DVD Review: Brideshead Revisited

DVD Review: Brideshead Revisited....

Miramax/ 2008/ 133 min./ PG-13

Release Date: January 13, 2009
Format: DVD
Price: $29.99

The following is information provided to ChatterShmatter by the distributor.


Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Greta Scacchi, Emma Thompson, Sarah Crowden

Julian Jarrold

Plot Synopsis:
Inspired by the best selling novel, the provocative and intense Brideshead Revisited is a riveting drama of forbidden love, power and betrayal, features stunning performances by Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Best Actress, Howards End, 1992) and Matthew Goode (The Lookout). When the charming aristocrat Sebastian invites Charles Ryder to his families’ estate, Charles become seduced by the opulent lifestyle of the Marchmain family, and by Julia, Sebastian’s sister. As their romance deepens, repercussions follow, and Charles discovers that at Brideshead, love, money and power come at a price. It’s a spellbinding story you will want to revisit again and again.

Special Features:
• Deleted Scenes
• Filmmakers’ Audio Commentary
• “The World of Brideshead” Featurette

Miramax brings the award winning and best selling novel Brideshead Revisited. The film is well done and executed faithfully in a way that will satisfy fans and newcomers alike.

The film has some great performances turned in by quality actors like Emma Thompson and Matthew Goode. The film follows these characters through a fantastic and dramatic story which captures the mind as well as the heart.

The special features contained on the disc add a bit of value to the entertainment including a 20 minute featurette of the making of the film and the painstakingly delicate process of taking a story from the page the screen.

The disc also contains some deleted scenes and commentary from the screenwriters and directors about the film.

The format I reviewed was a DVD format so the audio and video content were quality but with this type of film HD may not have added much more to the entertainment value of the disc.

Film: 8.5

Audio & Video: 6.5

Bonus Materials: 7.0

Overall: 7.1

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