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Byron (2007)

Jonny Lee Miller , Natasha Little , Julian Farino  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Little
  • Directors: Julian Farino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T28Q00
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Byron" on IMDb

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Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Little and Oscar(R)-winner Vanessa Redgrave star in the dramatic, true story of Lord Byron, the greatest romantic poet of his age, whose life was even more adventurous and scandalous than the heroes of his epic poems. A wildly successful poet, notorious lover, political radical, wit and foreign adventurer, Byron was a figure who defined the romantic spirit of the early 19th Century in the most reckless and brazen terms. Here is a man who hurls himself into every imaginable experience but cannot find fulfilment in any of them. In five days, he rises from obscurity to superstar status, invited to parties everywhere and pursued by women determined to get close to the sexiest and most exciting man in England. But at the height of his fame, Byron throws it all away in a scandal that ultimately forced him to flee the country. After a brief fling with an Italian countess, he dies helping the Greek fight for independence. Relive the true story of one of history's greatest romantic and tragic heroes in this moving drama from the BBC.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, like Life, too short... February 29, 2008
Lavish, lovely-to-look at, perfectly cast all-around with people who look very much like their historic counterparts and play their roles flawlessly (except for Shelley), magnificently scored, with a wonderfully nuanced performance by Jonny Lee Miller in the title role, atmospheric, authentic in detail....this BBC Production had everything going for it - except for Time. If only there were an extra hour to cover the sorely overlooked Byronic summer with the Shelley party....and to probe a bit more thoroughly the poetical side of Byron...his relationship with his Last Attachment....his involvement in both Italian and Greek rebellion...the incredible impact of his death on the British conscience...if only...if only instead of Two Parts, this production had been done in Three(or more actually)! This film had EVERYTHING going for it - except Time. The first part is leisurely; the second seems hurried. One other matter: If no one knows of Byron's life, the film will most likely be somewhat confusing. For students of Byron, the film is rich in detail, both period and personal - even down to his nail-biting! Despite its flaws (basically it not being long enough) this is a wonderful look into the life of the man who was "mad, bad and dangerous to know." Highly recommended! And the score should be on CD!!!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Byron completeist February 18, 2008
An excellent intro to the life of Byron. Not an in-depth exploration nor commentary/interpretation. This will give you a good outline of Byron's life to construct your own understanding from further reading.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The spirit if not the letter of Byron's life November 20, 2007
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This is not a biography of Byron's life, or any kind of documentary. It is a very powerful portrayal of Byron's personality and, possibly, of how life felt to him. Although some details are incorrect and there are important omissions (notably, Byron's stay at the Villa Diodati with the Shelley menage), it is a noteworthy film.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
After watching Jonny Lee Miller's excellent portrayal of Mr. Knightley in Emma (2009), I looked up his body of work, and came across this production. I have to say this is a beautifully-filmed story of Byron, and Miller is amazing in the title role. He delivers a finely nuanced performance, and with his matching good looks, embodies Byron perfectly. After two years in Greece, Byron returns to England in 1811, disappointed that his lack of fortune has necessitated his return. Upon his mother's death, he returns to his ancestral home and finds himself attaining fame as a writer, though he is still deeply in debt. This story focuses on three romantic interests (well one not so romantic) of Byron's. There's the wild aristocratic child-woman Lady Caroline Lamb (Camilla Power) who initially arouses Byron's interest and ardor but who soon grows obsessed with him causing him to lose interest. Then there's the secret love of Byron's life - his half-sister Augusta Leigh (Natasha Little in an incredibly compelling performance), the only woman whom Byron feels he can truly love without inhibitions. Unfortunately, this is a relationship that is doomed from the beginning, given its' taboo and illicit nature. Out of desperation (given his dire financial straits) and Augusta's insistence, Byron proposes marriage to an heiress, Annabella Milbanke (Julie Cox), a woman determined to change Byron and 'cure' his corrupted nature through discovering God. Predictably enough, this marriage suffocates Byron and is also doomed.

