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  • Actors: Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Morgan Turner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 328 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SP0CCE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,820 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kate Winslet stars as the title character in this five-part drama mini-series adapted from the 1941 novel by James M. Cain. Living in Glendale, California, during the Great Depression, middle-class housewife Mildred Pierce finds herself a single mother after separating from her cheating husband, Bert (Brian F. O'Byrne). To keep house and support her daughters she is forced to find work and, despite there being few job opportunities, she manages to get a position as a waitress. Mildred's eldest daughter, Veda (Morgan Turner/Evan Rachel Wood), who is used to her middle-class upbringing, disapproves of her mother's job. In an effort to make a better life for herself, Mildred opens up her own restaurant, embarks on a new relationship with wealthy playboy Monty (Guy Pearce) and tries to win Veda's affections.

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In Michael Curtiz's hands, James M. Cain's novel Mildred Pierce became a suburban noir, but Todd Haynes spins a more class-conscious tale in this HBO miniseries. The Depression is in effect when Mildred (Kate Winslet, ably filling Oscar-winner Joan Crawford's formidable shoes) breaks with her unfaithful husband, Bert (Brían F. O'Byrne), leaving the Glendale housewife to support her daughters as a waitress and part-time baker (cinematographer Ed Lachman brings her confections to delectable life). To keep up the middle-class façade, only neighbor Lucy (a fine Melissa Leo) knows about her blue-collar day job.

By protecting 11-year-old Veda (Morgan Turner) from the truth, however, Mildred encourages her snobbish tendencies, but then her pastry-making skills allow her to open a chain of restaurants with help from Lucy, feisty colleague Ida (Mare Winningham), and opportunistic realtor Wally (James LeGros, Safe), with whom she has a fling. That ends when she falls for playboy Monty (a dashing Guy Pearce), who takes a shine to Veda, at which point the girl becomes truly insufferable. The first time Mildred slaps her, it's hard not to suppress a cheer. The second time: Veda slaps her mother back. In 1937, when Mildred finally kicks her out (Evan Rachel Wood plays the teenaged Veda), you'll wonder why she didn't do it sooner.

Since 1941, audiences have debated Mildred's attempts to buy her daughter's love. Was Veda a bad seed or did slack parenting make her that way? In ditching the murder of the Curtiz film, Haynes and cowriter Jon Raymond (Meek's Cutoff) lend clarity to her motivations. Despite some awkward staging towards the end, Haynes directs with grace, and his cast rises to the occasion, particularly Winslet and O'Byrne. "Sometimes," Mildred tells Veda, "I wonder if you have good sense." The phrase applies equally well to her mother. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By geraldine on 24 July 2011
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I must have watched a totally different series to the other reviewers. I thought it was totally wonderful and well acted, atmospheric. Kate Winslet portrayed Mildred very well and I didnt find her particularly miserable only as you would expect when your husband has left you and you have to provide for your children during difficult times. I havent seen original film or read the book but I will now. I wasnt expecting the end and found it very sad. I will miss this series on a Saturday evening and cant wait for the dvd to come out in November.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By George on 10 July 2011
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A suggestion for the Norwegian reviewer: read the novel by James M. Cain. It is ART, not REALITY. And the mini-series captures the art of the novel. I am sure there are many people who lived through the 1940s with plucky perservance. But the mini-series is not a documentary, it is an adaptation of a NOVEL about the soul-destroying attributes of class envy and social respectability. As such, the mini-series attempts (very well) to capture the essence of the novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookkate on 12 Oct. 2014
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I had high hopes as I thought the story sounded interesting and the cast looked really good. What a disappointment. I found the dialogues very wooden and the acting accordingly did not take off, even Kate Winslet could not save this one. The story, in itself quite good, was lost in the way it was executed. I did enjoy the costumes and general 1930's setting, that was very well done. All in all, I wish I had not bought this.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Zoonie on 12 July 2011
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This is the sort of thing you know you OUGHT to like. It has incredibly good acting from Ms Winslet plus convincing period detail, yet somehow it misses.

As a narrative , it is strangely paced. For the first four episodes, it takes its time to tell the story, which should be a good thing but it drags its feet. However, in the final episode there is dizzying speed as event follows event.

The Winslet acting is brilliant; the 40's California background (interior and exterior) is fascinating, so I will (probably) order the DVD when it is available and give it another chance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart D on 26 Jan. 2012
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I bought Mildred Pierce, however, although the blu-ray loads it then freezes at 0:00:00 and more alarmingly the blu-ray player then will not respond, nor eject the disc. The only way to get the disc out is to power down and reboot the player. My player is a sony bdp-s470 and sony have confirmed that my firmware iss up to date. I then emailed HBO UK who have confirmed this is a "known issue" for some players. This is the first time I have had a blu-ray disc fail, Amazon kindly replaced the discs but the same issue occurred so the discs had to be returned.

It's unfortunate because I had been looking forward to watching the show. I've given this 3 stars because I can't review the content but the customer service processs from Amazon has been easy.
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Winslett is brilliant, the direction ts great, however after having seen the MGM original with Joan Crawford and a very pretty and mature looking Ann Blythe as the 16 year old, perhaps the casting of the daughter could have been a more mature looking young lady.
As usual HBO productions are excellent. I highly recommend this miniseries.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. M. Greaves on 28 April 2012
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I saw just one episode of Mildred Pierce on a transatlantic flight and ordered it from Amazon as soon as I got back home. I have not been disappointed. Everything from the fine acting to the attention to period detail is exceptional. Let's dig out some more classics to re-make or even better and cheaper, put them on DVD, starting with Walter Matthau's 'A New Leaf'....please!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Rodick TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2012
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Impossible for me to watch this HBO series without considering how the original film was received in downtrodden working-class 1940s UK. I can only imagine how women aspired to Mildred's leadership. Her talent for making friends. Her will to live her dream. Echoes of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with its set-up of what women aspire to and what they have to settle for. Free from compliance. Being Joan Crawford.

Part one of this five part series has all the pieces put in place. House, two kids, stray husband, separation, destitution in the background. Our first shock is her refusal to accept particular jobs. In a man's world only the Employment Exchange has a female boss. I have just finished watching Boardwalk Empire for the second time and could easily dove-tale the female lead in that series (Margaret) with Mildred Pierce. Both are attractive because of their self-confidence and their intelligence. Each speaks against the social norms of their time.

The film must have reached Britain in the late 1940s. I can easily imagine my mum being impressed by the will to win. The strength of character. And all women of that time drooling over all that physical attention. The dream of control over a man and by a man. A suave, dapper, rich young man. Enter Guy Pearce. New fruit.

I admit Boardwalk Empire is far more enjoyable for my male appreciation of booze, broads, guns and Al Capone but Mildred Pierce is very much story driven and does not allow you to settle to any conclusions very easily. I am half way through the series, I did not want to be loaded with the ending. Just to say that for women of a certain age, you were remarkable. Five stars. Not like today.
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