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Brideshead Revisited - The Complete Collection,
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I watched the series when it first appeared on TV 30 years ago. I was 15 at the time and I kept myself awake until past midnight even if I had school the next day because I loved it so much. Then I watched the film a few months ago and it appalled me. It was not at all what I remembered. So, when I saw the series pack in Amazon, I bought it. You never know how you are going to feel about something you liked so long ago, but this time I wasn't disappointed. Brideshead Revisited not as good as I remembered; it was so much better. The acting is superb, the costumes and characterization impressive and the atmosphere in scenes such as the hunting party at Brideshead or the storm when Charles and Julia are crossing the Atlantic is almost magical. And with no special effects! Like a good wine, the series has gained with the pass of time and there are elements I now appreciate much more, like the fine irony and sense of humour of Sir John Guielgud's remarks or the conversation between Chales and Anthony Blanche during the wild party after the general strike. All is subtle in the series as opposed to the film version. In concusion, Brideshead Revisited is television at its best and time hasn't done but make it better. Highly recommendable.
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2013 20:06:34 BDT
Interesting. The only exciting moment I remember is the death bed scene, when Irons, though an atheist, finds himself praying "Please God, send a sign, for the sake of the woman I love" and after what seems an eternity of waiting Lord Marchmain very slowly but unmistakably makes the sign of the Catholic cross. It sent a shiver down the spine.But I would not wish to watch the whole series again.
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