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Restoration [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Ian McKellen, Robert Jr. Downey, David Thewlis, Sam Neill
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2011
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YCKJNI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've just finished reading the novel this movie is based upon, and so this was something rather exciting and interesting for me!

In many ways, it is a little unfair to compare both book and movie, since it is always somewhat difficult to get an accurate adaptation due to time alone. (pressing four hundred or so pages into a mere two hour film is rather a tall order - not to mention that every Reader of course will inevitably have a different imagination and interpretation of the same story) However, the first half of this movie is pretty faithful to the book, but it is the second half that brings rather a lot of changes and alterations, and for those of you who have read the book; Hugh Grant's character ('Finn') is notably absent throughout this second half. However, the changes do not spoil this outstanding Picture, and I feel sure that Rose Tremain would have been suitably pleased with the result!

Not being familiar with Robert Downey Jnr. (I don't watch a lot of modern TV or movies as a rule) I was a little unsure of his portraying 'Merivel' - the fact that he was not English could have been a problem in itself, since many American actors are not usually very adept at the English accent - but a couple of Americans in this surpass themselves, and Downey comes across as thoroughly English! At the end of the movie, of course I had no doubt that he'd been right for the part and had been well-chosen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hood on 25 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
I tried very hard to like the book, but failed miserably to get into it because of the way it was written. For me, this was one of the very rare cases in which the film was better than the book. Robert Downey's performance came as a revelation to me - I never thought he could act, and he carried me with him. Sam Neill's Charles II was a commanding presence (forget the scene where it is suggested that he had the Fire of London started deliberately).
The sets were superb, the evocation of Restoration England with its extremes of splendour and poverty was impressive. Maybe the ending was too sweet for some, but I was more than happy to indulge in it. There is far too much grimness in the world: it does no harm to balance it out by showing that happiness is possible or that a man or woman may change and discover a dream worth fulfilling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eira on 27 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Ironic, isn't it, that this film about England is not for sale in England.
Which is odd - not only is it a superb film which we in England loved but which we in England are liklely to understand because - heck, this is our history. We know this stuff more than we know about the events in some pettyfogging ex-colony on the other side of the atlantic.
Except - no. Not true is it?
We're supposed to know everything about every aspect of America - its every gangspeak, every little cultural nuance and every slang term whilst anyone in the USA is -a apparently - utterly confused when someone in an English film mentions something obscure like 'Pavement', 'Bonnet' or 'Lift' and have to pretensd that - for instance - we name things 'for' something rather than (As is actually the case) 'After' something. Worse - we, who have to understand every grunt issued by American actors are - apparently - being incomprehensible when actors speak in good, clear English - from England. The country where this film is set.
The world is NOT the US and the US is NOT the world. The US is a whole continent containing many, many interesting cultures and accents - most of which are never heard in film - American or otherwise.
England (And indeed, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) are much smaller but also have a wealth of wiorthwhile acents.
Please use your time on this planet to find films that feature this wonderful phenomenon rather than asking everyone to sound exactly like the non-acent of Hollywood. There are many wonderful American accents you have yet to hear. Accents are fun. Learn to enjoy them. Stop watching the same re-heated non-story's about non-pllaces and non-times. Watch a FILM! Not - as we're told by the big companies - a 'Movie'.
This is a film. It's a very good one. It has English accents and no guns or car chases.
It's not available in the UK where - in all the world, it would be most appreciated.
Why?!?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By falkenna on 2 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
The first time, this movie can seem disjointed and the main character unlikable. But by the second or third viewing, the disjointedness becomes complexity and the growth of Robert's character evident. The characterizations are fairly rich and beautifully acted by a fine cast, in beautifully shot sets and costumes. (Unlike the previous reviewer, I think the second half is wonderfully written and generally better.) If I say it reminds of truths of living a good life, that sounds preachy and is misleading; this movie is inspirational in the best sense as well as engaging and entertaining.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I want to give this movie 5 stars. I want to love this movie. And its possible to, but you have to forgive a huge number of flaws in order to do so.
The film starts well. The opening minutes show us an opulant 16th century London, complete with a royal palace lifted straight from the arabian nights. With its mix strange decadence, open sexuality and (shockingly for a Hollywood movie with Meg Ryan in) even full frontal nudity (!) it plays like the Caligula that you know Tinto Brass wanted before Penthouse re-edited it for him. Downey Jr delivers his finest hour as Robert Merivil, a man with a talent for healing, who is seduced by the King (Sam Niel, who also is on top form) into leaving his life of medicine and marrying his (the kings) mistress in order to remove her from the gaze of court.
This is the basic plot detail for the first part of the film, and it works very very well. However the second part of the film (the bit with Meg Ryan in) is clumsily handeled, badly cast, laughably scripted and saccarine to the point of evil. In spite of this I forgive the film its sins (perhaps because i am so shocked the Downey can act) and would reccommend it (especially at a budget price).
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