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War & Peace [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Anthony Hopkins , Morag Hood    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Morag Hood, Alan Dobie, Rupert Davies, Joanna David
  • Format: Box set, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 890 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QGE86K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,863 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I'm absloutely delighted to have eventually found this outstanding BBC TV drama on video, and at such a competitive price too.I clearly remember seeing this series when it was first made in the seventies. It was a totally compelling , with attention to authentic detail, lavish costumes and sets and impressive locations. It seemed to go on forever and I was completely spellbound - drawn in by the excellent characterisations. I remember wanting to be Natasha and falling in love with Pierre - portrayed magnificently by Anthony Hopkins (his debut I think?)who became a favourite actor of mine as a result. I'm going to buy the set for my mother, who for years has been saying that she wishes the BBC would repeat it.
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173 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War and Peace still a brilliant production 12 Oct 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw the series when it was televised in the 1970s and found it completely addictive drama at its very best. I have long been an admirer of Tolstoy's epic novel have read it first at the age of thirteen and have returned to read it again at least six times since. Each time I find something new in the novel thanks to Tolstoy's genius and the micro world he created during the Napoleonic War in Russia. The BBC had taken on a large task to try and capture the essence of such a remarkable novel They pulled it off with flair and created a masterpiece of their in turn. One which I have waited for years to be released on dvd.
I have given it five stars although i felt that some work could have been done on improving the quality of the picture. However it is certainly not bad and the sound is very good. The boxset comes with a 44 page booklet which will delight old and new fans alike and the discs have photo galleries.
War and Peace may have become a cliche for pretentious reading lists but don't let this put you off the tv series or indeed the book. The novel is one of the greatest books ever written and Leo Tolstoy remains unsurpassed for the beauty and scale of his work. I have never forgotten the series and can scacely believe I have a copy now. I believe this series is the jewel in the BBC's crown where drama is concerned.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
To me there is no doubt. War and Peace is the best and most important work of fiction ever written, encompassing the whole of human existence, from the most petty of concerns to the sweep of an epoch in an enthralling, achingly human story. We fall in love with the characters, whether Pierre's familiar frailties and big-hearted foolhardiness, Andrei's intelligence, stoicism and brooding passion, Natasha's ever-optimistic celebration of life and humanity.

The BBC's 1972 adaptation is somewhat dated, it is true. The flow of dialogue and camera work creaks. Some of the minor actors are stilted and hard to believe. Modern technology, CGI and the rest leave us dissatisfied with the battle scenes. It is also, unavoidably, rather British. Only the written word or a Russian production can convey the Russian-ness of this wonderful work. Russia itself is the only important character left out. Nevertheless, it was and remains an inspired and majestic production - more faithful to the original work, at least in extent, than any other I know of.

I still believe Anthony Hopkin's portrayal of Pierre is quite marvellous - surely the best thing he has done in all his career. He is the Pierre of one's imagination. Andrei, Nikolai, Maria, Natasha, Sonya are all pretty true to the book. Above all, this production is engaging, as gripping and addictive as any thriller. We want to know what happens next and feel bereft of the characters' lives when we come to the end.

This specific set was collated and published through a Dutch company. The DVD cover is in Dutch and there are Dutch subtitles (no English or other language subtitles are an option), which can of course be turned off. The colour is OK but with a hint of the murkiness of early 70s TV. The sound track is good.

Great value.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War & Peace,BBC 1972-1973 21 Sep 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I've been after the programme for so long.
Had vague memories of the TV broadcast in 1972,and the shortened broadcast in 1973.
Got all 6 video's second hand at Amazon,but they are good quality wise.
A fantastic performance by Morag Hood,who passed away in 2002.
I remembered things in different order,but am pleased to see the series again.
Anthony Hopkins is brilliant.
As good as my distant memories!
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 12 Sep 2006
This is simply the best version of War and Peace available (better then the movies - Russian or whatever). I have never seen a series that is so true to the book on which it is made! The BBC knows how to make drama.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something missing 9 Sep 2007
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I have given it four stars because I think the acting is good, the screenplay is very good, so far as I remember faithful to the story. I remember it from the first broadcast but I have tried to cut out the nostalgia and regard it as a piece of drama that someone could enjoy now.

It is however a strange mixture to watch today. There are many studio scenes and a lot of outdoor scenes, on which a lot of money must have been spent but when they wanted to close in on the outdoor scenes, they looked like studio scenes. Those were high production values for the time but they look dated now. The question is, do they still work?

I am sorry to say not, except for the towering performance of the young Anthony Hopkins as Pierre, early in his career. He is superb. He shows this character going through the stages of confusion, dissolution, despair, enlightenement, contentment.

I would also single out Angela Down as Maria. Morag Hood had the difficult job of portraying Natasha from youth to womanhood and I think she did a good job.

There is, however, something missing. It lacks passion. A previous reviewer thought that the vital missing character was Russia and that may be it. I had that review in my mind when I watched it and could see the attempts to put Russia at the heart of the story but it didn't quite work.

Maybe it's because this is an adaptaton of a work in translation about a country I don't know and there are just not enough links.

If you have seen it before you will enjoy the dvd. If you haven't, you may wonder what the BBC was doing. What they were doing was bringing high quality adaptations of serious books to BBC viewers with the best cast and crew of the time and they are to be commended for that. Unfortunately it looks very dated now but it's a very good effort at such an ambitious project.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific play, poorly presented
Mine is the Dutch version. Maybe other ones are better.

Hard to know how many stars to give it - I certainly don't want to put people off this superb play which easily... Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. J. Ware
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally good
This season of damages was a little less good they the previous ones, but still quite alright. Glenn Close still fabulous, Byrne seemed less enthousiastic on her part.
Published 14 months ago by paula silva
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent production
TV history and drama at its best, starring the excellent anthony hopkins who always gives such a great performance .
Published 17 months ago by chad
5.0 out of 5 stars War & Peace DVD Box Set
I highly recommend this DVD Superb acting and an excellent production I just loved this film which I enjoyed watching
Published 20 months ago by Christine Prentice
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I watched this on TV when I was about 17. It has lost none of its appeal over the years. Class.
Published 20 months ago by Judy Zatriqi
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I get the same edition as these reviewers?
Two discs had defects which meant we lost a chapter on each.Imust have overlooked that there were Dutch subtitles when ordering on most but not all discs. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by Mrs. Elizabeth Biggs
5.0 out of 5 stars War and Peace
The BBC production was very good when it was first shown in 1972 and has stood the test of time.
15 hours of pure enjoyment, we stayed up too late on more than occasion!
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Ian E. Doubleday
3.0 out of 5 stars Sould I buy it?
When I told my friends/family I was going to read the book, someone said this was a very good adaption and asked had I seen it? Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by Lorna Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly superb ...
... from the first moment (the series begins with the slow and methodical laying out of a dinner service)to the last, this is quality. Flawless, really. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2010 by Green Knight
2.0 out of 5 stars wish I had known it was a "Region 2" DVD . . .
Have not been able to view this DVD because I have a "Region 1" DVD player and this DVD is for region 2. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by R. V. Shields
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