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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, 23 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Les Misérables (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) [2012] (Blu-ray)
I'm not the world's number one fan of musicals although there are some that I love (Grease (1978), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Oliver (1968), and the like) but Les Misérables is spectacular. I don't think the fact that I watched it by way of BluRay was everything although it did make the characters stand out off the screen (not quite 3D) and the sound was absolutely phenomenal. I cried when Anne Hathaway sang her song, I Dreamed a Dream (YouTube Clip), for obvious reasons. And I cried when Javert sang about catching poor Valjean, which rather bewildered me and then I realised it's because I think of Javert as a tragic, self-destructive figure, who simply cannot help his obsession to follow the letter of the law, and because I thought of the injustice to Valjean who only stole a loaf of bread to survive and such a long, long time ago.

Some are saying that Russell Crowe was too cold in the role. Too cold? Javert was supposed to be cold, almost inhuman in his desire to do what he thought was the right thing, the right thing being what some lawyers at some time wrote down on a piece of paper and not 'the right thing' in the moral sense of the word. I confess though, I kept wondering if Russell Crowe would have made a better Valjean, and Hugh Jackman a better Javert. Before anyone starts going on about age, Russell Crowe is only four years older than Hugh Jackman. Both are younger than Brad Pitt. Fancy that!

A note on the BluRay. When I put my BluRay on pause for a few minutes, it reverts back to the very beginning, before the trailers and the blurb about not copying etc and it would not start playing again. I discovered that I had to press 'Pop up menu' on the remote and it started again at the point at which I paused it. My other BluRays do not work that way. By the way, I mistook Digital Copy for meaning DVD. It doesn't. I was expecting to get two discs but it actually means there is a downloadable copy available online as well as a UV copy.

If you haven't watched the earlier non-musical Les Miserables (1998) starring Liam Neeson, you should. It's brilliant.

VJ - Movies and Books World
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