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Goodbye, Mr Chips [DVD] [2002]

Martin Clunes , Victoria Hamilton , Stuart Orme    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • History Of Mr Chips
  • TV Trailer
  • Biographies
  • 16:9 Wide Screen
  • Dolby Digital Stereo English

Product details

  • Actors: Martin Clunes, Victoria Hamilton, Conleth Hill, John Wood, Patrick Malahide
  • Directors: Stuart Orme
  • Writers: Brian Finch, Frank Delaney, James Hilton
  • Producers: Judy Counihan, Kumari Salgado, Leila Kirkpatrick, Margaret Mitchell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089ARA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



James Hilton's beloved novel Goodbye Mr Chips is tenderly remade here in this 2002 TV production. Martin Clunes plays the schoolteacher over a 50-year period, from his first day as a novice Latin instructor until his death at 83 as retired headmaster. The world and Mr Chipping change dramatically over the decades. He marries a proto-feminist (Victoria Hamilton) who nicknames him "Chips" and gives him courage to test his humanitarian impulses. World War I hits home in many ways--a long list of the school's graduates die or are maimed and Chips struggles with the discriminatory exile of his best friend, the German teacher. Despite obvious breaks for commercials, this film has a graceful honesty that transcends the sometimes sentimental storyline. The casual cruelty at the all-boys' school may make parents flinch more than their children, rendering this a safe choice for family viewing. --Kimberly Heinrichs

Product Description

Martin Clunes stars in a TV adaptation of the classic story about a shy and dedicated teacher, Charles Edward Chipping, who finds love while walking in the alps. The unconvential Katherine Bridges (Victoria Hamilton) shakes up Chipping's mundane life and brings him great happiness; but due to an unforseen tragedy, the couple's life together is to be short lived. James Hilton's novel was previously adapted as an Oscar-winning classic starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson in 1939, and as a 1969 musical starring Peter O'Toole and Petula Clarke.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Clunes Excells. 21 Feb 2008
This touching story is excellent family viewing and whilst I agree with another reviewer that it IS all too short,do not let this distract you from watching.
Martin Clunes is superb as the master who devotes his life to the education and pastoral concern of his charges.I had not realised quite what a versatile actor he was before viewing this but his performance in this touching drama deserved to be recognised.
It is a beautiful story, retold in a sensitive way and as we move through the decades Chips and his boys become involved in the Great War~it is brought home to us exactly what this war cost us in terms of life and sacrifice.
There are a couple of corporal punishment scenes that may make you wince a little but it is a fact of life that this was how school functioned then.
Please buy and watch this story~you will not regret it.Highly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 23 Dec 2009
As a lifelong fan of the excellent original Donat/Garson version, I groaned when hearing that Clunes was to play the eponymous Latin master. Who could picture that oaf playing such a subtle role, I bellowed. Reluctantly, I gave him a chance, and he totally caught me broadside by excelling in this utterly charming and subtle production. In fact - and it tortures me to even whisper it - it is a superior version in many ways. Gone are the artificial studio-hosted environs to be replaced by authentic location shots (admittedly, these were part of the original's appeal, but the fresher realism is a very welcome thing), gone are some of the stereotypical and stagey characters, enter some highly moving though brief scenes pertaining to the darker side of the human psyche (bullying, war etc). It is excellently directed with a very unaffected air and in addition to Clunes, Victoria Hamilton steps superbly into the "Duchess's" shoes as Kathy, John Wood gives an (as ever) effortless performance as the gruff Headmaster. I am almost surprised that this is not a BBC production, such is its quality and subtlety. However, I would agree with others that its brevity is its only weak point, with the relationship between Staefel and Chips being slightly underdone (although I guess Paul Henreid's appearance was brief in the original too). All in all a very credible and touching drama that could have been horribly saccharin in the hands of others but which is regally portrayed in this. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding television 29 April 2009
By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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It is always a great risk when someone tries to remake a classic movie,especially for television. I have to say that this version of 'Goodbye Mr Chips' is a delight from start to finish and,in my opinion,on a par with the 1939 version starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson.

