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The Green Man [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Albert Finney
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2007
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NTPGPM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Elijah Moshinsky directs this TV adaptation of the novel by Kingsley Amis. Maurice Allington (Albert Finney) is a promiscuous and alcoholic owner of the mysterious Green Man Inn. He keeps his guests entertained with far-fetched ghost stories, but he is in for a shock when he realises that his hotel is possessed by some very real other-worldly spirits. The cast also includes Philip Franks, Clement Freud and Josie Lawrence.

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Thoroughly enjoyed these 3 hours of viewing with great actor Albert Finney. Set in a lovely olde worldy country hotel, this is an engaging ghostly tale with a believable ghost. A wry sense of humour throughout, sex scenes, history, alcoholism, spirits (liquid and ethereal), suspense and a good story. Great fun and kept me eager to see the conclusion.The Green Man [DVD
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This could have been an ordinary ghost/horror film, but the all-too-human qualities of the "hero" and the other characters give it a much deeper character. This is one of my favorite films. I wish it were available in Region 1 -- until I get a new DVD player I can only watch it on my computer.
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In my opinion, one of the best BBC mini-series of all time. Albert Finney gives a superb performance as ever and it's so entertaining that I just wish this was longer.
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This is a well made piece of television. The locations and acting are all superbly done, making a very watchable piece of TV. The original 3 episode format suited me, as I watched it over a few days - all of them in one go might have been a bit much. The story has bits of comedy and bits of satire, with the ghost story element almost being incidental. It's certainly not intended to thrill as a ghost story - it works on different levels. The direction is sumptuous, with lots of little bits to look out for, such as the Kingsley Amis books casually placed in shot here and there. Enjoyable and nice to see it again on DVD.
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Even the packaging on this declares it to be something that will “leave you screaming with laughter” as if all Kingsley Amis tales were repeats of his first book Lucky Jim. Well the original book may perhaps have had a handful of laughs but most of those few laughs are excised from this TV adaption. This leaves: a dark (and occasionally gory) horror story, a ghost with particularly unpleasant intentions, and at least two crumbling relationships, and it is all the better for it (though personally I could have without the very early gore…).

It’s Finney’s performance that really makes this work. Within seconds of appearing you become convinced that no one else could better portray Maurice Allington who is: alcoholic to the point of it causing serious ill health issues, chaotic, and a terrible father, and yet still seems able to at least briefly pull every woman in sight.

In terms of plot this is fairly faithful to the book though it makes a good job in updating the setting from 1969 to 1990. The one change is that the book can be read that the whole thing might still possibly be all in Maurice’s alcohol addled mind but that slight ambiguity is swept away here.

There are no extras on the disk, but who needs them. Just go and read the original Kingsley Amis book now if you haven’t already…oh and do watch out for an Amis book appearing in Maurice’s bathroom.
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This is a great screenplay which I remember watching some years ago and thoroughly enjoyed Albert Finneys part as an alcohol dependent restauranteer,and an apetite for extra-marital affairs.We also get a treat in a cameo role from Clement Freud and Bernard Levin who visit the Green Man.
However, the dark side of the ghostly visitation from a Dr. Underhill puts the sinister sexual gratification which he endulged in from bygone days under investigation in the modern world.
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I'm watching this 3 part series again because I enjoyed so much the first time. It is such a relief to watch something typically British for a change instead of the extremes of US TV. It's not really fair to class this as a film as you were meant to watch it in 3 episodes. A DVD version should really be no more than 2 hours and should be edited down. You should get an edited version and the full version in my opinion. What a superb actor Albert Finney is - he was great when he was young and he got better as he got older. What a pity Michael Horden did not have a longer part - what a wonderful actor and character - the 2 of them go together perfectly. A lot of the pleasure comes from the convincing, naturalistic character, behaviour and spot on dialogue. I have met likeable roué rogues just like him - hasn't everybody? What I also like is that it is drama for appreciative adults not for teenagers or idiots. I also like the way the rich morality themes of corruption, sex, death and supernatural gothic magic are all brewed up to fit into a modern setting. Reminds us of how good TV dramas should be. Of course there are obvious flaws but then that's TV and the whole production makes up for the flaws.
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Based on a novel by Kingsley Amis this BBC TV version is a refreshingly different tale of the supernatural ably assisted by an excellent cast. At the time of its original screening this series didn't get quite as much attention as it deserved but it made a lasting impression on folk like me and I was very pleased to discover its DVD release.
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