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The English Patient (Miramax Collector's Edition) (1996)

Ralph Fiennes , Juliette Binoche , Anthony Minghella  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella
  • Writers: Anthony Minghella, Michael Ondaatje
  • Producers: Alessandro von Norman, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Paul Zaentz, Saul Zaentz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTWCO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The English Patient (Miramax Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Master Class with writer-director Anthony Minghella (includes deleted scenes)
  • CBC documentary "The Making of The English Patient"
  • Author Michael Ondaatje featurette
  • Producer Saul Zaentz featurette
  • Production Designer Stuart Craig featurette
  • A historical look at the real Count Almasy
  • "From Novel to Screenplay" - Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Filmmaker conversations
  • The Eyes of Phil Brady - still photographer
  • Film reviews

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Additional Features

In conjunction with the 2004 DVD release of Cold Mountain, Anthony Minghella's first Oscar-winning film returns to DVD in a two-disc set. This set certainly improves on the first, bare-bones release; it adds material from the laserdisc release along with new interviews. The film now boasts a DTS track to go along with the Dolby 5.1 track. The most superfluous feature is another commentary track by the director; it's not needed since he teamed with producer Saul Zaentz and author Michael Ondaatje for a superb track years earlier that is also included. Those three talents have plenty of other interviews, both old and new, on the new disc and give a well-rounded insight into the film, including the real-life inspirations, the tricks of adaptation, casting (Sean Connery nearly co-starred), and the long shoot. The 20-minute session of deleted scenes is incorporated with Minghella's explanations, a "master class" of how a single deletion can change full storylines. Morsels from other talents, including double Oscar-winner Walter Murch (sound, editing), are here along with a full-hour making-of feature produced by the CBC. A lot of material from well-spoken cinematic talents makes this a DVD to delve into, although one could wish for simpler navigation. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Winner of 9 Academy Awards(R) in 1996, including Best Picture, Best Director (Anthony Minghella) and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche), this powerful motion picture is an experience you will never forget. During World War II, a mysterious stranger (Ralph Fiennes) is cared for by American allies unaware of his dangerous past. Yet, as the mystery of his identity is revealed, an incredible tale of passion, intrigue, and adventure unfolds. Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, and Willem Dafoe.

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144 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Painting September 5, 2005
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This rare and beautiful film, based on a book that is felt as much as read, transcends the medium to become art. Painted on a vast desert canvas with deep rich oils, its beauty is felt as much as seen. This film will find your heart and remain there forever. If love had a face, it would look like this.

Director Anthony Minghella's screenplay shifts the center of Michael Ondaatje's story slightly in order to capture on film the essence of his beautiful prose. Ondaatje's novel is one of poetic beauty, a potrait of a rose beneath the water's surface. The film brings that beautiful rose out of the water and into the sunlight. The book and the film are so deeply intertwined you can not watch this film without wanting to read the book, nor can you read the book without wanting to see the film. The story itself centers around three people either in love with, or haunted by ghosts they have loved and lost to war.

Juliette Binoche gives an Oscar winning performance as Hana, a kind nurse with a gentle spirit but a damaged heart. She latches onto the burned and charred body of a man known only as the English patient, and ends up caring for him in a shell ravaged Italian villa in Tuscany where she feeds him plums and reads to him. When a man named Caravaggio with scars of his own arrives, the mystery of who the English patient really is begins to unfold via flashbacks. In the present, Hana begins to let her heart heal when she falls in love with a Sikh who disarms bombs left by the Germans.

