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Daniel Day-Lewis [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00B5A9FL4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,657 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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What a stunning piece of Television. This would stand up today as both a beautiful and harrowing tale of two people who found friendship and Lost everything.

The motifs and cinematography are both stunning and lovely . shame some more clean up work couldnt have been undertaken, but its a minor quibble.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Three British Television Productions From The Eighties Showcase A Young Day-Lewis 13 Mar 2013
By K. Harris - Published on
With Daniel Day-Lewis recently making history by winning his third Best Actor Oscar (Nicholson also has three Oscars, but one is in the Supporting category), this seems a perfect time to capitalize on the release of some of his earlier television work. I have long been a fan of Day-Lewis and distinctly remember his break-out year of 1985 where he turned heads in two wildly different film roles. Playing the homosexual punk in Stephen Frears' "My Beautiful Launderette" couldn't be further from the uptight fop he played in the Merchant/Ivory production of "A Room With A View." And his stunning film resume has continued to be as varied and complex. The three projects on this triple feature give us glimpses of this future potential and all, for differing reasons, are worth visiting. Note, though, he is only really the lead performer in one film.

DVD Presentation: This set has two discs with "How Many Miles To Babylon" on the first one and "The Insurance Man" and "Dangerous Corner" on the second one. A note on the audio and visual quality. These television productions certainly show visible signs of their age. The footage can appear quite raw but, truthfully, I'm just glad to have these dug out of the archives for viewing at all.

How Many Miles To Babylon (1982): A TV Movie, this anti-war parable is perhaps the most traditional and heartfelt of the set. Day-Lewis plays a sheltered Irish aristocrat who escapes his domineering mother (Sian Phillips) by enlisting in the war as an officer. He shares the experience with his boyhood friend, whose economic status places him in the regular troops. In many ways, Day-Lewis comes of age by seeing the ravages of the conflict and the foibles of wartime bureaucracy. His emerging idealism places him in conflict with his superior officers and his decision to follow his heart and honor might just place him in jeopardy. A powerful finale makes this worthwhile, but I also really loved seeing Phillips (so great in "I, Claudius") chew up the scenery in the first half.

The Insurance Man (1986): Part of the Screen Two series, this dark surreal fable also deals with the ridiculousness of bureaucracy at its most nightmarish. To call this piece Kafkaesque would be redundant as Day-Lewis actually plays a character named Kafka! The story revolves around a young factory worker who develops a strange and unexplainable rash. His attempts to have the matter covered by insurance leads him to a never-ending series of dead ends and humiliations. Day-Lewis is the elusive agent he hopes will finally be able to assist him. An energetic Jim Broadbent is also a co-star of this piece which is probably not for every taste. While I liked the principle story thread, it is geared to those that appreciate a healthy dose of the absurd.

Dangerous Corner (1983): Part of the BBC Play of the Month series, this a ensemble chamber piece has Day-Lewis in a supporting role (as did The Insurance Man). Very stagy and theatrical (as you might expect), I quite enjoyed this adaptation of J.B. Priestley's play. A group of privileged friends seem to have everything. But a past death of one of their circle holds many secrets that will be unraveled over the course of an evening. Proving, once and for all, that ignorance is bliss--no one will remain unscathed as their perfect existence is forced into the light of truth. Not particularly believable, but perfectly fun, the actors have a wild time as the drama escalates. KGHarris, 3/13.
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Early Daniel Day-Lewis 19 Aug 2013
By Friends and Feathers - Published on
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I bought this after reading about it on the New York Sunday Times last spring. The article got me interested in other Daniel Day-Lewis movies, so I have been on a quest to see them all. I realized this would not be in a library, so ordered it. There are three BBC short movies or plays. One does get to see how Day-Lewis is able to perform radically different characters. "How Many Mikes to Babylon" is an excellent piece of writing that is a beautiful testament to male friendship. Day-Lewis plays a "Christ" character. "The Insurance Man" is a bedlam sort of setting with the Day- Lewis character as the sane one in the midst of the chaos. There is complete nudity of both the male (not Day-Lewis)and female bodies, refreshing that it is not just the woman. "Dangerous Corner" has Day-Lewis playing a weak, sniveling character which he acts perfectly and detestingly. It is a clever bit of writing...a parlor drama with two endings for the viewer to contemplate. BBC, as always, produces wonderful period pieces.
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Historical Interest 28 Jun 2013
By Krandall Kraus - Published on
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This is a terrific 3-pack of Lewis' early work. You can see the beginnings of his signature style, especially his facial responses, his head gestures and his vocal signature when speaking to women. It's a great treat to see one of the world's finest actors in his Thespian infancy.
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Triple Daniel Day-Lewis 16 Jun 2013
By H. F. Coleman - Published on
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This is a must see. Watching the greatest actor of this generation when he was very young is so interesting.
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Good product but expensive 23 May 2013
By Ak - Published on
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Great product but expensive to have delivered to Ireland. Surely it could be provided online download much cheaper. Dvd was good quality.
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