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Einstein And Eddington [DVD] [2008]

David Tennant , Andy Serkis    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Tennant, Andy Serkis
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: 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: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E0C4CC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,121 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In the Spring of 1914, with Europe on the brink of war, no one had heard of an obscure German physicist called Albert Einstein. A British astronomer, Arthur Eddington, realised that Einstein’s theories could unlock whole new ways of thinking about time and space. Despite the danger of being labelled traitors, the two men began a unique correspondence. An eclipse in Africa provided an opportunity to prove Einstein’s theories to the world. Eddington, an unlikely hero, set out on a journey that would change people’s perceptions of the universe forever.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By Suzi 2
I loved this film. It is beautiful and visually striking, from the opening scence set atop an African mountain, to the contrasting scenes set in Zurich, Berlin and Cambridge. Set admist the turmoil of the great war, a story is told, not just of the greatest scientific discovery of our time, but also of human loss, love, humanity and courage. I admire the writer and director for their ability to put so much into a fairly short film, and especially for setting Einstein's work into the appalling political context of this time so clearly. The film is pacey and engaging throughout. The acting from the whole cast is great. Andy Serkis is very believable as the rebellious, wild and unpredictable Einstein. Tennant demonstrates his versitility with the quietly heroic, if repressed, Eddington. His performance is highly engaging, and he fully portrays the scientist's love for his work. This film should please anyone who enjoys historical drama, is interested in science, or who just likes a good story well told.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The academic and situational historical relationship between the inspired genius and the conscientious 'best measurer in England' was just waiting to be given this sort of treatment. Every sort of ingredient a writer of fiction could ask for was there to be taken and used.
Eddington has always been described as the first man in England to understand Einstein and this film shows his struggle to get his ideas taken seriously at a time when, during the First World War, German science was a dirty word. As a Quaker and a pacifist Eddington is shown as an objective and progressive scientist who serves only the truth and the advancement of science. This brings him up against the resistance of the Cambridge scientific community who are supporters of the war, and hostile to Einstein who was regarded as a German, since he was working at the University of Berlin (though he had renounced citizenship and regarded himself as belonging to no nation). In Berlin, heavily committed to the German war effort, they are developing poison gas which is soon used at Ypres with devastating effect.
Einstein for his part is being put under pressure to support the war and put his signature to a list of German scientists, but wants none of it and so his funding is cut off and he is banned from the University. In the film he gets the full romantic genius treatment and comes across as the Einstein legend would have us expect. Don't worry it's very convincing and the idiosyncrasies and anecdotes are based on facts. The arts too are not left out, as much is made of his love of music (Mozart and Schubert, not Beethoven or Wagner unfortunately). Serkis as ever is excellent.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I though this film was excellent. I was concerned before the screening about the quantity and quality of the science but they did a good job. There are numerous wonderful scenes of Einstein explaining bits of his work to his sons so children watching will also understand. They gave Eddington one of Einstein's famous demonstrations to use in explaining it to his sister and his friend.

You see how the work of both men was influenced by their families and their beliefs. Both stood up for what they thought was right when their countries were at war. The film showed the difficulties presented to each by the internal emotional conflict due to the war and the deaths it caused. Also both faced conflict with colleagues because of their pacifist views and these points were well illustrated in the film. I think the scenes with Eddington and a German family are particularly good both in acting and the film presentation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb television film 25 Nov 2008
By far the best thing I have watched on television for a long time. I knew very little about Arthur Eddington and not much about Einstein beyond what every knows. I have read since watching that there were some historical inaccuracies and dramatic licence taken but hopefully that should not detract from anyone's enjoyment of a beautifully shot film, enriched by a thought provoking script and brilliant performances. David Tennant and Andy Serkis are perfect as two extremely different but principled and courageous men of science, and in Eddington's case, of faith. It was a surprisingly moving and meditative experience. I would recommend it whole-heartedly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is fabulously well done. A kind of Chariots of Fire for science. Tennant is a much better Dr here than ever he was in Dr Who: Both he and Andy Serkis (Gollum) are perfectly cast. I feared in the opening minutes they were going to try an dumb down Einstein to make him "accessible", but no: He's here is all his magnificence, emotional, as well as mental.

Suspenseful and sophisticated, the skilled writing and direction do a grant job of showing, too quote Blake, "the world in a grain of sand, and eternity in an hour". This story, and once personal and universal, takes us from Africa and transit of Venus, to England at her green and pleasant best, the tragedy of Europe's "civil war", Jewish history in Germany, Germans in England, and the dawning of the 20th C. Eddington's honour and grace ("The pursuit of truth in science transcends national boundaries. It takes us beyond anger and hatred and fear. It is the best of us."), Einstein's playfullness, humanity, and stunning intellectual breakthrough, Lodges dogmatism - doggedly defending Newton and the aether - his patriotism, the Jewish Haber, working on chlorine gas for the fatherland - a story in its own right... So much more.

The ensemble cast let their character's character shine through (what a great story that has Fritz Haber, Max Plank, and Oliver Lodge as co-stars!)

Buy the DVD for a great opportunity to think, feel, and simply to revel!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars To short
This doco-movie could have been so much more than just one DVD; otherwise brilliantly acted and scripted but the characters did not get enough depth.
Published 23 days ago by B. Perham
2.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who v Gollum
This film might prove mildly entertaining for those whose normal viewing consists of shows like "Snog, Marry, Avoid". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Island Living
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent accounting of one of the most important collaborations in...
Acting - A+ Writing - A+ This is an often overlooked long-distance collaboration with Eddington and Einstein. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. T. Weddleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly made
How a love of science amazed the whole world in a true story brought to life in this film. Is it for geeks only???
Published 5 months ago by matkinsonthebass
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was a very interesting true story that i had not been previously aware of. The main characters of Einstein and Eddington were portrayed by fantastic actors Andy Serkis and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alison Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars Einstein & Eddington
Glad to have seen it as Eddington was totally unknown to me. Parts of the plot lost me and did not make sense.
Published 7 months ago by Jeremy Brockhurst Leacock
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, sensitive portrayal.
This is an excellent portrayal of Eddington, an often rather overlooked figure. He played a key role in presenting evidence that some predictions of Einstein's very radical... Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. P. Cannon
4.0 out of 5 stars good subject
I didn't know about their friendship, so that was a neat topic for me; but I wonder if the movie was over-edited. I felt like a lot was missing.
Published 14 months ago by W. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film
This has to be a historical reprensentation of two great inventors and how they both helped each other in their lives well worth a watch
Published 16 months ago by feedback909
5.0 out of 5 stars Einstein and Eddington DVD
Fine performance from Sirks and Tennant, dispite the general portent of the film; that of bombastic British nationalism. Otherwise an excellent viewing.
Published 17 months ago by simon
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