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On The Black Hill [DVD]

Nicola Beddoe , Bob Peck , Andrew Grieve    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicola Beddoe, Bob Peck, Catherine Schell, Patrick Godfrey, Gemma Jones
  • Directors: Andrew Grieve
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Film First
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00115QGRE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

On The Black Hill has been described as the British Jean de Florette, an evocative story of the life of one family set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Welsh Border Country. Adapted for the big-screen in 1987 from Bruce Chatwin's award-winning novel by writer/director Andrew Grieve, On The Black Hill makes its DVD premiere on 31 March 2008 courtesy of Film First. Winner of the Golden Seashell for Best Film at the 1988 San Sebastian International Film Festival, On The Black Hill is centred on the extraordinary bond between twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, and shows the history of their family over the course of the 20th century. Bob Peck (Edge of Darkness, Jurassic Park) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones Diary, Duchess of Duke Street) play husband and wife Amos and Mary Jones, bound to each other despite resentment and social inequalities. Into this tense environment, identical twins Lewis and Benjamin - played by real-life brothers Mike and Robert Gwilym - are born. The brothers grow, live and die together, sharing the same bed through 80 years of war, romance and loss. Featuring stunning photography of the Welsh-English border, On The Black Hill was shot in only seven weeks on a tight budget. Locals and livestock were recruited to the film, most of the props were borrowed, and even the local Women's Institute was enlisted to create knitting patterns of the correct period. This firmly locates the film in its region, and gives it a strong sense of reality. This much-anticipated DVD includes an introductory booklet written by writer/director Andrew Grieves. DVD extras include Pinny Grylls touching short film Peter And Ben, a profound and moving tale of friendship between the reclusive Peter and his sheep Ben, filmed in 2007 in the same location as On The Black Hill.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: On The Black Hill has been described as the British Jean de Florette, an evocative story of the life of one family set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Welsh Border Country. Adapted for the big-screen in 1987 from Bruce Chatwin's award-winning novel by writer/director Andrew Grieve, On The Black Hill makes its DVD premiere on 31 March 2008 courtesy of Film First. Winner of the Golden Seashell for Best Film at the 1988 San Sebastian International Film Festival, On The Black Hill is centred on the extraordinary bond between twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, and shows the history of their family over the course of the 20th century. Bob Peck (Edge of Darkness, Jurassic Park) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones Diary, Duchess of Duke Street) play husband and wife Amos and Mary Jones, bound to each other despite resentment and social inequalities. Into this tense environment, identical twins Lewis and Benjamin - played by real-life brothers Mike and Robert Gwilym - are born. The brothers grow, live and die together, sharing the same bed through 80 years of war, romance and loss. Featuring stunning photography of the Welsh-English border, On The Black Hill was shot in only seven weeks on a tight budget. Locals and livestock were recruited to the film, most of the props were borrowed, and even the local Women's Institute was enlisted to create knitting patterns of the correct period. This firmly locates the film in its region, and gives it a strong sense of reality. This much-anticipated DVD includes an introductory booklet written by writer/director Andrew Grieves. DVD extras include Pinny Grylls touching short film Peter And Ben, a profound a...On the Black Hill


