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Third Star [DVD]

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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Burke, Hugh Bonneville
  • Directors: Hattie Dalton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Independent
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058ILL2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,063 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Join James, Miles, Davy and Bill on a raucous roadtrip with a serious purpose: giving James the time of his life however little time that may be. THIRD STAR wrestles with camping nightmares, surreal moments and rocking good times building up to an emotionally ravaging revelation.


A road movie with a heart, THIRD STAR will take you one step further from the past and toward a brave new world of courage, dignity and beauty.

'Making of' Clip

The Banker (short film by Hattie Dalton)

"Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree" James McMorrow music video

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The affection afforded this British movie by other UK reviewers is absolutely on the money - "Third Star" is a superbly realised little film with a huge beating heart. I was very moved...

The story goes like this - James' lifelong but hapless pals decide that one last adventure will be a hoot and morale booster for their mate who is dying from an incurable disease - so they drag his three-wheeler chair loaded up with tents, drug suplies and a potted tree they will plant at journey's end - across fields, forest and coastal terrain. Their destination is Barafundle Bay - a stunning, secluded inlet in Wales that James adores. And you can see it in James' face too. He thinks that if he can just get there 'intact' - everything will be all right somehow. But of course nothing goes to plan and despite the odd belly-laugh along the way, the journey tests their friendship and loyalties to the absolute limit...

First up - praise has to go to HATTIE DALTON for her warmth and steady Direction in what could have been awfully cheesy material that's been done to bits too many times before. She's given this buddy-buddy story a lightness of touch that feels real and isn't forced. In fact, the constant wit and pranks reflect just how guys are when they're in real emotional turmoil - downright childish even. Kudos should also go to the four male leads who had to gel together convincingly, muck in on the arduous trek and physically brave the coastal weather - none of which can have been easy - or in the case of the freezing Irish sea - deeply unpleasant. And when the reality of their friend's terminal illness slowly begins to kick in and intrude on their 'fun' - they're skills as good actors make you 'feel' the heaviness of what their characters are all trying to block out.
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Since BBC's "Sherlock" (it aired in Germany this summer) I'm crazy about Cumberbatch's performances. He can show so much emotions with his eyes, it's amazing. And there are really a lot of emotions in this film. I'm a fan of Great Britain and English TV productions and movies for many years. I buy a lot of DVDs in the UK.
I found this film by accident, but I'm glad I did. "Third Star" was very touching and I have to admit, I didn't understand all of the dialogues when I watched the film for the first time.
I found the screenplay on a blog and the more often I watched the film (I think I watched it at least 7 times), the more I understood of the dialogues. I don't like a German dubbing it's never full of emotions and often the voices don't fit to the actor. I prefer to listen to the actors and the emotions they deliver while playing the scene in the English version.
If I don't understand all of it it's ok for me, the feelings the actors express with their faces and voices are enough for me to know what is going on. This film has touched me deeply and I still have to cry when I remember the beautiful scenes. The tragic theme (terminal illnes and pain) is well balanced with a lot of fun the boys have on their trip. This Buddy-movie is one of the best films I have ever seen. And I love sad films, the last film that made me cry like this was "reign over me" with Adam Sandler.
I love to watch films, that really make me feel and here I got a rollercoaster ride of emotions. It goes from comic, to sadness to bravery, trust, dignity and the bounderies you are able to cross for the ones you love. And you fall for the complete cast and wish to know people like that, friends you can be so close with, like James (Cumberbatch) is.
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Third star actually has four stars in it (maybe five if you count the scenery) and certainly deserves 5 stars as a movie. Beautiful, beautiful film. I didn't laugh 'til I cried, but I laughed and cried in equal measure until the end, when the lump in my throat and the tears in my eyes became constant. Simply brilliant. I've just turned 60, so to die now wouldn't be something I'd welcome but at least I have children and grandchildren carrying my genes and memories of me onward, and I've reconciled myself to an unexceptional life. To face death at less than half that age, with no children and a sense of a future unwritten would be so hard. Hats off to B.C. and cast and crew -- best film I've seen this year.
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I had pre-ordered this DVD solely on the strength of Benedict Cumberbatch starring in the film which I had never heard of before. Last night, I watched it once, then watched it straight all over again. This is a brilliant film, a real must-see!

As the story revolves around Benedict Cumberbatch's character James who suffers from terminal cancer, obviously the film was bound to stand or fall with his performance. No fear, because Ben is his usual excellent self in this. However, to call the other three actors who make up the foursome that sets out on this truly epic roadtrip, supporting cast would do them no justice at all. They are very much co-stars and the relationships between the four characters are very believable and touching.

This film was funny, sad, sometimes hilarious and I cried buckets at the end. The dialogue was snappy and natural throughout, and some of the characters express some very brave opinions which is not always a given with movies that deal with terminal illness. I must mention the camera work on this, too, which gave us some absolutely breathtaking shots of the gorgeous Welsh landscape.

Extras on this DVD consist of some (unfortunately brief) behind the scenes footage and two very good short films by the director of Third Star.

The only criticism I have has nothing to do with the film itself but instead with the fact that there are no subtitles available which will be a disappointment for hearing impaired viewers.
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