Masterpiece: A Room With A View DVD (U.K. Edition)

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A fresh and poignant adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel, A Room with a View tells the story of the coming of age of Lucy Honeychurch in 1912 Florence, Italy. Longing to burst free from the repression of British upper class manners and mores, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the passionate George and the ... More
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A fresh and poignant adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel, A Room with a View tells the story of the coming of age of Lucy Honeychurch in 1912 Florence, Italy. Longing to burst free from the repression of British upper class manners and mores, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the passionate George and the priggish but socially suitable Cecil.

Producer: Eileen Quinn, Dave Edwards
Executive Producer: Sue Oriel, Rebecca Eaton
Production Year: 2008
Copyright Year: 2007
Rating: TV-PG
Director: Nicholas Renton
Actors: Elaine Cassidy, Rafe Spall, Laurence Fox, Sophie Thompson, Mark Williams, Sinead Cusack, Elizabeth McGovern, Timothy West, Timothy Spall
Writers: Andrew Davies
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 63 minutes
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Shirley A.
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4.0 star rating
04/04/22
A Room With a View
Review by Shirley A. on 04/04/22 review stating A Room With a View
It was okay ? good ?... I will watch again and see if I still think/feel the same...
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Cozies M.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
12/14/21
Really lovely, but...
Review by Cozies M. on 12/14/21 review stating Really lovely, but...
I really liked this adaption and Andrew Davies knows how to please in bringing classics to life and our delight. Bringing a new twist on writing a new ending, based on the authors writings about George revisiting Italy..(per Davies interview)..unfortunatly did not seem like it fit. I love sad endings when they are meaningful..I just thought this ending didnt go with the rest of this otherwise charmingly done re-do. Loved the actor playing George! Maybe they can package the movie without the war-ending.Too sad , and again, because it just does not fit.
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Nonickname
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5.0 star rating
01/11/21
Gorgeous photography, fantastic music!
Review by Nonickname on 01/11/21 review stating Gorgeous photography, fantastic music!
A beautiful rendition with moving performances by the cast. Much as I admire Day-Lewis, Laurence Fox was far superior as Cecil (Day-Lewis was too much the dandy in the original) while Rafe Spall depicts the right amount of rustic and romantic that the role of George requires. One misses Maggie Smith as the aunt (who could equal her in whatever role she undertakes) but the little Victorian ditties between scenes in the original version cannot compare to the beauty of the score in the second nor can the photography. A compelling, but sad, rendition and very much a welcome addition to ones DVD library.
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Pam E.
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3.0 star rating
07/17/20
Read the novel before seeing the movie
Review by Pam E. on 07/17/20 review stating Read the novel before seeing the movie
Not to be boring, but it was an enjoyable movie ...until the end. I love the 1986 movie, but have never read the book. After seeing this fresh adaptation, I was afraid to discover that this ending was the original ending. After reading the previous reviews, I will search my library for the novel. Thanks.
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Miss K.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A must see
Review by Miss K. on 07/17/20 review stating A must see
its a classic love story
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Chris
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1.0 star rating
07/17/20
awful
Review by Chris on 07/17/20 review stating awful
I saw this when it ran on PBS and thought it was awful. It felt it had the wrong tone all the way through and totally missed the gentleness and charm of the novel. The added ending was so cruel that I felt genuine anger at the filmmaker. The 1986 movie was extremely faithful to the book and a perfectly wonderful film. Buy it instead.
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Kate S.
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1.0 star rating
07/17/20
Do Not Try to
Review by Kate S. on 07/17/20 review stating Do Not Try to
Having read the novel and having seen the classic 1986 film adaptation, I was apprehensive, but excited, about this new version. Unfortunately, it left me feeling ill and angry. The beauty of the novel is its commitment to the theme of learning to follow ones heart. It is about Lucy Honeychurchs discovery of herself, and this film completely missed the point, making it into a WWI statement, when there is absolutely nothing in the novel about about the war. It is a complete disservice to the viewers for misrepresenting a classic novel, and a disservice to E.M. Forster. To see a faithful adaptation watch the 1986 film, or better yet read the novel.
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Cnn
