BN.com Gift Guide

A Room with a View

( 18 )

Overview

Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by E.M. Forster, A Room with a View is a shining example of Merchant-Ivory's ability to achieve maximum quality and opulence at minimum cost. Set during the Edwardian Era, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, who like all proper young British ladies is compelled to tour Europe in the company of an older chaperone -- in this instance, her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett Maggie Smith. While in Italy, the ladies make the acquaintance of a wide ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Blu-ray)
  • All (1) from $10.61   
  • New (1) from $10.61   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$10.61
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(5402)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
BRAND NEW, Factory Sealed items direct from the Studios. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Quick International Airmail!

Ships from: Indian Trail, NC

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by E.M. Forster, A Room with a View is a shining example of Merchant-Ivory's ability to achieve maximum quality and opulence at minimum cost. Set during the Edwardian Era, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, who like all proper young British ladies is compelled to tour Europe in the company of an older chaperone -- in this instance, her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett Maggie Smith. While in Italy, the ladies make the acquaintance of a wide variety of personalities; the most fascinating of their fellow tourists -- at least in Lucy's eyes -- is free-spirited George Emerson Julian Sands. Aware that her cousin is becoming too familiar with Emerson, Charlotte demands that Lucy return to England posthaste. Lucy complacently settles for the tiresomely traditional courtship of nerdish Cecil Vyse Daniel Day-Lewis -- and then Mr. Emerson moves into the neighborhood. Lucy now finds herself on the horns of a dilemma: Should she opt for a safe, proper marriage to Cecil, or the bohemian unpredictability of the charismatic Emerson? A winner of three Academy Awards, A Room with a View is not what one could call fast-moving, but fans of the Merchant-Ivory team will enjoy luxuriating in the film's leisurely pace and stimulating cast of characters.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

BBC Archive Breakfast Time promotional appearances by Simon Callow and Daniel Day Lewis; ; BBC Breakfast Time report on the film's success in the USA - Narrated by Tom Brooks; ; E.M. Forster remembered - tribute programme hosted by James Mossman; ; Film '96 Merchant Ivory Tribute Profile; ; Commentaries by Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Tony Pierce Roberts and Simon Callow
Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • EAN: 6867445004499
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Source: Ais
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 18 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(12)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 18 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    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 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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great love story

    Excellent story with great acting skills

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.''

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    Unmatched acting, beautiful story, magical atmosphere.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 18 Customer Reviews