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Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951) [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, John Charlesworth
  • Directors: Gordon Parry
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Feb. 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6UME4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,163 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Michael Hordern, Robert Newton, John Howard Davies and a young Max Bygraves star in this digitally remastered and colourised film adaptation of Thomas Hughes classic book about a young boy's struggle to endure the loneliness and bullying at Rugby School for Boys. Pitted against the vicious Flashman and his gang of fellow bullies, Tom must either give in or learn to defend himself.

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To see my favourite film from my childhood in full colour is amazing. The original black and white version was very indistinct, being set mainly in the dark corridors of Rugby. Although the characters do suffer from green lips on occasion, the whole experience is much less dated.

If you love the book, I would recommend this film wholeheartedly as the version truest to the novel, and the only one which actually follows the story of Arthur rather than killing him off (2004) or simply deleting him (1971). East is brilliantly played, the best interpretation of the character ever, and Flashman, who looks about thirty, is sublimely horrible and a complete coward, as required. Tom is a great mixture of vulnerability and strength. Dr Arnold is a little uninspiring and stern. Nevertheless, you can't fault this film - it led me to read the novel, and read it again and again.
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A fantastic film this, you can almost smell the musty wood lined corridors and baked potatos in a classic rendition of a young mans trials/tribulations at his new school. Packed full of the finest British character actors its a joy to watch from start to finish.

Why though did DD Home Entertainment choose to release the colourised version to dvd instead of the classic, original Black and White print? The film is so much more atmospheric in black and white, I can only presume that they couldnt find a black and white print that matched their high standards and thought this colourised version the best option despite it being colourised years and years ago hence the poor tones which make everyones faces look salmon pink.

Anyway, I tried turning the colour right down on my tv and it worked fine, a bit blurry because of the colourisation but still a cracking movie. The only thing that makes it hard for me to watch is the fact that the main boy actor playing Tom (he also played Oliver Twist in the David Lean film..um..."Oliver Twist" obviously) grew up to be in charge of Thames TV and it was his decision to sack Benny Hill and in such a callous offhand manner (a brief 5 minute "bye Benny" meeting after years of service and millions in revenue for the company), when you see young Tom being beaten up and roasted by Bully flashman you kind of enjoy it...if your a fan of the brilliant Benny Hill!
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I have nothing against the film, which I liked very much. It's the crass colour used in this edition that I detest. If it's a black and white film then leave it that way. For this reason alone I would never endorse this DVD. Anyone who wants to buy this DVD you have been warned.
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Unfortunately I should have read the description properly. Why colourize it! It is a very good film but sadly the colourization ruins it. Quality of the print is very bad in places. Very difficult to hear some of the dialogue in places due to the very bad soundtrack. To watch it at all I had to remove all the colour on my TV. How can a Company release this as it is? Avoid at all cost and hopefully there will be a release of the film, properly digitally remastered and in black and white.
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Superb Film, may be a little old now but at least you can hear what the actors are saying and see the pictures unlike many modern films where the actors mumble and the picture is always dark so you can not see what is going on.

If you are a fan of bad language, sexual scenes and vulgarity look elsewhere as you won't find it in this film.

This is a film that can be enjoyed by the whole family and has a decent ending that leaves viewers with a feel good factor that is sadly missing in many modern films!
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I was initially very excited to receive this colourized version of Tom Brown's Schooldays. I was totally unprepared for the dreadful transfer. The video on this DVD looked like it had been taken directly from the VHS master. Verging on unwatchable on my widescreen LCD television. That being said, the colourization is really quite good, but the image is just too fuzzy to be enjoyable. Also, when colourized versions are offered they usually include the original black and white remastered version as well. This disc didn't include a B&W version just the less than stellar colourized version. I have an old tube type 27" Sony Trinitron which I hooked up and the picture looked somewhat better, which was to be expected with the smaller screen.
I live in Canada and have 'Unlocked' my Marantz DVD player so it now is an 'All Region' DVD player. I have purchased other PAL DVDs and they all play well and are of excellent quality. This version of Tom Brown's Schooldays is a real disappointment.
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There have been several re-makes of this classic tale down the years, however none have quite matched this '1951' version.
It's not the best in terms of picture quality and the acting is, well,it's dated, however it has captured both the charm and the brutality of private schooling way back when.
It tells the tale of a young 'Tom Brown' being sent to boarding-school at 'rugby' and how his courage and honesty triumph's over the school bully 'Flashman' who in turn would regret crossing 'Tom's' path.
Watch the other versions by all means, but don't miss out on this one.
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