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Great Expectations [Blu-ray]

John Mills , Valerie Hobson , Sophia Harris    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Bernard Miles, Francis L. Sullivan, Finlay Currie
  • Directors: Sophia Harris
  • Producers: Walter Goehr
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00163JF5Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,642 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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David Lean's handsome adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel captures the warm humour and richness of character that so many film-makers miss in their reverent recreations of Victorian England. From the nightmarish opening sequence on the windswept graveyard where young orphan Pip (Anthony Wager) meets the desperate escaped criminal Magwitch (Finlay Currie) to the shadowy, musty mansion of the widow Miss Haversham (Martita Hunt) where he first meets the impertinent young beauty Estella (Jean Simmons), Lean captures a child-like exaggeration of reality with his elegant expressionism. When Pip's sudden change in fortune sends him to London as a burgeoning gentleman in high society, Lean sketches a beautiful, bustling city.

John Mills's performance as the adult Pip charts his change from the wide-eyed wonder and generous spirit of the child he was to the class snob transformed by money and social standing, an ugly flaw that Pip confronts when his mysterious benefactor is finally revealed. The outstanding cast also features Valerie Hobson as the grown-up Estella, now a beguiling enchantress, a bright young Alec Guinness in his film debut as Pip's jovial London roommate Herbert Pocket, and the imposing Francis L. Sullivan as the decidedly humourless lawyer Jaggers. Exquisitely photographed by Guy Green (who won an Oscar for his work). Lean and his collaborators effectively maintain the heart of Dickens's epic drama while cutting it to its essentials in this vivid, compelling film. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Out of all the film adaptations of 'Great Expectations', this is by far the best. It captures the warm humour of each charcter, brilliantly and because the film is quite old, the Victorian England set would more or less exactly how it should be, as parts of London in 1946 would still be like that.
One day when pip is out in the Graveyard putting flowers on his parents grave, he comes across an escaped convict whom he takes food to. Many years later while doing his apprentiship as a blacksmith, he is given great wealth and property by an unknown benifactor. Pip has a few ideas of who it could be, but the truth is afr from what he imagined.
In my opinion this is probably one of Charles Dicken's best novels, and even probably one of the best novels ever written. As you will know, reading a Dickens novel is not the easiest of books to read, and this excelent adaptation, allows you to watch it instaed. I do recommend though, that you read the book first as it will assist your understanding of the film, even though the film is very clear as to what is happening.
The acting is simply perfect, especially from young Pip and young Estella who almost seem to 'be' Pip and Estela who have jumped off the pages and come to life. This is what makes a good adaptation.
If you have read the book, then this is a must-see, and if you haven't, then this is still a must see, simply because it is a great film. Beware though, it is in black and white, but this shouldn't matter.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
From the wonderfully eerie opening scenes on the Essex marshes and Finlay Currie's menacing appearance in a foggy graveyard, you can tell straight away this is a winner. As the story of this "gentleman of great expectations" unfolds, you are treated to one of cinema's classics. David Lean's moody direction keeps you gripped throughout, but it's the acting that really makes the movie: John Mills and Alec Guiness both turn in great performances, and the incidental characters such as Francis L Sullivan's bluff Jaggers and the bumbling but sweet Joe Gargery supplied by Bernard Miles simply steal the show. There have been at least ten versions of this film made. If you only watch one, make it this one: It's a cracker!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard! 21 Jun 2008
By F. S. L'hoir TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
There are some films, such as "Casablanca," that should never be remade. David Lean's "Great Expectations" is one of them.

The cast--headed by John Mills as the grown-up Pip, and which includes the rotund Francis L. Sullivan as the lawyer Jagger (whose clients are hanged as a matter of course), Finlay Curry as the convict Magwitch, and Alec Guinness as Herbert Pocket--is pitch-perfect (although I always thought that Valerie Hobson was a bit of a disappointment after the brittle hauteur of Jean Simmons).

This film has everything: humor, suspense, and a lack of the sentimentality that seems to have crept into Dickensian films of late.

