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The English Patient [Blu-ray] (1996)

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (459 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (459 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064MT1QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Winner of 9 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director (Anthony Minghella) and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche), THE ENGLISH PATIENT is a "fiercly romantic" (THE NEW YORK TIMES) epic where love knows no boundaries. During World War II, a mysterious stranger (Ralph Fiennes) is cared for by British allies unaware of his dangerous past. Yet, as the mystery of his identity is revealed, an incredible tale of passion, intrigue and adventure unfolds. Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth and Willem Dafoe, this powerful motion picture is an experience you will never forget.

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146 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Painting September 5, 2005
Format:DVD
This rare and beautiful film, based on a book that is felt as much as read, transcends the medium to become art. Painted on a vast desert canvas with deep rich oils, its beauty is felt as much as seen. This film will find your heart and remain there forever. If love had a face, it would look like this.

Director Anthony Minghella's screenplay shifts the center of Michael Ondaatje's story slightly in order to capture on film the essence of his beautiful prose. Ondaatje's novel is one of poetic beauty, a potrait of a rose beneath the water's surface. The film brings that beautiful rose out of the water and into the sunlight. The book and the film are so deeply intertwined you can not watch this film without wanting to read the book, nor can you read the book without wanting to see the film. The story itself centers around three people either in love with, or haunted by ghosts they have loved and lost to war.

Juliette Binoche gives an Oscar winning performance as Hana, a kind nurse with a gentle spirit but a damaged heart. She latches onto the burned and charred body of a man known only as the English patient, and ends up caring for him in a shell ravaged Italian villa in Tuscany where she feeds him plums and reads to him. When a man named Caravaggio with scars of his own arrives, the mystery of who the English patient really is begins to unfold via flashbacks. In the present, Hana begins to let her heart heal when she falls in love with a Sikh who disarms bombs left by the Germans.

It is the memories of the English patient, however, which are at the heart of this film. Ralph Fiennes gives a subtle performance as the introspective Almasy, part of an international expedition mapping an unending desert with both the romance, and the danger of the sea.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ownership, belonging and an earth without maps. May 15, 2004
Format:DVD
After the publication of Michael Ondaatje's Booker-Prize-winning "English Patient," conventional wisdom soon held that the novel, while a masterpiece of fiction, was entirely untransferable to any other medium: too intricately layered seemed its narrative structure; too significant its protagonists' inner life; too rich its symbolism. Then along came Anthony Minghella, who reportedly read it in a single sitting and was so disoriented afterwards that he didn't even remember where he was - but who called producer Paul Zaentz the very next morning and talked him into bringing the novel to the screen. Two major studios and several fights over the casting of key roles later, the result were an astonishing nine Oscars (Best Picture, Director - Anthony Minghella -, Supporting Actress - Juliette Binoche -, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score and Sound), as well as scores of other awards.

"The English Patient" is an epic tale of love and loss; of ownership, belonging and the bars erected thereto. It unites the stories of five people: Hungarian count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), mistaken as English by a British Army medical unit in Italy after professing to have forgotten his identity; Hana (Juliette Binoche), Almasy's Canadian nurse; Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), his erstwhile lover; Kip (Naveen Andrews), a Sikh sapper and Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), an ex-spy and thief.
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154 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant February 2, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this movie. In fact, it was the first movie I ever purchased (VHS) many moons ago. I first saw it in a theater with a hard-bitten financial-analyst friend of mine (male, straight). I'm an engineer (male, straight). We are not weepy types. We were both moved very much by this movie. I don't agree at all that this is a chick-flick.

This is a movie aimed at adults. If you want: constant action, simplistic plot, black-and-white relationships, car crashes, shoot outs (OK, it does have some crashes and shooting), then you probably want to look elsewhere. Casablanca, to which this movie has been contrasted, (though a good movie) could fall into the category of propaganda: produced during WWII, everyone conformed to the main line. Real people had real lives going on during WWII.

I find that the negative reviews of this movie fall into two categories: 1) those who are (terribly) morally offended by extra-marital affairs, and 2) those that can't follow a complex plot and set of characters. If you can see beyond those issues, and you like a good, complex tragedy, you should enjoy this movie.

This is a wonderful movie. The cinematography is gorgeous, music is fantastic, story is complex and compelling, the characters diverse and engaging. Everyone I know liked this movie a lot. Two love stories, plenty of tragedy and twists. Great actors and acting. The story is revealed slowly through flashbacks, it's a great dramatic device and works very well. I am a voracious reader and I have read the book as well: I prefer the movie (I can only say this about one other novel/movie: Dr. Zhivago). Like I said, everyone I know liked it very much. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect movie romantic great acting.
Love this movie. Hot sex scenes. Wish I could be that kind of wife except for getting killed by the husband crashing into the lover with a plane. Read more
Published 3 days ago by houx
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Picture - Best Acting - Best Drama!
One of the best films made! OWN IT! Recommended!
Published 6 days ago by Diane C. Lytwyn
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Published 21 days ago by Russell Kenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie ever!!!
Published 21 days ago by Francis S Bonilla
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I bought the DVD
I had seen this movie when it first came out and at that time I had only half understood it. I'm glad I bought the DVD. It's a wonderful story. Read more
Published 29 days ago by shmuesn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all-time fave movies....nuff said.
Published 1 month ago by James L. Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really like this movie and it sure kept you guessing about this gentleman.
Published 1 month ago by R. A. Macgaren
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Doris MT Joyal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy... great value... Thank YOU... +++++
Published 2 months ago by Richard DeVries
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the movie and read the novel.
Probably the best film I've seen. The only thing better is the book. I highly recommend you read the novel. The film is an outstanding adaption of an outstanding novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gary Biggs
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