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Birdsong [DVD]

Eddie Redmayne , Clémence Poésy , Philip Martin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy
  • Directors: Philip Martin
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z510Y4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,514 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Sebastian Faulks’ epic love story set against the First World War, which became a modern classic when it was published in 1993, is adapted for the screen for the first time by Abi Morgan. The action of the two part film moves between 1910 and 1916, telling the story of Stephen Wraysford (Eddie Redmayne), a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens in Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire (ClémencePoésy). They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, but the relationship falters. Years later, Stephen finds himself serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love. As he battles amidst the blood and gore of the trenches he meets Jack Firebrace (Joseph Mawle), a tunneller who unexpectedly helps him endure the ravages of war and enables him to make peace with his feelings for Isabelle.

Bonus Featurettes:

- War Story
- Love Story
- On Set

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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This adaptation does the book a favour 5 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
The book is powerful and heavy but iconic. However, if you are adapting 'Birdsong' for TV it has to have essential qualities that cannot be found in a book; that is why some reviewers are being ridiculous in their analysis. First of all, it has to have beautiful visuals and this production provides them at the highest level. The visuals include magnificent sets especially the war scenes which are very disturbing and real - they take you right into the heart of the book. Then there is the love story - an exquisite love story of the most passionate and powerful nature; between an early 20th century repressed British man and his forbidden love for a married French woman - the production casts two beautiful and gifted actors and they give us a top class performance that is real and heartbreaking. I cannot praise this television production enough. It is television at the highest level - well done to the BBC. It is dismaying to find people who are not happy with such beautiful and poignant productions for mainstream television. If you see the trash that is on most of the time - Birdsong transcends the ordinary and that is what the book does too. They are a perfect match.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and moving 5 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
I thought this BBC adaptation was very good. I don't agree with other reviews complaining about the lead being emotionless, deadpan and no oomph! This is how he was supposed be portrayed; the man was dead from within because of events back in 1911. This is about a man who has lost his only love and doesn't know why! He's hardly going to be dashing! I thought the portrayal was magnificent and totally believable. Great supporting cast; Joseph Mawle was superb. Stunning battle/trench scenes and a very painful insight into the tragedy and blundering of July 1st 1916.
A truly superb film that is far far superior to a certain horse running around in no mans land, occasionally bumping into cardboard characters!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and thoughtful adaptation 3 Jun 2012
By J & K
Format:DVD
I was never a great fan of Faulks's book and if this had been a longer adaptation I probably wouldn't have bothered but at two episodes it seemed easy enough to manage. The first thing to note is that Abi Morgan's adaptation has, wisely, abandoned the 1970s strand and just concentrated on the events of 1910-18. Against that I thought some of the acting was a bit `empty' and depended too much on quivering lips and meaningful stares. I thought the score was a bit trite in places too. The Western Front seems more desert that mud quagmire - particularly bizarre for the final battle set in 1918.

However, and seemingly against the majority opinion here, I thought it was very good, especially the second episode. The depiction of the battle of the Somme, although not as broad or epic as a movie depiction, was nevertheless shattering and moving. I also thought the dénouement moving. Not a perfect bit of television but and engaging and thoughtful adaptation nevertheless.
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57 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 23 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
Please ingore the previous awful review and be put off. I have only seen first part so far - but cannot wait for the second. Being one of my favourite books it had a lot to live up to. It is beautifully made and acted with a superb cast that fully captures the essence of the book. I cant praise this highly enough. It is moving, thourght provoking and relives a sombre era fully of loss. Watch it
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spell bounding 29 Feb 2012
By evechar
Format:DVD
I saw this adaption on TV and was completely and utterly entranced throughout both parts of it. I can safely say I have never before felt so emotional after watching a TV programme. Eddie Redmayne, what can I say? Beautiful man and brilliant actor. Some people weren't keen on the long
, lingering looks between him and his lovely co star Clemence Poesy but I found it hugely romantic and really quite realistic. All in all, one of the best pieces of viewing I have ever had the pleasure of seeing (along with the recent adaption of Great Expectations).
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars birdsong 29 Jan 2012
By rioja
Format:DVD
i thought this was amazing - i loved the slow, beautiful shots and exchange of glances. i was totally absorbed and the war scenes were heartbreaking. the lead protagonist had eyes like shimmering pools and he portrayed his love and pain with sensitivity. loved joseph mawle too as firebrace. a wonderful production!
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 29 Jan 2012
By jmt1088
Format:DVD
Having just watched the second part I can safely say I thought this was amazing. It possessed beautiful acting and heartwrenching scenes. It completely sucks you in and was beautifully portrayed. A definite must watch!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redmaine does have charisma! 27 Jan 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I totally disagree with this other reviewer who was quite harsh on 'Birdsong'. I haven't read the book, I'm not a great fan of Faulks and I usually hate stuff that deals with wars. So I thought I would in all likelihood dislike it and yet, the film worked its magic. I ended up loving that first part. I enjoyed everything or very nearly, the slow but intense way the seduction between those two protagonists develops, the lazy shots of those sultry summer days contrasting sharply with life in the trenches. I don't think I had ever seen Redmaine before and thought he looked so young, so boyish that he would fail to deliver but he didn't. The attraction between the two is more than believable, the looks subtly exchanged and the beautiful photography reminded me of some excellent scenes in the Go Between for example. The hour and a half just flew by and I ended up enchanted. Of course I don't know if the second part will be as good but I can but hope. My only criticism is that some of the dialogue between the soldiers is really difficult to understand, mumble, mumble, mumble. I wish they enunciated properly!It is perfectly possible to have a strong regional accent but be audible at the same time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have seen this film and it's really good, my mother missed it so I have bought it for her for Mothers Day.
Published 21 days ago by M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and should be read by everybody
Best book I've read for ages and would recommend it highly.

A true love story interwoven with the horrors of war.
Published 1 month ago by monika gilbert-manning
5.0 out of 5 stars ww1
bbc 1drama/love story excellent plot acting. period is captured well, great story that drags you in, full depth.well worth watching
Published 1 month ago by dark magic
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performances...
Arrived a day earlier than expected.
Loved this when it was shown on the BBC.
Beautifully restrained and understated performances by Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Poesy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by PG
4.0 out of 5 stars Birdsong
A very good book and DVD. It was very emotional at times but a moving story and insight in relation to the trenches
Published 1 month ago by Mrs J A Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
This is as close as you are going to get to the book in film, but there were some scenes left out of the film from the book that I thought would have worked well on film, why leave... Read more
Published 2 months ago by brian murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film
Having read the book I was keen to see the film. What a great adaption. It remained faithful to the book apart from cutting a few corners.
Published 2 months ago by Sanfidele
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book
I had some hops for this as the book was brilliant. Although the show does manage to pick up some of the most touchinhg parts of the book, it leaves a lot out and it doesn't live... Read more
Published 3 months ago by F. Destro
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this story
Eddie Redmayne is fascinating in this film. It is a beautiful, well made film for him and her. Definitely recommend
Published 4 months ago by Jennifleur
5.0 out of 5 stars French magic
Will never tire of seeing Clemence. Only recently heard that she has a bit of a reputation as a wild child. This is a wonderful rendition of a memorable piece of fiction.
Published 4 months ago by mr.k.bevan
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