Room with a View

Room with a View

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Director: James Ivory

Cast: James Ivory, Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott

     
 

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Making up for the disappointing bare-bones DVD for A Room With a View that was released in 2000, Merchant-Ivory present this double-disc Special Edition of the film. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Callow, and Daniel Day-Lewis, the 1986 period piece was based on a novel by E.M. Forster and concerns a love triangle that develops between three young adultsSee more details below

Overview

Making up for the disappointing bare-bones DVD for A Room With a View that was released in 2000, Merchant-Ivory present this double-disc Special Edition of the film. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Callow, and Daniel Day-Lewis, the 1986 period piece was based on a novel by E.M. Forster and concerns a love triangle that develops between three young adults in Edwardian England. The film has been given a widescreen transfer and the original English audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Dubbing and subtitles are also included in French and Spanish. A feature-length commentary track by Callow, director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant, and director of photography Tony Pierce-Roberts supplements the film, along with interviews featuring Callow and Day-Lewis, a BBC program about Forster, a tribute to Merchant-Ivory, and the original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Starched collars, pince-nez, and lawn tennis are just some of the niceties to be found in this Academy Award-winning adaptation of E. M. Forster's Edwardian period novel. Helena Bonham Carter stars as Lucy Honeychurch, a young English tourist in Florence whose prim and proper life is threatened by her attraction to a brooding, young romantic (Julian Sands). Penned by screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, A Room with a View brought the team of producer Ishmael Merchant and director James Ivory to the peak of their international success. The film's light charm, graceful period ambience, and attractive cast -- Daniel Day-Lewis and Maggie Smith turn in splendid performances -- became their trademark. Leisurely yet engaging, the first half of A Room with a View works nicely as a travelogue of Florence; the latter half returns to the English countryside where the manors are nice, the manners even nicer, and the principals meander their way toward happily ever after.
All Movie Guide
Though they had been making films together for over two decades, director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant didn't reach widespread popular or critical success until 1986's A Room With a View. Adapted by their frequent collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from one of E.M. Forster's lighter novels, the movie is a perfectly weighted, gorgeously staged comedy of manners. In her second film, Helena Bonham Carter made quite an impression as Lucy, and she spent much of the decade typecast in stuffy period-piece roles. Daniel Day Lewis provides spot-on work as the uptight, priggish suitor Cecil, a marked contrast to his almost polar-opposite role in Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette, which marked him as a new actor of unusual versatility. He would become a sex symbol two years later in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Room was nominated for eight Academy Awards and brought home three, including one for Jhabvala's adaptation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0794051197924
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; New restoration supervised by director James Ivory and cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Commentary from Simon Callow, Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Tony Pierce-Roberts; English, French, and Spanish languages and subtitles; Archive promotional appearances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Simon Callow; BBC report on the film's success in the U.S.; E.M. Forster remembered; Film scrapbook with never-before-seen photos and memorabilia; Merchant-Ivory tribute

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Smith Charlotte Bartlet
Helena Bonham Carter Lucy Honeychurch
Denholm Elliott Mr. Emerson
Julian Sands George Emerson
Daniel Day-Lewis Cecil Vyse
Simon Callow Mr. Beebe
Judi Dench Miss Lavish
Rosemary Leach Mrs. Honeychurch
Rupert Graves Freddy Honeychurch
Patrick Godfrey Mr. Eager
Fabia Drake Catherine Alan
Joan Henley Teresa Alan
Maria Britneva Mrs. Vyse
Amanda Walker The Cockney Signora
Peter Cellier Sir Harry Otway
Mia Fothergill Minnie Beebe
Patricia Lawrence Mrs. Butterworth
Mirio Guidelli Santa Croce Guide
Freddy Korner Mr. Floyd
Elizabeth Marangoni Miss Pole
Lucca Rossi Phaeton
Isabella Celani Persephone
Luigi di Fiore Murdered Youth
Kitty Aldridge The New Charlotte and Lucy
Matyelok Gibbs New Charlotte

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. A Room With a View [2:19]
2. Arrival [4:06]
3. The Reverend Mr. Beebe [3:17]
4. Beethoven [4:22]
5. In Santa Croce With No Baedeker [6:21]
6. A Fight in the Square [6:22]
7. The Italian Landscape [7:02]
8. The Kiss [3:21]
9. George Returns [3:59]
10. Home [3:03]
11. Officially Engaged [6:30]
12. London, in Mrs. Vyse's Well-Appointed Home [3:06]
13. The New Tenants [4:30]
14. Welcoming Committee [6:13]
15. How Miss Bartlett's Boiler Was So Tiresome [4:47]
16. Charlotte's Arrival [5:04]
17. Under a Loggia [6:24]
18. Lying to George [3:24]
19. Lying to Cecil [6:45]
20. Lying to Mr. Beebe, Mrs. Honeychurch, Freddy and the Servants [5:26]
21. A Trip to Athens [6:19]
22. Lying to Mr. Emerson [3:27]
23. Lucy's Letter [1:54]
24. Credits [3:43]

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