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The Crimson Field 2014

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In a British base hospital near the front, a team of doctors, nurses and VADs are working together to heal the bodies and souls of the men in their care. This hospital on the coast of France is a frontier between two worlds: between the trenches and the home front, between the old rules, regulations, hierarchies, class distinctions and a new way of thinking. Written by Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist) and starring Oona Chaplin (The Hour), Hermione Norris (Spooks), Suranne Jones (Scott and Bailey), Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave) and Marianne Oldham (WPC 56) this is the story of World War Oneâs front line medics - their love affairs, professional triumphs, personal tragedies, fears and hopes as they fight for the future.

Starring:
Suranne Jones, Alex Wyndham
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 0 minutes
Starring Suranne Jones, Alex Wyndham, Kerry Fox, Jeremy Swift, Kevin Doyle, Oona Chaplin, Hermione Norris
Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Richard Clark, David Evans
Genres Drama
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 19 May 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 0 minutes
Starring Suranne Jones, Alex Wyndham, Kerry Fox, Jeremy Swift, Kevin Doyle, Oona Chaplin, Hermione Norris
Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Richard Clark, David Evans
Genres Drama
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 19 May 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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Excellent story about an unusual aspect of the First World War. Unusual in that we so often never think past the horror and misplaced 'glory' of those sent to fight in a totally new type of war.......hitherto armies had faced one another on a specific 'Battlefield' and whoever was left standing at the end were the victors..............this was a war of unknown proportions, unknown style of fighting, unknown suffering, unknown outcome. To see another side of this bloody war, through the eyes of the totally naive volunteer nurses was refreshing and in a way quite inspiring. Oona Chaplin plays a very good part alongside of some visibly shaky young middle class volunteer nurses. The resentment played out between the two Senior Army Nurses is plausible, as is the very temporary and almost unreal atmosphere of the Camp Hospital...........everyone trying to play out a sort of normality in this strange twilight zone only a few miles from the front lines where men are being killed and horrifically maimed on a daily basis. In the main well acted although some of the 'Doctors' manage an almost 'Monty Python' attitude to the whole unreal experience. I have to say that I enjoyed it, and was left wanting to know so much more!!
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By Delia on 20 Jun. 2014
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Really enjoyed it. Perfect timing to release a storyline like this with the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of WWI and this was not something I've seen done so many times before. Made me read up more on the times to see what it was really like for the soldiers, nurses, etc. I don't know how accurate it was in depicting things, and don't really mind if they used some license to make it more engaging. I just know I liked it and hope there will be more. I want to know what happened to the characters. I think if they continue the series and bring this towards the last couple years of the war, they should bring in a storyline about the Influenza epidemic as I have not seen too many shows depicting what that was like for people living through it and it had such an enormous impact on the world at that time.
I think anyone who enjoyed watching Casualty 1900's series would enjoy this.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By anne f on 29 May 2014
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I could hardly wait for this to be released on DVD as I live in New Zealand and was unable to watch it on TV here.
My granddaughter and I watched the whole series in two evenings and in some parts we were on the edge of our seats !!
. It was nice to be able to explain certain aspects of the horrors of the Great War to my granddaughter. She was fascinated
and and appalled at the same time. I loved the nursing uniforms, they looked so smart, and of course the actors were superb
at making it all come to life. It was a sad part of history, and those brave young men who laid down their lives and fought for their country must never be forgotten. I hope there will be a series 2.
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One of the best war films yet. Graphic images of wounded soldiers, nothing but blood. These British nurses were portrayed as dedicated, hard working and had their minds on the task in hand. Some of the scenes were over powering, such as the love affair of one sister with a German soldier, whom she only met in the week before World War1.

The acting was gripping and made me feel as though I was actually there in the ward of horrifically wounded and damaged men, who in reality had no future. This is a story of real warfare, never seen since that tragic period.

The never ending ambulances carrying the wounded, many to have their limbs amputated in filthy, muddy conditions brings home that all warfare must be stopped.

This dvd was far superior to Anzac's and so much more realistic in acting, story portrayal, and facts presented
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By still searching TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2014
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I have to say that I was underwhelmed after watching the first episode but soon became engrossed in the lives of the characters in this very well made series. Hence, I am now more than disappointed that the BBC have decided not to commission a second series. This means we will never get to see the the thoroughly nasty Quartermaster Sergeant, Reggie Soper, get his comeuppance nor the vile sister Quayle!

It could be argued, I suppose that it's not a great deal different from watching episodes of Holby City and the lives and loves of medical folk while they go about their business of healing the sick. However, one might have thought that this Centenary year would have prompted the BBC to do something a little bit out of the ordinary - particularly as this show's ratings are significantly better than Holby's recent showings!
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The haunting and most beautiful theme music set the scene for a side of the war that so many of us have not fully understood. I was impressed by the number of different stories that represented all aspects of the soldiers' side of the trauma of the wounded. I was particularly impressed by the performances of Kevin Doyle and Hermione Norris, the former's role displaying outstanding compassion in his difficult job and Hermione's role showing her compassion saddled by the necessary strictness of her calling. Wonderful acting all round.

I am sincerely hoping for a second series. We need these dramatised "documentaries" (as with Call the Midwife) to keep us grounded and believe in the human race again.
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