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Product details

  • Actors: John Charlesworth, John Forrest, James Hayter, Michael Hordern, Max Bygraves
  • Directors: Gordon Parry
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Dd Video
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Nov. 1995
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CMPU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,356 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Thomas Hughes chronicling the eponymous hero's experiences in a Victorian public school. John Howard Davies plays Tom Brown who, as a new boy at Rugby Public School, has to contend with the school's harsh discipline and accepted bullying from the older boys, the cruellest being Flashman (John Forrest). Brown's one hope is Doctor Arnold (Robert Newton), a schoolmaster who tries to temper the bullying and discipline with kindness - something that goes against the grain of his fellow masters.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Louise Treleaven on 9 Oct. 2007
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To see my favourite film from my childhood in full colour is amazing. The original black and white version was very indistinct, being set mainly in the dark corridors of Rugby. Although the characters do suffer from green lips on occasion, the whole experience is much less dated.

If you love the book, I would recommend this film wholeheartedly as the version truest to the novel, and the only one which actually follows the story of Arthur rather than killing him off (2004) or simply deleting him (1971). East is brilliantly played, the best interpretation of the character ever, and Flashman, who looks about thirty, is sublimely horrible and a complete coward, as required. Tom is a great mixture of vulnerability and strength. Dr Arnold is a little uninspiring and stern. Nevertheless, you can't fault this film - it led me to read the novel, and read it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vic M. on 5 Mar. 2013
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I was initially very excited to receive this colourized version of Tom Brown's Schooldays. I was totally unprepared for the dreadful transfer. The video on this DVD looked like it had been taken directly from the VHS master. Verging on unwatchable on my widescreen LCD television. That being said, the colourization is really quite good, but the image is just too fuzzy to be enjoyable. Also, when colourized versions are offered they usually include the original black and white remastered version as well. This disc didn't include a B&W version just the less than stellar colourized version. I have an old tube type 27" Sony Trinitron which I hooked up and the picture looked somewhat better, which was to be expected with the smaller screen.
I live in Canada and have 'Unlocked' my Marantz DVD player so it now is an 'All Region' DVD player. I have purchased other PAL DVDs and they all play well and are of excellent quality. This version of Tom Brown's Schooldays is a real disappointment.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. D. gray on 19 Aug. 2007
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A fantastic film this, you can almost smell the musty wood lined corridors and baked potatos in a classic rendition of a young mans trials/tribulations at his new school. Packed full of the finest British character actors its a joy to watch from start to finish.

Why though did DD Home Entertainment choose to release the colourised version to dvd instead of the classic, original Black and White print? The film is so much more atmospheric in black and white, I can only presume that they couldnt find a black and white print that matched their high standards and thought this colourised version the best option despite it being colourised years and years ago hence the poor tones which make everyones faces look salmon pink.

Anyway, I tried turning the colour right down on my tv and it worked fine, a bit blurry because of the colourisation but still a cracking movie. The only thing that makes it hard for me to watch is the fact that the main boy actor playing Tom (he also played Oliver Twist in the David Lean film..um..."Oliver Twist" obviously) grew up to be in charge of Thames TV and it was his decision to sack Benny Hill and in such a callous offhand manner (a brief 5 minute "bye Benny" meeting after years of service and millions in revenue for the company), when you see young Tom being beaten up and roasted by Bully flashman you kind of enjoy it...if your a fan of the brilliant Benny Hill!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Tinkler on 12 Jan. 2014
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I have nothing against the film, which I liked very much. It's the crass colour used in this edition that I detest. If it's a black and white film then leave it that way. For this reason alone I would never endorse this DVD. Anyone who wants to buy this DVD you have been warned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 July 2014
Format: DVD
There have been several re-makes of this classic tale down the years, however none have quite matched this '1951' version.
It's not the best in terms of picture quality and the acting is, well,it's dated, however it has captured both the charm and the brutality of private schooling way back when.
It tells the tale of a young 'Tom Brown' being sent to boarding-school at 'rugby' and how his courage and honesty triumph's over the school bully 'Flashman' who in turn would regret crossing 'Tom's' path.
Watch the other versions by all means, but don't miss out on this one.
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By lycidas on 8 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
Having seen both the black and white version on VHS and the colourised version on DVD I can honestly say that the colourised version is not a patch on the original. Why spoil the contrast ? Would anyone want to watch a colourised Fred Astaire movie from RKO. One only has to look at colourised versions of Scrooge and Yankie Doodle Dandy to see what a disaster movie really looks like. For whom are these colourised versions intended ? Certainly not for the film buff. John Howard Davies, who died only recently, makes an appealing victim, while Robert Newton, who had great problems, not only with alcohol, but with shaking off the image of Long John Silver, is moodily magnificent as Thomas Arnold, headmaster of Rugby. Public school films are all about victims, whether they are teachers or pupils. Someone always gets a raw deal. For a good public school film watch 'The Browning Version' or 'Goodbye, Mr Chips'. For a bad one watch 'The Guinea Pig' where an adult Richard Attenborough gives a ludicrous interpretation as a 13-year old. Flashman would have got short shrift from him. But if you can get Tom Brown in black and white, then it's eminently watchable. Why, incidently, is the 'skinny-dipping' in the lake scene omitted from the coloured version ?
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