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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006E1WOSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,111 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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dariush Alavi on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Scarlett on 13 Jun. 2014
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In a time in which British theatre was crushed and stifled by censorship, Terence Rattigan wrote this play, which shot straight to the heart about love, passion and society. Whilst fellow Terrence- the director Terrence Davies- brings out many of the plays undertones that I feel are lost in the 1955 film version and the 1994 BBC one, he also loses some threads and too heavily insists on the comparisons with Brief Encounter (even though the source play doesn't bear much resemblance).

Davies clearly has a festishistic love for post-war 1950s Britain; the drab and the gloom is lovingly shot. The dinginess means that Davies can pull Brief-Encounter moments, where the adulterous couple Hester (Rachel Weisz) and Freddie (Tom Hiddleston) illicitly steal kisses on the street. I enjoyed the pub songs; in particular a scene that cuts from a pub singing along to a romantic song from that era to Freddie and Hester dancing to a lush record of it. The daze and excitement of the affair is captured nicely.

The sense of a society still recovering from the war and still living off ration books is integral to the play so in that respect Davies is well-suited. However it's the story that gets a bit lost; as does the viewer. In order to escape its stage origins (the play takes place over the course of a night with the action set solely in the living room), Davies uses lots of flashbacks. So whilst in the play, we only find out that Freddie is not Hester's husband, as she has been pretending, but her lover, in the film it's clear from the start. They later include a dramatisation of a scene mentioned in the play, in which their landlady discovers the deception, but it seemed a bit pointless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By francesco on 15 Mar. 2013
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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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2011
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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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