Les Miserables 2012

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In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

Starring:
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 38 minutes
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Frances Ruffelle, Helena Bonham-Carter, Eddie Redmayne, George Blagden, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Tveit, Colm Wilkinson, Samantha Barks
Director Tom Hooper
Genres Historical
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 12 July 2013
Main languages English
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 38 minutes
Starring Colm Wilkinson, Sacha Baron Cohen, George Blagden, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham-Carter, Aaron Tveit, Amanda Seyfried, Frances Ruffelle, Samantha Barks
Director Tom Hooper
Genres Historical
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 12 July 2013
Main languages English

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230 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Karen on 21 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
This film is nothing short of outstanding. Having never seen the stage musical, I wasn't sure if I would like the film or not, but I left the cinema feeling overwhelmed and emotionally drained at what I had seen. There truly are no words that can praise this film highly enough, and how Tom Hooper never received a Best Director Oscar nomination I will never know! Hugh Jackman is just exceptional as Jean Valjean and truly gave the performance of his life, as did Anne Hathaway. There is not one thing I can fault about this film and it is definitely a 'must see'. The music will leave you entranced, the performances will give you goosebumps, and the story will leave you emotionally wrecked. Have 2 boxes of tissues ready! 5 stars is not enough to rate this film!
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195 of 214 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok on 28 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
Director Tom Hooper has literally rewritten the book with regards to filming critically and popularly acclaimed musicals like "Les Miserables" in his riveting, excellent cinematic adaptation of one of the world's most beloved musicals, while hewing more closely to the original text of Victor Hugo's novel; it is both a fantastic and magnificent cinematic adaptation of the musical. Hooper gambled that he could film "Les Miserables" by having the actors singing their roles during the actual filming without having them dubbed later in post-production, and not only has it succeeded beyond the expectations of many, it truly feels as though you are hearing a live outdoor performance of "Les Miserables". The cast is superlative starting with Hugh Jackman's compelling portrayal of Jean Valjean, as a conflicted soul trying to escape from his penal past; his singing is exceptional, most notably in his soliloquy "Bring Him Home", hoping the young revolutionary Marais (Eddie Redmayne) escapes from the Paris 1832 student-led uprising, so he can be united with his adopted daughter Cosette (Amanda Seyfried); so too are Anne Hathaway (Fantine) and Russell Crowe (Javert), with Hathaway giving an especially poignant rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream", widely regarded by many as the unofficial "anthem" of "Les Miserables". (Crowe has been condemned by some critics for his singing, but he shows his ability to sing nearly as well as his co-stars, especially towards the end, and offers viewers an emotionally complex portrayal of Javert that remains true to Hugo's depiction of him as a loyal civil servant intent on upholding French law.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 10 May 2013
Format: DVD
Venturing into the cinema to see one of the most highly regarded films of the last year, I was clearly something of a minority. Many others there had seen the West End play. Most others knew something of the story. But not me! So, as a Les Mis virgin what did I think of my first time...

Very good actually. Les Miserables the film is a bold and epic spectacle based around a main story lasting over most of an adult lifetime and many clever sub-plots. It has some fine performances by the main cast- Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and the award-winning Anne Hathaway - as well as fine support throughout, most notably by young Daniel Huttlestone and Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the perfectly cast comedy couple. Light relief from an intricate, complicated set of stories putting the film at over two-and-a-half hours which is perhaps a little too long. Nevertheless all loose ends are tied up for a strong finale to this impressive, musical adaptation which is well worth seeing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Mindham on 11 Mar 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Saw this movie on the big screen wonder why it was so successful at the theatre can see why a amazing musical cant wait till see it agian deserves 6 stars yes it's that good if you like musicals you'll love this ....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on 15 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Fantastic film every one should watch this the dvd is not bad either plays well and good quality enjoy the sound track is great
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By helendotty on 31 Mar 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The most Beautiful, moving film I've ever seen! Hugh Jackman was magnificent and was robbed from getting best actor oscar in my opinion!! I could go on and on and be a complete bore, all I will add is I cried, and found it wonderful!!
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161 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Madame Thenardier on 11 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
... and probably ever will see.**SPOILERS**.
I still can't get over how brilliant this film was; it's certainly the best adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel that will ever be made in our life time. There's all the depth of the musical with the added bonus of material from the book, making it the most loyal adaptation there has ever been.
Key elements of the film that went well were: Hugh Jackman's Valjean - although not vocally better than Alfie Boe, Jackman showed the journey of Valjean from convict to loving father with an indescribable ease that was just wonderful. Additionally, the barricade scenes were fantastic and provoked many tears throughout the cinema - look out for the West End's Fra Fee (Courfeyrac),Killian Donneley (Comberferre) and Alastair Brammer (Jean Prouvaire) in particular. Fee and Donneley's reaction to Gavroche's death was absolutely heartbreaking and I was on the brink of tears until Hadley Fraser (the Army Guard leader), also from the West End, appeared on screen - he really made it seem like the National Guard were regretful for what they were having to do, which I've never seen before. Another stage actor who was fantastic was Samantha Barks as Eponine, having had a lot of experience with the character she really brought something new to the role and made the audience feel her pain, but with a hint at the insanity described by Hugo. I was particularly pleased that Hooper made her get shot saving Marius as Hugo intended it, as opposed to just being hit whilst climbing the barricade. Anne Hathaway was absolutely fantastic; I've never seen 'I dreamed a dream' acted so well and effectively before and I truly believe Hathaway actually became Fantine for those 5 minutes.
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