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Gosford Park [VHS] [2002]

Kristen Scott Thomas|Stephen Fry|Richard E Grant|Ryan Phillippe , Robert Altman    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kristen Scott Thomas|Stephen Fry|Richard E Grant|Ryan Phillippe
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • VHS Release Date: 23 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V7CS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,614 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gosford Park finds director Robert Altman in sumptuously fine form. From the opening shots, as the camera peers through the trees at an opulent English country estate, Altman exploits the 1930s period setting and whodunit formula of the film expertly. Aristocrats gather together for a weekend shooting party with their dutiful servants in tow, and the upstairs/downstairs division of the classes is perfectly tailored to Altman's method (Nashville, Short Cuts) of overlapping bits of dialogue and numerous subplots in order to betray underlying motives and the sins that propel them. Greed, vengeance, snobbery and lust stir comic unrest as the near dizzying effects of the plot twists are allayed by perhaps Altman's strongest ensemble to date.

Maggie Smith is marvellous as Constance, a dependent Countess with a quip for every occasion; Michael Gambon, as the ill-fated host, Sir William McCordle, is one of the most palpably salacious characters ever on screen; Kristin Scott Thomas is perfectly cold, yet sexy, as Lady Sylvia, Sir William's wife; and Helen Mirren, Emily Watson and Clive Owen are equally memorable as key characters from the bustling servants' quarters below. Gosford Park manages to be fabulously entertaining while exposing human shortcomings, compromises and endless need for confession. --Fionn Meade

On the DVD: Gosford Park, presented 2.35:1--Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, is awash with the muted colours and sepia tones which permeate the film, the sound is excellent as the actors were individually miked, so you don’t loose any of the dialogue giving away subtle plot developments. Extras are chunky, with deleted scenes, trailers a couple of documentaries. Most notable are the two commentaries which go a long way to unravelling some of the twistier plot devices and a Q&A session with the Altman and his crew filmed in New York. --Kristen Bowditch

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Gosford Park country estate, 1932. Various members of the English upper classes have arrived for a shooting party, along with film star Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam), Hollywood producer Morris Weissman (Bob Balaban) and Weissman's valet Henry Denton (Ryan Phillippe). The servants are busily getting everything ready, and Elsie (Emily Watson), one of the resident staff, is helping visiting maid Mary Maceachran (Kelly MacDonald) find her way around the old house. As the weekend progresses a number of secrets and hidden relationships begin to come to light, and this situation is hastened further when Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon), the owner of the estate, is discovered murdered, and various guests and staff come under suspicion.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A perfect DVD if you like your films dialog rich and musically evocative!

It needs to be watched several times before you pick up all the clues and nuances - then I watched it several times more in short succession.

One of the really lovely parts of the movie is the music and singing of Jeremy Northam as Ivor Novello! And the wonderful Maggie Smith as an impoverished Countess with some classic put down lines delivered in inimitable style!

Wonderfully evocative and everything I remember about growing up in post war Britain among the remnants of the prewar class structure is there. We all knew people who had been in service pre WWII (partly due to the depression) and there they are! There is the nouveau rich Lord hated by all and not all that far away from today's rich industrialist!

And Stephen Fry - bumbling detective seems out of place - but one suspects that is exactly how he would be in that company, in awe of the upper crust and held in ridicule by the servants for his naivety, the more you see it the more you find it not so out of place as you do at the first sitting!

If you like action thrillers, this is not it!

If you like dialog rich, subtle dilemmas this is certainly one!

