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Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004]

Jude Law , Nicole Kidman , Anthony Minghella    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2004
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLY8S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Cold Mountain, freely adapted from Charles Frazier's beloved bestseller, boasts an impeccable pedigree as a respectable Civil War love story, offering everything you'd want from a romantic epic--except a resonant emotional core. Everything in this sweeping, Odyssean journey depends on believing in the instant love that ignites during a very brief encounter between genteel, city-bred preacher's daughter Ada (Nicole Kidman) and Confederate soldier Inman (Jude Law), who deserts the battlefield to return, weary and wounded, to Ada's inherited farm in the rural town of Cold Mountain, North Carolina. In an epic (but dramatically tenuous) case of absence making hearts grow fonder, Inman endures a treacherous hike fraught with danger (and populated by supporting players including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and others) while the struggling, inexperienced Ada is aided by the high-spirited Ruby (Renée Zellweger), forming a powerful farming partnership that transforms Ada into a strong, lovelorn survivor.

The film's episodic structure slightly weakens its emotional impact, and it's fairly obvious that director Anthony Minghella is striving to repeat the prestigious romanticism of his Oscar-winning hit The English Patient. For the most part it works, especially in the dynamic performances of Zellweger and Kidman, and the explosive 1864 battle of Petersburg, Virginia, is recreated with violent, percussive intensity. Those who admired Frazier's novel may regret some of the changes made in Minghella's adaptation (the ending is particularly altered), but Cold Mountain remains a high-class example of grand, old-fashioned filmmaking, boosted by star power of the highest order. --Jeff Shannon

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Story 29 April 2004
Format:DVD
Cold Mountain is by all accounts a love story. I say STORY with strongemphasis; I have seen too many films which may have quite enough love butvery little by way of story. Cold Mountain is the name of the village thatthe film focuses upon with the basic plot of the film being the varioushappenings and goings on there during the American Civil War. A greatstrength of this film is its ability to set the scene and allow theaudience's mind to fully appreciate this beautifully constructed periodpiece. The characters are equally absorbing, and the audience findthemselves really caring for their welfare. Leading characters Inman (Law)and Ada (Kidman) are wonderfully acted, giving depth to the love storybetween the two. Secondary characters are not without their charm.Zellweger gives a wonderful performance in an unusual role, providingtouching comedy at regular intervals.
The soundtrack to the film adds greatly to its atmosphere, with bluegrassfeaturing prominently, and the songs showing a wonderfully resoluteoptimism to the sorrows of the civil war. As well as featuring in thesoundtrack, Jack White (of 'The White Stripes' fame) makes his actingdebut. Although his acting ability is not on par with Kidman or Law, hepossesses the ability to convey emotion through his music at an equal ifnot greater level.
As a whole this is one of the greatest films I have seen in a long time.It is beautifully acted, has an interesting and moving story and ismasterfully approached by director Minghella. A journey in film if everthere was one, this is definitely worth the trip to the cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised by a moving, gritty film 21 Sep 2005
Format:DVD
I missed this film at the cinema but since I work in a library I was able to rent it for free! I knew it was going to be good with the likes of Kidman and Zellweger but I was genuinely impressed with the film on almost every level. First of all it looks amazing with not only beautiful scenery but gruesomely realistic battle scenes. The director has dealt sensitively with some of the more horrific moments, such as the rape of Natalie Portman's character and the murder of Sally's husband and children, effectively conveying the absolute lawlessness and lack of humanity in the Civil War era. Certainly not a way to learn about the war in detail and the story isn't based on real events but you really get the feeling it could have happened. For me the star of the show was Renée Zellweger who created a fully-rounded character who was equally strong and vulnerable and offered humour in what is essentially a bleak but brilliant film.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Was it Ever Really Filmable? 13 July 2004
By M. Steele VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Ostensibly Charles Frazier's epic novel should have made a great film. It is, after all an event and character filled Odyssey through civil-war torn America and a love story to boot. Eminently adaptable, such elements should be meat and drink to a film-maker of Minghella's aptitude.
But, the Cold Mountain novel was so much more than the simple sum of its elemental parts. The complexity and eventually haunting aspect of the book comes from the characters of the two main figures, Inman and Ada. These two are at once introverted and of a time of innocence unkowable to most modern audiences. Their 'romance' was awkward in a way inconceivable to a generation raised on 'Friends' and its contemporary moral tone. When Inman goes to war he and Ada do not know if they are in love, their relationship is still half forged and shadowy. Throughout the rest of the story their memories of their brief time together are but a counter-balance to the awfulness of the present. It is only the sterile and hate-laden reality of the war that makes, even the most half-formed of loves seem potentially redemptive and a promise of better things.
Inman is a deserter. This is massaged in the film where he is given the excuse of Ida's letters calling him home. In the book he has no such overt 'excuse'. He deserts because he is sickened by killing and the knowledge that he has become an adept killer. His Odyssey is towards his own innocence of youth spent on the forested slopes of Cold Mountain. Along the way he struggles to shed his killer's mantle as the landscape he travels seems inhabited by those who would kill him or other innocents; he has little scope for mercy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An American Story 28 April 2006
Format:DVD
Lots of echoes of "Gone with the Wind", which is perhaps not surprising given the subject matter.

