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Great Expectations [DVD] [2012]

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  • Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2013
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AAXZ75K
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Get swept away with this beautiful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel starring Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Holliday Grainger (Anna Karenina), Robbie Coltrane (Arthur Christmas) and David Walliams (Little Britain). Directed by BAFTA Award-winning Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), this is a stunning re-telling of the classic tale.

Young orphan Pip (Jeremy Irvine) is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella (Holliday Grainger); a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.

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Appreciating that Charles Dickens' Great Expectations is a text that's been adapted for the screen several times, not least in an acclaimed modern day BBC adaptation, it's easy to approach Mike Newell's lavish big screen take on the material with some suspicion. What part of the story, after all, is left to tell? Credit to Newell and his team then that he finds so much to have fun with here, by focusing so tightly on the narrative core. His Great Expectations may be no match for David Lean's, for example, but there's still plenty to enjoy here.

Newell takes a traditional approach to the novel, choosing to tell a classic story straight. His strategy pretty much pays off too, with a substantive cast adding gravitas to an already-impressive production. The likes of Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham-Carter and Jeremy Irvine are all on good form, and there are successful appearances from Robbie Coltrane and David Walliams too.

The biggest criticism of the film? That it chooses traditional over adventure, but conversely, that's just the way many are going to like it. This is a well-told take on Great Expectations, with sumptuous production values and plenty to enjoy. It might leave the gimmicks to the side, but that's certainly no reason to overlook it. A few more extras on the disc though wouldn't hurt... --Jon Foster

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Yes wrong film, I know, but the right dream weaver. This is the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens timeless classic. It is the story of orphaned young Pip, who has been `hand reared' by his far from doting sister and her brow beaten but kindly, blacksmith husband , Joe Gargery (Jason Flemyng `I Give it a year' and `Snatch'). He helps an escaped convict on the fens one Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes) who is soon apprehended. Fortune smiles on him though after entertaining the local eccentric (that means rich and mental) Lady of the Manor the inimitable Miss Havisham - Helena Bonham-Carter.

That `fortune' is the news that he is to be made into a `gentleman' and go off to London to learn how to loaf about the place, being of absolutely no practical use to society, but also be able to spend great wads of cash with the ease of an incontinent passing water and he takes to being a profligate toff like a tramp to park benches. This he manages with the help of a portly lawyer, Mr Jaggers in the shape of Hogwarts beard specialist, Robbie Coltrane. This being Dickens though, we all know that tragedy, joy and ridiculous coincidences are never too far away.

This is the ninth adaptation of the classic novel, the first being 1934, the best being David Lean's version from 1946, with four made for television efforts, so it does beg the question, why make it again especially as one was made in 2011? I think the answer is this will go down a treat at Christmas and can be presented as a `new' adaptation with an `all star cast'. This is a new adaptation as the Bentley Drummle character and `the Finches' get a lot of prominence and Miss Havisham is played down, in my opinion a bit too much.
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Love this version of great expectations, Helena Bonham plays a great role in this film. get the pop corn out and enjoy
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I think I would watch just about any adaptation of "Great Expectations." It's a great story, and there are so many characters of interest that it's almost inevitable that you'll see some fine performances. There's Alec Guinness, Finlay Currie, and John Mills" in David Lean's 1946 film. There are Ray Winstone as Magwitch and Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham in a 3-part BBC version from 2011, and now there's this Mike Newell film -- coming in at approximately the same length as Lean's -- with Ralph Fiennes (Magwitch) and Helena Bonham-Carter (Miss Havisham). It's not bad at all, it has a pair of young leads who have some chemistry between them, unlike Douglas Booth and Vanessa Kirby in the 2011 version. Pip and Estella as adults are played by Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger respectively, and they do very well. The relationship of Estella to Miss Havisham is very well realized by Grainger and Bonham-Carter. And just as Gillian Anderson's Miss Havisham was memorable in the 2011 series, so is Helena Bonham-Carter's, in a completely different interpretation but one that she makes compelling -- she's much more manipulative, controlled and controlling, and even playful than Gillian Anderson's marvelous self-harming, twitchy wreck. Ralph Fiennes is convincing and powerful as Magwitch, but he's at a disadvantage compared to Ray Winstone in the 2011 series. Simply put, we don't see enough of him after his return from exile. The director Mike Newell brings his movie in at around 2 hours -- the series ran for three, and as a result we get a better feeling for a developing relationship between Pip and Magwitch after the shock of Magwitch's revelation.Read more ›
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I got this copy of 'Great Expectations' because I've been studying for a degree in English literature. Great Expectations is one of the 19th century novels on the syllabus. I think the DVD sets out to portray Dickens' novel faithfully and it does a reasonable job of that. The story begins on the wild Kentish marshes, with a scary scene between the young hero Pip and an escapted convict. This, and all the scenes on the marsh are well done and very evocative if you know that part of the world. The actors are all excellent in their way, but I do have some quarrels with their portrayal of Charles Dickens' characters. Miss Havisham is portrayed as a somewhat seedy eccentric rather than the desperate, deluded wild thing that the author had in mind. Estella is nicely portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter but I missed the ice-cold character from the original novel. Pip himself is very pretty indeed - nice and all that, but the DVD misses the point that Estella's beauty was unmatched in the novel. Joe Gargery was rather well-played and Pip's secret benefactor - a joy.

This DVD version of Great Expectations is useful for a student, including those still at school, and is quite satisfying for fans of Charles Dickens. If you've never seen any version, nor read the book, it's a faithful and enjoyable watch.
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Admittedly I have seen different versions of this story on screen (movie and TV series) so I think we are spoilt for choice when it comes to screenplays of this Dickens classic, which makes any new to screen release open to extreme scrutiny and criticism. Of the modern versions I have seen, I have to say I liked the TV mini series with Gillian Anderson as one of my favourites, which made this movie version difficult to like as much because (a) it is a hefty abridgement of the novel and therefore loses the scale and emotional depth of the book and (b) loses some of the important characters and characterisations. At least a TV series has the time to get more depth and detail.

I also felt it was a bit comical in parts which I didn't think it appropriate, though there is humour in the story of course, it just doesn't feel like this screenplay does it in the right parts.

A resonable effort as a movie in its own right with a stellar cast, but I think the adaptation lets it down and left me feeling flat.
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