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Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition (1981)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 659 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GP7ELW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Revisiting Brideshead, a 2006 documentary featuring retrospective interviews with Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick, director Charles Sturridge, and many more (48 min.)
Four episode commentaries including stars Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick, and others
Brideshead Remembered photo gallery with commentary by director Michael Lindsay Hogg (40 min.)
Photo galleries for each episode
Outtakes (10 min.)
Production notes
Cast and crew biographies and filmographies
Plus a 20-page companion guide and a downloadable online press book
SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

"Flawless performances" --The New York Times
"The best series ever" --The Washington Post
"One of the most remarkable adaptations from literature ever produced for television" --The Associated Press
"Lavish and beautiful" --Time
"Dazzling" --Newsweek

Based on the acclaimed novel by Evelyn Waugh, this epic drama tells of love and loss amid the fading glory of the British aristocracy in the interwar period. The visually ravishing production won 17 international awards and launched the careers of stars Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews, who appear alongside Oscar® winner Sir John Gielgud, Diana Quick, Claire Bloom, and Sir Laurence Olivier in an Emmy®-winning role.

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326 of 342 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Brideshead Revisited is the finest film made for television that I have ever seen. It is true to Evelyn Waugh's great novel. After watching this movie I bought the book and liked it as much as the videos. For those viewers who like to read, if you enjoyed the film you are almost certain to love the book.

After reading the novel, I viewed the tapes a second time and discovered that the movie was even better than I first thought.

What makes this video series great? The performances by a top flight cast are superb and the story is compelling. Jeremy Irons plays the part of Charles Ryder, an artist in search of his soul. His paintings are technially brilliant, but something is missing from them. An eccentric friend characterizes Ryder's work as full of "charm," and this evaluation is true -- the paintings are stylish, but soulless.

Anthony Andrews brings to life Ryder's Oxford college friend, Lord Sebastian Flyte, a spoiled aristocrat trying to break free from the influence of his dysfunctional family. Claire Bloom is his mother, Lady Marchmain, separated from his father, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Lord Marchmain. Bloom is cool, calculating, and condescending. When young Sebastian becomes an embarassing drunk, she seems pleased to attempt to reclaim him from social and spiritual destruction.

Somewhat later in the film Ryder realizes the destructive nature of Sebastian's relationship with his mother. Ryder subverts her wishes by giving Sebastian money for alcohol and then Ryder makes a break with the family when his gift of money to Sebastian is discovered by Lady Marchmain, who confronts Ryder with her muted, yet terrible anger.
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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Improvement Over 2002 Acorn DVD Release October 30, 2006
The only difference between this set and the original Acorn DVD release of 2002 (which was beautifully done) is the addition of the "Revisiting Brideshead" documentary and outtakes. The documentary is awful; the kind of thing that trivializes the work by superficial, self-inflated explanation from literary and media "experts" of things perfectly obvious to anyone who watches the series. I don't need a media critique telling me how perfect Anthony Andrews' performance was--I watched the series and saw so myself. I don't need to be instructed about the religious and sexual tension in the story--its there if you watch it. I was hoping the documentary would be conversation from the actors and crew about the filming, but I guess that would have been too simple. In fact, the several screens of text in the original DVD release that tell the story of the filming are much more interesting. This documentary is depressing, condescending and just stupid--I would skip it altogether.

As for the outtakes, not much there. The only real outtakes are Phoebe Nichols (Cordelia) dropping a couple of "f" bombs over missed cues, Anthony Andrews flubbing a line here and there and grainy footage of the cast and crew at horseplay. Again, not worth the purchase, but certainly more engaging than the documentary.

