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Les Miserables [DVD] [1998]

Liam Neeson , Geoffrey Rush , Bille August    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Kathleen Byron, Claire Danes
  • Directors: Bille August
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 1999
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D2WS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In this adaptation of Victor Hugo's evergreen classic, Liam Neeson is Jean Valjean, imprisoned for stealing bread then paroled after nearly two decades of hard labour. A gift of silver candlesticks from a kindly priest helps him begin anew. Forging a decent and profitable existence, he finds success as a businessman and as the mayor of a small town. He even takes in a pregnant young woman (Uma Thurman) and raises her daughter as his own. But when a former prison guard (Geoffrey Rush) recognises Valjean, his past catches up to him. Director Bille August culls mesmerising performances from his cast, but loses us with an ending that panders to teen audiences. The focus shifts dramatically, and uncomfortably, from the haunted Neeson and his hawk-like pursuer, to his daughter (Claire Danes) and her romance with a handsome revolutionary. After this narrative shift, the script leaves behind Hugo themes of revenge and redemption to focus improbably on teen angst--hardly what the author had on his mind. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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Les Miserables [DVD] [1998] [DVD] (1999) Liam Neeson; Geoffrey Rush; Uma Thurman

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable on Its Own Terms 27 Dec 2007
This is another of those films-I-think-I'm-not-going-to-like-that-my-son-forces-me-to-watch at Christmastime. And, as usual (but not always), he is right. The elegant production and cinematography capture the look of 1840-ish Paris. Some of the scenes are quite moving, actually. Liam Neeson (if one doesn't do the story's math) is convincing in the role of Jean Valjean (reminding me of Gerard Depardieu); Geoffrey Rush is outstanding as the relentless Javert; and Uma Thurman is properly consumptive as the dying Fontine (I also thought she was remarkably good in the role). As for Cosette and Marius, they are lovely to look at. The pomp of the funeral procession is splendid, and the violence at the barricades is compelling.

If the movie does not capture every moment of the book (which I did read in school), well, neither does Verdi's "Rigoletto" capture every line of "Le Roi S'Amuse!" This production of "Les Miserables" is nevertheless good on its own terms: It captures the essence of Hugo's tale of wretchedness, revolution; recognition and redemption admirably. Moreover, it captured my interest for a couple of hours. Not every movie nowadays does so.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good film 6 Jan 2010
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This is a very good film, excellent costume, scenery and acting. The film is great to watch before watching the musical as it explains the story really well. My husband actually preferred this film to the musical!!
I would recommend this film and I was really pleased with the price too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best version 24 Jun 2009
By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I love this version of Les Miserables, great photography, colour, scenery, dialogue, actors. I bought it though I had already seen it. I confess right now that I have never read the book. Liam Neeson was very well cast in his role as the main character, Jean Valjean, an ex-convict. Geoffrey Rush, who played Valjean's persecutor, though good, didn't quite match up to Charles Laughton who played that role in a much earlier version. I think Jean Valjean (Neeson) should have been canonised for his patience with his adopted daughter(I think she was trying to get him killed personally) and his relentless persecutor. More than once Valjean had the opportunity to rid himself of Rush without even gettings his hands dirty. (Maybe Valjean had a death wish. Certainly he's a better person than I am Gunga Din!) This movie had my emotions all over the place and I like a movie, or book, that can do that!
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Les Miserables movies!!!!! 11 April 2002
This was a superb movie and one of the best performances by the whole cast than all the other Les Mis movies put together. Much better than the black and white one and also better than the film made in 1978! Les Miserables is beautifully portrayed and has all the key points of the West End show and also a few added bits which you probably wouldnt know about unless you'd read the book! The actors/actresses and castings for this film were great and perfect for every part that was played. But by far my favourite character was Javert quickly followed up by Jean Valjean played by Liam Neeson. If you are going to buy a Les Miserables movie or film you must buy this one because it has the best atmosphere and the best quality of acting than all the other films. It also keeps very close to the script of the book and musical although there are no songs included in this film!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing film 5 Feb 2006
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As a fan of the book and the musical, I had high expectations for this film. This is based on one of the greatest stories of all time, so I was at least expecting there to be a gripping plot. The first hour stays impressively loyal to the book, but then many parts of the story and many characters are not in the second hour, and the film drifts away from the original story.
The second part felt too rushed, and it skipped out many of the main elements. For one thing, the film seemed to villainise Javert too much, probably due to the fact that the storyline of a vital character, Thenardier, was absent.
Then there is the other important factor in this story: the love story. The originality of this story is completely cut out by the absence of the character Eponine, who would have added depth to the romance, which clearly lacked depth in this film adaptation.
As long a film as it is, it still seemed as if we barely got to know many of the important characters. It takes all of an hour to really get the story going, and it made me wonder what they were doing in the first hour. There was so much at the beginning which is not vital to the plot, so it is a shame that so many parts of this amazing story were lost during the second half. The film seemed to lead to an anti-climax, with not enough emphasis on what I felt were the important parts of the story. It was obvious that a film based on a book over which was over 1000 pages long would have to cut out some parts, but the creators did not choose well which parts to cut.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but as good as the musical. 1 Mar 2008
By tintin
I confess, I have not read Victor Hugo's work. I did order it online 5 minutes ago though.

I have seen Les Miserables on Broadway and twice in the UK and I often listen to the Cameron Mackintosh CD version.

This film IS different to the musical version, but that does not make it worse. It is captivating from start to finish with excellent performances from Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the stage adaptation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY VERSION.
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Published 1 month ago by ERA
3.0 out of 5 stars Good condition
Arrived promptly and excellent condition. Didn't enjoy it as much as the new version, but it was interesting any way
Published 2 months ago by callie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another version of this great classic
Saw the original way back in the 70s, and thought this would be a good updated version, it is very good but seems to be a bit condenced, Seen the west end show with Alfie Bo, Also... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bob mozejko
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Good delivery time, great service and good item. High quality, simple. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a good and simple dvd for someone or yourself.
Published 3 months ago by Natacha
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Liam
Just love watching Liam but this film was brilliant! Well acted and beautiful story, One to keep and watch again and again
Published 3 months ago by Jjburrows
5.0 out of 5 stars I love musicals
Having seen the film 3 times I thought if I got the DVD of it I could watch it when I liked.
If you want a good DVD get it.
Published 3 months ago by Mr Fort
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I saw this film on TV recently for the first time, although it was made over 15 years ago. I liked it so much that I wanted to add it to my DVD collection. Read more
Published 4 months ago by FRANK E WINDRIDGE
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