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Tom Brown's Schooldays [2004] [DVD] [2005]

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  • Actors: Julian Wadham, Alex Pettyfer, Stephen Fry, Jemma Redgrave, Harry Michell
  • Directors: David Moore
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan. 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006HIPMW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adaptation of the much loved novel. Tom Brown (Alex Pettyfer) begins his first term at Rugby School for Boys and has to contend with the school's harsh discipline and accepted bullying from the older boys, the cruellest being Flashman (Joseph Beattie).

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By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2005
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After missing the beginnig of Tom Browns school days (2005) on ITV on New years day I have just recieved the DVD from Amazon.This is a well made drama and a great formula of using old hand actors and first timers,firstly Stephen Fry was just great as the headmaster trying to change Rugby school from its old ways,he was very convincing,the young actors who played Brown,Tadpole and East were just amazing,Firstly Alex Pettyfer(14) as Tom Brown was excellent as he had some tough scenes to do with Stephen Fry,I expect we will be seeing more of Alex in the future,a good looking lad with great acting talent.Dane Carter(Tadpole) and Harry Michell(East) also deserve a mention as they were fantastic in support.The story did stray from the book but who cares the story here was very well played out with a limited amount of time and money,only 2 mil to make and compare that to some of the multi million dollar garbage that has been produced this is by far more watchable and enjoyable,well done to all involved and lets have more of the same from ITV.
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By A Customer on 8 Jan. 2005
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Absolutelt FANTASTIC! Great for all of the family! I was on the edge of my seat to see what was going to happen next. There were points in it were I cried, points where I laughed it was an emothional rollercoster that I wanted to never stop! This is a MUST SEE for the whole family starring the great Steven Fry and the adorable 14 year old Alex Pettyfer. You guys just have to see this film!
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Perhaps this was doomed to mediocrity from my point of view, because I have read and loved the novel on which this was based.

It falls at many hurdles, not the least of which are: the horrible machete-job done to the plot; the distortion of key characters; the PC'isation done, presumably, to not offend anyone (seemingly a capital offence these days); and some woeful acting from the supporting cast, in particular, the actor who plays East - who to me, seems about as capable of delivering his lines convincingly as a six year old in a Nativity play. He also seems to be younger than Tom, which is totally at odds with the book.

1/ Tom is now something of a boorish oaf, who borders on open rebellion against the Doctor Arnold's new ways, which is a departure from the book. Tom was always a good lad in the book, if somewhat prone to being rather inconsiderate and laddish, to use a modern term.

2/ Why in the name of Thomas Hughes's grave-bound spinning remains, does George Arthur die? It didn't happen in the book and it doesn't serve any purpose other than to make all the female viewers go "aaahhhhhh" at Tom's tears.
The manner in which he dies also means Flashman has effectively committed manslaughter, which in my view is totally inappropriate.
To have his funeral as the last scene in the film ends the entire thing on a massive downer and is something for which the chief writer deserves to be sent to the Tower for (the Tower of London, not the Birching Tower at Rugby, or to give it the ridiculous name this film does, the "Caning Tower").

3/ Some seriously flaccid script writing. Tom says things sometimes that, if included at all, would be the viewpoint of a 40 year old Old Rugbeian, not a 13 year old boy.
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By A Customer on 30 Jan. 2005
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A fantastically made adaptation of Tom Browns School days i loved it from start to finish. The performance from Pettyfer who played Brown was exceptional and i think this is a definite must see. The best drama i have seen on TV in a long while. We'll be seeing a lot more from all the young actors in the future im sure.
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Could and should of been good. I mean it's a great novel so what's the problem? Well in order not to upset the 'right on' brigade (ie new labour) they've taken out anything politically incorrect and practically rewritten whole sections so us sensitive folks won't get preturbed. In actually fact so disgusted was this tranvesty of a classic work that i gave up half way through. For goodness sake stop messing with literature. The school system in those days was based on discipline and violence so don't skim over it and pretend it never happen. What next i wonder? Stick with the excellant BBC version from 71, but gives this a wide berth because it is not based on the book and is just a purile 2004 take on it.
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Love Alex who played Tom Brown, very moving and likeable lad, and a moving role from Stephen Fry.

Only major down point is that it had no subtitles for deaf people like me.
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I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy it because it's not my type of thing, but I absolutely loved it ( especially the fight). I suppose it's partly because I fancy Alex Pettifer but other than that, it was GREAT!!! I would strongly recommend it as me and my parents enjoyed it, but me being 14 you wouldn't have thought so, but it just goes to show.
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This has no sense of the time or the people. Matthew Arnold says things like 'Let's move on' which no-one would have done, for example. It has no contemporary sensibility. The old 1950s one is better in being much closer to the atmosophere of the book.
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