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful and True! 30 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
I have just finished watching the DVD. Andrew Grieve's extremely faithful adaptation of Bruce Chatwin's novel is inspiring. While there are some occasional losses (i.e. Grieve's underplaying of Amos's abuse of Mary and Lewis's desire to achieve autonomy through independent sexual expression) there are also considerable gains in terms of focus and momentum. As somebody who currently lives in the Black Mountains area (lambing season again!), I can vouch for the integrity of the cinematographic achievements of the director which are considerable and haunting. The acting more than matches the brilliant landscapes and the much-missed Bob Peck leads an inspired cast. The novel is pitched at the dark side of Hardy and succeeds brilliantly without the need for the latter's heavy and plodding irony. This is a film that probably couldn't be made today. As for the feature film: simply `Enjoy!'. In conclusion: thank God for Channel 4 and Film First.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh Jean de Florette 2 Dec 2008
Format:DVD
I first saw this film on Channel 4 in 1989; it was scheduled as a tribute to Bruce Chatwin. I thought it was a fantastic film then, so I bought the book, which is wonderful too. The film is beautiful to look at, well scripted(faithful to the novel) and the acting is excellent, especially the late Bob Peck who captures Amos well. Seeing the film on DVD again years later you realise what an undiscovered gem it really is, a bit like Jean de Florette but with much more pathos and instead of sunny Provence the brooding Black Mountains.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Black Hill (Film) 15 Jun 2010
By K. Ette
Format:DVD
The film version of this wonderful story is as empathetic and true to the plight of the welsh hill farmers and their families as the fabulous book by Bruce Chatwin. Alan Grieve should be congratulated on his achievement. I am sure Mr Chatwin himself was very satisfied with this work. It does not shy away from the more shocking incidents and the development of the twins is uncanny. A superb film which I shall watch again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars on the black hill 19 Oct 2009
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a good film version of the book by bruce chatwin.if you have read the book , the film doesn't disappoint.i really enjoyed this film. i have read the book a few times "a good read".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I read the book on which this film is based last summer when I was staying in a delightful holiday cottage in the lovely Shropshire village of Clun, nearby the reputed site of the "Black Hill" featured in the title of Bruce Chatwin's novel. At first, I thought that I wouldn't like it; it was, on the surface at any rate, a fairly mundane day-to-day depiction of the life of two farming brothers from the Welsh borders. Not my thing at all, I thought; but I was absolutely riveted and found the book extremely moving.

I was, therefore, eager to see the film and was delighted to see it available on Amazon. Would they be able (to quote the writer-director's sleeve-notes) to "make a film about things that don't change", namely "the rhythm of the seasons and the circularity of time"?

Well, they succeed, but only to a certain extent. It is, of course, very beautiful and captures the essence, if not quite the hardship, of farming life at the time. The central roles of the Jones twins, Benjamin and Lewis, are played by two real-life brothers, Mike and Robert Gwilym; they act well enough, but they do not "age" especially convincingly and ultimately lack real conviction and, for want of a better word, charisma. That quality is certainly not in short supply whenever that powerful actor, the late Bob Peck, is on screen, but at times even he is a little "OTT" as their father Amos. The best performance comes from Gemma Jones as their mother Mary; she is quietly moving throughout the film. There are some good actors in the supporting roles, but they are not as well developed as they are in the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 12 Oct 2010
By Merlin
Format:DVD
Saw this on tv some years ago, and kept looking for a dvd - eventually rewarded. I found it an enjoyable film, especially as a lot of it was filmed only 20 miles or so away, so had great local interest. What was also satisfying was seeing a style of farming I can still remember on some of the poorer farms from my childhood days. I can remember harvesting potatoes, horse drawn carts, corn sheaves, no electricity or even a tractor on my uncle's farm, so the film brought back many happy memories. Some good acting and excellent locations put the icing on the cake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
Format:DVD
Very good interpretation of Bruce Chatwin's book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A film for the family/ 14 April 2014
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Really good film showing the differences between the cultures and the lives of the people on the hill. The beautiful scenery of the Black Mountains of Wales in the different seasons of the year it really is worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth a view
After a slow start, the film picked up and provided a good view of life in a Welsh farming community through the eyes of twin brothers.
Published 10 months ago by Brian Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Compliments the book beautifully.
Read the book 3 times, life in that part of the world still reflects that period. Film shows the effects on people that working in the harsh climate and farming envoironment had... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rose Bowen
3.0 out of 5 stars thought I was ordering the book
good movie but quite bleak good acting and I will attend my book club with it. Superb portrait of Wales.
Published 20 months ago by vsquires
5.0 out of 5 stars not bad (faithfulish to the book)
If you are a fan of the book it is well worth a watch! i had never seen this film adaptation and as we all know book to film transformations can be hit or miss. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2012 by boon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
A lovely adaption of a great book by Bruce chatwin. I would highly recommend this film. Great acting and some wonderful scenery along the welsh borders and in particular on the... Read more
Published on 19 May 2012 by Nickos1971
5.0 out of 5 stars Words cannot do this justice
Read the novel shortly after it was published; decided to probably never re-read because it was so, literally, 'impressive'. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by G. D. Busby
4.0 out of 5 stars on black hill
on the black hill is agreat film of farming life at the start of the early 1900
really enjoyed this film well worth viewing
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by paul
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