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on February 28, 2018
Total Rip-Off. No English anywhere ... all Polish (or some other language). Would not play on my Dell Desk Top but did play on my BruRay player on my TV. No English anywhere ... supplier deny's my comments. "EnglishVersion" nonsense. I took every option offered before playing on my TV .
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on March 18, 2017
Note: " This "Copying Beethoven" DVD Will NOT PLAY in USA due to "REGION ERROR". This error message cannot be bypassed or hacked, and is true of all DVRs manufactured outside of USA, "Caveat Emptor". Let the Buyer beware. Shame on you Limeys in England for selling this to unaware Americans... Hope you had a good laugh and enjoyed my $13...
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on November 17, 2007
Ed Harris did a wonderful job portraying the character of Beethoven. I found the story line to be accurate as much as we know about the man today. It made him very real to me, as a spiritual being - an artist creating with sound, and his love of the effect of sound. The movie was interesting and inspiring, all the way through.

Though it was not thought provoking, the movie had a deeper spiritual aspect that cleared up misconceptions I had about Beethoven, allowing me to enjoy Beethoven's works with enriched understanding of the man himself.
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Hollywood often operates in pairs. Sometimes, it happens that two movies are released at substantially the same time, with the same subject matters, with only one inevitably overtaking the other, either in quality or popularity. For example: "The Player" and "The Mistress." Both are movies about making movies, but the former the one most remembered. The Mistress is arguably more edgier, and arguably a better reflection of the clash of egos involved in getting a movie financed, not to mention even made, but The Player is more remembered because it was considered the come-back movie of a respected director, Robert Altman.
Another good example are "Nowhere Boy" and "Backbeat," two movies about the beginnings of the Beatles, both released about the same time. It seems Hollywood has trouble coming up with new ideas.

So it is with this movie, "Copying Beethoven." This movie was released at about the same time as "Immortal Beloved," another movie about Beethoven, starring Gary Oldman in the title role. Is this any less of a movie? The approaches of the actors playing the title role are different. Oldman's portrayal is more impassioned, while Harris brilliantly conveys Beethoven's temper. There is nothing deficient in Harris' portrayal, but the movie suffers from a directorial approach which detracts the movie watcher's attention from the drama in Beethoven's life and could perhaps do with a better script. The music is there -- how could it not be? -- but the various subplots is confusing and distracting. At times, when watching Harris fly into one of the temper tantrums Beethoven was so famous for, one can't help but wonder what was in Harris' mind. He was probably thinking, "Why couldn't they come up with a decent script?"

Beethoven wasn't just about temper tantrums, but had a life full of drama, remorse, and tragedy. It says a lot about Oldman's craft that he could portray these moods in a convincing way, such that even though he does not look like Beethoven, he IS Beethoven. While there is a superficial resemblance to the real person, no amount of make-up would make Harris' portrayal convincing because the script is too one-dimensional and the direction too confused.

This is not a recommendation not to purchase this movie. If you have Immortal Beloved, buy this version of Beethoven's life to make your own comparison.
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on November 22, 2017
Good movie the ninth symphony scene is the best; wow!
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on June 3, 2017
A wonderful movie.Ed Harris is superb.
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on January 12, 2017
It is like actually meeting Beethoven, but I get it that they had to make some concessions to make the movie. Ed Harris studied biographies of Beethoven to know the character. The musical selections are great, too.
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on March 19, 2018
Cover was nice--since I couldn't see the movie as it did not fit my region, I can only report on the nice looking cover.
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on February 23, 2015
Make sure that you buy the format compatible with U.S BluRay players. I failed to do that and the DVD will not play.
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on March 2, 2017
GREAT movie. A must see.
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