- Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Eileen Atkins, Sheila Burrell, Stephen Fry, Freddie Jones
- Directors: John Schlesinger
- Producers: Alison Gilby
- Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
- 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: PG
- Studio: Acorn
- DVD Release Date: 13 Jun. 2005
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00099BIV2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,462 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Cold Comfort Farm  [DVD]
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Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale) is the recently orphaned London society girl who ignores the advice of her mentor Mrs Smiley (Joanna Lumley) and moves to the country to live with relatives on their farm. An aspiring novelist, Flora soon realises that there is plenty of material for her stories on the decrepit farm - and she decides that she will bring her sense of order to the chaotic and humorous characters that she meets.
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A definite to snuggle on the sofa with a cup of tea.
Indeed, at times it was literally a 'sunny comedy' when it shouldn't have been. The novel gets much of its effect from Gibbons's evocation -- tongue-in-cheek but effective -- of rural gothic gloom. When Flora accompanies Amos to the church, for instance, we read: 'The yard was painted in sharp layers of gold light and towering shadows, by the rays of the new-lit mog's-lantern.' And then there's the argument that awakens her on her first morning, erupting out of 'the blanket of dead, sullen darkness pierced by the far-off shrilling of cockerels.' Stella Gibbons is practically handing out notes to a cinematographer here; but both of these scenes and several others were shot in broad daylight, losing much of their effect. I couldn't understand it. (Is it cheaper to shoot in the daytime, perhaps?) Nor could I understand why it's Seth who lets the bull out rather than Flora. Flora fearfully but determinedly jabbing at the bull with the bull-prod is one of the funniest scenes in the book.
I still think I'm right about these things (well I would, wouldn't I?) but having watched the film a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and still counting time, I must admit that it's actually rather good. I made the classic mistake of loving a novel and wanting the film to be exactly like it. But a film has to be different.Read more ›
British television drama at its best.
This is a quirky, funny production, filled with wonderful acting by a plethora of British stars, headed by a young Kate Beckinsale. Timeless.
If you like off-beat comedy drama, rent this.
The humble plot of the conquest of philosophy of life over life philosophy, aka the determination of an orphan, is neither sacarine nor sentimental. Yet Stella Gibbons's merciless satire is never heavy handed and always heartwarming.
Avoid seeing something nasty in the woodshed; stay home with your kith and kin and watch Cold Comfort Farm instead!
Remeber it's not fun it's amusing or diverting!
Kate Beckinsale's character is left alone after the death of her parent, she stay's with a friend whilst deciding which family members she is going to visit. This leads her to Cold Comfort Farm, where she is welcomed, albeit reluctantly. After taking the measure of all her cousins she then proceeds to sort out the lives of each one of them.
It is lovely to see Kate Beckinsale before Hollywood got hold of her.
It has all the old-world charm of a by gone era, as well as laugh out loud moments and not to mention the delectable Rufus Sewell.
If you like to curl up on the sofa on a rainy day and watch a bit of fun, this is well worth a look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a brilliant film. Funny, with excellent performances from all the cast.Published 3 months ago by Mr. Robert H. Almond
An all-time favourite. Funny, fantastic cast and directed by John Schlesinger, what more can be said.Published 13 months ago by P. A. U. Scott
I brought this DVD because I have heard people talking about when I have been to Haworth. I good DVDPublished 16 months ago by chantal mowvley
On the recommendation of my good friend I bought this as a short cut to reading the book. We spent a miserable evening watching this . The grime . The misery . Read morePublished on 9 May 2014 by Gemini1789
A little slow to start with, but a lovely film with a sweet storyline. Nice and relaxing without the need for violence or swearing!Published on 4 Mar. 2014 by Teeen
We never get enough of this one. Watch it over and over again and share it with visitors who always love it too.Published on 2 July 2013 by Pamella Sue Phoenix