Martin Clunes is a revelation as Chipping and will surprise many people with just how outstanding he is in the role.He is vulnerable,pompous,sensitive and compassionate and he captures every emotion perfectly. He really is that good. All the performances are good in truth with Victoria Hamilton,Conleth Hill and Patrick Malahide all excelling in their roles. To be honest,I can't think of one dud performance in this excellent drama. There is a very good sense of period and the music is quietly impressive without being too overpowering.

This is an example of how good British television can be and one small complaint I have is that it could possibly have been a bit longer. That is a minor niggle though and this inspiring,sad and heartfelt drama fully deserves five stars. If you have any doubts that an actor from 'Men Behaving Badly' can pull off a role like Mr Chips then be prepared for Martin Clunes to amaze you with the realism he brings to the part.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! 10 July 2009
This is one of the most fantastic adaptations I have ever seen. The book is wonderful and this drama reaches the standard of the book. I have watched this so many times and still can't get enough!
Martin Clunes is a wonderful actor and it seems as though this part was made for him. It is a truely great film and everyone should buy it, for the price you can't go wrong!
Touching, moving, funny and lovely! Buy it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Version Yet Made 8 Oct 2008
This version of Goodbye Mr Chips is in my opinion a superb production and by far the best version yet made. The story is familiar, a strict disciplinarian schoolmaster who mellows with age and wins the love and respect of everyone around him.

Martin Clunes was an inspired choice for the part of Mr Chipping, and his powerful performance was the most touching thing I have ever seen.... ever! I defy anyone with half a heart to watch this film and remain unmoved by it.

Martin Clunes played Chips from a young twenty-something, through to a caring and much beloved headmaster in his late eighties, and not only is his performance thoroughly believable, the make-up department also did a bang-up job in making him look totally genuine as an old man.

Also starring Victoria Hamilton as Chips' young wife Kathie, this is a beautiful film, and not to be missed...but keep your hankies handy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clunes an excellent "Chips"! 12 Jan 2010
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This is a superb re-make of a classic. The attention to historic detail is very good with Martin Clunes making the part his own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An engaging film 7 Jan 2012
I enjoyed this film, however it did not quite measure up to the original with Robert Donat. Martin Clunes did quite a good job in capturing the lonely master, however the film was missing the poignancy of the original, especially in respect to the incidents with a number of boys over the years attending the school.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
This story is one of my favourite books. It has been well adapted. Martin Clunes is brilliant in his portrayal of Mr Chipping. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynpin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Repeated Classic
What a talented versatile actor Martin Clunes has become. Rarely are remakes as good as the original.- This is, & makes for superb watching.
Published 4 months ago by Heather MACKNEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Version of Goodbye Mr. Chips
I had never heard of this version over here in the US. We found this version very refreshing and engaging, as well as tender.
Published 5 months ago by Don Leavitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story. Well acted.
Appeals to all ages.; well known story. Martin Clunes plays character of Mr Chips very well. Bought for friend at their request.
Published 7 months ago by Anne Marie Deans
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent modern remake
Having grown up with the original Robert Donat version, I was prepared for disappointment when I first saw this on TV. However I was very impressed with the 'mark II' Chips! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
One of the best TV dramas I have watched including Pride and Pred, West Wing and Spooks. Come on and give us more.
Published 7 months ago by Michael Parry
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello again, Mr Chips
I have not watched it yet, but I have seen it before. I am saving this one up for a rainy day.
Published 10 months ago by Brus Watters
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
Martin Clunes played this part to perfection, from a young man to the very old master his performance was excellent,i saw this first on television and loved it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by willhay
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to watch over again
I enjoyed this production when it was first shown on TV some time ago and was pleased to be able to add it to my collection of DVDs which can be enjoyed more than once. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ann Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the good old films
Very enjoyable I could watch it over and over again. A film all the family could watch together. Top marks
Published 13 months ago by thelma
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