Lean, who was to become famous for his sweeping desolate landscapes of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago," captures the essence of the lonely English fog-bound marshes with swirling swathes of grey in this glorious black and white film. The image of young Estella (a bewitching Jean Simmons) leading young Pip by candlelight up the darkened staircase into the cobweb-enshrouded inner sanctum of the demented Miss Havisham (the incomparable Martita Hunt) is unforgettable, as is the sight of the jilted bride's rat-infested wedding cake. Without computer-generated effects or even color, David Lean has created a cinematic masterpiece.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations on DVD 11 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
Having seen, and been disappointed in, many book-to-film adaptations, this particular version surprised me. It is very true to the book, and apart from Orlick and the Pockets, leaves no major character's story out. The dialogue is mostly lifted straight from Dicken's text, and yet still works quite well on film. The settings are very realistic, Satis House is very impressive and almost exactly as I imagined it to be. If I remember correctly, the ending of the film is the same as the original ending that Dicken's wrote - this helps to tie the film up and works better than the published ending.

My only criticisms would be that John Mills, although a very fine actor, is a poor 'older Pip' for the simple reason that he looks far too old. He was in fact 38 when he made the film by my reckoning... and is not a very believable 20 year old Pip in my opinion. The young Pip (Anthony Wager) and young Estella (Jean Simmons) on the other hand are exactly how I imagined them to be. By the end of the film, it feels like too much has happened in too short a time, and it is quite hard to keep track of everything that has gone on - this is only to be expected considering the length and complexity of the novel, and I for one appreciate that it did not cut any sub-plots out despite the possibility of confusion.

I recommend that you definitely read it first, only then will you be able to appreciate the film fully.

GVW
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations - great film 10 July 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This versions of Dicken's classic novel "great expectations" is a fantastic adaptation of the book. It follows the book very well and it's the best version i have seen so far out of all 3 versions.
All the actors/actresses are fantastic and i thoroughly enjoyed watching it at school so i bought it. I have been watching it ever since.
The film only misses out a few characters, such as Orlick, who worked for Joe and there are only 1 or two other characters missed out.
So i suggest you buy it, it may be in black and white but it adds to the effect and makes it most enjoyable.
The actor who plays the convict at the beginning
is fantstic when he approaches Pip in the graveyard .
So my advise to you is to buy this.
I am only 15 and have thouroughly enjoyed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC.
Seen this shedloads of times, a classic and in my view the best adaptation of Dickens masterpiece. One to watch over and over again.
Published 6 days ago by L.V.HORROCKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Film
One of the black and white classics, don't make movies like this anymore! An ideal film for everyone to view, young and old. If you haven't seen it you must!
Published 3 months ago by Alana Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars An old classic
It has been years since I saw this film so I really enjoyed watching this.
An old classic I recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Christine Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars A great old black and white film
a classic dickens story turned in to film one of the all time great versions that no matter how many times i watch it .i love it.
Published 4 months ago by john f keys
5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens could have directed this
I can remember this as a child and the terror of the convict on the marshes (near we actually lived). This film has not aged in its depiction of a great book.
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Someone didn't do the job.
I can only echo the criticisms of other reviewers. A disappointing bluray full of scratches and hardly 'restored' at all. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations
I do like this version, perhaps because of John Mills but also because my god-father Bernard Miles was in it - for me it's a memory of him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Suze
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
It doesn't matter how many times this film is re-done, this is the best by far! John Mills is tremendous. A must watch for all the family.
Published 5 months ago by Maxine Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars second purchase
Having previously received the wrong version, followed by a return and refund . I Now have the correct dvd which is first class, This films quality after the upgrading, is well... Read more
Published 6 months ago by DAVID & SHEILA GIBBONS
5.0 out of 5 stars Rags to riches and back again.
I have to admit that Great Expectations is one of my favourite stories and I have to further declare that this David Lean version is one of the best. Read more
Published 7 months ago by barry waterfield
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