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Michael Collins [DVD] [1996] [Dual Disc Format]*

Liam Neeson , Aidan Quinn , Neil Jordan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart, Richard Ingram
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Writers: Neil Jordan
  • Producers: Redmond Morris, Stephen Woolley
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 1998
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CX8H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A heartfelt epic from Irish director Neal Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire), Michael Collins is the biography of the charismatic and controversial Irish rebel leader who led the fight for independence from Britain. Among the most beautiful and atmospherically photographed movies of the 1990s, Michael Collins is also a rich and intelligent study of the nature of politics and leadership: the IRA spokesman, full of fiery convictions, eventually gives way to the more mature negotiator who strives to reach a compromise solution and is politically undone in the process. Liam Neeson gives a grand and towering performance as Collins, but for all the character's legendary, heroic, or otherwise larger-than-life attributes, Jordan and Neeson also keep him human. This is sweeping historical filmmaking of the kind we haven't seen since the heyday of David Lean, but with Jordan's characteristic touches of complexity and ambivalence. --Jim Emerson

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Neil Jordan's account of the life and career of Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. Though not always historically accurate, it tells of Collins' (Liam Neeson) struggle to release Ireland from British rule in the 1920s, his love affair with Kitty Kiernan (Julia Roberts) and political struggles with Sinn Fein president Eamon De Valera (Alan Rickman).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lizlass
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought from Amazon. Arrived quickly. Quality: Visually very good, ...BUT...

I bought this DVD because it promised English subtitles, being deaf I need them to follow dialogue, though the film does have subtitles they are impossible to follow as they are so blurred/unclear, effectively rendering this film 'without subtitles'.

Comments: Negative comments, re: invalid review/not watched. My review is targeted at the hard of hearing/deaf who rely on subtitles, a group that are badly serviced by Amazons reluctance to challenge sellers to add vital subtitle information in their product description. Too many DVDs, sold by and via Amazon do not have any information regarding subtitle content, which requires the deaf to purchase and return because of lack of subs. Having read this, should you leave a negative snipe, I shall report you to Amazon.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few good movies about Irish history 15 Nov 2005
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Michael Cimino was one of many who tried to bring the story of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins to the screen and on the evidence of the mess he made of Salvatore Giuliano's story in The Siclian (and the bizarre gay love triangle in his proposed version) it's a good job he didn't. Kevin Costner's attempts resulted in some equally simplistic scripts that enshrined cliche over history before Warners decided to drop his version in favor of Neil Jordan's long-planned film. Even if they were motivated more by the success of Interview With the Vampire than the material, they made the right choice: Michael Collins is easily one of Jordan's very best films and a strikingly intelligent piece of political cinema. There are changes for dramatic purposes, but these generally seem made for sound reasons and don't change the essential truth of the Irish Republican hero who became a scapegoat for de Valera's failure to gain a Republic and ended up being assassinated by his former colleagues in Ireland's forgotten and bloody civil war.

Clocking in at little over 130 minutes, Jordan keeps a sense of momentum that occasionally loses the odd detail that would be helpful to audiences unfamiliar with Irish history (such as the way the popular hatred towards the rebels who fought in the Easter Rising was turned around by the disastrous decision of the British to execute its leaders) but which still manages to find room for character as well, personalizing the tragedy surprisingly effectively. One of the last historical epics to use real sets and real extras instead of CGI, the film feels grounded in reality while still being an enthralling and cinematic political thriller. Sinead O'Connor's screaming over the assassination scene is unhelpful, but even that can't destroy the film.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling. 20 July 2011
Absolutely nothing wrong with the film itself (apart from a few historical inaccuracies) what I was puzzled by and wasn't happy with is that the DVD stops 17 minutes before the end of the film and you have to turn the disc over for the remainder of the film!!! It also doesn't inform you that you need to turn the disc over, I thought that something was wrong with the disc for a short time until I turned it over. Totally ruined the moment. In these days of fairly advanced technology you would think that it would be possible to get a film that lasts 133 mins all on the one side of a disc!! It wasn't even as if the room was taken up by copious amounts of DVD extras!
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad History 20 April 2006
I saw this film for the 2nd time last week and enjoyed it just as much as the first time .I cannot understand the criticism of Julia Roberts as her role in the film is not that important and I didnt find her accent offensive.Another review critisizes Rickman and this is totally without foundation as i have heard numerous recordings of Devs radio broadcasts and i find Alans portayal and voice eerie in its accuracy,not too mention his appearnce.Jordan appears to have choosen what the viewers should think in his linkage with Devs involvement in Collins death when there is no solid proof that Dev was involved,equally Devs personality appears less than honorable throughout with all the heroics heavily balanced in Collins favour.If their was a need to show the cruelty of the British secret service the inaccuracy of an actual persons death(Broy, who died 50 years later) was silly cosidering the historical accuracy throughout is admirable.Similarly the civil war started because of the oath of allegiance not partitiona.Another review correctly mentions that the 1916 rebels were pelted with stones and rotten fruit by the Dublin poulace for being responsible for the deaths and ruination of the city and only as a result of General Maxwell's decision to to shoot the leaders did the support swing copletely in favour of the rebels.Lastly Liam Neeson's " BIG FELLA" performance was great and made it an overall a great watch!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Hollywood talent AND Julia Roberts 12 Nov 2013
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A film that genuinely shreds to bits two staple Hollywood golden rules. Firstly, as a historical film, it actually keeps loosely to the basic facts. Most of what you see and hear bears some semblance to the basic truth. Secondly, it works just fine as a well made, enjoyable film while still having Julia Roberts in it.

She (rightly) takes a back seat to Michael Collins' more pressing matters with the State of Ireland, and is therefore comfortably superfluous to anything key to the drama.

A good cast (led by Liam Neeson) tells the ongoing tale of Ireland's attempts to get the British monkey of her back. As throughout history, The genuine desire of the Irish to be liberated is matched only by incompetence and internecine tendencies, whilst the ice cool, stiff upper lip British approach masks well its own ineptitude. This was an enduring ineptitude that never fully acknowledged that its ongoing subjugation of Ireland relied solely on its own indecision and stupidity being marginally less damaging than the Irish ability to shoot itself in the foot at every available opportunity.

When the denouement of the film arrives - namely the Irish killing one their own in the middle of a process they at least had a semblance of control over - what was the Pretty Woman doing? Buying Pretty Dresses, of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, not quite accurate and a pity that you have to flip the DVD for the last bit.
Published 5 days ago by magberg
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Pirate copy!! do not trust!!
Published 22 days ago by michael stretton
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and historically accurate
It was not only an exciting movie, a good story. It was also - as far as I could judge - historically accurate.
Published 24 days ago by Stig Andersson
5.0 out of 5 stars dont judge a book etc!!
excellent powerfull film
Published 29 days ago by sandra tate
5.0 out of 5 stars The other view.
Simply a view of the other side. I watched this after a visit to Dublin. We all know our history, or think we do. This is the other sides, for want of another way of saying it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Buyer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived as expected on time there were no faults and no damage.
Published 1 month ago by jacob anthony rudkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable
Believable account. I don't know the history
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Martin H. Birley
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of Irish history
I have been waiting to see this film for a number of years, it was well worth the wait. I learnt a lot about Irish history it was a real eye opener, I enjoyed every minute.
Published 2 months ago by Maura Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD as it brings to life the turmoil in ...
Excellent DVD as it brings to life the turmoil in Ireland just before and just after the formation of the Irish Republic.
Published 2 months ago by Bosch fan
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