Mr. Stevens played by Anthony Hopkins, is the butler of a large household, Darlington Hall, insists on perfection, and nothing less will do. When Miss Kenton, played by Emma Thompson, arrives to take up the position of housekeeper, she eventually falls in love with him. He refuses to let any relationship develop, being devoted to his job and his employer, Lord Darlington, played by James Fox, which turns out to be misguided, as he is a Nazi-sympathizer. It is not till much later, that he realizes this flaw in his judgment. Even when his father, Mr Stevens Senior is took on, played by Peter Vaughan, and later dies, when informed, he still carries on with his duties.
Every so often, along comes a film that excels above others, maybe for the acting, the direction, or cinematography, this is one of them. Told in flashback, (between the late 30's through to the 50's) this is a brilliant film from Merchant Ivory. There are a number of stars in this film, all of them playing their roles to perfection, but the acting from Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson is outstanding. This is the type of film that Merchant Ivory excels in. (Another being Howard's End). If you enjoy period films, then you will enjoy this.
Picture Quality for this blu ray release is excellent, having a pin sharp image and natural colours. The transfer is in it's original ratio of 2.35:1, and the soundtrack is in 5.1.
This may only appeal to a limited audience, but nonetheless is an outstanding film.