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3.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Little Dissapointing
Review by Cnn on 07/17/20 review stating A Little Dissapointing
I thought it was a good representation of the novel, up until the ending that is--I cant imagine why they changed it! I would also see it again, but stop before the ending; it would have been great if they hadnt changed it!
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Lover T.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
George is softer in this version
Review by Lover T. on 07/17/20 review stating George is softer in this version
I like this version (except for the new and un-improved ending) because George is more playful and sweet than the Julian Sands version from 1985. Ill watch it again, but will stop 10 minutes before the ending :~)
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Aly
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3.0 star rating
07/17/20
Enjoyable...Until the Ending
Review by Aly on 07/17/20 review stating Enjoyable...Until the Ending
Like everyone else, I HATED the ending!!!! Id read the book (and seen the earlier film), and really loved the ending. This version was really well acted and very enjoyable, but the ending shocked and depressed me. I REALLY wish Mr. Davies, whose work I admire, hadnt changed it. Guess Im a purist when it comes to happily ever after, lol!
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Kate
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1.0 star rating
07/17/20
Masterpeice
Review by Kate on 07/17/20 review stating Masterpeice
It would have been good, if it had ended the way the book ended. I suppose they thought their new ending improved the story, but it really did not enhance the beauty of the plot or support its themes. If you have read the book dont watch this version; it will depress and anger you. If you have not read the book, dont watch this version, it will just depress you.
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Dani
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Not sure about ending..
Review by Dani on 07/17/20 review stating Not sure about ending..
Well I had never read the book before I saw this, so I didnt know the ending wasnt the original. I really enjoyed the film though, I found it a bit upfront at times, but thought this was the style of the movie and enjoyed it. Due to the overall style I wasnt actually that surpised with the ending. Rather taking the ending as a statement about WW1, I interpreted it as a message about not letting opportunities slip. I also thought it may have been a message along the lines of that quote better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. But it was all a bit too sudden and left me feeling rather lost and confused after the movie, but I thought that might have been the intention. Overall I really enjoyed the style of the movie, I found it quite powerful and confronting at times but also with a lighter side. I have now seen the original rendition of the book and found it to be quite enjoyable, I still find I like this version as it was presented in a more interesting and modern style.
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Connie
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Room With View - Comments
Review by Connie on 07/17/20 review stating Room With View - Comments
Enjoyed this DVD adaptation of the book. Read the book several time; watched the DVD more often than that. Elaine Cassidy is a very attractive and convincing actress. Changes to a story line often trouble me; the ending of this DVD gave me pause, but I have accommodated myself to the alterations.
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Notice
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3.0 star rating
07/17/20
DVD is censored
Review by Notice on 07/17/20 review stating DVD is censored
For some it may be a reason to not buy this version, for some it may a reason to buy this version. The DVD edits blurs the brief nudity in the swimming scene. It doesnt mention this on the packaging.
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Runw/3dogs
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Surprisingly great movie
Review by Runw/3dogs on 07/17/20 review stating Surprisingly great movie
Very excellent story. I knew this was a famous novel and I had not read it, but the MC version was very compelling and I would recommend this for anyone interested in this time era.

"...a rich, romantic, finely cast production about repressed early-20th century England..." - Brian Lowry, Variety

"[Elaine] Cassidy gives an exceptionally natural performance as Lucy, engaging in the age-old and very Jane Austin-ish internal battle between heart and head." - Brian Lowry, Variety

"...bubbles with terrific performances, including that of Elaine Cassidy, who manages to show the conflicts in Lucy's heart and mind without making her look like a ditherer." - David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"Nicholas Renton directs with a careful hand and a frequently lovely sense of detail..." - David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"...the movie has many charming, witty moments..." - Jim Heinrich, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"As always with these English productions, the scenery is sumptuous, the settings lavish, the acting impeccable." - Robert P. Laurence, SanDiego.com



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