- Actors: Sean Connery, F.Murray Abraham, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., William Hickey, Michael Lonsdale
- Directors: Jean-Jacques Annaud
- Writers: Alain Godard, Andrew Birkin, Gérard Brach, Howard Franklin, Umberto Eco
- Producers: Alexandre Mnouchkine, Bernd Eichinger
- Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Language: English, Latin
- Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 30 Aug. 2004
- Run Time: 126 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 206 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0001Z65NU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,273 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Name of the Rose 
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Based on Umberto Eco's best-selling novel. Sean Connery is a monk-turned-detective who, together with his novice, Christian Slater, tries desperately to unravel the mystery of the Abbey's murders. Monks are being killed in all manner of ways, and as Brother Sean's investigations get underway, more is revealed to the audience of the darker side of Italian monastic life at the beginning of the 14th Century. It is a wonderfully observed film with stunning cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli, and there's some hideously grotesque monks.
Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Name of the Rose is a flawed attempt to adapt Umberto Eco's highly convoluted medieval bestseller for the screen, necessarily excising much of the esoterica that made the book so compelling. Still, what's left is a riveting whodunit set in a grimly and grimily realistic 14th-century Benedictine monastery populated by a parade of grotesque characters, all of whom spend their time lurking in dark places or scuttling, half-unseen, in the omnipresent gloom. A series of mysterious and gruesome deaths are somehow tied up with the unwelcome attention of the Inquisition, sent to root out suspected heretical behavior among the monastic scribes whose lives are dedicated to transcribing ancient manuscripts for their famous library, access to which is prevented by an ingenious maze-like layout.
Enter Sean Connery as investigator-monk William of Baskerville (the Sherlock Holmes connection made explicit in his name) and his naive young assistant Adso (a youthful Christian Slater). The Grand Inquisitor Bernado Gui (F. Murray Abraham) suspects devilry; but William and Adso, using Holmesian forensic techniques, uncover a much more human cause: the secrets of the library are being protected at a terrible cost. A fine international cast and the splendidly evocative location compensate for a screenplay that struggles to present Eco's multifaceted story even partially intact; Annaud's idiosyncratic direction complements the sinister, unsettling aura of the tale ideally. --Mark Walker
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If you are buying this for superior quality then don't bother as it has not been 'digitally remastered' as they say in the trade like the original Star Trek series which looks like new.
Good story line, great acting, and believable characters. One or two gruesome and violent scenes which I think just highlight the period when it was set, e.g the burning of the heretics at the stake, so you might like to vet it for younger viewers!
I have had this in my collection since VHS video tapes, and it still remains one of my all time favorite films.
This particular German import with the red sticker (digitally remastered) version sold by RAPIdisc does NOT have English audio or English subtitle options both on disc or blu ray player menu's.
The plot and story line is gripping. It had me guessing until the very end. What makes this a great film is the cinematography, locations and acting. Connery is superb as the sometimes child like detective Monk. Slater is fantastic as Connery's novice. The directing of the film, the sets and of course the scripts all perfectly intermingle to make you feel a part of a 14th century Italian monastery. It has the most incredible atmospheric feel, even though the external shots of the monastery were actually studio shots according to IMDB.
If you are looking for a great who dunnit, with a plot that will keep you gripped to the end of the film, then this is the film for you. Great acting, directing, scripts and sets all add to make this film one of the best Connery films I have seen. Highly recommended.
Adapted from renowned Italian historian Umberto Eco's first novel and set in a medieval Italian monastary, this movie has all the suspense of a modern whodunnit but set against an authentic looking backdrop of the time it was set. It also deals with the issues of the time highlighting the depravity and hypocracy which goes some way to explaining modern society's attitude towards religion in general.
Excellent performance from Sean Connery as the highly intelligent detective Monk and an equally good early performance from a young Christian Slater as the eager, willing and humanly flawed pupil to Sean Connery's wise teacher.Slater is also confused about his calling and his feelings towards a local peasent girl,Also look out for Ron Pearlman of Hellboy fame in a role as a heritic hunchback.
The film is beautifully set in an Italian monestry that looks like it is straight out of the 14th century,The film is an excellent twist on a murder mystery It's the work of the Devil. That's what some say when a bizarre series of deaths strikes a 14th-century monastery. Others find links between the deaths and the book of Revelation. But Brother William of Baskerville thinks otherwise. He intends to find a murderer by using fact and reason, the tools of heresy.
The film is very realistic in every way the cold,uncomfortable monastery; the graphic murders; grotesque and disfigured characters;a startlingly explicit sex scene; authentic-sounding dialogue; excellent indoor and outdoor locations; and well-researched costume designs. Furthermore, it is a superbly paced film.
directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, with his masterful adaptation of this book wisely retains some of the novel's elements, and transmutes others into terms far better suited to the medium of film. Annaud creates the milieu of the monastery, bleak, dank, claustrophobic, almost drained of life, brilliantly.filled with remarkable performances an indelible visions.
It doesn't get much better than this? This is an Excellent and so Fascinating I can only say it is A flawless film.
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