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5.0 out of 5 stars Brideshead Revisited
In the early 1980's the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel, Brideshead Revisited was a landmark in television drama.Watching this series again after more than twenty years reminds me that Brideshead is simply one of the most glorious and opulent pieces of television drama ever made. Every scene drips with the kind of production values which used to make British television...
Published on 25 May 2003 by Graham S. Applin

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2.0 out of 5 stars 5+ stars for the series, but still an inferior dvd quality
It is pretty exasperating to find that while so many TV-productions inferior to this one (and most are) reach us on DVD in mint condition, it is apparently impossible to do the same favour to this, one of the three best things ever made for television (the other two being the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice, and ABC's Angels in America). It took ridiculously long for...
Published on 21 Oct 2005 by Steven Edelijn


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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent actor work!, 2 April 2002
All the characters really lived and existed in the series. Also the destinies of people and Brideshead were examined in a sad and a bit nostaligic way I like. And Brideshead itself is the main character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant exposition of British eccentricities, 4 Sep 2007
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Carlos Vazquez Quintana "cvq" (Linares- Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brideshead Revisited - Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
This series shows the paradigm of peculiarties we foreigners ascribe to Britain. It has beautiful landscapes and buildings, great actors, superb photography... It's formally very good possibly one of the best productions for TV.
But as I haven't read the original novel, the plot is I think, strange and difficult to understand at less for non British viewers. This is because motivations and relations of friendship and conception of religion, in this case catholic, a minority in Britain, are highly atypical from people from another countries and cultures as Spain.
That rarity includes in this films several facets. Exhibition of luxurious houses or palaces is the less appealing, as Spain in also plenty of all that, although more abandoned at less by 1920- 30, the time of this narration, but there are two extremes much more important than these, and are
1)The close personal relation between Ryder and Lord Sebastian, the two main personages, are strange. Sure, in restricted institutions as colleges separated by sexes and the army one forceful had to have only men as friends, but the ambient of Oxford seems more liberal with his pubs and taverns.
That happened in all countries, but in general these attitudes were seen with more reserve and caution. Sebastian is clearly a neurotic personality but insufficiently or bad explained, as hereditary alcoholism is a farce. At less in this films, this person needs more explanation. Another personages are clearly homosexual, and by the times I consider normal they were better tolerated in high social and cultural classes. As it happens with outosiders, these personages solve many times, problems that people of orthodox society can't permit themselves.
2)The religious question: the Brideshead are Catholics, but they admit friendship and show a tolerance toward another beliefs, by nothing usual in the majority of countries of Europe by these times. The religion do appear here as a factor of distorsion between Julia Flyte and Ryder and the subsequent loss of opportunities of being more happy, although also produces useful solidary people as Cordelia Flyte, volontary nurse in Spanish Civil war and in civil aid in WW II. But the Bridesheads, being very rich, aren't businessmen or very active fianancial people as expected from Britain. That's very own of catholic way of life, of course, at less until these times.
It seems to me, Britain, with his large empire, ever had a place somewhere for eccentric personalities as happened with Lawrence of Arabia, and so, Lord Sebastian, driven by his internal demons has to finish in a convent in North Africa and Ryder chooses to paint in Mexico and over all, Central America, by these years, a still today, a relatively dangerous adventure as he's at last a painter and artist, not a hunter or professional explorer. Final confusion about religion and his agnosticism into the mind of Ryder after agony and death of Lord Brideshead is very credible. Great work.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn,t get this DVD, sorry, 6 Oct 2013
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I ordered "Brideshaed Revisited" The Complete Series (first edition, 1981), I have got the edition 2011, only few episodes, very bad quality. The pice - like for the edition 1981:))
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong language, 19 Feb 2012
This review is from: Brideshead Revisited [DVD] (DVD)
I ordered this DVD expecting to receive the normal version in the English language, but instead I received a version with the dialogue dubbed in German. Not much use to me as my German, never good, is very rusty. So I returned it and got a refund. So this is not a criticism of the item but of the supplier.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not revisited since the 80's, 19 Mar 2003
This was a pleasant surprise, like unearthing a pack of top trumps or BMX at the back of the garage.
Bridey was Waugh's masterpiece and fortunately the BBC were able to bring it to screen without compromising the delicate social references or tramping on the salad days being enjoyed by Flyte et al. Irons and Andrews are excellent, Howard Castle the perfect setting and the mood created by early 80's directors very much in line with the All Creatures Great and Small/ The Good Life genre.
The music will take you back to your salad days too, perhaps.
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