I see no reason for this anniversary edition--stick to the original Acorn release if you can find it. Much nicer packaging too.
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265 of 290 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brideshead DVD Box Set is Excellent... May 31, 2002
By A Customer
Through my own connections, I was able to obtain this item a month before its street date so you all get to know what you're getting.
The Brideshead DVD Box Set, while not perfect, is indeed excellent and I'll explain why.
As is increasingly the case, the actual disc carriages are part of a three leaved slide-out assemblage which folds up and then is stored in a case, just like with the Godfather DVD Box Set.
These case formats are an excellent way to fight piracy and look great but are not the best in in terms of long term box preservation as cardboard and photo-printed cardboard will degrade.
This release of Brideshead is the 660 minute version of the mini-series and I believe this is the longest and most complete version ever released!
The episode menus and scene selection are pretty, functional and fairly rudimentary, nothing exceptional here.
A little booklet with some director's commentary and info on Evelyn Waugh and the episodes is included.
There are no real DVD Special Edition type extras save for a brief but comprehensive written film/DVD production summary, info on Castle Howard, a cast/production team bio (Aloysius has his own entry and a hysterically funny news interview with the director about him), and some photography taken while shooting.
There are regrettably no interviews with the cast or production team, no director's commentary, and no deleted/extended scenes, though since we've all been forced to endure the butchered Home Video verson this as full as full can be version is in a sense full of them. There are no theatrical trailers or television spots.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most opulent, heartfelt PBS series ever February 20, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Evelyn Waugh's book is a magnificent testament to the power of memory and language, and I doubt any more faithful an adadptation is possible. Jeremy Irons as the seemingly detached, but always emotionally involved friend (Charles Ryder) of Anthony Adrews (Sebastian), plays one of his finest roles. The cinematography is unparalleled, and after watching this numerous times, I was compelled to visit Castle Howard, which is the "Brideshead" home. This is a video (or series of videos) to curl up with on a long afternoon and evening (its about 13 hours long), but if at the end you haven't fallen in love with Julia as Charles had, if you haven't cried for Sebastian as he tends to the down trodden Kurt, then you are missing some of the basic emotional fabric of what makes us human. Sebastian says "it's a rather pleaseant change when all your life you've had people looking after you, to have someone to look after yourself". This is a book, a story and a video that deserves to be looked at many times and looked after as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably true to the book
Captures the spirit of almost every facet of the novel. The best adaptation in existence from the book to the screen.
Published 3 days ago by duneflayer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series
This is an excellent series. I watched it years ago and always wanted the dvd. Very well written and the actors are excellent.
Published 7 days ago by elizabeth lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent
A little slow in parts but overall enthralling with the great sets and story line. It kept my interest well
Published 16 days ago by Kathryn McDaniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but boring
Essentially the book set to pictures. The text is read beautifully and the scenery is gorgeous. The acting was well done.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story...
Evelyn Waugh's book is a magnificent, and the television version, adapted by John Mortimor is one the the finest mini series ever made (PBS). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Oceanfront
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I had read the book, wept. I didn't think it could be realized on film.
But this film, as I said, is perfect. So true to the book. Mr Waugh would be proud and pleased. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca Marano
1.0 out of 5 stars Color very washed-out indeed, on Blu-Ray, 30th Anniversary Collection
I verify the similar 1-star review by "Billy". At least some copies/ batches have washed-out color. I got one, testing notes below. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Albrecht
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest series ever, but very good
Very instructive about how the Catholic Church can screw up a family, each member in a different way. A little depressing really. Great acting. Well cast. I love Jeremy Irons...
Published 2 months ago by joanne daubney
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Bland, characters not interesting enough
doesn't compare to other British series either for excellence or comidic value ... rather bland, we thought. You jsut do not care about who does what to whom.
Published 2 months ago by Penee R. C. Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing British family story
This is one of the most outstanding British series I have ever watched. I wanted very much to have the opportunity to watch it again decades later. Beautiful!!
Published 2 months ago by Raquel C Perez
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Charles's Father
Actually, Mr. Ryder was played by Sir John Gielgud. Sir Laurence Olivier played *Julia's* father.
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