Percy Bysshe Shelley is also introduced in this production, though Oliver Dimsdale's portrayal seems rather lackluster.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Byron DVD December 17, 2007
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Byron DVD was awesome. Biographical, straightforward, honest and realistic. Acting was superb. Jonny Lee Miller is always great!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Byron... January 20, 2008
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I really like this film, it accurately presents the most important facts of Byron's life and all the women he was involved with :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BIO=PIC January 17, 2008
Without getting into a lot of detail, this film is a well-acted and accurate bio of BYRON, who I always think of as the prototype of the modern celebrity(mad,bad, and dangerous to know!).Nobody does this kind of thing like the BRITS and I enjoyed it a lot. thanks dennis
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandalous superstar poet and sexual outlaw December 1, 2010
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This film about the literary world's first superstar bad-boy has much going for it. Lord Byron was the highly talented writer and poet who shocked the world with his bisexuality, his multiple affairs with the powerful elite married women of England, his incestuous affair with his half sister Augusta Lee, his scandalous divorce where his wife reveals sexual practices that were capital crimes in England, his affair with the sister-in-law of the poet Shelley, and his charge into the Greco-Turkish war. He was notorious in his day and his legend lives on. This film does a credible job of capturing much of the self-induced chaos and impulsive madness that drove Byron into disaster after disaster. Yet he survives many scandals and survives due to his extreme beauty and literary gifts. Lord Byron is played by Jonny Lee Miller who does a credible job of capturing the romantic madness that propels Byron from mishap to mishap. Lord Byron was served throughout his life by a servant Fletcher, played by Philip Glenister. Fletcher suffers through many misadventures as Byron's fortunes go up and down, but mostly down, and sacrifices his own personal life to serve Byron. Byron was very lucky to have totally loyal friends such as John Cam Hobhouse, played by Stephen Campbell Moore. Hobhouse, or `Hobbie' as he was called by Byron was his loyal school friend who knew of Byron's love affairs with young men during his youth, his wild sexual life with women - including his half sister, and his immense talents. Hobbie burns Byron's Memoirs after Byron's death, an act that he may have committed to protect Byron but would certainly have been an amazing piece of literature if it had survived.

Possibly the most scandalous aspect of Byron's life is his affair with his half-sister Augusta Lee.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
After watching miller in elementary this was a let down. The story was all over the place. I came away knowing less about Byron than when I started the film.
Published 2 months ago by Usbank
3.0 out of 5 stars It wouldn't play..............
Sadly, this DVD wouldn't play on 3 different machines! Nothing. Oddly enough, my mother had purchased this DVD from another source and the same thing happened. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lydia
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazed!
I am really amazed when reading some of the comments. I find it useless to discuss a production that is simply idiotic.
Published 9 months ago by fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Was not disappointed in Jonny Lee Miller's representation of Byron
This film made me want to know more about Byron. I did research him and found that he was a brilliant but torched soul. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Evelyn Schaffer
2.0 out of 5 stars Byron
I was not crazy about this movie. It was a little too dark and a little too graphic for my taste. I will not keep this
one in my collection.
Published 16 months ago by Rosemarie Vitale
4.0 out of 5 stars Lord Byron
Not really enough depth for such an interesting character. This film really could have done a better job of telling his story.
Published 21 months ago by maureen
1.0 out of 5 stars Byron
The movie had too much explicit sex scenes that seemed to consume the movie. The message of the life of Lord Byron could been presented without such scenes. Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by csimon01
2.0 out of 5 stars Byron Light
For a film dealing with a reputedly scandalous life, the BBC telepic about Lord Byron is curiously dull. Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Harry O
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie entertainment
Byron as played by Johnny Lee Miller is great! I doubt if Byron was as "bad" a person as shown in this movie.
It made me want to read more about Byron's life. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother was happy!
I ordered this for my mother and she was happy with it and enjoyed the poetry. If she is happy, I am happy.
Published on August 23, 2011 by Crime Reader
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