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The Hours [DVD] [2003]

Meryl Streep , Nicole Kidman , Stephen Daldry    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Toni Collette
  • Directors: Stephen Daldry
  • Writers: David Hare, Michael Cunningham
  • Producers: Ian MacNeil, Marieke Spencer, Mark Huffam, Michael Alden, Robert Fox
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087JHY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The tale of three women linked by the Virginia Woolf novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Nicole Kidman won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the novelist battling insanity. Julianne Moore also stars as a Los Angeles housewife reading the novel and Meryl Streep plays a modern-day version of Mrs. Dalloway.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So many unhappy people 13 Feb 2006
During the first couple minutes of THE HOURS, it's 1941 and author Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) commits suicide by walking into a river. That pretty much sets the tone of the film as a whole.
The body of the film skips back and forth among three timelines.
In 1923, Woolf is forced by physicians and her husband (Stephen Dillane) to live away from the center of London in a dreary suburb after two suicide attempts. The author resents her isolation, and tells her spouse that peace is not found by being shielded from the world at large. Virginia expresses her frustration by writing a book, "Mrs. Dalloway", in which the protagonist, while preparing for a dinner party, is confronted by events that raise into consciousness the shallowness and inadequacies of her life.
In 1951, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), living in a Los Angeles middle-class housing tract with loving husband Dan (John C. Reilly) and young son, is reading "Mrs. Dalloway". Contemplating her lack of fulfillment in the roles of wife and mother, Laura bakes her husband's birthday cake, plans his party, and considers suicide.
In 2001 New York, Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) lives with her same-sex partner, while at the same time caring for ex-husband Richard (Ed Harris), who's dying of AIDS in a dark and cluttered flat. Richard is an award-winning poet, and Clarissa (nicknamed "Mrs. Dalloway" by her Richard) is planning a dinner party in honor of his accomplishments.
THE HOURS is a complex film, the heroines of its three subplots all linked by the threads of self-destruction, "Mrs. Dalloway", and the extreme emotional and psychological dissatisfaction each feels in the relationship with the man in her life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking and moving 15 Jan 2006
I thought this was one of the best films I have seen for years. Nicole Kidman is brilliant as Virginia Wolf and Meryl Streep as always a total joy to watch. The film was moving and intelligent, I didn't stop thinking about it for days after I had seen it. The only slightly dodgy bit was the kiss between Virginia and her sister, I wonder if that really happened? If it did I suppose they had to include it. But I found it a bit gratuitous. Apart from that though a real winner of a film which has totally inspired me to re-read Mrs Dalloway.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Brilliantly Shot 20 Mar 2006
This excerpt from the life of the English novelist Virginia Woolf is worthy to watch if for the performances alone. Nicole Kidman shows a depth of understanding that does not belie her accolades. Streep is as watchable as ever, if a little over familiar as the vulnerable but determined woman. The scenery and
interior shots of a timeless English estate bare all the trademarks of Room With A view. Excellent pacing, although a little slow to get moving, but time did move a bit slower in the middle of the 20th century; especially in rural England. Much of this is set in Sussex in the South East. The switching between times is a little awkward and hard to fathom at first. A punchier treatment of the link between the novel would have helped. The soundtrack provided by Philip Glass with it's typical pulsating and stripped down sound is an excellent backdrop to the theme. Worth a second view.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have been moved to write this "review" by the comments of those who find this movie depressing. Great films/movies - call them what you will- leave an impression. The study of lives lived, of love and loss, is what great works of art are based upon be it a poem, an opera or a book. The Hours is multi layered in it's evolvement from Virginia Woolf to this form, it speaks to us of love and loss across decades.It is specific and general at the same time in the same way Brief Encounter or Now Voyager are dated and of their time in one way and yet timeless in another. Great acting, direction, photography and soundtrack combine to create a complete gesture and statement of the human condition. This is the opposite of cinema as purely "entertainment", it is cinema as reflexion, observation and is created to provoke thoughts and emotions. The Hours shocked me on my first viewing in my emotional response - I was not just moved but carried the impression of the film with me for weeks. I eventually watched it again some months later and again was deeply moved by the integrity of the film and all those involved.
It is about the creation, or invention, of real people by script, actor and director. It balances all the "fluff" thrown at the screen (There is one hopes a place for both in the cinema).Above all it has an emotional depth which will always divide people; it is certainly not a film to be ambivalant about. So.............."depressing" seems to be used as a word to cover a film which is not light, or entertaining but thought provoking and emotional. I would give it 10 stars if I could, but, with such a strong statement, this type of creativity will always produce strong responses. My response - Brilliant and superb in every possible way with stupendous acting from the entire cast.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, becomes a riveting film under the direction of Stephen Daldrey. Transformed into a screenplay by David Hare, a British playwright who has won both the Olivier Award and the London Theatre Critics Award, the film features Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore as three women from three different time periods who face depression, dissatisfaction, and ultimately the option of suicide.
Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is neurasthenic and edgy, a survivor of two suicide attempts whose misery is palpable as she writes her novel Mrs. Dalloway in rural England in 1923. The novel, covering one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, raises questions about the role of women, their ability to find satisfaction in their lives, the options open to them, and ultimately what they owe those who love them as opposed to what they owe themselves. A parallel plot concerns Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) in Los Angeles in 1951, a fragile woman who is trapped in her marriage, though her husband adores her and her young son depends on her. She is reading Woolf's novel as an escape. In the third plot, set in New York in 2001, Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep), lives like Mrs. Dalloway, "always giving parties to cover the silence." Here the party is for a friend (Ed Harris), dying of AIDS.
Complex, both visually and thematically, the film shifts back and forth in time, driven not by plot but by characters who are desperately unhappy and looking for ways to deal with their misery, even to the point of considering suicide. As the plots and times shift, the reader sees each woman becoming more desperate and her life becoming more fraught, until all plots intersect in the conclusion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by Eliane Van Stichel
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid Blu ray transfer of an accomplished masterpiece.
A beautiful transfer of a heart-breakingly beautiful film. Although there are some image problems with the exterior shots in the earlier portion of the film all soon resolved... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adrian Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised at this films effect on me
I was taken right into this film with its thought provoking effect. I found it gripping and also very touching. Nicole Kidman's acting was just brilliant and so believable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by angela
1.0 out of 5 stars useless
it arived on time, well packaged. but it just wont play in my dvd player. up untill now its played every dvd ive played. Read more
Published 9 months ago by j arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Nicole Kidman was amazing. She gave a great performance. She plays the unstable Virginia Woolf, but is also shows her brilliance even when she appears to be unstable. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars brill film
great film and definitely worth a watch if you like obscure dramas. It's one of my favourite films about one of my favourite writers.
Published 13 months ago by Alex Vann
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Published 14 months ago by S. J. Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning film
An enthralling film depicting the stories of three women, living in parallel, bound by the novel "Mrs Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Agnetha
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculately written, staged and performed
I've held off seeing this for years because I heard it was good but depressing. I wish I hadn't listened! As it's neither good nor depressing. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by J & K
2.0 out of 5 stars It's just not the book!
I bought this having absolutely loved the book for a few years before this came out. But it's just not the same. Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by R Elliott
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