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Masterpiece Classic: Any Human Heart (2011)

Matthew MacFadyen , Jim Broadbent , n , a  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew MacFadyen, Jim Broadbent
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FM2EL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Every life is ordinary and extraordinary. Logan Mountstuart s lived in every decade of the twentieth century is a rich tapestry of both. Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter), and newcomer Sam Claflin all take a turn as Logan at different points in his life in this provocative glimpse at one man s quest for glory and bliss. An aspiring young writer in London and Paris, a spy during WWII, Logan s was a life touched by everything and everyone from the Spanish Civil War, Joan Miró, and Ian Fleming to Earnest Hemingway, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and the Baader-Meinhof Gang. But despite his many brushes with history, it is the women of his life who ultimately define Logan his ill-matched first wife, Lottie; the wives of his best friend, Peter; Freya, the love of his life; or anyone else on the long list of women who ve shared his days and nights. Featuring Hayley Attwell, Kim Catrall, Gillian Anderson, Tom Hollander, Natasha Little, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and Richard Schiff, Any Human Heart is the story of a full life, lived with passion expansive, rich, unsentimental, comic, and profoundly moving.

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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
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As every review on Amazon for the PBS Masterpiece Classic presentation of "Any Human Heart" wants to challenge the editing of the film--I feel compelled to leap into the fray with the definitive answer. There is no denying that the show was broadcast for American audiences to fit the current format and timeslot of the network which resulted in unfortunate editing. However, what that has to do with the DVD release is absolutely nothing. Condemn PBS Broadcasting, if you must, for the televised end product--but any amount of investigation will confirm that the DVD offered for sale is absolutely intact with the full United Kingdom version. First, all you have to do is click on the DVD image above to read the bold print "Original UK Edition" and I have further confirmed the details through the PBS website. So, by all means, can we please just judge the full program and refrain from insinuating that this is a nefariously tampered with version?

Complete DVD specs:

Disc#1 - Episode 1 (RT: 1:17), and Episode (RT: 1:06)
Disc#2 - Episode 3 (RT: 1:10), and Episode 4 (RT: 1:07)

Bonus Content (approximately 48 minutes) includes)
(Interviews with actors, producers, directors, writer - all subtitled)
- In Oxford with Sam Clafin
- Matthew MacFayden on location in Spain
- Interview with Jim Broadbent
- Kim Cattral on "Gloria"
- Gillian Anderson and Tom Hollander on playing the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
- Hayley Atwell on "Freya"
- On the Set of "Any Human Heart"
- From Paper to Screen - William Boyd Discusses "Any Human Heart"
- Deleted Scenes (about 7 minutes of 11 clips - not subtitled)

This DVD is the original and unedited UK version

The following program contains mature content.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Ginia Bellafante wrote in the New York Times on February 11, 2011 that "Any Human Heart" is a "Forrest Gump" for the literate. She also wrote that the beauty of the story is that "embitterment never sees its own victories. Failure, too, has its pleasure." A fun comparison yet fine words to describe the "heart" of one Logan Mountstuart, a fictional character, whose life in the 20th century is chronicled from his Oxford days in the 1920's to a mere existence in the 1990's.

William Boyd, who wrote the novel and the screenplay for this spectacular PBS production, asks and answers this question: How did a boy adrift on a placid river in Uruguay become a grizzled old man sorting through piles of boxes and books in an old country house in France? It's a fascinating ride!

Sit back and enjoy the clever dialogue, the sets and the photography, the fine performances of Jim Broadbent and Matthew Macfadyen as Mountstuart.

Try to keep up with the wives and lovers. The casting is superb. Don't overlook the first wife, Lady Lottie Cassell, who gives Logan his love of the aristocratic life and a son. Hayley Atwell plays Freya, the much loved and beautiful second wife. Kim Cattrall (the sexy vamp from Sex and the City) plays Gloria, a redhaired lover and the third wife of Logan's Oxford buddy. And even after World War II, when Logan leaves a destitute life in London of eating cans of dog food and beans and moves to France, he charms a young neighborhood beauty who has a glorified memory of her father during the war. (The scenes of an older Mountstuart in military camoflage watching over her father's memorial plaque are hilarious.)

Enjoy the real-life 20th century figures who flit in and out of Logan's life. It does not go without saying...
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Look into a Human Heart February 16, 2011
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I'm a big fan of Masterpiece Classic and I wasn't disappointed with "Any Human Heart." It's a story that takes the viewer along the different stages of Logan Mountstuart's life. Mountstuart is a writer with reasonable success until his life was devastated by the loss of his family during WWII. As Mountstuart ages, his life is marked by his association with different women who imparted certain truths that stayed with him. He only realizes this near the end of his life as he was sorting through his personal effects.

What I like about the story is the idea that any person has a story to tell, loves that were lost, dreams that were extinguished. I suppose that is why the book starts with a quote from Henry James "Never say you know the last word about any human heart."

The film is beautifully done and I'm impressed with the work that was put into the sets and clothes of the different time periods. It was also enjoyable to see Mountstuart's encounters with real people like Ernest Hemingway and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (exceptional performance by Gillian Anderson). Matthew MacFadyen did an excellent job. His part was the most difficult stage of Mountstuart's life. The film also has a surreal quality to it, especially when it shows Mountstuart's recurring dream of being a child on a boat and being watched by his different selves at different ages. It was captivating and I watched the whole film through.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Any Human Heart July 22, 2011
By Aron
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Despite the good acting, cinematography, etc., I did not care for the storyline. Seems to be the sad tale of a man desperately seeking some sense of self via sexual encounters with various women (This includes a 16 year old, albeit unknowingly), and hapless "assignments" that he willingly takes on. He does seem to approach something close to love in his relationship with Freya, but then continues on in his strange conquesting way. The man seems to be searching for meaning in his life, but never quite finds it. Quite sad.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Any Human Heart
I had forgotten that I had seen this film before and didn't enjoy it much the first time so didn't finish it this time. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Faithful Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me want to read the book
The journey...I liked his journey through life. I think that his view of life as just good luck or bad luck has some merit. Very well done and good acting.
Published 5 days ago by Dale Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life
Great series, albeit sad, but it's real . . . life, just life. Characters woven like fine silk into a story with lots of guts.
Published 6 days ago by Anne C. Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Human Heart
Very interestingly done. The photography is stunning. The one complaint would be that one of his sexual encounters bothered me a lot. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Blue Duck
2.0 out of 5 stars wasnt exciting enough
too slow. did not keep me enthralled and the acting and directing could have been a lot better. Good movie though.
Published 9 days ago by youbebest
4.0 out of 5 stars British fiction.
The story of a British writer starting pre WWII. He meets Hemingway during the Spanish civil war and Ian Fleming during WWI and is a key to all of their actions during these times.
Published 10 days ago by William W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a great movie. To get most you need to watch at least twice and it just seems to get better each time you watch. I seldom write reviews but this deserves comments.
Published 10 days ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well acted
Interesting male perspective of love and loss. All male roles were well done. I was very entertained through all the episodes.
Published 12 days ago by Maxine Walmsley
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of a remembered life well spent
This was a story wwhich most would benefit from doing in an age when many of us are living longer and as we are confronted by years of "time on our hands" and diminished... Read more
Published 13 days ago by James Rush
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper
Just keeps your interest perked while you travel 60 years through the three 'chaps' lives. I recommend this to all.
Published 13 days ago by Joan
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