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Lionheart [DVD]

Patrick Stewart , Glenn Close , Andrei Konchalovsky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close, John Rhys Meyers
  • Directors: Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Brightspark
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XRX8LG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,963 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the waning years of his life, but no less brutal for it, King Henry II (Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Patrick Stewart, (X-Men, Star Trek, Moby Dick, King of Texas, Family Guy) is holding Christmas court at Chinon, during which he ll announce the blood successor to his throne. Assembled for this event are his equally calculating wife, Eleanor of Acquitaine (Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs, Fatal Attraction, Damages), imprisoned for ten years by her husband for a political coup of her own; his shamelessly flaunted mistress, Alais (Julia Vysotskaia), and her venomous brother, King Philip of France (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Mission Impossible III, Bend it like Beckham Velvet Goldmine); and Henry s three sons, Prince Richard the Lionhearted (Andrew Howard, Band of Brothers), who can t fathom the depth of leadership, the shallow Prince Geoffrey ( John Light, Dracula 2), and the luckless and bumbling Prince John (Rafe Spall, The Calcium Kid).

What the three siblings share is a gift for treachery.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A pale imitation of the original 10 April 2011
Format:DVD
Being a great fan of the original version of this film starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn, I was quite excited about this remake - especially as I like a lot of Patrick Stewart's other work.

I have to say though that it's not a patch on the original, despite following the identical script. Stewart's and Close's acting is disappointingly wooden; this version lacks the verve and heart of the original.

It was always going to be a tough order to follow O'Toole and Hepburn (as well as their strong supporting cast that included Timothy Dalton and Anthony Hopkins) but, to be honest, I expected better from this remake.

For those who have never seen any version of this film I would strongly advise you to buy the original. To those who have seen the original I would sadly advise you to not waste your hard-earned money on this version.

2 stars for a half-hearted effort, which is what it seemed like.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a con! 23 Oct 2012
By Beks
Format:DVD
I'm confused. It says on the cover "With stunning battle scenes and an incredible cast this is the must see historical film of 2012". Within minutes of watching the film, I realised this was a televised version of a play called "The Lion in Winter". Went onto IMDb to investigate and sure enough, it is "The Lion in Winter"...and it was made in 2003 under the same title.

Why is it now being called "Lionheart"? Where are the battle scenes? And why does it clearly state on the cover that "Run time 257 mins approx" when the film only lasts 75 minutes? That's VERY "approx"!

Has there been some mistake in production or is this a direct con?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The genius of James Goldman's perfect script for The Lion in Winter is the way it takes great historical figures and not only makes them all-too-recognisably human but also makes their faults serve as the world in microcosm. And it does it with wit, drama and genuine emotion as its two titans battle each other with a great hatred born of a once great love while their unlovely brood jockey for position and the crown of England in an ever escalating web of one-upmanship and betrayal. As such, it's foolproof and virtually idiot proof, the kind of thing that not even a talented director could ruin. Unfortunately one of the reasons the play has been so rarely revived is because it also managed to spawn a film version so close to perfection for all its budgetary limitations and technical faults that it must seem pointless to anyone to attempt to match it. So it's no great surprise that Andrei Konchalovsky's 2003 TV version leaves you feeling a bit like you've brought a ticket to the hottest show on Broadway only to find that the entire cast has gone down with food poisoning and the rep company from Des Moines will be taking their roles for tonight's performance.

The biggest problem is that all these people have all too obviously seen the 1968 movie and fail to make the parts their own. Patrick Stewart fares best, but he lacks Peter O'Toole's delivery or comic timing although, to his credit, he doesn't try an impersonation. Unwisely, Glenn Close DOES slip into the odd spot of mimicry of Hepburn inbetween the odd half-hearted bout of Norma Desmond, but she makes surprisingly little impact until the second half of the game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
It is impossible for me to watch this Showtime remake of "The Lion in Winter" starring Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart without constantly comparing it to the 1968 theatrical film with Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. That was the first Hepburn film I ever saw and the way she delivers James Goldman's great lines (my favorite would be "I could peel you like a pear and God himself would call it justice!") is forever etched in my brain.

However, I also think that it is clear that the specter of the original film hangs over the entire cast of this production. By that I mean that it seems like every single memorable line from the play (and there are literally dozens) is delivered in a decidedly different way. Specifically, Close plays Eleanor of Aquitaine as being much more emotional, which is rather ironic given that her ex-husband, the late King of France, is described as being a weeper. This means that when Eleanor has what should be her final emotional collapse at the end of the film, it is really just another in what has been a series of emotional moments. As for Stewart, his Henry II tends to underplay all of the key moments. It certainly seems that every time O'Toole engages in bluster and bombast, Stewart goes quiet, bordering on a whisper. Again, I can only conclude that these were conscious choices because they stand out so boldly against the original film version.

This is not to say that I am against new productions of the play. I would have loved to have seen Robert Preston and Rosemary Harris on Broadway or the Roundabout Theater production starring Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing. But Stewart and Close make choices, obviously endorsed by director Andrei Konchalovsky, that remove much of the fire from Goldman's brilliant dialogue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very misleading title
Poor and boring and I should have heeded an earlier reviewer. Good cast but the story is sure to put you to sleep.
Published 7 days ago by Smiler
1.0 out of 5 stars As other viewers have stated this film has to be ...
As other viewers have stated this film has to be the biggest load of rubbish I have ever seen on TV - don't bother.
Published 2 months ago by James41
4.0 out of 5 stars Grandiose, realistic, a tad pretentious, but worth repeated watching.
Now this was not my first choice, but it was what I could get.
The play - which I know well - is hilarious in live performance. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. David Titley
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie -- BUT BEWARE...
Before you buy this movie check your movie library and the movies that you already have...
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This is a great movie BUT ??? Read more
Published 8 months ago by cullodenmist
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!!!!
Load of Tosh - do not buy!!!!

A re-hash of the 'Lion in Winter' with Peter O'Toole. This film is variously sold as 'Lionheart' or the 'Lion in Winter'. Read more
Published 11 months ago by babs1
2.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up, AmazonUK!!!
The Brightspark DVD you are selling as Lionheart is not a 'new 2012 historical film' as suggested by you and stated on the package but actually a reissue of the 2004 mini-series... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James E. Almoney
1.0 out of 5 stars lionheart
Dont buy this if you expect action, the cover describes an action heavy film, it is anything but!. You would think it is about richard the lionheart, he is only a small character... Read more
Published 13 months ago by William E. Fathers
3.0 out of 5 stars Terribly disappointing
Terribly disappointing-none of the charisma or atmosphere of the original, despite being more true to the period in some of the music for the mediaeval Christmas court revels at... Read more
Published 14 months ago by nymph1469
2.0 out of 5 stars too long
with such a esteemed cast I expected better, utter trash, sorry Patrick no Oscar in this one mate. you have done much, much better.
Published 14 months ago by phil
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short and not worth it
Was really hyped up for this bit it was a let down. Amazing cast but it was too short and all together not worth it...
Published 14 months ago by cazmad87
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