Howards End (The Criterion Collection)
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The story reminds me of an Asian belief that if something is meant to be yours (eg. Howard's End rightfully belongs to Margaret as it was actually "willed" to her by the first Mrs Wilcox before she died), then you will get it in the end, no matter what. Everything comes a full circle in the end, that's what it means.
This is one of the best period dramas I've ever watched - it's definitely worth your 2-1/2 hours.
His best line is, "The poor are poor because they are and there you have it." This is said in dismissing the plight of a young man to whom he gave the wrong advice. The opening scenes with Vanessa Redgrave and Emma Thompson showcase two different generations of English acting powerhouses on stage and screen. They are a delight to watch together. The costumes are out of this world and were obviously well researched and made to conform to every detail of the period. The same is done with the settings both in London and the country so that you feel as if you are back in that era yourself.
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Unfortunately, it appears that there is a major issue with either the way this disc is being pressed over at Criterion or the way the HD master is being transferred onto the Blu-ray. The picture on my copy is FILLED with digital noise and snow. It's not just a mild amount that might have proved mildly distracting, but a thick layer of white grain that looks as if I'm peering through a blizzard.
I logged on to amazon earlier today to see if anyone else was having this same issue and sure enough, others are reporting the same problem on varying levels. The issue is definitely not with my player. I have a magnificent Oppo BDP-83 which always delivers the finest High Definition picture possible on my new Samsung LCD. Should I return my defective disc in hopes of receiving a corrected copy or just inquire about receiving a full refund? I'm really not sure, but I am certainly sad that I am being deprived of enjoying one of my favorite films due to a production error from the otherwise phenomenal Criterion collection.
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We have confirmed that certain Blu-ray discs pressed at a replication facility that we used for a period in 2010 have become defective, showing a noticeable bronze discoloration on... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Polaris
Such a lush adaptation of this EM Forster novel. It is a movie I can watch over and over again because it is so well written, acted, filmed.Published 27 days ago by Jesse currie
If you like British drama, this is an amazing story with a beginning, middle and great ending.Published 1 month ago by Janie G. Cole
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To think that Howard’s End was so very well-received in 1992 makes one wonder in amazement of how much more comparatively quiet... Read more
couldnt watch have to find a dvd player that will accept its uk formatePublished 2 months ago by crystal clear white
I love this movie, unfortunately I suppose it's out of print now, and the price for the DVD is ridiculous. I did own it on Laser Disc, but those days are long gone. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Harry
Great VHS...enjoy many viewing of this tape....great story and fantastic acting.Published 5 months ago by Mary E. Engel