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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 (51 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 (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006E1WOSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,764 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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37 of 40 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
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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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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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 Unsure 27 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
I haven't seen the play so can't comment on comparisons, but this film is quite beautiful. Rachel Weiss is wonderful in everything, and this is no exception. Mr. Hiddleston is exceptional and the rest of the cast are brilliant. I suppose my only problem is with the characters - and this is not due to the actors, but the writing. Are we supposed to like them? The only person I could actually sympathise with was Hester's husband. She was a fool, Freddie was a child in a man's body and their friends were vapid. It's definitely worth a watch, but prepare to be depressed!
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2.0 out of 5 stars made me wince
Dear me, I have rarely watched a film more woefully cast in its lead actress. Rachel Weisz is too beautiful, exotic and wild to be believable as a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Godbless
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE this film. Great story and acting by Weiz and Hiddlestone.
Published 1 month ago by Emma Bidle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Moderate.
Published 1 month ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
1.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely Hated it
You do not believe in the Plot. That the young beautiful woman would choose to marry the man she has apparently married is too far out. Every thing is too far out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isabella Balkert
3.0 out of 5 stars In love and war
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Scarlett
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
Bought as a present, receiver very happy requested instead of easter eggs, so purchased haven't watched it myself, but plan to.
Published 3 months ago by Miss Michelle Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Post War Portrait of a Love Affair
Yes, I got this because I'm a TWH fan. I also love Rachel Weiss. I'd heard Terrence Davies is an excellent director of post war times, so it was a no brainer for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Palefire73
5.0 out of 5 stars A brave performance from all three actors.
A carefully nuanced production which is as relevant today as then.An exploration of love and the need to have passion
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Published 4 months ago by Patricia Ann Bradley
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 4 months 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 5 months ago by Badgergirl
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