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The Oxford Murders [Blu-ray] (2010)

Elijah Wood , John Hurt , Alex De La Iglesia  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, John Hurt
  • Directors: Alex De La Iglesia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X82CYS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A woman is murdered in Oxford. Her body is discovered by two men, Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to study with Seldom. It quickly becomes clear that this is the fi rst in a series of murders, all of which are announced by the murderer with strange mathematical symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, and thus begins an elaborate puzzle, in which nothing is as it seems and the truth is elusive.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oxford is a Dangerous Place July 29, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I wonder what people who actually live in Oxford think of all the murderous activity associated with that locale in British detective mysteries? Oxford would have to rank right up there with St. Mary Mead and Midsomer as being among the most dangerous places to live in all of England.

Once again murderous forces are at work in Oxford but this time seems to focus on mathematics and mathematicians. The story is well crafted and held my attention all the way through. The acting is good and involves the viewer in the activities and emotions of the characters although it was not easy to identify with any of them. The major roles are well done with Elijah Wood as the graduate student, John Hurt as the famous professor, Leonor Watling as the significant female interest, Julie Cox as the frustrated female interest, and Jim Carter as the determined police inspector.

The scenery and settings do a great job of enhancing the mood of the movie and all work together to create an entertaining evening's viewing. There is some partial nudity and bedroom activity which limits it to adult audiences. This one is not for children. All told it is a well done British mystery.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You Can Cut this Class October 30, 2010
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It's a snobbish cliché to pronounce the book on which any film material was based as being much better than the film. But in this case, I'm not trying to demonstrate my literacy with the recommendation. It's my sincere opinion.

This movie just doesn't make the grade. It graduates from the merely pedantic to the completely far-fetched. Like the book, it posits a serial killer who is playing abstruse mathematical games with Professor Seldom and his protégé at Oxford's Mathematical Institute. However, the film throws in all sorts of extra glancing mathematical references - to Fermat's Last Theorem, to Fibonacci's series, and to chaos theory. A lot of these references don't exist in the book or else are more integral aspects of the book. So the movie is like a Koosh ball, sprouting all sorts of alien little rubbery protrusions that make it briefly tantalizing, but that ultimately just cause it to come off as silly.

The movie reminds me of Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia." While that play was acclaimed, when you thought about it logically, you realized that all its talk about chaos theory was completely adventitious and unnecessary.

There are other problems with this movie. Scenes that were treated more realistically in the book become grotesqueries in the movie. The film tries to combine the most garish elements of "The DaVinci Code," a CSI episode, and "The Zodiac Killer."

Whereas in the book, the protagonist's Russian roommate is just a normal person, in the movie he is portrayed by an actor who inexplicably chews up the scenery like a rabid dog.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The truth is not mathematical August 19, 2010
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Murders are committed for love, money, hatred, justice or revenge -- but not usually as an intellectual exercise. Yet Álex de la Iglesia approaches such a string of deaths in "The Oxford Murders," adapted from mathematician Guillermo Martinez's novel. Elijah Wood and William Hurt have magnificent chemistry and give excellent performances, but the script has a lot of flab.

Martin (Wood) is a young American student at Oxford who is writing his thesis; he hopes to have the famous mathematician Arthur Seldom (John Hurt) advise him... only to have his hopes dashed.

But when Seldom visits the house where he is boarding, the two men find Martin's landlady dead -- and while at first it appears to be natural causes, the police discover that she was murdered. And when Seldom reveals that he was sent a strange message warning him about the murder, he and Martin begin speculating that they're dealing with an "intellectual serial killer."

At the same time, Martin finds himself in an odd love triangle between his landlady's neurotic daughter (Julie Cox) and a sexy Spanish nurse (Leonor Watling). But his mind is fixed on unraveling the pattern that may lead him and Seldom to the murderer -- and the greatest puzzle is one that no one may be able to figure out.

Pythagorus, the principle of uncertainty, sequential math and mathematical order versus chaos. "The Oxford Murders" feels a bit like a mathematical episode of "Masterpiece Theatre" -- vast venerable colleges, the tangled motives, and some seemingly impossible murders.And the idea of murder warnings based on sequential mathematics is a fascinating one...

... which becomes a problem, because we end up with endless, pompous discussions about truth, reality and philosophy.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Implausibility of Pure Truth August 18, 2010
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Argentinean writer Guillermo Martinez has a PhD in Mathematical Logic in Buenos Aires and studied at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University and these facts may explain the sophisticated subject matter of his novel ' novel THE OXFORD MURDERS ('Crímenes imperceptibles'), now adapted for the screen by Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Álex de la Iglesia, who also directed the film. It is a cerebral exercise in logic and mathematical theory in addition to being a clever murder mystery heavily bent toward the thinking viewer.

Martin (Elijah Wood) arrives at Oxford form his trailer house home in Arizona to study with the brilliant mathematics professor Arthur Seldom (John Hurt). He brings little with him as he settles in with roommate Yuri Podorov (Burn Gorman) who clearly has a loathing for Seldom and for all of the great minds that have apparently stolen his solution for a theory. His elderly and physically impaired landlady Mrs. Eagleton (Anna Massey), who worked on the infamous Enigma Code that saved England in WW II, warmly accepts Martin into her home, introduces him to her daughter Beth (Julie Cox) who makes it clear that the old lady is preventing Beth from having the life of a free person, a cellist who wants more from life than confinement as a caregiver. Martin discovers that Seldom is not available to take on new postgrad students, and Martin challenges Seldom in a large classroom as Seldom is declaring Ludwig Wittgenstein's theory that there is no real truth. That challenge begins a bond between the two and when they individually meet at Mrs. Eagleton's home and find her murdered, Seldom shares a strange note left in his mailbox indicating the murder is the first of a series linked by a mysterious pattern.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Did not like it at all.
Published 1 day ago by Marnie
2.0 out of 5 stars Only if its free and you've nothing better to do
If it was not free on prime, I would have been annoyed having to pay for it. I wanted to like it. I love John Hurt, but even he could not save the clunky dialogue. Read more
Published 3 days ago by B. K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved how it ended...really unexpected
Published 4 days ago by Jose Luis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cast.
I was reading this novel when I noticed it was on line. Interesting to see the transition. On the plus side are the background shots of Oxford and the adjustment of the story from... Read more
Published 8 days ago by mary humphrey
4.0 out of 5 stars It ain't Sherlock Holmes, and that's both its strength and its...
This movie, for all its pretensions to be a somewhat philosophical work, fails to deliver on that account, leaving an entertaining who-dunnit, but never really reaches the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Grossly Irrelevant
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show on the intellectual side
I thought it was a great whodunnit. I had a couple of suspects but the answer surprised me.
Published 16 days ago by David Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The book was better.
Published 17 days ago by Susan
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This was very disappointing. The shock value scenes were unnecessarily grotesque, not something I am interested in, and the mathematical references were contrived. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Diana Ings
1.0 out of 5 stars It grossed me out.
When I saw that guy lying on the bed with no legs and that contraption on his head and then watched him drive a nail through his head with a nail gun, that was enough for me! Read more
Published 25 days ago by S. Scher
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but so packed with pseudo-intellectual academic babble ...
Great idea, but so packed with pseudo-intellectual academic babble and ersatz contrived drama that this movie is a total flop. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sea Cay
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