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  • Actors: Lindsay Duncan, Miles Anderson, Pam Ferris, Prunella Scales
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2010
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003MQJYOC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anna Bouverie has long served as a priest s wife, committed to his work and their family. But the endless rounds of community service and servility have worn away at her until she can barely feel or recognise herself. When her husband fails to gain a promotion to Archdeacon, the realisation that their poor and humble life will never change stretches her to breaking point. Tired of being a slave to the community and wishing to place her bright but bullied daughter in a fee-paying Catholic school, she takes a job in the local supermarket. As her sense of well-being rises, so the community and her husband seek to drag her back down to earth. Torn between her freedom and blind responsibility, and with the interest of more than one man to drive her on, Anna faces a crisis in faith in her marriage and what it means to be The Rector s Wife.

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The wife of a country vicar can be regarded in a small community as only that - an apendage of her husband - and she may not be seen as an individual in her own right with her own thoughts, feelings and aspirations that have nothing to do with being a rector's wife or anyone elses wife for that matter. Like many women the rector's wife, played by Lindsay Duncan feels trapped in this restrictive role and by the expectations of other people and she is dying to break away and assert herself and be her own woman but when she does there are unforeseen consequences, some of them disasterous for herself and the people around her.

Lindsay Duncan is an extremely attractive woman with a velvety smooth voice that I could listen to all day and she is perfect in the role. You really feel for the woman she portrays and you are annoyed that when she reacts in a way that is very understandable in the circumstances she comes a cropper. Aint life unfair.
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The reader will not have to read many reviews about Giles Foster's 1994 adaptation of Joanna Trollope's (b.1943) novel of the same name before he or she realizes that there is considerable disagreement about the merits and flaws of this production. Without giving too much away, the essence of the main plot is thus; Anna is the Rev Peter Boverie's apparently long-suffering wife. She is in her early forties. Increasingly, Anna discerns that she has become, over the twenty years or so of their 'togetherness', rather too tightly and robustly clamped by and within the ecclesiastical mechanism of the Church of England - along with its encumbent ritual duties, expectations, taboos and the like. The plot in both the book and in this DVD of Channel 4's production deals with the personal vicissitudes and the personal, practical outworkings of what could liberally be described as Anna's 'struggle for self-realization', although that description would not satisfy all the critics as there are myriad other topics and issues raised which receive a passing nod in both book and screenplay (extra-marital affairs, adolescence, public and private education et al).

To be subjective for a while, this reviewer enjoyed this adaptation and, by and large, the performances of the cast. The general tenor and 'accumulative' depiction of the inner nature of the characters is achieved pretty well nigh on flawlessly. The rolling pastoral beauty of the southern Cotswolds is framed admirably (some of the filming was done aroun Witney, apparently) and Richard Harvey's subtile - non-intrusive and mellifluous 'background' soundtrack helps to secure a genuinely 'bucolic' presence, underpinning the action and the outworking of the plot.
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I enjoyed the book and therefore wanted to see the TV version. Made 20 years ago it is less slick than we are used to today - perhaps too determined to leave nothing out. The Archdeacon is miscast though his brother is excellent.
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I was surprised how enjoyable this film was. I saw this actress in A Year In Provence, but her she excels. You wonder about the morality but soon understand her situation. I would recommend this film to those who appreciate British situation comedy but it's not that funny, just good.
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By J.D on 17 April 2011
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I had read the book and watched the series some years later and was not dissapointed, it is a very sensative storyline and very well portrayed with a very good conclusion. Worth watching
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I watched this as a serial in the 1990's and
remembered it fondly. The DVD was very
enjoyable and the acting superb.
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This excellent dramatisation of Joanna Trollope's novel was one of the most memorable in recent years, with the great Lindsay Duncan in the lead role, amply supported by Stephen Dillane ( a fine actor all too rarely seen on the screen) and Ronald Pickup. Very good cast all round. A many-layered story and a satisfying and revealing drama about a woman in the wake of her husband's vocation.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this production of the Rector's Wife and found it very absorbing. Very good value for money.
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