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Brideshead Revisited: The Complete Collection (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition) [DVD] [1981]


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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Stephane Audran
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 663 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055CF9N6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Digitally re-mastered for the very first time, Brideshead Revisited is based on Evelyn Waugh's classic novel. Jeremy Irons stars as Charles Ryder, a disillusioned army captain who is moved to reflect on his languid days in the enchanted castle that was Brideshead, home of the aristocratic Marchmain family whose acquaintance Charles made in the company of Oxford classmate, the charming wild-child Sebastian.

Anthony Andrews co-stars as the doomed Sebastian. Sebastian takes Charles under his wing but vows early on that he is not going to let Charles get mixed up with his family. But mixed up Charles gets. He becomes a friend and confidante, not to mention a lover, to Sebastian's sister Julia (Diana Quick). Meanwhile, the self-destructive Sebastian's life spirals out of control.

Brideshead Revisited boasts a distinguished ensemble cast, including Laurence Olivier in his Emmy Award-winning role as the exiled Lord Merchmain, Claire Bloom as Lady Merchmain, and the magnificent John Gielgud as Charles' estranged father. Grand locations and a haunting musical score make this a memorable revisit of an irretrievable bygone era.

• Winner of 17 international awards including two Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy
• Emmy Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special - Laurence Olivier
• 7 BAFTA TV Awards
• Golden Globes - Winner of Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV & Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Anthony Andrews
• British Broadcasting Press Guild - Best Television Series/Serial
• Television Craft Awards - Make-up, Costume Design

DVD Extras

• Commentaries with: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Nickolas Grace, Anthony Andrews, Producer Derek Granger and Director Charles Sturridge
• Audio Commentaries: Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg
• Stills Gallery - Featuring previously unseen stills from private collections
• Documentary 'The Making of Brideshead'
• Deleted Scenes

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By martateacher3y5 on 17 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
I watched the series when it first appeared on TV 30 years ago. I was 15 at the time and I kept myself awake until past midnight even if I had school the next day because I loved it so much. Then I watched the film a few months ago and it appalled me. It was not at all what I remembered. So, when I saw the series pack in Amazon, I bought it. You never know how you are going to feel about something you liked so long ago, but this time I wasn't disappointed. Brideshead Revisited not as good as I remembered; it was so much better. The acting is superb, the costumes and characterization impressive and the atmosphere in scenes such as the hunting party at Brideshead or the storm when Charles and Julia are crossing the Atlantic is almost magical. And with no special effects! Like a good wine, the series has gained with the pass of time and there are elements I now appreciate much more, like the fine irony and sense of humour of Sir John Guielgud's remarks or the conversation between Chales and Anthony Blanche during the wild party after the general strike. All is subtle in the series as opposed to the film version. In concusion, Brideshead Revisited is television at its best and time hasn't done but make it better. Highly recommendable.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Carol Haynes TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2013
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First off I am a HUGE fan of this series and this is the third time I have bought a copy (mainly because of the promised restoration, commentaries and documentary) but this is by far the worst copy I have seen (even including VHS).

The adaptation by the late, and much missed, John Mortimer is a work of true genius and should be required watching/reading for all aspiring adaptors for the screen - it is true to the original and captures just about every nuance of the book and the production values so perfect that I find it impossible to read the book now without the tone of Jeremy Iron's voice pervading the pages and the visuals of Castle Howard. The more recent movie adaptation by Andrew Davies is a pale travesty in comparison and far removed from this wonderful adaptation produced by Granada TV.

Now on to this 'product' ...

It proclaims itself the 30th Anniversary Edition and Digitally Remastered - well whoever did the remastering either worked from a very degraded tape or just did and truly awful job and should be sacked so they cannot be let near archive material again.

The colours in this release are truly dreadful being almost completely washed out. Every shot, especially outdoors, looks like the film was badly over exposed so the greens of the fields and trees have no depth (and no mid or low tones), the skies are almost universally washed out and white or, at best, a slightly bluish-grey. The worst is that skin tones are appalling - everyone looks seriously ill, even in the happy early episodes - they all share a grey pallor.

I couldn't quite believe what I was looking at so I dug out an old DVD copy (see
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By zakk on 30 Nov 2011
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They have done a much better job of noise reduction than they did with the 3 disc remastered set, but gamma is set too low. This brings-out a lot of detail in in-door scenes but ruins the out-door scenes. The trip to brideshead is washed-out. Contrast is weak, colours are faded. Faces look like clay-mation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
This is an outstanding televison drama which set the highest of standards in an already outstanding list of television costume dramas, this one by Granada. It was a long series, giving the directors the opportunity to develop the characters slowly and in depth. Evelyn Waugh's narrative is of two young men who meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then invites Charles to dinner after his teddy bear Aloysius 'refuses to talk to him' unless he is forgiven. Charles becomes involved with Sebastian's family, Catholic peers of the realm in Protestant England.

It is film of an era long gone, one which the war and the people themselves helped to destroy.

It is a moving series based on a great, classic modern novel with sharp contrasts in life-styles, attitudes and aspirations whihc brings them face-to-face with each other and their values.

A classic television series highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By claus on 26 Mar 2014
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I bought this remastered edition expecting that the quality would be much better than the first release on DVD. I was pretty disappointed, as the quality does not live up to my expectations. It still seems like the series is filmed in bad quality, and the resolution could be much better taken in consideration, that this remastered edition is from 2012 (to my knowledge).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old Scot in France on 31 Oct 2014
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Having suffered some extremely poor screen portrayals of superb novels of which I know the text very well I was wary about getting this one. And when I did get it and played the opening episode I very nearly didn't bother to look at the rest because of a silly mistake in which Captain Charles Ryder adresses his Colour Sergeant (three stripes and a crown on his upper sleeve) as 'Sergeant Major' because Company Sergeant Majors have a large crown at the wrist-end of the sleeve. I thought : well, if that's the attention to detail to be expected in the rest of this thing, then I won't bother.

But I was wrong --- totally wrong --- and when I did get round to watching the rest, I could hardly stop. This is a wonderful series. John Mortimer, the adapter who is given credit for the transformation from book to screen, would have deserved much credit -- if he had indeed been the adapter, because in fact it was all done by Derek Granger and director Charles Sturridge who get little if any kudos for their brilliance (along with a most skilled team, I hasten to add).

If you don't know the story -- look at this series of videos. If you DO know the story --- look at this series of videos.

Perhaps it's the lesser characters who come out best, in fact, although Irons, Andrews, Bloom and Quick are marvellous. The portrayals of Ryder's father by Gielgud and of Lord Marchmain by Olivier are truly marvellous. They teeter on the verge of comedy but -- just as one would expect of such geniuses -- bring their characters back to believability and drama just before you think they might be falling into caricature.
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