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Passion and Mystery

The greatest love story of the 90's and perhaps ever encapsulated in a film was The English Patient with its intertwining mix of passion and mystery in the desert as the violence of World War II hits the love affair of Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas. Juliette B...
The greatest love story of the 90's and perhaps ever encapsulated in a film was The English Patient with its intertwining mix of passion and mystery in the desert as the violence of World War II hits the love affair of Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas. Juliette Binoche is a good counterpoint as well.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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Torrent of Passion Swept Under By War

Based on Michael Ondaatje¿s sweeping WWII novel, ¿The English Patient¿ is the story of a young Allied nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche) who finds herself alone in an abandoned Italian monastery and tending to a mysterious burn victim (Ralph Fiennes). Like David Lean¿s Dr....
Based on Michael Ondaatje¿s sweeping WWII novel, ¿The English Patient¿ is the story of a young Allied nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche) who finds herself alone in an abandoned Italian monastery and tending to a mysterious burn victim (Ralph Fiennes). Like David Lean¿s Dr. Zhivago, this mystical and epic film is told through a series of flash backs integrated with a subplot that is supposedly taking place in the present. During the flash backs we learn of the tragic circumstances that have led to the current state of the stranger. Fiennes is Count Laszlo, an archaeologist ¿ and assumed Nazi sympathizer ¿ who is in love with Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas). She, unfortunately, is married to the long suffering, dispassionate, Geoffrey (Colin Firth). The two are off gallivanting through the dessert in search of artifacts when the passionate relationship between the Count and Kate ignites. The resulting, all consuming, lust that overtakes these lovers is intricately balanced and compared to Hana¿s burgeoning romance with an East Indian soldier who defuses bombs, Lt. Kip Singh (Naveen Andrews). Willem Dafoe is brilliantly cast as Caravaggio ¿ a man whose association with the allies (in a flash back) was exposed to the Nazis, the result being that Caravaggio had his thumbs brutally amputated with a switch blade. Caravaggio is determined to brutalize the man he believe is responsible for exposing his secret, the man he suspects is the burn victim lying helpless and dying in the monastery. Winner of nine Academy Awards ¿The English Patient¿ is a bittersweet love story between four people (two couples) who meet with untimely and destructive forces that ultimately alter the course of their lives forever. This disc was previously released as a flipper from Miramax in a non-anamorphic and somewhat grainy transfer. The previous disc suffered greatly from the intrusion of pixelization and edge enhancement. It also lacked anything in the way of extras. For the most part, these oversights have been corrected on this newly remastered 2-disc special edtion. The picture quality exhibits marginal improvements in both clarity and fidelity, due in large part to the fact that this time around the disc has been enhanced for widescreen televisions. Colors are rich, bold, vibrant and very nicely balanced. Occasionally flesh tones may appear slightly on the pasty side. Otherwise, there is a deep, textured look to the visual presentation that is thoroughly in keeping with the subject matter. Contrast and black levels are bang on. Fine details are nicely realized. Pixelization still exists and sometimes breaks up finer background information. Also, certain scenes tend to look as though some edge effects have been added. Again, all these shortcomings are relatively minor for a picture that will surely not disappoint! The audio has been remastered to 5.1 and exhibits a very visceral and thrilling sonic experience. The sound of Count Laszlo¿s plane flying over the dunes is both aggressive and stirring and the musical score is wonderfully spread across all 5 channels. Extras include a very comprehensive commentary by writer-director Anthony Minghella, producer Saul Zaentz and author, Michael Ondaatje. Minghella has more to say than the other two but all contribute fascinating tidbits to the production of the film and the inspiration for the novel. The deleted scenes segment is presented in a unique way ¿ I won¿t ruin it for anyone but needless to say it¿s more refreshing than the treatment usually afforded deleted scenes. The CBC¿s documentary on the making of the film is somewhat of a disappointment, relying heavily on trailer junkets and very little but sound bytes from cast and crew. A series of featurettes round out the involvement of Zaentz, Minghella and production designer Stuart Craig. There¿s also a nice series of interviews with the cast and crew and a great featurette on Phil Brady, the stills photographer. The culmination of all this ex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Passion and Mystery

    The greatest love story of the 90's and perhaps ever encapsulated in a film was The English Patient with its intertwining mix of passion and mystery in the desert as the violence of World War II hits the love affair of Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas. Juliette Binoche is a good counterpoint as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply brilliant

    No better critique of the British single-payer health care system has ever been committed to celluloid. Of particular note among the DVD extras is an alternative ending in which Laszlo de Almasy is transfered to a U.S. hospital and cured within days, and an audio commentary produced by the Brookings Institute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    deeply moving

    Heredotis...the name remains fixed in my mind. The movie was fantastic, beautiful, and tragic...so tragic.See it with you lover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Torrent of Passion Swept Under By War

