Les Misérables [Blu-ray]
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Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen are deliciously over-the-top as the Thénardiers, greedy innkeepers who steal from their customers and extort cash from Fantine for Cosette's upkeep while they keep the lonely girl in rags. Samantha Barks's show-stopping solo, "On My Own," is thrilling. Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried are appealing as Marius and the adult Cosette. Finally, the wonderful Colm Wilkinson lights up the screen in his brief appearance as the Bishop.
Why see this film if you have already taken in the Broadway show? First, Hooper distills the essence of the plot without getting bogged down in extraneous exposition. He elicits terrific performances from actors whose faces and voices are beautifully expressive. Since much of the dialogue is sung, it is worth pointing out that the sound quality is excellent and the performers take pains to speak and sing distinctly (not a given in today's films). Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's score and Herbert Kretchmer's lyrics are often soaring, at other times tear-filled and poignant, and always unforgettable.Read more ›
"Les Miserables" is unlike any film musical I've ever seen. The level of emotion is unmatched. The performances are out of this world. The story is ambitious, and the scope is huge. It's at once a very personal story about its various characters, but at the same time, these people are singing for a generation, that has fascinating parallels to events going on today. It's an incredible feat that I didn't think could be committed to film so well.
Director Tom Hooper certainly had the courage of his convictions. A film adaptation of Cameron Mackintosh and Claude Michel Schonberg's beloved stage musical "Les Miserables" had been in development hell since the mid 1980s. The pieces for a successful film adaptation never quite came together. A non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel starring Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman came out in 1998, but that film was sub-par at best.
Hooper assembled a cast that doesn't seem like the best fit for a musical, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, none of which, to my knowledge, are trained singers. He then decided that these actors, as well as everyone else in the cast, would sing live, instead of lip-synching to studio-prerecorded tracks.Read more ›
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Have seen the stage production 4 times, twice in London (opening week) and twice in the US....one of my absolute favorites and this "over the top" production did nothing to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Judy Clark
I loved it! Hugh Jackman was a revelation! And everybody else was merely excellent. That opening scene in the water was amazing. Read morePublished 2 days ago by audio lover
A must have blue ray. Ann Hathaway is simply awesome. And Crowe and X-man Wolverine are at their best. Very touching and fast paced. Not a dull moment.Published 2 days ago by JAG50
I bought this movie for a friend of mine who wanted this for his Birthday Gift. It was well-received by my friend and he liked it very much. Read morePublished 2 days ago by GEEGEE
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|Target has a special edition with extra features, a booklet and postcards||
So who and where do I contact someone that would be willing to purchase a copy for me and post to South Africa ??? please ..... ?
Mar 20, 2013 by Mr. P. Buys | See all 5 posts
|iTunes HD Digital Copy?||
Yes it is. Downloaded it today. It takes 5 gigs of disk space.
Mar 21, 2013 by R. Nichols | See all 3 posts
It just means that along with the blu ray disc, it also comes with a DVD version, and a downloadable version to play on your Ipod.
Mar 22, 2013 by H. Robertson | See all 2 posts
|Great movie, terrible cover art!||
I love the cover art actually.
Feb 22, 2013 by M. Bullions | See all 2 posts
YES! At the very end of the movie - in the big chorus finale -- the movie went silent and froze. Tried and tried, finally returned it. Today (3/26) the new disk arrived. IT WENT MUTE AND FROZE IN THE EXACT SAME SPOT!!! I have had to reset my Blu Ray player twice. Other disks play fine. What is... Read More
Mar 26, 2013 by Donna Smith | See all 13 posts
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