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Byron [DVD] [2003]

Stephen Campbell Moore , Oliver Milburn , Julian Farino    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Campbell Moore, Oliver Milburn, Michael Elwyn, Jonny Lee Miller, Philip Glenister
  • Directors: Julian Farino
  • Writers: Nick Dear
  • Producers: Andrea Miller, Hilary Salmon, Julia Stannard, Laura Mackie, Ruth Baumgarten
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Dd Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C6644
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Two-part BBC period drama starring Jonny Lee Miller as the great romantic poet Lord Byron. Byron becomes an overnight success - and the toast of London society - when 'Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage' is published. He embarks on a passionate affair with society beauty Lady Caroline Lamb (Camilla Power), but soon tires of her and escapes into the arms of his half-sister Augusta (Natasha Little), with whom he has an illicit, incestuous affair. Although unconcerned by society's conventions, Byron worries that a scandal will harm Augusta, and on a whim proposes to the pious Annabella Millbanke (Julie Cox) - who soon learns that marriage to the greatest romantic poet of his age is one of heartbreak and betrayal. When Augusta refuses to continue her physical relationship with Byron once he is married, Byron goes into self-imposed exile and continues his life of hedonistic pleasure in Venice - eventually settling into a relationship with Italian aristocrat Contessa Teresa Guicciolli (Branca Katic). Finally, as a man who has excelled in excess, he feels his passion is spent, and takes up the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SO SAD IT'S SO BAD! 25 Jan 2014
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After reading the reviews here, and being a long-time fan of Byron and his work, I ordered this DVD with excitement - and there it all ended within half an hour of watching this.

Not one of the characters was written with any truth (no fault of the actors if they have a lousy script) and Johnny Lee Miller was worse than deplorable.

Where was Byron's famous "charisma" - his funny witticisms - his dual personality that was full of laughter as well as melancholy? The man depicted in this film could not have created the famous "Byromania" that the real Byron did. And one only has to look at the actual real life portraits of Byron to see he looked nothing like the miserable po-faced Johnny Lee Miller.

As for John Cam Hobhouse, (Hobbie) his greatest lifelong friend since Cambridge and who has written so much of his eye-witness account of Byron - he was depicted as a straight-faced nothing - not the man who told us how much all his friends had just adored Byron, including Hobhouse himself.

Did the person who wrote this script actually read anything written by Byron's friends? Or did the writer just sketch out a time-line and make cliche notes taken from the myth and not the man himself or his friends.

Could not believe how bad, inaccurate, and how bloody awful this film was. The depiction of Byron's "sweet, wronged wife" was just laughable and not the strait-laced religious nut that Annabelle Millbanke was -- "The fact that Byron spent one year living with me will, I am sure, be enough to get him into Heaven." (FFS!)

All the actors were good and made the best of a rubbish script, except Johnny Lee Miller - one sullen expression and one sullen tone of voice throughout. So sad it's so bad - it COULD have been a great film in different production hands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked Byron very much! 16 Dec 2013
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The film does a wonderful job at portraying the romantic nature of Byron and his inevitable conflicts with members of a less enlightened aristocracy. He is a self-destructive and iconoclastic men, beautiful and beyong salvation. Possibly a bit more focus on the genius of his thought and its enduring quality would balance the rough treatment of characters who come up against the handsome and randy nobleman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 24 Oct 2003
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This BBC 2-parter on the life of Lord Byron is simply stunning. Jonny Lee Miller captures the poet perfectly, and the girls are gorgeous. We go from Greece to London to Italy, back to Greece where he dies fighting for freedom. Fantastic. And beautifully shot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Production 7 Jun 2014
By Freedom
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Beautifully acted by everyone in the film, and you do get the feeling they enjoyed it. You can always tell when the actors have come together to produce something they think is worthwhile. Not exactly true to his story, but then it's just a drama, and a good one at that. Only 15 though? It ought to have had an 18 certificate I think, there are scenes in the film that I don't think are healthy for a 15 year old ...
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 25 April 2013
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I know people complain about the storyline not being factual and about Byron's lack of morals but I thought the story was beautifully filmed, the characters very well drawn and acted and above all, Jonny Lee Miller's performance was sensational.
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