A big story like an epic but with a smaller cast. I lost myself in it quite nicely.

I found the ending just a little bit rushed - perhaps the remedy to this is to read the book.

Some of the brutality of war is depicted but I did not find it as harrowing as in "Saving Private Ryan".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Mountain brilliantly adapted. 23 Jan 2006
By film fan VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Anthony Minghella appears to have done it again. He's taken what seemed another un-filmable book and has transferred it to the screen and has given it a polished and authentic look.

There was outrage during the filming of this movie. Anthony Minghella was blamed for not filming in the States as it was an American story. His reply was that the mountain ranges in Romania closely resembled the mountain ranges in the book so he filmed there. He had a valid point. Why film an adaptation in the country where the story's based when somewhere else there's a closer resemblance? So I could see where Minghella was coming from.

It works extremely well. Again I saw this film before I read the book. Before I read the book, I thought it was a marvellous film beautifully shot and told with conviction. I then read the book and about half-way through, I thought to myself how on earth did Anthony Minghella manage to adapt this to the screen? For in my view, the book was beautifully written and the descriptions of the era were magically told. The director managed it brilliantly.

Jude Law is engagingly good as Inman making his way back to Cold Mountain through the ravages of the Civil War to his loved one Ada. Nicole Kidman is also worth watching as the girl who struggles to survive waiting for Inman's return. But it is Renee Zellweger who steals the acting honours as Ruby who comes to Ada's rescue and keeps her company as they are waiting for Inman's return. With a cast of household names on the billing, it makes for compelling drama. I felt that it could have won more than it's solitary single Oscar for Supporting Actress. I thought the cinematography and the editing were first-rate. A film well worth seeing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mr Colin Taft
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Film
A brilliant tale of love and longing.
The film takes in some stunning American settings with gorgeous shots throughout. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Darren Malzard
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Moutain, Wam film.
This is a great film. It gets everything right. Good story, great acting, very well shot and superb music. What more could you ask for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Mountain
This is an absorbing and interesting story set in the American Civil War. The weakness of human nature is portrayed with skill and the horror of war and cruel consequences for... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beau Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an epic but good
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To my mind this is not an epic film, but it has its moments, it really was not that compelling to me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trajan
1.0 out of 5 stars Tttt
One of the best, most riveting and moving books I ever read in my life. The film gets nowhere near, unfortunately.
Published 4 months ago by Andy Graham, Truro
5.0 out of 5 stars film
my husband had been looking for this movie for ages, my brother recommended amazon, so he was really glad to find it, it arrived very quick n was a very reasonable price
Published 8 months ago by lorraine sherlock
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
I borrowed this from a friend and liked it so much I bought my own copy. I wasn't expecting to like it for some reason. It reminded me a bit of Dr Zhivago.
Published 8 months ago by bimple
3.0 out of 5 stars something different
over hyped in publicity but still very watchable,the price I paid was fair for the film and the service was excellent.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. G. Clement
5.0 out of 5 stars Civil War Odyssey
What gems do we have here ? First two of my favorite actors; Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. Then an epic script spawning several historical,years that helped shape the United States. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christian Nugue
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