Englishman Who Went Up a Hill [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Hugh Grant and Ian MacNiece play British Army officers touring South Wales on a topographic mission, measuring hills. It is 1917 and there are many references to the war and the people the village has lost. The locals are hugely proud of their "mountain", frequently informing visitors it is the first in Wales. Their idyll is shattered however when Grant and MacNiece announce the the mountain is, technically, only a hill as it is under 1,000 feet in height. They try and persuade the two Englishmen to measure the hill again, but are turned down. So the locals take matters into their own hands by first sabotaging the topographer's car so they cannot leave and then building on the summit of the hill, desperate to raise the height of their hill up to a mountain.
This is a lovely innocent film, full of gentle humour, but also with some truly moving moments. Hugh Grant and the lovely Tara Fitzgerald make a great couple, Ian Hart deserves a mention for his moving portrayal of a shell shocked soldier back home, and Colm Meaney all but steals the show as lecherous bar owner, Morgan the Goat.
Set in 1917, plot finds Grant and McNeice as two English cartographers who arrive in the Welsh village of Ffynnon Garw to measure what the locals proudly proclaim to be Wales' first mountain. However, it turns out that the "mountain" is 16 feet below the required 1000 feet requisite so therefore can only be classed as a hill. This news causes disgust amongst the locals, who then set about stopping the cartographers going home whilst they attempt to build atop of the hill to make it over 1000 feet.
A film with a big title that is matched by the size of its heart, Monger's film owes much to those fun community based pictures that filed out of Ealing Studios back in the 40s and 50s, Re: Whisky Galore! and The Titfield Thunderbolt. We can also safely place it the whimsy category where something as wonderful as Local Hero sits, while the old British comedy staple that encompasses an obsession with size (The Mouse That Roared) watches over the film like an approving British cinematic angel.
Homespun humour marries up with the utterly engaging view of quirky village life to provide us with just under 100 minutes of entertainment. Although clearly simple in plot and structure, to simply dismiss it as such does not do justice to the fine work of the ensemble cast and the writing of Ivor and Chris Monger.Read more ›
In telling the story of a Welsh village united by their pride and love for their country to overcome their differences and undertake the Herculean effort to raise their hill to officially be a mountain the movie really celebrates the uniqueness of the individual and the undefeatable human spirit in general.
In an age that serves you all those horrible pictures of violence and misery from around the world on a daily basis it's a movie that leaves you hopeful and a little more positive about the human race in general and pretty much in love with the people of Wales in particular.
While the Welsh might be portrayed as quite an odd folk it is done with so much obvious affection shining through every second of the picture that you're left wishing you'd be called a Cymro yourself - as Cymro (the Welsh word for Welsh) means friend...
However, this Spanish version of this very popular and amusing film is easy to access even for those who are not fluent Spanish speakers. The key is to locate the English subtitle option and the easiest way to do this is to use the handset. This is not always thought of and will save working out what is meant by the Italian option on screen. The handset option will produce the off and language options on the top left of the screen. For English viewers choose the 'off' option as the film is in English like the American edition.
For all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.
For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.'
The degree of improvement will also depend on the replay equipment used. In this case the audio could be described as markedly 'high-end' both in hardware terms and in connecting cabling. The television, a more important factor in this case, is of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch screen. It is a high performing 4K unit though which will also have had a positive effect.Read more ›
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A really good story. I am so sick and tired of these gratuitously violent, full of evilness character movies, where there is more blood, guts and gore than there is words, where... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kiwi Cove
An original British comedy with a great ensemble cast telling the quirky tale of life in a Welsh villagePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A Hugh Grant romantic comedy without much Hugh Grant or romance. Don't get me wrong, he's decent in the film but what really shines is the humour and charm of the setting in Wales... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Matthew Shaw
I love Hugh Grant and I love anything to do with Wales and anything to do with WW1. So this hits many buttons. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Closet Romantic
I love this film. Funny, quirky, well acted and moving at the same timePublished 9 months ago by BP