    Based on Michael Ondaatje¿s sweeping WWII novel, ¿The English Patient¿ is the story of a young Allied nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche) who finds herself alone in an abandoned Italian monastery and tending to a mysterious burn victim (Ralph Fiennes). Like David Lean¿s Dr. Zhivago, this mystical and epic film is told through a series of flash backs integrated with a subplot that is supposedly taking place in the present. During the flash backs we learn of the tragic circumstances that have led to the current state of the stranger. Fiennes is Count Laszlo, an archaeologist ¿ and assumed Nazi sympathizer ¿ who is in love with Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas). She, unfortunately, is married to the long suffering, dispassionate, Geoffrey (Colin Firth). The two are off gallivanting through the dessert in search of artifacts when the passionate relationship between the Count and Kate ignites. The resulting, all consuming, lust that overtakes these lovers is intricately balanced and compared to Hana¿s burgeoning romance with an East Indian soldier who defuses bombs, Lt. Kip Singh (Naveen Andrews). Willem Dafoe is brilliantly cast as Caravaggio ¿ a man whose association with the allies (in a flash back) was exposed to the Nazis, the result being that Caravaggio had his thumbs brutally amputated with a switch blade. Caravaggio is determined to brutalize the man he believe is responsible for exposing his secret, the man he suspects is the burn victim lying helpless and dying in the monastery. Winner of nine Academy Awards ¿The English Patient¿ is a bittersweet love story between four people (two couples) who meet with untimely and destructive forces that ultimately alter the course of their lives forever. This disc was previously released as a flipper from Miramax in a non-anamorphic and somewhat grainy transfer. The previous disc suffered greatly from the intrusion of pixelization and edge enhancement. It also lacked anything in the way of extras. For the most part, these oversights have been corrected on this newly remastered 2-disc special edtion. The picture quality exhibits marginal improvements in both clarity and fidelity, due in large part to the fact that this time around the disc has been enhanced for widescreen televisions. Colors are rich, bold, vibrant and very nicely balanced. Occasionally flesh tones may appear slightly on the pasty side. Otherwise, there is a deep, textured look to the visual presentation that is thoroughly in keeping with the subject matter. Contrast and black levels are bang on. Fine details are nicely realized. Pixelization still exists and sometimes breaks up finer background information. Also, certain scenes tend to look as though some edge effects have been added. Again, all these shortcomings are relatively minor for a picture that will surely not disappoint! The audio has been remastered to 5.1 and exhibits a very visceral and thrilling sonic experience. The sound of Count Laszlo¿s plane flying over the dunes is both aggressive and stirring and the musical score is wonderfully spread across all 5 channels. Extras include a very comprehensive commentary by writer-director Anthony Minghella, producer Saul Zaentz and author, Michael Ondaatje. Minghella has more to say than the other two but all contribute fascinating tidbits to the production of the film and the inspiration for the novel. The deleted scenes segment is presented in a unique way ¿ I won¿t ruin it for anyone but needless to say it¿s more refreshing than the treatment usually afforded deleted scenes. The CBC¿s documentary on the making of the film is somewhat of a disappointment, relying heavily on trailer junkets and very little but sound bytes from cast and crew. A series of featurettes round out the involvement of Zaentz, Minghella and production designer Stuart Craig. There¿s also a nice series of interviews with the cast and crew and a great featurette on Phil Brady, the stills photographer. The culmination of all this ex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true must see!

    I watched this movie twice before I completely fell in love with it, then I watched it again just beacause I missed the characters. Stunning scenery, touching passions,tragedy,war......it goes on and on with all the necessities of a masterful film.I couldn't ask for more!Yes it's long, but that's okay, I didn't want it to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    too much intimacy

    why was their so much intimacy in the movie? we did not know about the details of katherine and almasy's exploits in the book! there was no need for katherine to go fully naked either...oh well! the book was awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dreamy,hypnotic,visually stunning

    You will be transported to a world of betrayal and raw emotion ... as the story unfolds like peeling back the proverbial layers on an onion. Kristen Scott Thomas as Katherine is etheral.. she is angel like,flawlewesly beautiful on a subline level that goes beyond visual perception. Ralph Finnes, as the Count, has quiet dignity and an aura of such profound hurt it reaches you on an emotinal level that is difficult to explain..but very evident when you watch this film. The plot and all its subplots simply serve as a runway on which to propel the passion and intensity of Katherine and her Count. Obsession and Hoplessness permiate every action they take. It is like a snap shot of thier souls..you will feel what they feel- but you will also have the ability to see the hoplessness of thier situuation from a distance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, but a little long

    This movie is among my favorites, because of its richness, emotion provoking themes, and great cinematography and performances. The first time I watched it I didn't like it, but the second time I really started to enjoy it and get involved in it. I had to watch most of my favorite movies two times to get them. I don't like the meaningless romance movies, but this movie is overflowing with power. This movie is a little slow moving and long, but watching it is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful to See

    While I personally prefer Minghella's Talented Mr. Ripley, because Ralph Feinnes and Kristin Scott-Thomas are, despite huge effort, still a couple of cold fish, this is a stunning movie to see. The dreamy opening sequence in the bi-plane is wonderful, but the episode when Hana is hoisted up to view some sand-bagged frescoes by Kip is just triumphant. For that matter, as far as human stories go, the pair to watch are Hana and Kip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    One of best movies of 1990's.

    One of best movies of 1990's.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    A tear jerker

    One of the most romantic visually breathtaking movies ever. The cast is stellar and the vivid landscapes play over and over in my mind. Intriguing plot with good closure. Has it all, a classic in my book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    I enjoy it but a little regret

    I'd rather like the end in novel, Hanna and Kip are truly in love and related but regretfully depart. It is touching and bitter-sweet.And many wonderful details and languages are missing in film.

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