I look forward to rereading the book, now that I know which actors are playing which characters.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must see it! 6 Mar 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Went to see it this afternoon! just got home! totaly wonderful! I am worn out! best film I have seen in years! so full of joy! so full of laughs! so full of colour! so full of life! Have a day off and treat yourself! have just put my name down for the DVD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, poignant story 29 Aug 2013
By Sue
Seven Brits of retirement age travel to a hotel advertising pleasant surroundings for older people, only to discover it's something of a dump...

There's a lot of humour in this film, and also some very moving moments. One or two parts are unexpectedly poignant, and much is thought-provoking. Criticisms have been made that the story is demeaning to India... yet the country is displayed in its colourful, chaotic glory; it's the stuck-in-a-rut lifestyles and expectations of the Brits that are more caricatured.

There wasn't a great deal of plot, but we enjoyed it very much. Not that one necessarily wants to think about retirement or growing old, but somehow that wasn't the main focus. Some of the hotel's residents gained a new lease of life as they discovered something - or someone - new.

Judi Dench is excellent, as always, but in my view Maggie Smith is the real star, transforming from an irritable old lady to someone observing everything that goes on, eventually taking on a very important role and looking twenty years younger. Dev Patel is also superb - and the whole was a great family movie.

Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Bought this film as was good deal & though the cast was excellent. Had never heard of it before so was a bit apprehensive. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars The best exotic marigold hotel
Excellent film, with a superb cast. Very pleased to have this in our collection, it will be a regular watch!
Published 11 hours ago by Mogsy J
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted
. It is a film with a really good feel facture. The cast were great. Kept me entertained all through the film and did not want it to end.
Published 20 hours ago by S Hanton
5.0 out of 5 stars the best hotel
this is a wonderfull funny and most tearful with laughs film i have seen for a long time, i loved Maggie Smiths character and Judy Dench's roles
Published 1 day ago by wendy reeve
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good
Pity this film seems to run along similar lines to many others of this theme. Although the performance by Judi Dench is, as always, excellent.
Published 1 day ago by Josie Etchells
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
I started to watch this film not knowing whether I would like it or not but ended up loving the film. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Chrisace
3.0 out of 5 stars formula plot with good actors. worth a watch
Formulaic. Politically correct with key types of characters with a happy ending. Pleasant watching. Quite predictable. Read more
Published 4 days ago by ESP
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasure to watch
Truly a pleasure to watch. It may have instilled some wanderlust in me, and reminded me of mortality. And that makes it a rather wonderful film.
Published 5 days ago by Ms E. Exintaris
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Girlie Film Ever!
This is the best girlie film ever! I have watched at least 6 times so far and will never tier of it. Humour, sadness, love all in one great film. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Brenda Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great film and DVD arrived when expected and was as described. Not sure what else to say but have to add more words!
Published 6 days ago by Ms Sarah P. Mortimer
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