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3.0 out of 5 stars A tantalising insight into the great book, 16 Aug. 2004
This review is from: War & Peace [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Wildly ambitious, this 6 1/2 hour film can be frustrating for anyone who's read the book and knows how much has, inevitably, been left out. But I watched it with my partner and it interested him enough to motivate him to read the book. So a good introduction.
Filming such a mammoth tome, one would have to make a decision as to whether you lose the vast scope of the original, or the detail. This film has managed to keep the sense of vastness very well and we were kept enthralled throughout. The battle scenes are especially impressive. Unfortunately this means much of the detail has been lost, which makes the human storylines in it less appealing and not always easy to understand.
Despite the gaps, what is there is good: it is well paced and superbly acted and the 6 1/2 hours flew by in no time.
My only gripe is about the dubbing; the film is half dubbed and half subtitled. The dubbing isn't entirely convincing, and the film is at its best when you can listen to the original cast speaking in Russian, and watch the subtitles.
NB The DVDs arrived in about 5 days, much quicker than anticipated. And they're beautifully boxed!
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Initial post: 4 Sep 2008 10:30:05 BDT
JJH. Oxford says:
I found this review helpful.

Posted on 5 Dec 2013 15:59:48 GMT
M. N. Walsh says:
Another comment said that the dubbing could be turned off and thus your wish of only having subtitles would be possible.

Can anyone confirm this? (As I too would be extremely irritated by part dubbing)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2014 10:11:59 GMT
Hannah says:
Hi M N Walsh: Did you hear from anyone re dubbing or did you purchase anyway? I'm in the same boat. I would love to have a copy but not if it's dubbed in parts. Thanks!

Posted on 10 Mar 2015 21:21:10 GMT
Is this version half-dubbed or not? Pleas let me know! After all, it is important
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