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Under the Greenwood Tree [DVD]

Keeley Hawes , James Murray , Nick Laughland    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Keeley Hawes, James Murray, Ben Miles, Steve Pemberton
  • Directors: Nick Laughland
  • 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: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C05Y22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,687 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A DVD release for Nicholas Laughland's TV adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel. Set in a rustic English village in the middle of the 19th century, Under The Greenwood Tree tells the story of a poor young man who falls for a middle-class schoolteacher and chronicles his attempts to win her over.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable 13 Jan 2008
By Robin
This really tasteful adptation was full of all thats good about Period Drama, or any entertainment come to that. A good and amusing storyline. A cast of well selected actors and actresses. A well presented setting. A well rounded family entertainment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 18 Nov 2011
I must admit that I've not read the book, so the crew of authenticates out there will likely think my opinion invalid. Separate to Hardy, it was well acted, had a great cast, carried depth and had a passionate romance to boot. Really enjoyed it.
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109 of 120 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant film with feelgood factor. 16 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Based loosely on the Thomas Hardy novel of the same name, those who liked the book may not appreciate this version as it bears little resemblance to the original. However ladies of a certain age and over will love the atmospheric scenes and gentle humour.
The plot follows a year in the life of Fancy Day, the beautiful new schoolteacher who arrives in the village amidst much speculation. Which of her 3 suitors will she eventually marry, the rich self-made man, the educated parson or the poor but drop dead gorgeous local lad?
Set just before the industrial revolution, against the background of the changing seasons, just right for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ITV Production / Versus Book 22 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Having thoroughly enjoyed the ITV production, I was inspired again to read Hardy's book.What struck me in the book, was Hardy's light humour and optimism notwithstanding the impending major changes about to hit rural England with the onset of the industrial revolution.
Comparing the TV production/ book one is struck in the book by Fancy's greater vulnerability. Indeed, she is much younger and more coquettish than her TV counterpart with a keener interest in her appearance to the opposite sex, even after her engagement to Dick. In addition, her dilemma in marrying below her intellectual status caused her far greater consternation, evidenced by her immediate and rash acceptance of Maybold's hand in marriage notwithstanding her hard fought and love based engagement to Dick.
Hardy also infuses a greater optimism for Dick's future. Not only had his parents saved to provide him with a better education than his siblings, but by the end of the book he had already set up and commenced managing a branch of the family business elsewhere. With help from Fancy's father (much better off than his counterpart in the TV production) Fancy and Dick were not destined to share their first marital home with Dick's family, but immediately after the wedding moved into their own home outside the village.The future looked much more assured.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice production of a Hardy novel. 4 Feb 2012
By Annabel
Item as described and arrived on time. A wonderful story, but as usual with film versions, so much left out compared to the book. However, a good production.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I can understand the other reviewer's frustration and usually I am a terrible purist about adaptations of novels; but in this case, I'm afraid, it was necessary. I had not read the novel before seeing this adaptation and I must say that the writers extracted a charming love story from what is actually a very boring novel. Hardy clearly found the love story getting in the way of the point he wanted to make, which was his mourning for the loss of the rural and simple in the name of progress. The quire is doomed to fall before the harmonium, the reaper will fall before the threshing machine. But actually the love story is more interesting to a modern reader.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, warm and gentle entertainment 12 May 2007
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I love adaptations of period dramas, especially those produced this side of the Atlantic. This one was 90odd minutes of enjoyment. Good casting, good acting and great location: not to mention the superb cinematography.
I am just an ordinary person who wishes to be entertained. I am not a scholarly egghead who always seem to insist on the filmed adaptation sticking strictly to the book from whence it was born. I have no idea whether or not this film was accurately portrayed or not...does it matter? I get a little tired of reading, usually, screenfulls of critique from clearly well educated, well read individuals and good luck to them. But they are missing the point. These visual productions, mostly intended for social viewing are intended to be entertainment. If one wishes to study literature in depth go to the library! It beggars belief that there often exists a general opinion that a book, sometime hundreds of pages in length can be brought to the screen for a two hour or so depiction with all the associated production difficulties and costs that necessarily go with it. Let us all just be thankful that that book usually provides a skeleton to work on and the rest is left to talented people, in front of and behind the cameras who bring us such pleasure.
This story is one of Thomas Hardy's ,shall we say, 'quieter' novels, but none the worse for that. There is no complex theme to follow, it is just a simple, straightforward love story. And one that we just know is going to turn out fine! It is all very enjoyable.
The only thing that surprised me about this film is how little I know about Jersey C.I. where the filming took place. I had no idea the countryside was so idylic in such a small island. The film 'snow' was a little bit dodgy but who cares.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardy tries romance
I have always considered Thomas Hardy one of the most depressing authors of the English language so when I read that under the greenwood tree was actually cheerful and had a happy... Read more
Published 29 days ago by CatoGato
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Greenwood
This is a lovely story as always never fails to disappoint. Hardy knew about prople he lived amongst and always captures every detail about their character and behaviour down to a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tuscany
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite There.
Keeley Hawes plays her role brilliantly (as she always does). Most of the other characters were also good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much story in too small a space.
This film is based on a Thomas Hardy novel and is quite well done. Unfortunately there hasn't been sufficient time to fully develop the characters so that the story becomes... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent version for Thomas Hardy fans.
This film brings to life Thomas Hardy's book. Keeley Hawes was well chosen for her part as the heroine and English village life at the time was trully brought to life.
Published 5 months ago by Braders
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite delightful
I'm not a fan of Thomas Hardy because I don't like tragic endings, but this is a delightful story with a happy resolution and it seems to be a prototype of 'Far From the Madding... Read more
Published 6 months ago by 'Fountain Pen'
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a great film - I'm not usually a fan of period dramas, but for this one, I make an exception.
Published 8 months ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent DVD. Have visited Hamptone in Jersey where some of the filming took place. Very good value for money!
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Julia Duchemin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
Apart from some lack of continuity - ie. Keely Hawes looks down from the window with her hair up, then chats to the vicar with it hanging down and then miraculously its up again in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Milliemollym
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
Just your average historical drama, easy viewing but definitely not Oscar material. If you're a fan of Catherine Cookson, you'll more than likely enjoy this.
Published 16 months ago by Kooka57
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