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On the Black Hill [DVD] [1988]

4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Bob Peck, Gemma Jones, Mike Gwilym, Robert Gwilym, Catherine Schell
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Film First
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00115QGRE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,739 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: On The Black Hill has been described as the British Jean de Florette, an evocative story of the life of one family set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Welsh Border Country. Adapted for the big-screen in 1987 from Bruce Chatwin's award-winning novel by writer/director Andrew Grieve, On The Black Hill makes its DVD premiere on 31 March 2008 courtesy of Film First. Winner of the Golden Seashell for Best Film at the 1988 San Sebastian International Film Festival, On The Black Hill is centred on the extraordinary bond between twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, and shows the history of their family over the course of the 20th century. Bob Peck (Edge of Darkness, Jurassic Park) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones Diary, Duchess of Duke Street) play husband and wife Amos and Mary Jones, bound to each other despite resentment and social inequalities. Into this tense environment, identical twins Lewis and Benjamin - played by real-life brothers Mike and Robert Gwilym - are born. The brothers grow, live and die together, sharing the same bed through 80 years of war, romance and loss. Featuring stunning photography of the Welsh-English border, On The Black Hill was shot in only seven weeks on a tight budget. Locals and livestock were recruited to the film, most of the props were borrowed, and even the local Women's Institute was enlisted to create knitting patterns of the correct period. This firmly locates the film in its region, and gives it a strong sense of reality. This much-anticipated DVD includes an introductory booklet written by writer/director Andrew Grieves. DVD extras include Pinny Grylls touching short film Peter And Ben, a profound a...On the Black Hill

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A film of integrity, insight and beauty. --The Observer

Oddly neglected since its release, this spare, sensitive adaptation of Bruce Chatwin's novel is one of the best British films of its decade --Sight and Sound

Our countryside hasn't looked this ravishingly lovely since Far From the Madding Crowd --Time Out


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