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Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004]


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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLY8S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,972 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sweeping American Civil War drama based on the novel by Charles Frazier, directed by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr Ripley). Jude Law stars as Inman, a wounded Confederate soldier who is slowly making the perilous journey back to his home town of Cold Mountain in North Carolina, meeting a string of colourful characters along the way (played by actors including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Ray Winstone and Kathy Baker). At home waits Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman), the pre-war sweetheart to whom he has vowed to return. In his absence Ada, the shy and reserved daughter of a preacher (Donald Sutherland), has befriended the feisty Ruby (Renée Zellweger), a tough-talking young woman who can work the land as well as any man. Ruby supports Ada both emotionally and practically as she waits for Inman's return - but as the war drags on and her letters go unanswered, Ada finds it increasingly difficult to keep the faith.

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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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Chris Day on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
I came to this as after thought having read an American civil war novel. Very glad I did. The story is of the futility of war and the corruption that comes with unchecked power, but through it all is very touching love story.
Nicole Kidman and Jude Law are fabulous, as is Renee Zellweger in a very unusual role. There are also nice cameos from Emily Deschannel (Bones) and Natalie Portman.
The movie starts with some fairly graphic war scenes that set the scene for the love story. As I said, the love story is very bittersweet, so be prepared!
Fabulous, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anonymous77 on 25 May 2009
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this movie. It was slow to start as the previous review said but as far as being boring I totally disagree- each to their own. I am not a big fan of either Nicole Kidman or Jude Law and so had low expectations but I thought they were both excellent in their roles and this is why it was a pleasant surprise for me. I personally found the underlying theme of the two main characters shared destiny is what makes this film. Definately worth seeing if you like a medium paced epic.
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This an amazing film, purely because of Nicole and Renee, Nicole accent is superb, an aussie doing south american but she couldnt have done it any better, Renne is perfect i found myself hysterically laughing at some of the things she came out with. Jude law was fantastic and featured an all star cast featuring: Phillip seymor Hoffman and lots more.

Its a story about love and war and may i say the best of all time.

The battle scenes are rather graphic and if you are squeamish then you may want a pillow, but they are so fantastic and believable i couldn't look away.

I am a Nicole fanatic and this is one her best movies, There are many scenes or cruelty and lots and lots of nudity, sex scenes and bare breasted women but thats what makes it so believable because it seems as though theres no boundries.

It brings together love and war and it so fantastically directed it makes you scream at the TV and laugh and cry.

BEWARE: you may need some tissues!!

Overall this deserves the best rating, its absoloutley fantastic and both Nicole and renee really steal the show!

Would highly recommend in my opinion NO faults absoloutley perfectect.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By M. Steele VINE VOICE on 13 July 2004
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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