Brideshead Revisited, Collector's Edition [DVD]
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Based on Evelyn Waugh�s classic novel, Jeremy Irons stars as Charles Ryder, a disillusioned army captain who is moved to reflect on his languid days in the enchanted castle that was Brideshead, home of the aristocratic Marchmain family, whose acquaintance Charles made in the company of an Oxford classmate, the charming wild-child Sebastian.
Anthony Andrews co-stars as the doomed Sebastian. Sebastian takes Charles under his wing but vows early on that he is not going to let Charles get mixed up with his family. Bus mixed up Charles gets! He becomes a friend and confidante, not to mention a lover, to Sebastian�s sister Julia (Diane Quick). Meanwhile, the self-destructive Sebastian�s life spirals out of control.
Brideshead Revisited boasts a distinguished ensemble cast, including Laurence Olivier in his Emmy Award-winning role as the exiled Lord Marchmain, Claire Bloom as Lady Marchmain, and the magnificent John Gielgud as Charles� estranged father. Grand locations and a haunting musical score make this a memorable revisit of an irretrievable bygone era.
Includes all 11 episodes.
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The adaptation by the late, and much missed, John Mortimer is a work of true genius and should be required watching/reading for all aspiring adaptors for the screen - it is true to the original and captures just about every nuance of the book and the production values so perfect that I find it impossible to read the book now without the tone of Jeremy Iron's voice pervading the pages and the visuals of Castle Howard. The more recent movie adaptation by Andrew Davies is a pale travesty in comparison and far removed from this wonderful adaptation produced by Granada TV.
Now on to this 'product' ...
It proclaims itself the 30th Anniversary Edition and Digitally Remastered - well whoever did the remastering either worked from a very degraded tape or just did and truly awful job and should be sacked so they cannot be let near archive material again.
The colours in this release are truly dreadful being almost completely washed out. Every shot, especially outdoors, looks like the film was badly over exposed so the greens of the fields and trees have no depth (and no mid or low tones), the skies are almost universally washed out and white or, at best, a slightly bluish-grey. The worst is that skin tones are appalling - everyone looks seriously ill, even in the happy early episodes - they all share a grey pallor.
I couldn't quite believe what I was looking at so I dug out an old DVD copy (see ...Read more ›
Evelyn Waugh's novel is a heady evocation of time and place, as well as an exploration of spirituality, and the series captures all this with consummate skill, from the glorious period detail to the brilliant script by John Mortimer. The acting is simply faultless, to be expected when talent like Irons and Andrews stands alongside veteran greats like Olivier, Gielgud and Claire Bloom.
In sum, I enjoyed this series immensely. Craft and class like this don't come together very often, more's the pity.
The film I understand, leaves a lot to be desired, so better to buy this AND read the book. You will regret buying neither.
It is film of an era long gone, one which the war and the people themselves helped to destroy.
It is a moving series based on a great, classic modern novel with sharp contrasts in life-styles, attitudes and aspirations whihc brings them face-to-face with each other and their values.
A classic television series highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the novel and really enjoyed the film (with Emma Thompson) so I thought I would try this. Sadly the production is too dated and it is clumsy to watch.Published 2 days ago by Loulou
Recently visited Castle Howard in Yorkshire, where there is lots of information about the scenes shot on location there. Read morePublished 24 days ago by John Taylor
Written and acted in a different time, conveys the languid world it is set in beautifully.Published 24 days ago by Tude
the story is very good following the book very closely and cant be faulted i watched it the first time around but the quality of the picture on dvd has faded over time and someone... Read morePublished 1 month ago by tony
Sometimes the stars don't tell the whole picture because the DVD was excellent quality and the delivery was great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noddy