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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling [Repackaged] [DVD] [1997]

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  • Actors: Max Beesley, Samantha Morton, Kathy Burke, Peter Capaldi, Ron Cook
  • Directors: Metin Huseyin
  • Producers: Suzan Harrison
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NZ6546
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This lavish costume drama in the grand old traditions of the BBC is a fresh and vivid dramatisation of Henry Fielding's ribald and rowdy tale. It follows the life of young Tom, who, as a new-born child, is taken in by the kindly Squire Allworthy. Reaching adulthood, Tom (Max Beesley) discovers a penchant for the ladies and he is thrown from his home after a dalliance with a local girl. However, his real love Sophia (Samantha Morton) marries Tom's loathsome cousin, and so he sets out on a series of adventures (and misadventures) to win her back.

Synopsis

A ribald and rowdy romp through the mansions and taverns of Georgian England. Henry Fielding's fallen hero bed-hops his way out of a good home and almost into a hangman's noose, via a series of misadventures and misunderstandings. This big budget production boasts a strong supporting cast featuring the likes of June Whitfield and John Sessions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fed up reader on 5 Nov. 2000
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It is a gem, based on the novel Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, picaresque journey of a foundling who is good and honest by nature but inexperienced and due to this fact forced to sin by concatenation of circumstances. He often inadvertently ends up in bed with women, for example, although he wants to be faithful to his beloved Sophia. Because of foul scheme by his half-brother Blifil Tom is forced to leave the home of his guardian and has to go trough many ordeals before the truth of his origin and stainless character is revealed. The novel is brought to the screen perfectly. The story is told by omniscient narrator and lacks no comical elements. According to ideas of the age of enlightenment the rational and prudent person is also kind and just, which holds good mostly for the middle classes. Especially wicked an without morals is, of course, the aristocracy. If you want to have a good laugh, the simplest solution is this series. It is hilarious. The performance of Brian Blessed in a role of Sophia's father, irritable uneducated squire without manners, matchmaking for his daughter with help of his cunning sister, is unforgettable. Highly recommended.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By nikonos on 24 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
I have been waiting for this production to come along on DVD for some while - having owned it on VHS. It is BBC drama at it's very best - the production values are of the highest order. Casting and acting are all superb. Brian Blessed is born to the role of Squire Western - a virtuosi performance in fact (to the point of overacting!). To that I must add the wonderful Kathy Burke as Sophie's maidservant, Honour; who virtually steals the show from Samantha Morton. The pace of the story never flags and the outside locations are absolutely gorgeous. Using John Sessions as 'Henry Fielding' who often pops up to add comments or details to advance the storyline is a stroke of genius - especially as he appears to be mostly invisible to the rest of the characters - adding to the comedy... Highly recommended - I can't imagine it being done any better!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on 30 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
Finally! It's on Region 2 DVD at last! I have been waiting a long time and finally I have bought it.

This is one of the best TV Dramas of a long time. I remember it a long time ago - ten years ago (cripes) and I loved it. We had it on DVD and I've seen it so often they're a bit ropey now so I am more then pleased.

This is quite different to most BBC dramas you might be used to - it has a bouncy robust storyline full of good humour and brilliant acting from a top cast including Max Beesely (Bodies) and the pretty Samantha Morton (The Minority Report, The Libertine).

I'd truly reccomend this one to you as one of the very best dramas the BBC have ever made. I look forward to watching it again!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sacha on 4 Feb. 2007
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superb adaptation of the book, wonderful performances, gorgeous costumes and period settings. Bawdy and great fun. Unafraid to use some of the dialogue in the book, which most literary period pieces are now, which adds so much to the enjoyment. First class all round. Brian Blessed is a absolute joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Icenilander on 29 Aug. 2009
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For years, after watching this on TV, images of Brian Blessed and Francis de la Tour remained etched in my memory. I would chuckle to myself and re-affirm my promise to one day get the video. Finally, I have it on DVD, and what a revelation! The aforementioned actors are every bit as wonderful as I remembered them, but there is so much more to enjoy. Brilliant performances throughout, lovely direction that captures all the fun and drama without any contemporary gimmicks. The sets and costumes are beautiful, and John Sessions narration is the icing on the cake. But the story itself is wonderful, with such strong and interesting characters, and so entertaining, from beginning to the final twist at the end. Don't hesitate. Buy this today.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher Shoubridge on 15 Nov. 2006
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I first saw this on TV and was blown away. Highly amusing. Great acting. The best thing I have seen on TV and I have seen many period dramas. The book was regarded as outragious when it was published. Right up my street. The only problem is that you will not want it to end.
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Having gathered dust on my shelves for two years, on a whim, I started watching this four days ago and continued doing so at odd hours until the grand finale this morning.

The entire cast played their parts exceptionally well but my ultimate accolade must go to Brian Blessed, surely the perfect Squire Western.

Full credit also to John Sessions who as Henry Fielding hit just the right note. I did not find him at all obtrusive, on the contrary his interruptions were both timely and amusing.

In answer to the comments about the excessive length of this production perhaps we should ask Mr Fielding to return and condense his masterwork for the more impatient among us?

I saw the original Tom Jones, starring Albert Finney and Susannah York, on its release in 1963. I very much enjoyed it then and now have the DVD. However the Beeb's version is more entertaining, informative and faithful to the original work.

An edition to be savoured, a real classic.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
I'm not quite sure how I missed this when it was on TV but I'm very glad to have caught up now. If you know Fielding's novel, then this is a great adaptation - and if you don't, then it's the perfect introduction to the book.

This is a bawdy romp of a series with a rambling plot full of coincidences, taking in runaway women, arranged marriages, illicit couplings, and cunning plots. At its heart are Tom Jones and Sophia Weston, childhood sweethearts, kept apart by all manner of devices.

Having Fielding as a to-the-camera commentator to the film works very well, and is a good substitute for his direct speaking to us in the book.

Overall, this is classic BBC with high production values, great acting, writing and directing - and a very funny, moral tale where we can rest assured that the baddies will get their come-uppance, and the goodies their just rewards. Great fun!
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