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Einstein & Eddington [DVD] [2008]


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  • Actors: David Tennant, Andy Serkis, Jim Broadbent
  • Directors: Philip Martin
  • Writers: Peter Moffat
  • Producers: Mark Pybus
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NEQL58
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,667 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.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Suzi 2 on 29 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Basilides on 22 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
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 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Blackwell on 30 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
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 By J. L. Moore on 25 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
Every now and then something comes along that makes you sit up and take note, and this drama is definitely that. It seems difficult nowadays to imagine a world that didn't know Einstein's theories, and to be honest to most people it doesn't make that much of a difference, after all we had electricity, telephones and other things before this came along.

Until Einstein came along Newton was taken as to have been the epitome of certain branches of science and there was only observation and measurements left to be taken. For Einstein to say that there is something more was quite a brave action to take, and not until the First World War broke out was he taken to be serious. Tricked back to Germany in a propaganda coup the Germans thought they could use him, but they soon found their mistake.

In Cambridge, England Arthur Eddington was told to look at Einstein's work to prove that it was wrong, after all British science had to be better than German science, we had Newton. What Eddington saw was a possibly new theory of gravity. So whilst war ravages throughout Europe Eddington writes to Einstein, can he answer why Newton has always been slightly wrong about the orbit of Mercury? Einstein employs the help of Max Planck to do the maths, but Planck isn't pleased when the answer is being sent to England.

What Eddington and Einstein did could be very dangerous, after all it's tantamount to consorting with the enemy. But both men want an answer, Einstein to work out his theory properly, and Eddington to see if it is correct. With turmoil in both their lives and a war going on what these two did was something of a higher and nobler order, working at an academic level to prove or not whether Newton's law of gravity is completely correct.
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