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Daniel Day-Lewis Triple Feature (How Many Miles to Babylon / The Insurance Man / Dangerous Corner) (2013)

Daniel Day-Lewis , Richard Eyre  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Directors: Richard Eyre
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5A9FL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Daniel Day-Lewis Triple Feature (DVD)

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With Daniel Day-Lewis recently making history by winning his third Best Actor Oscar (Nicholson also has three Oscars, but one is in the Supporting category), this seems a perfect time to capitalize on the release of some of his earlier television work. I have long been a fan of Day-Lewis and distinctly remember his break-out year of 1985 where he turned heads in two wildly different film roles. Playing the homosexual punk in Stephen Frears' "My Beautiful Launderette" couldn't be further from the uptight fop he played in the Merchant/Ivory production of "A Room With A View." And his stunning film resume has continued to be as varied and complex. The three projects on this triple feature give us glimpses of this future potential and all, for differing reasons, are worth visiting. Note, though, he is only really the lead performer in one film.

DVD Presentation: This set has two discs with "How Many Miles To Babylon" on the first one and "The Insurance Man" and "Dangerous Corner" on the second one. A note on the audio and visual quality. These television productions certainly show visible signs of their age. The footage can appear quite raw but, truthfully, I'm just glad to have these dug out of the archives for viewing at all.

How Many Miles To Babylon (1982): A TV Movie, this anti-war parable is perhaps the most traditional and heartfelt of the set. Day-Lewis plays a sheltered Irish aristocrat who escapes his domineering mother (Sian Phillips) by enlisting in the war as an officer. He shares the experience with his boyhood friend, whose economic status places him in the regular troops. In many ways, Day-Lewis comes of age by seeing the ravages of the conflict and the foibles of wartime bureaucracy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Daniel Day-Lewis August 18, 2013
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I bought this after reading about it on the New York Sunday Times last spring. The article got me interested in other Daniel Day-Lewis movies, so I have been on a quest to see them all. I realized this would not be in a library, so ordered it. There are three BBC short movies or plays. One does get to see how Day-Lewis is able to perform radically different characters. "How Many Mikes to Babylon" is an excellent piece of writing that is a beautiful testament to male friendship. Day-Lewis plays a "Christ" character. "The Insurance Man" is a bedlam sort of setting with the Day- Lewis character as the sane one in the midst of the chaos. There is complete nudity of both the male (not Day-Lewis)and female bodies, refreshing that it is not just the woman. "Dangerous Corner" has Day-Lewis playing a weak, sniveling character which he acts perfectly and detestingly. It is a clever bit of writing...a parlor drama with two endings for the viewer to contemplate. BBC, as always, produces wonderful period pieces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Interest June 27, 2013
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This is a terrific 3-pack of Lewis' early work. You can see the beginnings of his signature style, especially his facial responses, his head gestures and his vocal signature when speaking to women. It's a great treat to see one of the world's finest actors in his Thespian infancy.
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