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Fortunes of War [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LFPJ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,890 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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170 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Recycled Rabbit TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2006
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I've been waiting for ages for this drama to get DVD'd. Although the rather quickly designed packaging would lead you to think that the story took place solely in Egypt the three disks are an excellent print. This is the ever wonderful Alan Plater's adaptation of Olivia Manning's series of 6 semi-autobiographical books charting World War Two from the civilian angle. Ken and Em star as a newly married couple, the Pringles, learning to fall out of love and back in again on the microscale. (The actors coincidentally married two years after and then fell out again).

Guy Pringle is a myopic English teacher spreading culture to foreign lands, always the centre of attention, and totally engrossed in his work, who soon forgets to pay attention to the strong willed Harriet, his new wife. At the same time the Nazi advance across Europe forces them to abandon their home first in Romania (filmed in Yugoslavia), then Greece ,and finally threatens their life in Egypt. On the way their brilliantly portrayed chance acquaitances veer from irritants to allies as the world around becomes more and more dangerous.

Other long term fans will be happy to note that unlike the pruriently edited versions shown on digital TV that this disk does actually feature the explanation for Bill Castelbar's bucket of cold water by his bedside. The rest of you will have to wait to episode 6. Delicious grown up drama. it's got to be better than reality TV!
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Derek Denton on 12 July 2008
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I was delighted to find 'Fortunes of War' on disc after years of wondering if I ever would. Now I have it and it is even better than I remembered it being. The setting is Romania 1939 onwards, when Hitler is just beginning to wreak havoc in other parts of Europe. Guy and Harriet Pringle are newly married and she accompanies her husband back to Bucharest where he lectures at the university under the auspices of the British Council.The British are well thought of by the Romanians initially because Britain has promised to protect Romania in the event of a war. As it becomes increasingly obvious that Britain can hardly look after itself as the Nazi onslaught begins to crush one country after another, the Romanian leadership decides it had better curry favour with the Axis powers. Besides, there is already a strong German presence in Bucharest. Meanwhile, there is the growing menace of the Romanian fascist party to contend with as it begins to flex its muscles. Inevitably, the British residents come to be regarded as an embarrassment. Finally, the Pringles and others in their milieu are forced to flee. The action moves to Greece and then Egypt as the war gets steadily more threatening. Throughout the drama we follow the fortunes of a wide and intriguing cast of characters. Don't expect much in the way of battle scenes, though there are a few. This is about people away from the theatre of war, but whose lives are caught up in the growing menace of the Axis powers.

Everything about this production is first rate. This includes not only the excellent script (based on Olivia Manning's stunning THE BALKAN TRILOGY and its sequel THE LEVANT TRILOGY) and the cast list, but the photography, the settings, and the music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bookhead on 7 Oct. 2010
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Anyone personally involved in WW2 will have an inevitably limited (but unique) perspective of that vast event, based on their personal experience of it. Fortunes of War is WW2 portrayed through the limited but unique experiences of Harriet Pringle (Emma Thompson).
Harriet is a highly intelligent and articulate young woman with very limited experience of life and men hitherto, who embarks on a marriage that places her first on the periphery, and then in the centre, of the War. Despite her efforts to be useful, she is relegated firmly to ancillary and minor roles in the war effort. Britain was still a very patriarchal society, and war was a man's business. Harriet is a detached and perceptive observer of the extraordinary behaviour of men involved in war (not least, her own husband), and we are invited to share her bemusement, amazement, horror, compassion - and maturing understanding of men and of her own marriage.
It's hard to remember now that this is the role that made the world take Emma Thompson seriously as an actress. She gives a magnificent performance, ably supported by Kenneth Branagh and an excellent cast.
The drama has an unhurried sweep and spacious mise-en-scene that will be startling to viewers accustomed to a more financially straitened and ratings-driven BBC. The acting is first-class and there is much subtle detail. My partner and I found our first viewing absorbing, and after much discussion of characters and themes, we are looking forward to a repeat viewing in which to clarify some of the issues and notice some of the fine detail that we missed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Snail on 24 Jan. 2009
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Foetunes of War is an adaptation of Olivia Mannigs autobiographical novels The Balkan and Levant Trilogies which are two of my personal favourite books. I had read them both before I watched the DVD. The books are better than this film as they go into more detail. Characters and events are better described, particularly the realtionship between Guy and Harriet which in the books comes across as more stormy. Also the books give more insight into the countries at war, but that happens with most film adaptations and you could probably only get that from reading the books anyway.
However, that does not distract from the endless enjoyment that you can get from watching the series and there is plenty to commend it. Excellent performances from all of the actors, wondeful chemistry between Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh, beautiful costumes, locations and goregous music that youll be whistling long after you've finished watching. As with the books I like the second half of the story best which takes place in egypt as the settings are more interesting and the story gets more exciting.
There are a couple of plot points in the film that are not fully explained i.e what happened to Professor Inchcape did he survive to the end of the war or did the Nazis catch him? and what happened to the rest of the Druker family? But other than that this is an excellent series that you can watch over and over again and one to buy.
Also interesting to read is Olivia Manning A Life by Neville and June Braybrooke so you can see how much of the story is based on her actual war time experinces.
If you enjoyed this, then Olivia Manning's other books are just as good, especially The Rain Forest
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