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The Name of the Rose [Blu-ray] (2011)

Sean Connery , F. Murray Abraham , Jean-jacques Annaud  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Jr. Feodor Chaliapin, William Hickey, Michael Lonsdale
  • Directors: Jean-jacques Annaud
  • Writers: Andrew Birkin, Gerard Brach, Howard Franklin, Alain Godard
  • Producers: Bernd Eichinger, Jake Eberts, Bernd Schaefers, Thomas Schuhly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YCKJ74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Name of the Rose" is a gothic medieval mystery thriller set in a 14th-century Italian monastery. Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and a young novice (Christian Slater) arrive for a conference to find that several monks have been murdered in mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his wit and intelligence.

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie based on a Wonderful Book June 19, 2005
Format:DVD
I never saw this film in the theatre. I saw it on TV many years ago and was enchanted with the medieval setting. I just recently got the DVD when I remembered the movie due to discussion of the book on an internet board I post on.

All I can say is that I am in awe of the work done by the director in bringing the book to the screen. The visuals alone express exactly the sense and the setting that Eco took pages and pages of info dump to allude to.

The size of the whole complex with small poorly clad men scuttling over it at the mercy of the weather accurately places man (in the understanding of the time) between cruel and capricious nature (i.e.: godlessness) and being dwarfed by the immense buildings dedicated to god, which represent his power and importance in the world, and the puny stature of man.

The dark interiors, lit only by fire highlight the fear, superstition and lack of education and outside contact that the average 'simple' person had. It made real the poverty and the terror and the precarious hold on life the people had, and how they would grasp at anything that promised safety and salvation. How it was so easy to believe in demons, and witches and other physical manifestations of their hard life. The strange look of the monks also represents the difficulty of surviving unscathed by disease, or accident.

At the ending of the medieval period the church had grown into a fat, rich, bloated institution more interested in temporal matters, and internal minutia (angels dancing on the head of a pin) than on acting as shepherds to god's flock.

The movie shows the Benedictine monks, the caretakers of the monastery and local flock, as those who started with a good heart, yet who uphold the status quo in fear rather than love.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus... December 1, 2004
By fCh
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Viewers may arrive to Jean-Jacques Annaud's film from different directions, and, consequently, have various opinions. For those who Umberto Eco's book was so good that they couldn't get enough of it, Annaud may be a little disappointing--it may be argued indeed that the film conceded too much to the movie-goer's taste and deviated from the book. Let's save this polemic for other fora...

For those viewers who like at least one of the following: (1) a good 'whodunnit' movie; (2) a credible transposition of the medieval church environment (i.e. Western European / Catholic) in film; (3) an intriguingly good film that captivates an open mind, regardless of educated props and such, this film is indeed an event. To the first point, suffice it to say this film keeps the plot the same as in the book--and a lot has been written about the latter. In support of the other points, I should say Annaud's film is an audio-visual delight that strives for authenticity and manages to achieve it quite well. The monastic environment where everything takes place is elaborately recreated with means such as the wonderful chorals performed by the actors themselves, medieval-styled clothing (make and fabric), lighting, replicas of medieval books, and so much more. Plenty of food for imagination!

There is one exception one may take from the approach in which the film's author decided to cast the characters. Despite their having distinct physiognomies, one may say, they are distinctively ugly. A matter of taste or maybe commerce? The two overlooked (indirect) advantages of such casting are well worth mentioning. Most actors were far away from mainstream, and they speak in an English accented by their own tongues. What a suggestive allusion to an environment in which Latin was spoken with accents!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow, but Great April 24, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The Name of the Rose is a great film, though some may think it slow. One of its best attributes is its realism. Its' characters really seem like they stepped out of the middle ages. These characters look, speak, and act as one might expect from this age.
It is an excellent production as well. The plot and dialogue are thoughtful. The visual scenery helps much to set a proper mood. It is graphic enough to have the kind of impact it needs as a mystery/suspense movie. Its' plot evolves nicely as the mystery of the Abbey unfolds. Every actor, particularly Connery and Slater, delivers a sound performance. Each character displays the seriousness one would expect from members of medieval religious orders, yet their emotions do show through at times, revealing the feelings that reside behind their clerical exteriors. This film is outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more than just an excellent medieval thriller October 7, 2004
Format:DVD
At last this great film has been released on dvd.

A medieval monastery may not sound like a setting for a thriller, yet this is what Arnaud achieves. In the film (and in the book on which the film is based, sometimes losely) Brother William of Baskerville (played by Sean Connery), a Franciscan monk, is asked by the abbot of an abbey in North Italy early in the 14th century to investigate a suspicious death. During William's stay in the abbey, more suspicious deaths happen, which all seem to be connected. Although the monks seem inclined to blame the devil or other supernatural forces, William is the prototype of a rational person putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Thus William finds that the deaths have something to do with one or more books which are being copied by monks in the library of the monastery. But he is not allowed to see the books in question.

This is where this film starts to transcend being merely a very good thriller. The action happens early in the 1300s at a time when there is no printing yet and all manuscripts have to be laboriously copied, a process which can take years and obviously limits the distribution of books to extremely few (it was not untypical for a royal library in the Middle Ages to have only 10 books...). The typical place where books where copied was in monasteries.

Yet here comes the rub : from the 13th century onwards a number of writings by Greek philosophers, in particular Aristoteles (repeatedly referred to in the film), are being rediscovered in Europe (often via scholars in muslim Spain) after having been lost for more than a thousand years. Aristoteles had advocated that there is a rational anwer to everything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Decent "whodunit" movie.
Published 18 days ago by Donald E. Kemper Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars If Sherlock Holmes were a 14th century Friar!
Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and his apprentice Adso of Melk travel to a Benedictine monastery in Northern Italy to attend a theological disputation. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars History revisited
We saw this movie ages ago and wanted to watch it again. It's true to the times with mud and darkness, but a view of history that has been forgotten. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Connerey's All-time greatest (and little known) performances
Definitely better than the book. The movie is organized better than the book which is, although rather short, is obtuse. The movie delivers the story with fewer hiccups. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe R Breedlove
5.0 out of 5 stars emerse your self
One can emerse them self into the scenes and forget about daily life. The time flies and I want to see more.
Published 2 months ago by tracie talany
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather deep movie.
The story was pretty dark. I don't think I would have purchased it if I had known how dark it was.
Published 2 months ago by Janet B. Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great adaptation of a difficult but wonderful literary novel. The main flaw is that it is a bit abrupt in some transitions.
Published 2 months ago by PDP8S
4.0 out of 5 stars Suitably medieval
How many movies begin by referring to a "palimpsest"? Not very many I would venture, and with this opening, the movie certainly nods its head to the sophistication of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Karl E. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference Movie
Quality of this blu-ray picture and sound is not among the best, but this is not where true quality of this movie lies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bojan Ilic
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
We always loved this movie, but seeing it in blu-Ray is like seeing anew. It was delivered in time and in excellent shape. Thank you
Published 3 months ago by Joe L.
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