War And Peace details
|Starring:||Faith Brook, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Baker, Alan Dobie, Morag Hood, David Swift|
War And Peace - Disc 1
|TBC Disc 1|
War And Peace - Disc 2
|TBC Disc 2|
War And Peace - Disc 3
|TBC Disc 3|
War And Peace - Disc 4
|TBC Disc 4|
War And Peace - Disc 5
|TBC Disc 5|
|Run time:||15 hours|
|Rental release:||10 Oct 2005|
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It is as good today as it was 30 years ago!By Alicia Merrett from London, England , 17 Jan 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]War and Peace is one of my favourite books of all times. I saw this BBC series when it first came out 30 years ago, and I thought it was extremely well made and superbly acted. Seeing it again confirms that impression, it looks as fresh now as it did then. I am so pleased that it has come out on DVD. A series of this length (probably 16 episodes-hours, or more) is the only way to do justice to the 1500-page novel. Anthony Hopkins really stands up in his role as main character Pierre Bezuhov. Other excellent actors are Alan Dobie as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, and many others who play smaller but crucial roles. A weaker point is the casting of Morag Hood as Natasha - so far we've only seen her as a child verging on teenage, it may get better as she plays the older Natasha.
It is a pity that the 6-hour long Russian version of War and Peace is still not available on DVD - it will be interesting to compare them. I have seen in on TV once, again about 30 years ago, and it is excellent too. On the other hand the less accurate and more compressed American film version, with Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer and Henry Fonda, is more widely available.
Don't be put off by either the length of the book or the large number of episodes in the series (5 discs) - the story is consistenly fascinating and gripping - as much like a current soap opera as the recent version of Dickens' Bleak House, and with a lot of important content and messages, still very valid today.
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Brilliant adaptation! Very enjoyableBy Papagei (6 reviews) , 25 Sep 2012Watched the series after reading the book and was very impressed how well it was following the original story. It is no doubt a bit dated but that is to be expected. Napoleon and Kutuzov's deliberations about the war, the battle scenes and even the philosophical discussions in the book have been well represented without being tedious. The story of the families is reminiscent of Jane Austen and very enjoyable. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant as Pierre as are all the other actors except for Morag Hood whom I didn't like as Natasha.
War and Peace DVD 1.By RStevenson (1 review) , 28 Dec 2011Powerful, powerful, powerful! I loved the opening sequence when the sheer opulence of the two powerful families was encapsulated by the servants who were laying out the table settings with the most ornate china.
I have read the novel within the last twelve months and judging by the first of the five DVDs I am unlikely to be disappointed. Prince Andrey is more believable than Pierre, but perhaps this is to be expected, as Pierre is not the most convincing of Tolstoy's characters in my view. Anatoly is rather two-dimensional - as he tends to be in the novel. The ladies are less sharply defined perhaps than in the novel, but Prince Andrey's sister and Mme Bourienne do not disappoint.
The Russian setting is very exciting with the culture of the name days, system of inheritance and ladies matchmaking for their daughters and looking for promotions for their sons.
All in all, a faithful and painstaking reflection of the Tolstoy eipc. I look forward with eager anticipation to the four remaining DVDs.
WAR IN PIECESBy a customer from TUNBRIDGE WELLS, ENGLAND , 21 Nov 2010A variable quality cast - some of whom perform theatrically as if unaware of close-ups - still do not ruin this great tale that manages to comprehensively capture all of human life. However, Anthony HOPKINS is particularly brilliant as the initially ineffectual Count Pierre Bezuhov. Yet the drama as a whole does not sustain its superb start: The length of the book defeats the tv screen as the Russian steppes defeated Napoleon and Hitler.
The real problem here, despite the compulsive nature of this mediocre adaptation of a superior soap-opera, is that there is no genuine sense of Russian culture. One is limited to the universal aspect of the drama as the adapter is forced to find analogues with English culture to give it any cultural life at all. But the fit is not right; making this a story that could just as easily be located in the West as it could in the East; accepting the universality of its many themes while denying their cultural specificity.
Enjoyable stillBy rugosaplants (11 reviews) from Andover , 14 Jul 2009This may be old, and so is a bit slow. But the story builds well, with some good acting. Once you have sorted out all the Russian names, it begins to be really good.
Timeless classicBy a customer from London , 15 Mar 2009Having just read the 2006 translation of the book, I wondered whether this 37-year-old dramatisation would disappoint. Not at all! The acting is superb and includes many familiar faces that have been seen regularly in succeeding years. The screenplay is reasonably accurate and does justice to the events in this complex story. The costumes and sets are excellent, although the cinematography and direction may seem a little stilted by today's standards - we have become used to moving cams and faster action. Battle scenes appear somewhat small-scale compared to the technical advances computer graphics have delivered. However, these minor points in no way detract from the excellent quality of this series to portray the Tolstoy's account of the impact of the Napoleonic invasion on Russian society at that time.