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A Room with a View

Helena Bonham Carter , Denholm Elliott , James Ivory    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands, Simon Callow, Judi Dench
  • Directors: James Ivory
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Umbrella Entertainment
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055AV3BA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,260 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/NTSC/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Lucy Honeychurch and her chaperon, Charlotte Bartlette, arrive in Florence, they are troubled by the fact that they don't have rooms with a view. Later that night at supper, fellow guests Mr. Emerson and his son George offer to exchange their rooms for that of Lucy and Charlotte's. This exchange is the first of many events where Lucy and Charlotte are involved in the plans of Mr. Emerson, George and other guests from the hotel they are staying at. But, when Lucy and George realize their passionate feelings for one another when George kisses Lucy, it is not a simple matter of boy likes girl, but boy likes girl and girl is engaged to another. Now Lucy begins to doubt her feelings for her husband to be and get herself caught up in a web of lies to convince herself, George and everyone else that she isn't in love with George. How will it all turn out in the end? SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, David Donatello Awards, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards,

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
By E. W.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having played my VHS tape of this wonderful film until my VHS player broke, and having followed other customers' advice about the previous, poor DVD editions, I am so glad that I am now able to watch a flawless version of this classic - the picture and sound quality is as crystal clear as is possible for a film produced 22 years ago, making visible the precious details of this meticulous production: the lacey costumes and beautiful sets, the authentic interiors and coiffures, and even minute facial expressions that I had missed so far.
Among the extras are interviews with Simon Callow and Daniel Day-Lewis. The most interesting extra for me was a 1970 BBC tribute to E. M. Forster, featuring footage, photographs and quotations of himself and interviews with some of his friends, critics and contemporaries, including Frank Kermode, Christopher Ishwerwood and George Steiner.
Priceless!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By theTramp VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The happiest of all E M's novels, the story of Lucy and George's cross class love affair is beautifully captured by Merchant Ivory in this film. A fantastic cast - with outstanding turns by the likes of Judy Dench (before we'd decided she was a British thespian 'Grand Dame'), Simon Callow, Daniel Day Lewis (Cecil in prissy perfection), Denholm Elliot (scene stealing beautifully)and Maggie Smith - is led by the inspired casting of ingenue Bonham Carter, as she was at the time, and Julian Sands as Lucy and George. Added to the wonderful cast is a beautiful score and oscar winning art direction to create that sumptuous view. The kiss in the poppy field is one of cinemas most beautiful and romantic moments and a fantastic example of how music and cinematography can be combined to create real artistic beauty.

Is this film really over 20 years old? Once banned for nudity (on UK television, I remember it showing in C4's groundbreaking 'banned' movie season), it's an example of how literary adaptations should and can be done. This is a personal favourite, however a warning - those who are not fans of Miz Bonham Carter, of Forsters novel or of Merchant Ivory would be better off steering clear, you won't enjoy this film.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime cossie drama 9 Nov 2008
By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is my favourite adaptation of a Forster novel and it has thankfully been re-released as a proper widescreen version which fills the full screen of my TV. (The original DVD was a failed experiment in adaptation resulting in a shrunken picture in which very little was visible whatever TV shape you were using). Despite being rooted in the uptight Edwardian social rectitude of 1908, the novel still has plenty to say about the present day. At the time Edward Morgan Forster was firmly cowering at the back of the closet and channelling his hidden homosexuality into a critique of his time. People behave as they think they should behave. They repress their wonderful true nature in order to conform to stereotypes and thereby diminish their own existence. If you feel that we have all grown up since then, may I point you in the direction of the furore when Peter Mandelson was outed on Newsnight! Plus one of the extras on the disk is an interview with Frank Bough- now whatever happened to him (hmmm)?

The heroine, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter really could do a great turn in a corset) plays Beethoven with a passion. Meeting the unconventional Emersons (a father and son) on the Grand Tour, she is reprimanded by her very correct spinster cousin, Charlotte (Maggie Smith). And what is the real issue at hand? - the ladies have been shortchanged out of a "room with a view" of Florence's Duomo. The Emersons have a view, and "indelicately" offer to swap rooms. What follows is a comedy of manners, with a contrast between the passion of the strong sunlight of an Italian cornfield (with just the faint hint of drains in the air) and the ordered home life in Kent, where the roses must be tied up so they don't blow about in the wind and girls mustn't bathe in the woodland pool.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic transfer to Blu Ray 23 July 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If ever, I think, a film was crying out to be given a touch and brush up it is this one! The original was very washed out and this transfer is fantastic with colours bright and rich - highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb movie 8 Aug 2009
By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This movie has always been a favourite. The production is sublime, beautiful and evocative of the novel.

Quite a few reviewers seem to have the knives out for Forster, saying that he is a has-been, overrated, irrelevant and so on, or that he was obsessed with the disparity between the classes. Well, I have read that novel at least three times over the years, and I see none of that. I see where they might get that impression, but in my view they are missing the real story and meaning. Forster was not obsessed with class in this novel - he was using it was a device in the plot - an obstacle in the path of true love, which may win through no matter how you fight it. Anyway, that's the novel, this is the movie...

The story follows the sexual awakening (or perhaps more accurately romantic awakening) of Lucy. On encountering the free-thinking Mr emerson and his son, George, her view of the world is challenged for the first time. However, the curious brooding and sudden wanton directness of George begins to unlock Lucy's passion - a passion hitherto revealed or vented only in her piano playing.

The story continues with the growing love between Lucy and George, which is hindered by Lucy's preconditioning to do, say and be the right thing. Her outward rage at George, and her eventual match with the incapable and conceited snob Cecil Vyse (the exact opposite of Lucy), sets up the conflict for the final part of the story.

Daniel Day-Lewis is tremendous as the awful Cecil. Anyone who has read the novel must surely see that Lewis has captured the character exactly. Helena Bonham Carter has received much flack for her acting in this movie, but to me she is utterly brilliant in the role.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles necessary
The film was fine but the subtitles were a pain at the beginning.
Published 9 days ago by ms. janet moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful
Published 9 days ago by A.MCQUILLAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, even better than I remembered.
Published 16 days ago by H S D Grimsditch
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine film of a fine book.
I accept that there are technical weaknesses in terms of the quality of colour reproduction etc. but nothing to seriously interfere with the pleasure of seeing so many fine... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Bluecashmere.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite films. Replacement of video
Published 25 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Daughter loves it
Published 1 month ago by m j ashmore
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Excellent
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite
I have never worked out why they bothered to remake the movie in 2007 when thing version is so timeless. A classic, beautifully done in Blu-ray. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a person with a heart of stone would not openly weep when they...
For me, this classic film is a very good example of how bravery and strength of character sprinkled with determination and fortitude against a backdrop of snootiness, pomposity,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. Swales
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Excellent Product - Great Service
Published 1 month ago by R. H. Cripps
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