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The Deep Blue Sea [2011] [DVD]

Rachel Weisz , Tom Hiddleston , Terence Davies    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
  • Directors: Terence Davies
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006E1WOSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hester Collyer (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) leads a privileged life in 1950s London as the beautiful wife of high court judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). To the shock of those around her, she walks out on her marriage to move in with young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), with whom she has fallen passionately in love. Set in post-war Britain, this adaptation of Terence Rattigan s classic play, The Deep Blue Sea is a study of forbidden love, suppressed desire, and the fear of loneliness but is at heart a deeply moving love story. Stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea, what - or whom - should Hester choose?

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad shades 2 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
The stately, almost staccato pace of some of Terence Davies' films can make them difficult to watch; the technique occasionally feels like a none-too-subtle attempt to imbue scenes with an importance they might not otherwise possess. Fortunately, in The Deep Blue Sea, it works extremely well, helping to punctuate the shift between the past and the present, stave off sentimentality and reflect the main character's state of mind. Set soon after the Second World War, this adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play examines twenty-four hours in the life of Hester as she recovers from a failed suicide attempt and looks back on an ill-fated love affair with an RAF pilot. Rachel Weisz is mesmerising in the lead role - using an unusual accent and dreamy vocal delivery to suggest Hester's leap into unconventionality - but Simon Russell Beale and Tom Hiddleston (a rising star, if ever there was one) are equally affecting. A moving, melancholy and quite beautiful piece of work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetical film 15 Mar 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The deep blue sea is a poetical film. It boast a devastating performance by one of the most talented british actress out there such as Rachel Weisz. I recommend this film to anyone who enjoys the power of true acting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Obsessed (And Repressed) 20 Nov 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This 2011 Terence Davies adaption of Terence Rattigan's play of the same name is another beautifully crafted, well-acted and emotionally engaging piece of work from one of the UK's finest film-makers and, although, for me, it does not quite rank with Davies' best work, it is nevertheless a film well worth seeing (certainly for anyone interested in Davies' work). In keeping with much (probably all, actually) of Davies' work, The Deep Blue Sea is a slow-moving, deeply felt and evocative slice of cinema, set during Davies' favourite era, 1950s post-war Britain and telling the tale, against a backdrop of 'repressed Englishness', of Rachel Weisz's Hester Collyer, her broken marriage to Simon Russell Beale's upstanding member of the judiciary, Sir William Collyer, and her obsessive, doomed love for Tom Hiddleston's war pilot, Freddie Page.

In trademark fashion, Davies' film opens with a sublime piece of cinematic poetry as cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister's camera pans slowly across a street (with Hester peering through a window) to the sumptuous, tremulous sounds of Barber's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Thereafter, this haunting, maudlin melody is repeated at key points in Davies' tale, whilst Hoffmeister's camera evokes the era with slow pans, lingering close-ups and hypnotic revolves (a brilliant example of the latter, dwelling on Hester and Freddie's naked, intertwined bodies), and taking in (trademark Davies) pub singalongs, the London tube (in flashback) during the blitz and ancient milk floats.

Acting-wise, Davies' cast is pretty much flawless.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a Shallow Blue Lake 6 Dec 2011
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Although I was expecting a brittle and dated unhappy love affair, this remake of Rattigan's play proves quite moving up to a point. Set around 1950, the film starts with the attempted suicide of Hester Collyer, privileged wife of a high court judge who has sacrificed her reputation and material comforts to live in a dreary flat with Freddie, a former wartime pilot who beneath his charming veneer is finding it hard to adjust to a mundane life in civvy street .

The plot gradually reveals through a series of flashbacks how Hester has been reduced to despair. At first, it is hard to understand how this beautiful young woman could have married such a stiff man as William Collyer, not to mention the fact he is old enough to be her father. Then we wonder how such a cultured woman can be so infatuated with a man like Freddie who, apart from his thoughtless neglect of her, prefers downing pints and singing along in a working class pub to visiting an art gallery with her or listening to classical music. Is it just a question of passion and lust, applied through fate to a man who cannot make her happy in the long-term?

Although acted with great sensitivity by Rachel Weisz, Hester is an odd mixture of sophisticated self-possession and neediness, and comes across at times as just a "poor little rich girl". By contrast, the two men, ably played by Simon Russell Beale and newcomer Tom Hiddleston reveal complex reactions in a way that eventually arouses as much, if not more, sympathy.

The set plays close attention to period detail, although the Barber score at the beginning is too loud and intrusive, as is too often the case with films, and the flashback to people taking refuge in an underground station during the Blitz is too much of a romanticised tableau.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful expressive filmmaking 16 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
I found this to be richly vivid filmmaking, but it won't be to everyone's taste. Avoid if you can't stomach languid, moodily subjective films. Watch if you love Letter from an Unknown Woman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 23 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
good everythings is fine. the package is really good, and I would recommend this webside to my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if I need any more DVD I would not hesite to buy on the site.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
The gradual mental breakdown of Hester is very hard to watch but the fact that it is at the hands of a man she adores makes it even harder to bear. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tigerlady
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the music most of all...
I've never seen the play - as so many reviewers obviously have - so taking it as a film alone I rather liked it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Badgergirl
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedium Stagiensis in Deserted London
The only thing that might save this is Rachel Weisz's brave and committed performance but what it throws away are all the good things about the play namely: the lines. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mario
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure is she needs therapy or I do after watching...
Firstly I understand this is a play of it's time but if you're a woman with any kind of modern or feminist principles then for gods sake steer clear. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lunarose
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a play in your living room
This is like being at the theatre, the staging, sound and scenes are perfectly pitched with a seem of tension running through every scene. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Howells
3.0 out of 5 stars Romance
Interesting adaptation of a Terrencer Rattigan play, it shows its origins & despite the two leads doing a grand job, its a bit tiresome.
Published 1 month ago by Gary Ingrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay film but not much of a story
bought it because have just discovered Tom Hiddleston from Hollow Crown and Donmar Warehouse NT live production and wanted to catch up on his back catalogue. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tracey S
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Great adaptation of this play with amazing cast. British stars Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston are fabulous in this movie
Published 2 months ago by deecee
3.0 out of 5 stars The Slow, Slow Blue Sea
Oh dear! So long-drawn out that I almost gave up. Very little chemistry between Tom Huddleston and Rachel Weisz, murkily filmed and far too slow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Oliver Goldsmith
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
The most boring film I have ever watched.
Don't waste your time with this rubbish.
The main character did not gain my sympathy or interest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shaky Hands
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