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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Masterpiece, 23 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Brideshead Revisited, Collector's Edition [DVD] (DVD)
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'.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2009 12:45:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jun 2009 12:45:43 BDT
Not the complete series? I'm not quite sure this is correct. The series was originally shown on commercial TV in the UK. The original "middle-episode" run time of 60mins was probably more like 50 to 55 minutes when you take away the adverts. Add it all up and it'll come out right. Anyway, I can't imagine any one would dare trim a second away from this utterly compelling work of art.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2009 14:02:09 BDT
The reviewer can't actually remember the 'missing bits'. He's just got himself in a state by adding up the times on the box (to make sure he got his money's worth?) and then started foaming because he thinks he's lost some minutes. A Daily Mail reader, must be. Ashley is, of course, correct.
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