It is the memories of the English patient, however, which are at the heart of this film. Ralph Fiennes gives a subtle performance as the introspective Almasy, part of an international expedition mapping an unending desert with both the romance, and the danger of the sea.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ownership, belonging and an earth without maps. May 15, 2004
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After the publication of Michael Ondaatje's Booker-Prize-winning "English Patient," conventional wisdom soon held that the novel, while a masterpiece of fiction, was entirely untransferable to any other medium: too intricately layered seemed its narrative structure; too significant its protagonists' inner life; too rich its symbolism. Then along came Anthony Minghella, who reportedly read it in a single sitting and was so disoriented afterwards that he didn't even remember where he was - but who called producer Paul Zaentz the very next morning and talked him into bringing the novel to the screen. Two major studios and several fights over the casting of key roles later, the result were an astonishing nine Oscars (Best Picture, Director - Anthony Minghella -, Supporting Actress - Juliette Binoche -, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score and Sound), as well as scores of other awards.

"The English Patient" is an epic tale of love and loss; of ownership, belonging and the bars erected thereto. It unites the stories of five people: Hungarian count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), mistaken as English by a British Army medical unit in Italy after professing to have forgotten his identity; Hana (Juliette Binoche), Almasy's Canadian nurse; Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), his erstwhile lover; Kip (Naveen Andrews), a Sikh sapper and Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), an ex-spy and thief.
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154 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant February 2, 2005
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I love this movie. In fact, it was the first movie I ever purchased (VHS) many moons ago. I first saw it in a theater with a hard-bitten financial-analyst friend of mine (male, straight). I'm an engineer (male, straight). We are not weepy types. We were both moved very much by this movie. I don't agree at all that this is a chick-flick.

This is a movie aimed at adults. If you want: constant action, simplistic plot, black-and-white relationships, car crashes, shoot outs (OK, it does have some crashes and shooting), then you probably want to look elsewhere. Casablanca, to which this movie has been contrasted, (though a good movie) could fall into the category of propaganda: produced during WWII, everyone conformed to the main line. Real people had real lives going on during WWII.

I find that the negative reviews of this movie fall into two categories: 1) those who are (terribly) morally offended by extra-marital affairs, and 2) those that can't follow a complex plot and set of characters. If you can see beyond those issues, and you like a good, complex tragedy, you should enjoy this movie.

This is a wonderful movie. The cinematography is gorgeous, music is fantastic, story is complex and compelling, the characters diverse and engaging. Everyone I know liked this movie a lot. Two love stories, plenty of tragedy and twists. Great actors and acting. The story is revealed slowly through flashbacks, it's a great dramatic device and works very well. I am a voracious reader and I have read the book as well: I prefer the movie (I can only say this about one other novel/movie: Dr. Zhivago). Like I said, everyone I know liked it very much. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Movie!
Published 13 days ago by William H Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best movies ever made
Wow.......one of the best movies ever made. A must see for all.
Published 14 days ago by Billie Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a favorite film; I watch it at least once a year
Published 27 days ago by Michael B. Mcfadden
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your girlfriend's "chick flick"
I have never considered this movie a "romance" in the usual way the word is used. It is "romantic" in that it looks and feels unattainable, beautiful, being in a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Marano
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie...
...actually one of my favorite pictures. A story full of human and historical drama, capable of making yourself to question matters such as love, identity and loyalty.
Published 1 month ago by Pedro L. San Miguel
3.0 out of 5 stars a film that can make a grown man cry
When it first came out, I tried to watch it 3 times on Dvd, but couldn't continue past the first 15 - 20 minutes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by HTV
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See Movie
This will make just about anyone ball like a baby. Acting was wonderfully done and deserving of the multiple Oscars it won.
Published 2 months ago by Alison Rosebrough
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cinematic Work of the past Quarter Century!
The 'English Patient' definitely harkens back to a distant time (in filmmaking) when movie Directors, Producers, Writers and of course, Actors attempted to make Large-scale... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
1.0 out of 5 stars Milestone for when the Academy Awards went to pot...
This is the movie that definitively shows when the Oscars didn't mean anything anymore. Like 1997's Titanic (which they had to give 11 Oscars to, so it would tie Ben Hur, a truly... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars not at bad as Elaine Benes claimed!
There's an entire episode of Seinfeld that's about this movie, The English Patient and how Seinfeld character, Elaine, loses her friends, boyfriend, and gets fired from her job for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by robb sososikwitit
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