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The Crimson Field [DVD]

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  • Actors: Oona Chaplin, Kevin Doyle, Suranne Jones, Hermione Norris, Kerry Fox
  • Directors: Richard Clark, David Evans, Thaddeus O'Sullivan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: RLJ Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2014
  • Run Time: 385 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JC359JS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a British base hospital near the front, a team of doctors, nurses and VADs are working together to heal the bodies and souls of the men in their care. This hospital on the coast of France is a frontier between two worlds: between the trenches and the home front, between the old rules, regulations, hierarchies, class distinctions and a new way of thinking.

 Written by Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist) and starring Oona Chaplin (The Hour), Hermione Norris (Spooks), Suranne Jones (Scott and Bailey), Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave) and Marianne Oldham (WPC 56) this is the story of World War One’s front line medics - their love affairs, professional triumphs, personal tragedies, fears and hopes as they fight for the future. SPECIAL FEATURES Behind the Scenes & Cast Interviews Picture Gallery Subtitles

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"It is well done – lavish, performed with gusto, obviously well researched, and historically fascinating. And a rare story of women among all the men and mud. I certainly wouldn't bet on The Crimson Field being over by Christmas." The Guardian

"Beautifully acted, you'll be hooked." The Sun

"Call the Midwife goes to War." The Times
 
"With Chaplin at its core, and some very reputable performances skirting hers from the likes of Hermione Norris, The Crimson Field... is a seductive proposition." The Telegraph

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Excellent story about an unusual aspect of the First World War. Unusual in that we so often never think past the horror and misplaced 'glory' of those sent to fight in a totally new type of war.......hitherto armies had faced one another on a specific 'Battlefield' and whoever was left standing at the end were the victors..............this was a war of unknown proportions, unknown style of fighting, unknown suffering, unknown outcome. To see another side of this bloody war, through the eyes of the totally naive volunteer nurses was refreshing and in a way quite inspiring. Oona Chaplin plays a very good part alongside of some visibly shaky young middle class volunteer nurses. The resentment played out between the two Senior Army Nurses is plausible, as is the very temporary and almost unreal atmosphere of the Camp Hospital...........everyone trying to play out a sort of normality in this strange twilight zone only a few miles from the front lines where men are being killed and horrifically maimed on a daily basis. In the main well acted although some of the 'Doctors' manage an almost 'Monty Python' attitude to the whole unreal experience. I have to say that I enjoyed it, and was left wanting to know so much more!!
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I could hardly wait for this to be released on DVD as I live in New Zealand and was unable to watch it on TV here.
My granddaughter and I watched the whole series in two evenings and in some parts we were on the edge of our seats !!
. It was nice to be able to explain certain aspects of the horrors of the Great War to my granddaughter. She was fascinated
and and appalled at the same time. I loved the nursing uniforms, they looked so smart, and of course the actors were superb
at making it all come to life. It was a sad part of history, and those brave young men who laid down their lives and fought for their country must never be forgotten. I hope there will be a series 2.
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Found this very slow moving but began to enjoy it as we neared the end of the series. Thought some of the storyline somewhat stereotyped and actually laughed out loud when the posh nurse, who was terrified of seeing a penis, wandered into the woods after a naked man and once she'd set her eyes on her first male appendage perked up and everything was fine!! Wished Hermione Norris - who I usually rate a brilliant actress -would let her face slip just once!
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"The Crimson Field" is a British mini-series that was first aired on BBC One in April and May 2014. Now it is available on DVD. The series follows the lives of the staff and patients at a fictional field hospital established by the British army in France during the First World War. "Hospital 25A" is located near the front, near the sea, and not far from a town.

What happens in "The Crimson Field" is fiction, but the story is placed in a historical context - the First World War, 1914-1918 - and the people behind the series have done a lot of work to make us believe that we are watching something that took place one hundred years ago (1915). Historical accuracy is an important part of the project, and I think the producers have been quite successful in this respect.

Created and written by Sarah Phelps, "The Crimson Field" is an historical drama in six episodes with an interesting perspective: the focus is on the female characters, the role that women played during the war.

In most accounts about this war (and any war, for that matter) the focus is on the politicians, the generals, and the soldiers, who are all men. In this drama the focus is on the women who nursed the sick and wounded soldiers. This perspective is reflected in the cast of characters and in the way the story is told. It takes a while to find out who is who and how they relate to each other. Therefore I will offer some information about the cast and a brief survey of the six episodes (but no spoilers).

THE CAST
The main characters are six women and five men.

Three women are VADs, i.e.
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One of the best war films yet. Graphic images of wounded soldiers, nothing but blood. These British nurses were portrayed as dedicated, hard working and had their minds on the task in hand. Some of the scenes were over powering, such as the love affair of one sister with a German soldier, whom she only met in the week before World War1.

The acting was gripping and made me feel as though I was actually there in the ward of horrifically wounded and damaged men, who in reality had no future. This is a story of real warfare, never seen since that tragic period.

The never ending ambulances carrying the wounded, many to have their limbs amputated in filthy, muddy conditions brings home that all warfare must be stopped.

This dvd was far superior to Anzac's and so much more realistic in acting, story portrayal, and facts presented
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Great TV Series so far. The plots are nicely coming together with a few surprises and twists along the way. Well produced and acted.

After the last episode I finish my review by adding one single and simple word to sum the series up. That word is: Excellent!
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