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  • Actors: Imogen Stubbs, Jane Gurnett, Tom Bell, Jon Finch, Martin Wenner
  • Directors: Stuart Burge
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00NPYQ5VQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,864 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Imogen Stubbs stars in the BBC's critically lauded 1988 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow.
Ursula Brangwen (Stubbs) is the beautiful, naive daughter of a wealthy country squire, one of five children living in the Nottinghamshire mining heartland at the turn of the century. From wide-eyed sixteen-year-old to fully grown woman, the drama follows Ursula through the trials and tribulations of her burgeoning personal relationships in her quest to find fulfilment for her developing passionate and sensual nature. This highly acclaimed three part mini-series was Imogen Stubbs' break-through role while the supporting cast includes Kate Buffery as Ursula's swimming instructor Winifred Inger and Tom Bell as Old Tom Brangwen. Martin Wenner plays soldier Anton Skrebensky with Jon Finch as Uncle Tom.
Atmospheric, sensuous and haunting, this production is widely considered one of the finest adaptations of D.H. Lawrence's controversial and ground-breaking novel, one of the greatest works in all English literature.

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A respectable and picturesque realisation of DH Lawrence's novel, 1989's The Rainbow is director Ken Russell's prequel to his 1969 version of Women in Love. By Russell's standards, this is a remarkably restrained treatment of Lawrence's novel, set in the Midlands in the 19th century: with its lush, rural setting and quaint bucolic soundtrack there are moments when you might imagine you're watching The Railway Children--until the sex scenes kick in, that is.

Her soul infused with infinite longing by the sight of a rainbow as a child, Ursula Brangwen grows up restless at the prescribed roles set out for women in Victorian England, which are stoically endured by her mother (Glenda Jackson, who played Ursula's sister Gudrun in Women in Love). She idealises her swimming instructor--the older, more experienced Winifred (Amanda Donohoe) with whom she enjoys a passionate, borderline lesbian relationship. She becomes a schoolteacher against her parents' wishes, and takes up with Paul McGann, who is somewhat tepid as a Boer War officer. Ultimately, however, she finds all of these limitations too constraining and finally strikes out on her own in search of true spiritual and sexual freedom.

On the DVD: This is a full-screen version of the film, ratio 4:3. The sound quality is fine as is the colour and sharpness, though like the film itself, not quite as ravishing as you might hope. Special features consist of a routine trailer ("She played by her passion, not by their rules") and disappointingly perfunctory "filmographies" of the director and cast: merely lists of their previous movies. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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