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British Cinema Collection: 8 Acclaimed Films

3.9 out of 5 stars 371 customer reviews

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These eight critically-acclaimed, award-winning films feature talented casts in riveting dramas and lighthearted comedies. From scandalous affairs to sidesplitting schemes, this collection includes some of the best of Miramax British cinema.

RESTORATION
Robert Merivel is a young man who seems to have everything...until an affair leads to scandal, suddenly leaving him heartbroken and penniless. Starring Meg Ryan and Robert Downey Jr.

AN IDEAL HUSBAND
A politician's spotless reputation is threatened by a dark secret from his past. Starring Rupert Everett and Julianne Moore.

A MONTH BY THE LAKE
At a lakeside resort, an attractive older guest has her eye on a well-to-do bachelor. Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Uma Thurman.

MY LIFE SO FAR
Young Fraser Pettigrew has always been an adventurous child. But with the arrival of his sexy French aunt, Heloise, Fraser enters a truly eye-opening summer of discovery. Starring Colin Firth and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN
A young man offends an entire town by declaring their mountain—a prized local landmark—to be a "hill." Starring Hugh Grant and Colm Meaney.

SWEET REVENGE
A depressed businessman and a quirky aristocrat save each other's lives and then plot a devilish retaliation against those who drove them to the edge. Starring Sam Neill and Helena Bonham Carter.

HER MAJESTY, MRS. BROWN
John Brown is a lowly servant who looks after Queen Victoria's horses. Yet when circumstances bring them together, the result is a passionate friendship. Starring Judi Dench and Gerard Butler.

TOM & VIV
A passionately rendered story about writer T.S. Eliot's turbulent relationship with his first wife, Vivienne. Starring Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Colin Firth, Sam Neill, Colm Meaney, Hugh Grant, Vanessa Redgrave
  • Directors: 8 Feature Films
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 810 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0080QOL10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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All but two of these eight are movies I'd seen on the big screen years ago. Four I'd liked well enough to know I'd want to see them again from time to time--especially Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband," if only for Rupert Everett's hilarious performance. Also Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in "Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown" and Vanessa Redgrave's middle-aged war with a very young Uma Thurman for the affections of Edward Fox in "A Month by the Lake", and "My Life So Far," based on Sir Denis Forman's memoir of his Scottish childhood*, with Colin Firth as his roving-eyed father.

The two I didn't much like the first time I saw them I liked even less the second time. ("Restoration" with Robert Downey Jr. and "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain" with Hugh Grant) but I suspect that's a minority viewpoint.

The two I was seeing here for the first time made this purchase well worth the buy all on their own. "Sweet Revenge" with Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Neill and Kristin Scott Thomas is an absolute hoot and I can't believe I'd never heard of it. "Tom and Viv" with Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson tells the sad story of author T. S. Eliot's angst-ridden first marriage, back in the days when women with "female" problems were diagnosed as mentally ill and carted off to the looney bin.

There are no extras--no subtitles, no closed-captioning, no scene indexes. Also, the product info above gives the impression that Gerard Butler is Dench's co-star in "Mrs. Brown." Not so. Dench's co-star is Billy Connolly. Butler plays a supporting role as Connolly's brother.
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Video and audio quality are not very good. The old saying that "you get what you paid for" really is relevant here. To add insult to the injury of bad audio, there is also no closed captioning...English subtitles in any of the films of the collection, although there was when they were sold individually. A very sub-standard product in this day and age of HD quality.
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You certainly get your moneys worth with this collection. All the movies were well executed and entertaining. I particularly like British movies because they are much longer than American movies. They also have less vulgarity as a rule. Definitely worth every penny.
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Excellent classic style movies. All well acted with excellent stars. Will watch over again many times.
Colin Firth is one of my favorites.
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This DVD consists of 2 discs, each containing 4 movies. When I first opened the DVD case and saw this, I expected low-quality films; however, I was pleasantly surprised. The movies are first-rate.

Although I haven't had a chance to watch all 8, I've enjoyed the ones I've seen and look forward to the rest.

For anyone who enjoys British films and/or actors, this is a terrific bargain and a wonderfully efficient way to add to your library.
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I love English genre fiilms especially those with wonderful attention to period details, and so I ordered this collection of EIGHT movies without hesitation - the price was so attractive surely I would enjoy at least THREE of these 8 movies? As it turns out I have just finished the 1st disc of 4 movies and much to my delight throughly enjoyed ALL of them.. the favourite being "A Month By The Lake". This is a sweet delightful romance that takes place in a lovely aged villa on Lake Como featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Uma Thurman. I can hardly wait to view the 2nd disc and can highly recommend this Cinema Collection.
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Live in a household with hearing impared person, and need the close captioning for her enjoyment. this film doesn't have it. But I love anything with Colin Firth,, so will keep
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This set of 8 movies are top notch entertainment
you will enjoy some great stories with excellent acting
so do your self a favor and order this set of movies
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