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The Manor [DVD] [1999]

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  • Actors: Greta Scacchi, Gabrielle Anwar, Peter O'Toole, Laura Harris, Martin Dejdar
  • Directors: Kenneth Burns
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Blackhorse/Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec. 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000JJ7C0S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,540 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE MANOR, a dark, funny film from director Ken Berris, references Don Nigro's play RAVENSCROFT and Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMON. The film is a pleasure to watch, in large part due to its excellent international cast including Gabrielle Anwar, Greta Scacchi, and Martin Dejdar. Peter O'Toole is particularly notable for his splendid comedic performance.

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This is a very strange film supposed to be set in England about 1900 in a very sumptuous manorial residence of the era known as Ravenscroft, which is actually a vast mansion in Czechoslovakia with a very baroque interior. Greta Scacchi plays the chatelaine, Mrs. Ravenscroft, very well. Peter O'Toole is her late husband. The story is centred on the fact that Mr. Ravenscroft has come to a sticky end at the foot of the very gracious staircase; similarly so has Roger, the general handyman. A Scotland Yard foreign inspector, Martin Dejdar has been sent to investigate. There is a young daughter who is supposed to suffer from some mental instability and given to visions plus a housemaid,Dolly. There is also an English girl, Charlotte played by Gabrielle Anwar who has left a young child with a convent in Vienna and is now employed as a sort of au pair. Also part of the menage is the cook, Mrs. Ellen French. As the inspector starts his investigation a great snowstorm is raging with wolves howling making the whole place an enclosed environment. As he questions each of the women he finds constant conflicting evidence with everyone concocting a different story around each of the two deaths. Did either of the men fall or was each pushed and various permutations. Every now and then there is a loud whoosh sound and a flashback is shown as to what may have taken place. There are also sudden strange inserts such as when the inspector is questioning the cook while she is chopping meat she suddenly appears to pick up the large chunk of meat and hurl it at him but of course she hasn't actually done so, it is just an expression of her feelings, then the film returns to the scene as though nothing had happened. Slightly unsettling the first time this happens.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952da3b4) out of 5 stars Murder with a twist of wit and whimsey 15 Nov. 2012
By David Webb - Published on Amazon.com
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We love British mysteries. This was a great mix of murder and light comedy. The mix was just right and one didn't interfere with the other. This film is a sleeper!
HASH(0x9557a984) out of 5 stars Time I'll never get back. 11 Aug. 2014
By Miss Hater - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
You always hear people say things like "That's two hours of my life I'll never get back." That statement proved itself true with this movie. I have to say that it's one of the worst films I've ever seen.
It didn't start out that way. It started out promisingly as I love films set in Victorian times and I like Gabrielle Anwar. It had a great spooky atmosphere too. However about halfway through the film, it devolved into a mishmash of the stupidest, most unlikely,nonsensical plot twists ever. And there was more than one of them. All mixed into each other becoming more and more ridiculous as time went on. I am not familiar with the play this was based on but I feel this could have been a good film if those idiotic plot twists had been changed into something that made sense and wasn't about as likely as the sun shining purple.
The first part of the film had promise but alas, it ended up as a disaster. A waste of my time and a waste of a decent idea and talented actors.
HASH(0x955b6ae0) out of 5 stars The Water Pik & The Manor 7 Feb. 2014
By LEE HENDERSONJR - Published on Amazon.com
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My mouth feels much cleaner since I began to use 'The Pik".

The "Manor" is one of my alkl-time favorite movies....fine performers and a lot of humor.
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HASH(0x95c32210) out of 5 stars Rashomon Manque 6 July 2012
By Kurt Stefan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is an example of a movie where some judicious editing would have helped immeasurably.

The first half is an interesting whodunit in which Tomas, a Bohemian detective (well played by Martin Dejdar), attempts to determine the true story behind the death of a servant in the Ravenscroft mansion. His interaction with the mistress of the house, her daughter and governess, and the servants is amusingly prickly for about an hour. Unfortunately, impatience begins to set in when this same cat and mouse, back and forth continues on for another 40 minutes with all parties lying for their own reasons. To make matters worse, the scriptwriter has the inspector become increasingly drunk, an unnecessary plot turn that derails the darkly humorous yet serious tone set in the first half of the film and which struck me as being distinctly out of character for Tomas. Ultimately, the resolution is not interesting enough to warrant the time and effort spent reaching it.

There are good performances from the whole cast, though top billed O'Toole is in the film very briefly in flashbacks as the deceased patriarch. The set design and camera work are wonderful, top honors to art direction. Unfortunately, these positives are counterbalanced by an overlong tale muddled by useless plot contrivances. 2 1/2 stars
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