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4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Masterpiece, 23 Dec. 2008
Beautiful celebration of a world gone by, this is the only exception to the rule of film adaptation not doing justice to the book I've ever seen. Or rather - the original TV series with nearly 13 hours' run time was. Unfortunately the 'Complete Series' title for the DVD release is misleading because the original TV series run time (11 x 60 min episodes, except 115 min opening and 105min closing) has been cut from 760 minutes to 660 minutes which is an incredible shame. I can understand the budget and time constraints imposed on productions when classic books are adapted to screen, and one settles for the 'central theme of the book was achieved' -result. But I find it incomprehensible why such a unique masterpiece as Brideshead Revisited in its original format has been lobbed off - at times in mid-scene - to fit adjusted episode format.
Other than that, watching this series on a lazy Sunday truly transports you to another time when 'it is always summer, the berries are always ripe and Aloysius is in a good mood'.