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Peter's Friends [DVD] [1992]


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  • Actors: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Alphonsia Emmanuel
  • Directors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Writers: Rita Rudner, Martin Bergman
  • Producers: Kenneth Branagh, David Parfitt, Martin Bergman, Stephen Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RRHC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,888 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stephen Fry plays Peter, the owner of a stately home, who gathers together his friends from University on New Year's Eve. It has been 10 years since they all gathered together for the last performance of their musical comedy review and things and people have changed. Their differences begin to affect the celebrations. A British version of 'The Big Chill'.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By James Luckard on 21 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
I love this film, but I'll confine this review to the wretched DVD. I own hundreds of DVDs and this is without a doubt the worst quality of them all. The colors are all faded and the transfer is not in the proper aspect ratio.

Worse, the 4% PAL speed-up is really noticable because the film is filled with well-known pop songs, always the worst victims of speed-up, which sound like they're being sung by The Chipmunks on this DVD.

Luckily the film has been released on DVD in the US, in a fantastic looking widescreen version, and it's NTSC, so there's no speed-up. I bought it and sold my copy of this release, which is garbage.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Luiza on 11 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Yes, yes, excellent film and all that. Granted. But I would like to warn everybody that the technical quality of this DVD doesn't at all do justice to the artistic quality of the content. The picture is grainy (yes, grainy, which is particularly weird in a DVD), it looks positively awful on any screen larger than a laptop, the 4:3 format is disappointing, and there are absolutely no frills (extra features), not even subtitles or chapter overview. A film of this quality deserves a much better DVD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles on 2 Jan 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It is difficult to say something original about this film, something that hasn't been said 10 times before.

But it *is* excellent.

I had heard it was a comedy, that you couldn't stop laughing, well it isn't exactly true. There *are* some very funny jokes and lines, but overall the movie is rather tragic. Somes storylines definitely prevent you from laughing and may even leave you a bit down. Fortunately, the pace is just right, and you never stay on one depressing thing for too long - everything stays emotionnal and personnal without falling in pathetically melodramatic stuff.

The actors are of course excellent. Thomson as a desperate spinster and Laurie as a sober jingle writer are hilarious. Slattery is very good as well but his character is so irritating that it's difficult to say you "loved him" in this film. Staunton is wonderful in her overprotecting mother part, and carries out alone a good part of the tragic dimension of the film. Fry is wonderful of course though he doesn't seem to be really "acting" : It looks just like his old self -except that he is not "in the vagina business" at all in reality, neither does he have aids or is an English lord -.

Anyway, this film is definitely a must-see, too bad the dvd in itself sucks so much. No subtitles, and no chapter division ! It's the first time I've ever seen that in a dvd. As for the image quality, it is like watching a VHS...

Charles, Paris
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 2001
Format: VHS Tape
After seeing Peter's Friends I have regained faith in the British film industry. It is one of the best films i've ever seen. The cast is perfect, the soundtrack is brilliant and the overall scripting is first class. It was particularly interesting to see Hugh Laurie in a different role. He played his character so impressively which proves how incredibly versitile he is. Also, the characters were so likeable which is quite rare in some films and the whole cast blended together brillianly. An hilairious, touching and entertaining feature film all round.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Roche on 27 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
A favourite film of mine from days gone by, not that long ago so still worth watching. It is not as funny as its comedic tag would suggest so if you want a weep then buy this.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By I. L. Morris on 9 Oct 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I went to the cinema in 1992 to see this I was 15,I loved it so much I went again the next saturday,when it came out on video a few months later I bought it,and myself and my family and friends watched it so much the tape wore out!!.I came on here to buy it on dvd and I cant wait to see it again,it's a fantastic piece of british comedy with a cast of great british actors,and a brilliant sound track.Its a great film that leaves you feeling all warm inside,its filmed in a beautiful mansion in the heart of the English country side at Christmas.Its fun and entertaining.... all in all a great way to spend 2 hours (or there abouts)and I guarantee you'll watch it over and over again. 10/10
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is so much better than your Four Weddings/Notting Hill overhyped nonsense. If you want a brilliant storyline and top notch acting, you won't do much better than this. Each character is rather likeable and you get to know them all personally. In particular, the relationship between the annoyingly brilliant Brian (Tony Slattery) and Sarah (Alphonsia Emmanuel) is excellent and soooo true!! Rita Rudner shines in her role, also, but I can't find a fault with the whole film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David C on 17 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
This is a fabulous movie with a wonderful cast and great soundtrack. It has given me some of my favourite quotes and it's terrific to see a movie so firmly planted in a timeslot but that is still timeless. This movie is a firm favourite.
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