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  • Actors: Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Toby Jones
  • Directors: Peter Greenaway
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Axiom Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2010
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZQX068
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,801 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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From renowned writer/director Peter Greenaway, NIGHTWATCHING is a theatrical, ironic costume drama about Rembrandt, his women and a conspiracy of foul murder in The Night Watch , the painting that both made and ruined him. Featuring a stellar cast, which includes Martin Freeman (THE OFFICE), Eva Birthistle (THE CHILDREN), Jodhi May (EMMA), Toby Jones (FROST/NIXON) and Nathalie Press (MY SUMMER OF LOVE), this marks a return to form for Greenaway, and represents probably his most accessible film in years.

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2009
Format: DVD
One of the most famous paintings by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is "The Night Watch," a dark-hued painting filled with richly, colourfully dressed soldiers.

Well, no matter how brilliant they are, most paintings don't end up inspiring movies -- but Peter Greenaway does a pretty brilliant job with "Nightwatching," a semi-fictionalized version of how Rembrandt came to paint it. The "hidden coded message" subplot is a bit awkward, but Greenaway's brilliance shines in how exquisite the movie is -- he wraps the movie in lush, light-soaked beauty, and Rembrandt becomes a very real person.

When his smart, independent wife Saskia (Eva Birthistle) gets pregnant, Rembrandt (Martin Freeman) is called upon to paint an Amsterdam Civil Guard -- he doesn't want to, but reluctantly agrees under the condition that he gets nine months ("(It takes that long to make a baby; it will certainly take that long to make a painting") and chooses the setup. Meanwhile, Saskia gives birth to a healthy baby but becomes ill herself (which frustrates her lusty husband).

In fact, Saskia becomes more sickly as the painting goes on -- and when she dies, Rembrandt's closeness to Titus' nursemaid Geertje (Jodhi May) and maidservant Hendrickje (Emily Holmes) becomes quite different. And his straightforward commission is complicated by the sudden death of a young officer, which reveals a seedy clot of sex, blackmail and corruption. He can't reveal these things in the open, but he can weave them into "The Night Watch."

Rich draperies, misty forests, torch-waving brigades in a darkened bedroom, high windows filled with pale sunlight, vast empty rooms, smoky kitchens, and the pale angelic face of a dead young woman -- "Nightwatching" is a bit like seeing a painting in motion.
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Peter Greenaway - who happens to be one of my favourite film makers - has been on the slide since '8 1/2 Women' and that's a great shame; maybe his new multimedia projects will produce some stimulating works. NIGHTWATCHING has all the Greenaway hallmarks of old: lavish sets, exquisite lighting, quirky editing and camera movement, racy dialogue, but what is lacking is a strong central performance. Sadly, Martin Freeman, who is excellent at light comedy, is not up to the job of bringing all the ingredients together; what he lacks is gravitas and the Rembrandt story of rollercoaster emotions requires a powerhouse actor at the centre of events to drive things forward. The supporting cast is also lacking; gone are the days when Greenaway's films would feature top British actors of the calibre of John Gielgud, Helen Mirren, Joan Plowright, Alan Howard, Janet Suzman, etc. At times I felt I was watching little more than an innovative exercise in mise-en-scene when I should have been watching a gripping emotional story enhanced by technical innovation. As it stands, NIGHTWATCHING is overlong and ultimately boring.
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Having read E. A. Solinas' review; there is not much point in covering the same ground. I agree with everything therein.

Peter Greenaway's Nightwatching is as much a work of art as the painting that inspired it. The film is a moving canvas; the composition of each scene is brilliant. I haven't enjoyed a film on Art as much as this in quite a while. (I can recommend Milos Forman's 2006 film; Goya's Ghosts; beautifully shot with sumptuous sets, a little melodramatic but I enjoyed it equally).

My only complaint about this DVD release is that there are no subtitles; this is a very wordy film (nearly 2,500 lines of dialogue). For ageing ears it is not easy to catch everything that is being said.

One warning for those not familiar with Peter Greenaway's work; he has an unorthodox approach to what you could consider to be a historical film. Rembrant Van Rijn , the son of a miller, who through his paintbrush has risen above his working class status to associate with wealthy and powerful members of society. Greenaway's Rembrant maintains his earthy working class manner of speaking; "F..k this painting! F..k it! F..k! F..k! Bloody hell!." Which, in the context of the film's plot I did not find offensive. (Just don't expect him to talk like Charles Laughton in the 1936 film). I expect most of you will have seen some of Peter Greenaway's other works, so the coarse language should not come as a surprise.

This 2-DISC set includes the feature documentary "Rembrandt's J'accuse" (100 minutes); in which Director Peter Greenaway explores the theories and conspiracies behind Rembrandt's "The Night Watch". The Documentary in itself is as strong, if not stronger, as the film itself.
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Amazon has made a mistake in the "title".
"Nighthwatching" and "Rembrandt's J'Accuse" are two different movies. The documentary "Rembrandt's J'Accuse" is NOT included on this blu ray.
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I have purchased Martin Freeman's back catalogue available on DVD (with the exception of the awful Hitchhiker's Guide - Sorry, Martin, definitely not YOUR fault!) and suppose I could therefore be considered somewhat biased with regards to my opinion of his work. However, with regards to Nightwatching I can only echo a previous reviewer's statement, because Martin Freeman was simply amazing as Rembrandt. Having mainly seen Martin in comedic series such as The Office and Hardware, I simply hadn't expected such a mind-blowing performance (No offence, Martin...) and was thoroughly impressed. The dialogue-heavy film with some very long scenes which don't appear to have been cut must have been a hard slog for the actors; compliments to all involved. As viewer, I, too, was pretty exhausted in the end because to fully appreciate the storyline and dialogue, and do this film the justice it deserves, I found that I had to really concentrate and allow myself become immersed in what was happening on screen.

Not a Rembrandt fan, I admit that I would never have bought this DVD if it wouldn't have had Martin Freeman in the starring role and I'm grateful to the casting crew for their little stroke of genius. As soon as I can take some time off, I will travel to Amsterdam to see the painting for myself. Since first watching the DVD, I have also loaned it to most of my friends who, too, enjoyed the film very much indeed.
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