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Parade's End (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) (2013)

Rebecca Hall , Benedict Cumberbatch , Susanna White  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rebecca Hall, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adelaide Clemens
  • Directors: Susanna White
  • Writers: Tom Stoppard, Ford Madox Ford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: September 10, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tom Stoppard NPR Interview

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Set over a tumultuous ten-year period 100 years ago, this five-hour miniseries tells the story of an honorable Englishman coping with his growing disillusion at the end of one privileged era and the beginning of a new, egalitarian one. As the comfortable certainties of Edwardian England begin to give way to the chaos and destruction of WWI, aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) puts principles first by marrying Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), a pretty, manipulative socialite who gives birth to a child who may not be his. While enduring his new wife’s whims and overt indiscretions, Christopher finds himself inexorably drawn to a young suffragette, Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), but refuses to give in to their mutual passion or end his marriage with Sylvia. The onset of war, combined with the advent of feminism at home and communism in Russia, ushers in far-reaching changes for the English status quo, and gradually erodes the constraints that have kept Christopher tethered to his aristocratic past.

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Oddly enough, this handsome co-production (BBC and HBO) of "Parade's End" isn't even the first adaptation of this wartime saga that I've seen this month! BBC has also dusted another version from 1964 out of their archives for DVD release, and I watched that one prior to settling down to this most current version. Although it has no particular bearing on my comments about this interpretation, it might be of interest to you if you love the story. It features nice performances (Jeanne Moody is merciless as Sylvia) and boasts a young Judi Dench as the second female lead Valentine. I love Dench, so it was a win-win! Ford Madox Ford's "Parade's End" is an epic tale of love, scandal, marriage, and war. It is also about propriety, integrity, and retaining gentlemanly values as the world crumbles around you. It has a very moral center which is why the 1964 version didn't even feel particularly dated, and this lovely new adaptation is nicely stylized between the modern and the old-fashioned. The original publications were actually a series of four shorter novels released between 1924-28 that were pulled together and packaged under the new title of "Parade's End." And pretty much, with this journey, you're getting the bulk of the tale as related through the first three of these novels (the fourth is largely dismissed critically).

There is no denying the extraordinary efforts that the creators have employed to make this prestige piece a can't miss proposition for adult audiences. With beautiful production values, vivid lead performances and an incredibly literate script from premiere playwright Tom Stoppard, "Parade's End" presents a powerful, but not overstated, character journey set against the backdrop of World War I.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and poignant mini-series June 7, 2013
By Natasha
I've just completed watching Parade's End for the second time and much to my surprise, it was just as enjoyable as the first time. Second time around watching usually loses something... but not in this case.

The stoic and admirable character of Christopher Tietjens is beautifully played by Benedict Cumberbatch and without question, one of his best roles. He shows such pain in the situations faced - whether it be the result of being honorable or often being caused by his manipulative wife, Sylvia, played by the stunning Rebecca Hall. You cannot help but loathe her character due to all of the crap she pulls on everyone. But in the same breath, you also feel some pity for her - the obvious desperation to be needed and loved by the one man she cannot - maybe even shouldn't - have. Then in walks Valentine Wannop - a kindred spirit to Tietjens and against what is "right", you're rooting for them to be together.

The characters were fantastic and the story is captivating - along with Mr. Cumberbatch's sultry baritone voice. Parade's End offered a view into a time where honor, duty, shame and freedom were completely different than that of today. And after you're done watching - there's this wistfulness of a simpler and more nobler day lingering.

If you enjoy historical fiction (Pride & Prejudice, The Other Boleyn Girl, Persuasion, etc.) - you will most definitely enjoy Parade's End.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb character study March 14, 2013
This HBO miniseries is a masterpiece. It is beautifully written and acted, and unusually accurate historically. The film is emotionally devestating on the incompetence of the British military leadership in WWI, and on the hypocracy of social mores in the period before that war. From excellent novels by Ford Maddox Ford, but even better. Also, this is Benedict Cumberbatch's best film performance to date. Buy the video!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!! July 2, 2013
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I loved this series - and it gets even better with repeat viewings. If anyone were to delete this from my DVR between now and the time the Region 1 Discs ship I WOULD kill them.

Rebecca Hall is a force, and the rest of the cast is fantastic. Yes it's a bit uneven at times but just go with it - it's worth the ride. This is not a comfy "sit back and be spoon fed" piece by any means. The characters are so layered and complex that you really feel you know them.

After watching Parade's End I saw Benedict in Star Trek - and he was no where NEAR as impressive/appealing without Ford/Stoppards beautiful words and clear motivations. True - he's an actor who can make just about anything he says sound good - but why should he have to? Parade's End is in a word - DELICIOUS!!

The physical changes in Cumberbatch's character over the 10 years of this are at times a bit jarring, but it is 10 years, and he is playing a fat, clumsy, ugly, blond Yorkshireman - if you can imagine. (He does get "prettier" as it goes on - if that's important to you).

After I watched this - I picked up the audio of all 4 of Ford's books (42 hours). The detail, stream of consciousness content, backstory, and follow up are whip cream with a cherry. I highly recommend it! Tom Stoppard did a masterful job of capturing the books in his script - as I could NEVER have figured out what was going on in the books had I not seen this first. Talk about jumping around...

Personally, Parade's End is my clear #2 (for Cumberbatch) - right behind 2004 BBC's Hawking - with the dazzling Sherlock at #3. It really is that good.

Also note - that the 6 negative reviews right now are all technical/operator problems that have nothing to do with the content. This should have more stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in not being able to play on a new DVD blue ray player,...
I was disappointed, as I have an LG Blue ray Disc player only 1 year old,x and could not get it to play past the main menu. Read more
Published 5 days ago by SMBofTexas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mini series
Whether you are a Benedict Cumberbach fan or not you will love this HBO miniseries it is a great adaptation of Ford Maddox Ford and the screenplay by Tom Stoppard is just fabulous. Read more
Published 13 days ago by GGil
4.0 out of 5 stars Although I feel he is one of the best actors on the screen today
I thought Mr. Cumberbatch's acting was a little over dramatic. Although I feel he is one of the best actors on the screen today, I'm just not sure how I feel about his portrayal... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Judith Cipolla
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the portrait of society at the beginings of 20th ...
I like the portrait of society at the beginings of 20th century that brings this serie. Beside of beautifull photografy.
Published 1 month ago by maria
5.0 out of 5 stars My hero
I am in love with Benedict Cumberbatch, and this was the film that I saw him in when I fell in love. I loved the story and the look he has when he is in love.
Published 1 month ago by Eleanor Gilpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good....Excellent in fact
really good. Love English tv and movies. really superior acting by Benedict Cumberbatch which is his norm.
Published 2 months ago by booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars slow and beautiful.
Intensely felt, slow and beautiful.
Published 2 months ago by P. A. Sarr
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mini series I have ever watched
One of the best mini series I have ever watched. On the second time around I found it even more profound and deep. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lu Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for Benedict C!
Benedict C. is an amazing actor who shows his skills in this powerful drama. I recommend it most highly to you!
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Cusumano
5.0 out of 5 stars Adelaide Clemens steals the show, this is worth watching just to see...
I don't understand the people that have given this mini- series low reviews. What were they looking for? I think this series is quite enjoyable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen E. Fox
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