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Howards End [1992] [DVD]
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on 10 December 2017
A superb blu ray, featuring a 4k restoration from the original camera negatives. The image is crisp, clean and sharp. The film is beautifully made, it's colour palette reflecting Edwardian era fashion is made quite often of browns, whites, blacks, greys and gold. The same is true of the exterior shots of London, The lighting also does a fine job at reflecting the tone of various scenes. Colours tend to be boldest in the sunny outdoor exterior shots of Howard House. The film has high production values, which are clearly on display with all it's period piece costumes, it's grand scope and extensive supporting cast and top actors. Too many recent films set in Victorian and Edwardian times try to use too much CGI when doing various scenes. Howard's End though is gratefully not like this, whether it's the Streets of London, the interior of the homes or the idyllic English countryside everything looks authentic and real, the art and production design is outstanding, you really feel like your stood in an Edwardian department shop or on a train platform from 100 years ago.

Onto the story itself, for a title called Howard's End it surprising how little of the story actually takes place there, much of the first part taking place in London. Howard's end is portrayed as a charming house with beautiful grounds, home of the Willcoxes, a wealthy family, featuring two parents and there two rather spoilt children one of whom is recently married. The family comes into contact with the Schlegels, a well to do family made up of two sisters and a brother. In contrast the Schlegels are more liberal minded and take a real interest in art, music and more radical kinds of politics. At it's heart the film can been seen as a satire on Edwardian society with it's double standards as well as a comedy with tragic elements also woven in. Many of the issues feel very contemporary, the clash often occurring when two different families are brought together by marriage, the place of women in society and also issues surrounding houses and home. The Schlegels are to loose their home as the lease expires on it and developers want to knock it down and build new flats instead. Lack of housing security is an all too modern problem for many people living in London. The real tragedy of the story though is focused on the hapless Leonard Bast, a poor clerk with an interest in culture, especially the arts and sciences. An accidental encounter leading to a friendship with the Schlegels ought to be the begining of his ascent to greater things. Tragically though the contact with the sisters who want to help him leads to utter disaster for for Leonard.

While I love this film I wouldn't say it's flawless. I found the marriage proposal a bit abrupt, didn't really feel there was enough in it, also the 21 year age gap between two lovers was noticeable. Also in a few parts the editing felt a bit awkward, a couple of times it fades to black then reopens still in the same scene talking. Fade to black is normally used as a way to show a scene is ending. It's pretty obvious large chunks have been cut out of the film, the director confirmed the original cut was about three hours long. Also I found the portrayal of Charles Wilcox a bit off, he keeps pulling these silly faces. If you want to make him into the posh twit then okay, but that makes it much harder to take him seriously near the end when he becomes this threatening menacing character. Also it's made pretty clear throughout that he doesn't like the Schlegels very much so it's hard to understand why he feels the need to right a wrong as he sees it on Helen's behalf. I suppose he's an old-fashioned kind who feels married men who get another woman pregnant need to be taught a lesson, especially poor ones.

Overall all though this is a superb film adaptation of Forster's great book.
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on 20 February 2018
At last a Blu-ray release for this cinematic gem, to my mind the finest of the Merchant and Ivory collaborations skillfully adapted from E M Forster's1910 novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ,deservedly winning an Oscar for the screenplay. Ably directed by James Ivory this biting, sharp observation of the Edwardian class structure is beautifully played by a superb cast headed by Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins,their scenes together are marvelous, the proposal on the staircase for example is sublime interplay between two great actors it seems intuitive and natural (just as they did in "Remains of the day",it is the heart of the film. Mention must be made of the great look of the film,by production designer Luciana Arrighi evoking the Edwardian age and the under-pinning of Richard Robbins's superb score, An absolute classic!
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on 5 December 2017
To put it in one phrase: HE never looked better on home video. Perfect restoration, the video is very sharp, rich detailed and the whole look is sensational. A must buy.
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on 27 May 2012
I bought this recently and watched it last night and although i purchased it purely on ratings and the fact that Anthony Hopkins was in it rather than reading reviews as to what it was about i found myself watching a truly amazing film.Hopkins is as ever pure gold but was even outshone on this occasion by the acting talents of Emma Thompson (won an Oscar for her role too!!) who i really hadn't seen much of before,for most of the film i felt that i was actually back in time and in the scene.Beautifully shot and acted,a very good film to add to anyone's collection.Howards End [1992] [DVD]
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on 17 November 2015
Firmly based on the well-known novel by E.M.Forster, this movie version serves the book well and offers sublime entertainment. As one might
expect, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and an excellent supporting cast give a very credible performance which draws meaning and hope from an Edwardian society which gave every appearance of being divided in class, social prejudice, culture and financial status.
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on 25 October 2017
Escellent performance of an old classic. Worth every penny.
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on 3 December 2017
Beautiful, well acted film!
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on 21 May 2011
Unusually I had already read the book before getting the dvd. It jogged my memory and seems like most of Ivory Merchant films to be very faithful or at least sufficiently so! That aside I it's wonderfully well acted, I especially loved Emma Thompson, Helena BC, and oh Prunella Scales....the males are also well chosen....indeed there is not a weak link, splendid! Only eclipsed by Room with a View, due to its more straight forward story line! Absolute must have English dvd!
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on 14 October 2015
Great film. I loved it. I hated the fact that the main character diddled his lovely wife out of her inheritance of the house and she actually let him get away with it when it all came to light!! Great acting on all fronts from everyone. Brilliant film.
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on 11 February 2011
Delightful film and well adapted. Merchany Ivory quality production - unrequited love, subtle class behaviours that are both a help and hindrance. Emma Thompson & Anthony Hopkins are wonderfully paired (& again in Remains of the Day - another 5* film)and the repressed emotion adds delicate tension that adds to a powerful and very moving performance. The angst of being in a democratic society but completely bound by unwritten rules and the chaos that ensues when one of those rules is broken is well presented, often without words. Great cast and just sublime.
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