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A Room with a View

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The View From This Room Is Stunning!

'A Room With A View' is the sumptuous Merchant/Ivory production of E.M. Forster's novel about a young woman, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) who longs to escape her claustrophobic life. To this end she's drawn to two men of varying virtue; George (Julian Sands) ...
'A Room With A View' is the sumptuous Merchant/Ivory production of E.M. Forster's novel about a young woman, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) who longs to escape her claustrophobic life. To this end she's drawn to two men of varying virtue; George (Julian Sands) a fiery, passionate dreamer - alive with living, whom she meets while in Venice and Cecil (Daniel Day Lewis) the snobbish and stale, though socially acceptable, man about town from London. This is a fabulous production, elegantly mounted and rich in stellar performances that sadly, are in very short supply in today's cinema. Dame Maggie Smith is simply charming as Lucy¿s spinster and prattling aunt. But particularly with Bonham-Carter, one simply wishes that she would play more such roles. At long last ¿Room With A View¿ is preserved properly on home video. After a previously issued disc that frankly, wasn't worth the cheap piece of plastic it was minted on, this new 2-disc version does right on all accounts. The picture is stunning in a new 16:9 anamorphic transfer. Colors are rich and well balanced. Contrast and shadow levels are bang on. There is some slight shimmering but nothing to terribly distract. The audio is 5.1 and nicely represented. The music is the real kicker here. Extras include some interesting archival footage, a truncated BBC featurette which inexplicably just stops in the middle of an interview, a bit about the author and a very informative audio commentary. Regardless of the extra features shortcomings, the view from this room is stunning. Recommended!

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Lost in Transformation

This "special edition" of E.M. Forster's charming and trenchant work has been badly compromised by its "remastering." The colors are often "washed out " and the contrasts are so extreme that many of the darker scenes are barely visible. I bought this new edition...
This "special edition" of E.M. Forster's charming and trenchant work has been badly compromised by its "remastering." The colors are often "washed out " and the contrasts are so extreme that many of the darker scenes are barely visible. I bought this new edition with considerable expectations, but, no matter how many "special features" I was offered, I was disappointed. As soon as I had watched it, I played my older DVD of the movie and found I was justified in my complaint. Anyone who can find the original DVD second hand should buy it. This is too marvelous a movie to be ruined by poor reproduction technique. I give the "title" only 3 stars in its present manifestation I give it 5 (or more?) stars in the original one. In other words, it's not the "title" I object to. It's the new reproduction. Too bad!

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The View From This Room Is Stunning!

    'A Room With A View' is the sumptuous Merchant/Ivory production of E.M. Forster's novel about a young woman, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) who longs to escape her claustrophobic life. To this end she's drawn to two men of varying virtue; George (Julian Sands) a fiery, passionate dreamer - alive with living, whom she meets while in Venice and Cecil (Daniel Day Lewis) the snobbish and stale, though socially acceptable, man about town from London. This is a fabulous production, elegantly mounted and rich in stellar performances that sadly, are in very short supply in today's cinema. Dame Maggie Smith is simply charming as Lucy¿s spinster and prattling aunt. But particularly with Bonham-Carter, one simply wishes that she would play more such roles. At long last ¿Room With A View¿ is preserved properly on home video. After a previously issued disc that frankly, wasn't worth the cheap piece of plastic it was minted on, this new 2-disc version does right on all accounts. The picture is stunning in a new 16:9 anamorphic transfer. Colors are rich and well balanced. Contrast and shadow levels are bang on. There is some slight shimmering but nothing to terribly distract. The audio is 5.1 and nicely represented. The music is the real kicker here. Extras include some interesting archival footage, a truncated BBC featurette which inexplicably just stops in the middle of an interview, a bit about the author and a very informative audio commentary. Regardless of the extra features shortcomings, the view from this room is stunning. Recommended!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Oh, what a view!

    This is a wonderfully made Victorian period, romantic-comedy. The locations where this film is shot are breath taking. The film starts with a young British heiress, Lucy, on holiday in Florence, Italy with her much older cousin, Charlotte. They are upset because their rooms do not have a view as promised. A father, Mr. Emmerson, and son, George, offer their rooms with splendid views in exchange. Lucy has an encounter with George while on a picnic overlooking Florence that leaves a lasting impression on them both. The cinematography is excellent and so embellishes what is going on with the characters of this film. Likewise, the music perfectly suits the mood of the film, as well. This is a story well told, and excellently acted and filmed. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Visual antidepressant

    My second-favorite movie, right after The Princess Bride. If this film doesn't cheer you up, see a doctor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ROMANTIC, OUTSTANDING

    The most romantic movie I have ever seen, with a little humor. I adored George character, his love for Lucy is endless and Lucy is so afraid of loving him but very brave in making a choice. Simply beautiful, the views are perfect, and of course, outstanding casts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a kiss!

    One of the most romantic kisses ever in a movie...right up there with the sea-going staircase Gary Grant/Deborah Kerr kiss in ''An Affair to Remember.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    Unmatched acting, beautiful story, magical atmosphere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what an adaptation!

    This movie was one of those that captures the (quirky) tone of the book beautifully...except that the end of the book is sadder, more depressing, so I am glad the movie departed from it there...A film that makes the return to every day life very difficult! GREAT music! AND, from one who loves and makes costumes, the clothing is exquisite. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Movie!

    This is one of the only movies I have ever seen that is better than the book! E.M.Forster would be proud to have this movie represent his novel of the same name. I still recommend the book as a companion to the movie. The Ivory Merchant company knows how to make great movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect!

    ¿A Room with a View¿ is one of my favorites. Everyone's at their best here: Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Judi Dench, Simon Callow.... My personal favorite is Daniel Day-Lewis as Helena Bonham Carter¿s snobbish husband-to-be. ¿A Room with a View¿ is charming, highly recommended!

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