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Les Miserables [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Richard Jordan , Anthony Perkins , Glenn Jordan    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins, Cyril Cusack, Claude Dauphin, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Glenn Jordan
  • Writers: John Gay, Victor Hugo
  • Producers: Norman Rosemont, Ron Carr
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002235R6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 20 Dec 2008
This is the definitive film version of Victor Hugo's story of endurance, obsession,retribution and redemption. An all star cast with some fine actors not least of which Richard Jordan as Valjean and the great Anthony Perkins as Javert, who give terrific performances as the main protagonists. The film looks superb, making great use of its locations. Highly recommended as the most interesting and entertaining version of Les Miserables.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film Worth Watching 10 Oct 2002
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Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel this film embodies all of the most important elements of the book, namely the relationships between Jean Valjean and Javert, and Marius and Cosette. Of these relationships Valjean and Javert's stand out as far more interesting than the insipid love story of Marius and Cosette, thanks to the superb acting from Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins. Jordan plays a convincing Valjean eliciting compassion and sympathy and Perkins a sinister and driven Javert.
The film's only real failure is that it does not manage to show the complex depths and entanglements of relationships between the characters as present in the novel. Although there are good turns from the bishop and the gardener, the only characters with any real depth are Valjean and Javert. This is due in part to the length of the film which is not enough to cover all the events detailed in Hugo's epic, yet as a piece of entertainment this film is thoroughly watchable and enjoyable. The best adaptation I have seen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heaven knows I'm miserable now 26 May 2011
Having seen this years ago (probably not long after it was released in the late 1970s!) I recently sought it out on DVD after reading Victor Hugo's inspired source novel for the first time. Despite changing a few things around and focusing on Valjean's years in prison - something the novel spent only a short time on, this remains a highly watchable and well-produced cinematic adaptation. There seem to be a variety of accents on display, which is slightly clumsy and probably wouldn't happen if this were filmed today, but Anthony Perkins Psycho [DVD] and co. all acquit themselves well and present an engaging and emotive story that only occasionally strays from the path of excellence, although when it does stray it does so dreadfully - the film ends in such a way as to be quite insulting to Victor Hugo's vision; I don't want to spoil it for potential viewers but it's a real kick in the teeth for anyone who read the brilliant novel first.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best adaptation of the novel 10 Sep 2003
By far the best screen version of the book, and for a originally made TV movie (Hallmark Presentation), it blows away the theatre version which came out 20 years later starring Liam Neeson. Very moving, and the soundtrack does a great job of adding to the story. If you've read the book, do yourself a favor and watch this...better yet, buy it. If you've never read the book, after watching this adaptation you'll probably want to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a film 4 Feb 2012
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This is a great movie. It will tear at your heart. A great story, cast and acting. Good quality picture and sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1st and the best 15 Dec 2011
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There have been many versions of Les Miserable, and I have also seen the stage version les Mis in London that was fabulous, but this one to me is the best screen version.
With Richard Jordan as the saved man by a kind priest, and Anthony Perkins on a mission to persecute and hound him.
Great acting by both, the book and film has a message, you can overcome great injustice and still be a better person.
Great all rounder for the family, and something to think on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables - A stirring and moving film 25 Jun 2012
I have to confess that I have never read the book, seen the musical or seen any other film of Les Miserables. This can sometimes be a barrier to understanding an adaptation of a huge and complex work of literature where the story is inevitably condensed and not so clear to those not already familiar with it. This is not the case with this excellent film, which was easy to follow and quite a joy to watch.

The film follows the travails of Jean Valjean, unjustly imprisoned for too many years, and his attempts to be a good man following his departure form prison. All the way he is dogged by Javert, a malicious martinet who was once his jailor, and refuses to allow Valjean to live an honest life. It's a rich and complex tale, with an interesting study of the difference between morality and legality at it's heart. It's nicely directed and stars Anthony Perkins in the crucial role of Javert. He brings out the nit picking stickler for the rules, and his consequent struggle with the morality of his actions very nicely. Richard Jordan as Valjean is engaging and likeable, but didn't make as much of an impression on me. There's a slew of well known thesps scattered through the rest of the cast, who bring life and character to their roles. It's one of those big budget costume dramas that used to be done so well, with an epic feel, complex characters and a memorable ending. Five stars for a moving and stirring film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly watchable and Very didactic 5 Feb 2012
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"So long as laws shall exist which create hells in the midst of Civilisation, so long as men are degraded, women ruined and children afraid, so long as there shall be ignorance, poverty and wretchedness on this earth, stories such as this one must be told" Victor Hugo. To an extend some of this probably holds true, even today! A great adaptation of Hugo's masterpiece, worth watching. Anthony Perkins possibly a touch miscast.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of Good over Evil
This is undoubtedly the best adaptation of Les Miserables, a beautiful story which will evoke many different feelings within the viewer.
Published 2 months ago by Richard J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Very good movie, I would recommend watching this before going to see the stage musical. Well acted, directed and very close to the novel.
Published 3 months ago by Edro
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness
I watched this film as a bored 15 year old and it blew me away. It's the only version of it I like, I don't like the musical but this is ace. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mavis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the stage!
It's OK as far as it goes but better to put your money towards towards going to see it live on stage if you want to be really moved and hear some great singing.
Published 6 months ago by Capt. Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent casting and storyline well told.
I have three different versions of this story on D.V.D as well as the musical version This version is one of the very best and very well cast. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. J. D. Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
bought this to educate myself on the story before i bought the musical version. a must for those who dont want to watch the latest version with all the singing!
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. P. Farrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Seen the musical, now know the story!
Just love this film and everything about Les Miserables. Preferred the ending of the musical version, however this film explains the whole story for those who don't already know... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Janette Hagan
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit dated, but good
Being an affectionado of the book, Les Miserables, I was delighted to watch a movie that stayed fairly close to the original theme and not a song and dance show. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
l have loved this film for many years and was overjoyed to find it on dvd. The story is excellent and gives insite in to that
time in history. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bygone
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE EXCELLENCE
Published 14 months ago by A. D. Grey
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