10 out of 10!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
Julian Fellowes won the Oscar for best original screenplay with this, deservedly. In three ways the film is almost perfect - that is one ; the sense of atmosphere and gently-mocked authenticity of the country house setting is another ; and the marvellous acting from an extraordinary cast, one of the great pleasures of this film, is the third. It is a mystery story, a genuinely intriguing one, and the mix of characters above and below stairs makes solving the mystery a hard task ; and the solution, when it comes, is unexpected. Along the way you have an entertainingly patrician, cash-strapped Maggie Smith as Lady Trentham, Michael Gambon appropriately boorish as the nouveau riche who pulls the strings of his artistocratic wife's awful family, Clive Owen very memorable as Park, a valet, Kelly Macdonald as the meek but astute little Scottish lady's maid who actually solves the whodunit (but keeps the solution largely to herself), Emily Watson as a capable servant who is the only one who regrets the death of the murdered party and has her own reasons for doing so, Albert Finney as a fantastic butler and above all Helen Mirren and Eileen Atkins as the housekeeper and cook who vie with each other for supremacy below stairs. I've seen the film several times and I always enjoy it. My one problem with it is in the casting of Stephen Fry as a suave but deeply clod-hopping - deeply unconvincing too, I think - police inspector. But, as he would say in another context, no matter. It's a most unusual and enjoyable film.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did the Butler do it? 15 Oct 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Its raining and dark, welcome to England and the Aristocracy at its worst. What could be worse, wearing the wrong furs and satin for a shooting party, or the death of a colleague in his own stately home. Kristin Scott-Thomas depicts the air of tedium and superiority against the backdrop of activity that happens "below stairs" complete with its own surprising hierarchy and inverted snobbery. A delight to watch as if you are spying on the party, the plot thickens as those downstairs know more about the murder than maybe the upstairs would notice.... After all to them all the staff are invisible. Great performance by Dame Maggie Smith who is the poorest member of the rich set, together with a stalwart performance by Michael Gambon. Watch out for the subtlety of the rules below stairs and the double standards of the rich.
Great stuff for Sunday afternoons with a packet of hobnobs and a vat of tea.....
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant- but pay attention... 8 Nov 2006
From the outset I was intrigued by this film because it was advertised as a murder mystery with a stellar cast, so I expected great things. And I wasn't disappointed. The cast are all excellent; with some surprises- a dumbed-down Stephen Fry as the laughably incompetent police inspector and Ryan Phillipe with a Scottish accent! I enjoyed each character, even the dislikeable ones, from the bored distain of Lady Sylvia (Kristen Scott-Thomas) to the haughty mysteriousness of valet, Robert Parks (Clive Owen). The acting and dialogue are credible, authentic and intelligent, and the script, like the plot, is full of subtleties. But it's well to note that you have to pay attention or you'll miss something important, which is perhaps why this film is best viewed more than once.

The murder mystery plot is only one facet of a series of storylines that co-ordinate well in this film- and it is as much, if not moreso, a critique on the relationships between different social standings and the (sometimes seedy) trappings and traditions of the aristocracy, a dying breed in 1930s Britain.

Visually, the film is stunning (and not just for having Clive Owen and Ryan Phillipe in the same film...) -I loved the attention to detail- everything from the gorgeous dresses to the old-fashioned servants' protocol, something that really deserves credit here. The soundtrack too is fantastic. Because of the slightly slow-moving pace of the film and the complexity of several sublte sub-plots, this film is not going to appeal to everyone, but if you like the cast (Which, let's face it, is hard not to) , you won't be disappointed!
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Published 5 days ago by doreen gorton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Item as described in very good condition price excellent arrived quickly.
Published 13 days ago by j young
5.0 out of 5 stars blu-ray gosford park.
looks good on Blu-ray, excellent film.
Published 20 days ago by J. A. Gillies
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely period drama from the wonderful pen of Julian Fellowes
Lovely period drama from the wonderful pen of Julian Fellowes, before he went on to write Downton Abbey, and a brilliant precursor to that much loved drama series. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Caro
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Maggie
Excellent film, slows a bit after the murder but a great feel for the lives of the pre-war have's and their lackies.
Published 3 months ago by Hf Froggatt
5.0 out of 5 stars gosford park
This product was good value for money, and arrived on time with no hassles. There was no hidden costs and overall I am more than satisfied.
Published 4 months ago by T. M. Dennis
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
The DVD has average video quality and quite poor audio quality, which paired with the absence of subtitles made an otherwise enjoyable movie a pain to watch, at least for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by klausbrando
I haven't seen it yet because I'm waiting for the shooting script from Amazon Uk (a used item) . In fact the dvd you sent me had no English subtitles and wrote you an e mail... Read more
Published 6 months ago by margherita ratto
4.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
Of course, it is well done and interesting. Marvellous actors. But the story - I think - is told in a confusing manner. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ulla Tarras-Wahlberg
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