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Parade's End [DVD]

Benedict Cumberbatch , Rebecca Hall , Susanna White    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens, Anne-Marie Duff
  • Directors: Susanna White
  • Writers: Tom Stoppard, Ford Madox Ford
  • Producers: David Parfitt, Selwyn Roberts
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 287 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A triumphant adaptation of a surprisingly little-known text, the BBC's sumptuous staging of Parade's End, the work of Ford Madox Ford, rightly earned no shortage of plaudits on its first transmission. Many of those were aimed in the direction of Sherlock star Benedict Cumbertbatch, who takes one of the leading roles, yet this first rate Edwardian-set period drama has plenty else about it, too.

The cornerstone of the BBC adaptation of Parade's End is the script from Tom Stoppard, which refuses to yield on the issues or intelligence of the source material. Married up to superb production values and a performance to equal Cumberbatch's from Rebecca Hall, this is first rate drama, spread across five engrossing episodes.

The story itself sees Cumberbatch as the aristocrat Christopher Tietjens, married to Hall's Sylvia. Their life as they know it, already threatened by the shadow of World War I, faces further disruption when a young suffragette by the name of Adelaide arrives. From there, a perhaps inevitable love triangle develops, one that's played out tremendously well. Parade's End certainly proves to be gripping drama.

The disc release also features a welcome bonus, that takes you behind the scenes of how Parade's End was put together. That in itself proves to be an interesting story, and proves to the proverbial icing on an already exquisite cake. --Jon Foster

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In the dying days of Edwardian England, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens finds himself marrying Sylvia, a beautiful but cruel socialite who is pregnant with a child who may or may not be his. Christopher is determined to remain loyal to his wife, but his life is transformed the day he meets Valentine Wannop, a fearless young suffragette. Moving from the glittering yet shallow world of London high society to the trench-scarred battlefields of France, Parade's End is the story of one of the defining eras of the last century; a time when old certainties are being torn down and lives are changed forever. ...Parade's End - 2-DVD Set

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great period drama!! 28 May 2013
By Molly
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Being a fan of a good period drama, as-well-as a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch i naturally just had to watch this 5 part drama. 'Downton Abbey' it sure aint!! There's no comparison really, i find it a far more superior drama. It may not be to everyones taste and you really have to follow it carefully as it is based on the famous Ford Maddox Ford book which is a tough, but great read. Thankfully i read the book after seeing the series. So if you are into a good period drama which gives a good realistic insight into what life was like during the first world war, tackling society, class differences ....and a lot of 'gossip'!!!! and of course brilliant acting from an equally brilliant cast.....well this is for you.....and then go get the book!!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC at its best! 2 Nov 2012
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This is a wonderful dramatisation of Ford Maddox Ford's novel Parade's End, following the life of Christopher Teijen's, an Edwardian gentleman, through the early years of the 20th Century until the end of the First World War. The production is lavish and performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, and other noteable British actors are sublime. Not to be missed, loved it and have sent it to several friends abroad!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore! 22 Nov 2012
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The concept of Parade's End highlighted the behaviour of an era. And how life and love and war can change society. With the central character, a conservative English aristocrat, played by the delicious Benedict Cumberbatch, torn between two very different women. He, like his world, will never be the same. So beautifully shot, so brilliantly played, I watched it twice in a row!
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly wonderful 4 Oct 2012
The 4 books are long, difficult...and rewarding: this was early modernism, and used an unfamiliar style, which aimed to unearth a deeper reality. I would suggest that Tom Stoppard successfully reflects this in his dramatization. Human thought is never linear and rarely coherent. The actors were spot-on: Benedict Cumberbatch is mesmerizing and Rebecca hall played Sylvia to perfection. I was entranced. A glorious piece of television drama - poetic, ethereal, gritty, wise and with that wonderful bleak humour....sheer bliss
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92 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully realised 9 Sep 2012
By docb
It was always going to be hard to capture the essence of the Edwardian era and the subtleties of manners of the time, as well as deciding what to keep in and what to omit in what was, already, a long, complex text. However, with a script by the very talented Tom Stoppard, a playwright with many intelligent and densely allusional scripts behind him already, some great photography (some of the shots look like paintings they are so beautifully composed) and some (although not all at all times) excellent acting, this series really shows what the BBC can accomplish when it makes the effort. The brief bits of humour also break up the intensity and provide some lighter moments. A Highly accomplished achievement. Do buy it.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enigmatic character 26 Nov 2012
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Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed a fascinating and enigmatic character, rare in television drama. This was an absorbing, well-paced series, which I watched straight over again once the DVD came out in order to pick up nuances missed during the first television outing. Being a literary adaption however, the gaps were noticeable (I have not read the novels, but like most of these dramas compression of narrative sometimes leaves one wishing for a bit more - but perhaps that's the whole point). All the actors were, I thought, rendered their characters pretty much perfectly.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BBC at its best 19 Sep 2012
The acting from Cumberbatch and Hall (understated and theatrical respectively) is masterclass and fits Christopher and Sylvia perfectly. The script is genius and the photography breathtaking. The presentation of the story though is a bit different from the book. This is more Sylvia-centric (just count the number of monologues and screen time Sylvia has). The book on the other hand focuses on Christopher more. You get more from Valentine as well. Nonetheless, this is a reminder that the BBC makes period drama best.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ! 12 Nov 2012
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Seule la BBC est capable de produire des réalisations aussi soignées, d'une qualité remarquable autant par le jeu des comédiens, que les décors, costumes, atmosphère d'une époque.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top drawer
I can't remember being so captivated by a costume drama. From the Vorticist opening credits to the sweeping Kentish countryside conveying Christopher and Valentine-this is a feast... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Prospero77
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Quite possibly one of the best things I have ever watched. Heartbreaking, frustrating and joyous. Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding as is Rebecca Hall. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Fairy Dust
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Title
This is a marvelous flick. The costuming is gorgeous. Cinematography is great. But, oh, the storyline is really lush. This is a sleeper & the drama is quite delicious.
Published 24 days ago by Eddie Nguyen
2.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend it
Found it another hard dvd to get into had not seen it on tv and would find it hard to recommend
Published 26 days ago by margaret harkness
5.0 out of 5 stars In love with this programme!
i absoloutley loved this tv programme, brilliantly made to very high standards. delivered on time in sturdy packaing, definatley worth the purchase! Actors were phenomenal.
Published 1 month ago by Dhampir
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Benedict Cumberbatch is an excellent Television actor and one that does this book well, but I still prefer reading the book
Published 1 month ago by Pablo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love will overcome
Beautifully acted, Benedict Cumberbatch is the most gifted of actors, his portrayal of this man is spellbinding to watch, this is a truly wonderful story .
Published 1 month ago by jan townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama
Benedict Cumberbatch is so good in this drama. He portrays a man of principle almost to the point of being unfeeling. Downtrodden and yet dignified. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. D. Swinbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars So good and deserves repeat viewing.
Wonderful series in every way, intelligent, subtle and moving. I fell in love with both Christpher (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Sylvia Tiejens (Rebecca Hall) in particular but there... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steffi in Oz
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for any Cumberbitch (no apologies for the term)
Such an awesome mini series, I had to own a copy. Fabulous work from one of the finest playwrights of our age, Tom Stoppard, with an outstanding cast (topped off by himself). Read more
Published 1 month ago by rudimentary mary
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