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Anthony Minghella's award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel The English Patient gets the deluxe treatment it most certainly deserves on this release. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio -- this is the type of visually assured film that would be pointless to experience in a full-frame edition. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, with Spanish and French subtitles accessible. The ...
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Anthony Minghella's award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel The English Patient gets the deluxe treatment it most certainly deserves on this release. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio -- this is the type of visually assured film that would be pointless to experience in a full-frame edition. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, with Spanish and French subtitles accessible. The substantial supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Minghella with additional comments from a variety of people involved in the film's production, a featurette on deleted scenes in which Minghella offers his opinions on why some scenes should be cut, and a making-of featurette. There is an interview conducted between Minghella, Ondaatje, and producer Saul Zaentz; a featurette about Ondaatje; an examination of the real-life figure on whom Ralph Fiennes' character is based; and reviews of the film.
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Special Features

Master class with screenwriter and director Anthony Minghella - Deleted scenes; "The Making of The English Patient"; A Historical Look at the Real Count Almasy; Two feature commentary tracks with the filmmakers; From Novel to Screenplay; The Formidable Saul Zaentz - Producer; About Author Michael Ondaatje; Filmmaker conversations with Anthony Minghella, Saul Zaentz, Michael Ondaatje, and editor Walter Murch; And more
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The English Patient is admired for the lush, romantic texture of its story and for its visual richness. It is a complex and rewarding film, meticulously produced and featuring superb performances from an ensemble cast, particularly Juliette Binoche, whose upset Oscar win as Best Supporting Actress (over sentimental favorite Lauren Bacall) is one aspect of the film that has never been significantly under question. It is also fair to say that few films have had so quick a downward re-evaluation. The winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film was released to a smartly designed marketing campaign of snob appeal that overwhelmed the Oscar voting season. There arose an immediate and continuing consensus that nine Oscars may have been too many for this romantic war epic and that Fargo was the greater and more lasting work of 1996. Producer Saul Zaentz was the primary creative force behind the film, obtaining the financing and bringing together an unusually talented team of top-notch actors and tech personnel. The film was marketed as a triumph of "independent" filmmaking, even though it was essentially financed and distributed by its corporate parent, studio giant Disney.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • UPC: 786936239065
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:42:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Fiennes Count Laszlo Almasy
Juliette Binoche Hana
Willem Dafoe Caravaggio
Kristin Scott Thomas Katharine Clifton
Naveen Andrews Kip
Colin Firth Geoffrey Clifton
Julian Wadham Madox
Jürgen Prochnow Maj. Muller, german officer
Kevin Whately Sgt. Hardy
Clive Merrison Fenelon-Barnes
Nino Castelnuovo D'Agostino
Hichem Rostom Fouad
Peter Ruhring Bermann
Lothaire Bluteau
Liisa Repo-Martell Jan
Clive Morrison Fenelon-Barnes
Geordie Johnson Oliver
Torri Higginson Mary
Raymond Coulthard Douglas, Rupert
Philip Whitchurch Corporal Dade
Lee Ross Spalding
Anthony Smee Beach Interrogating Officer
Matthew Ferguson young Canadian soldier
Jason Done kiss me soldier
Roger Morlidge sergeant, desert train
Simon Sherlock private, desert train
Sebastian Schipper interrogation room soldier
Fritz Eggert interrogation room soldier
Sonia Mankai Arab nurse
Rim Turki Aicha
Sebastian Rudolph officer in square
Thoraya Sehill interpreter in square
Sondess Belhassen woman with baby in square
Dominic Mafham officer, El Taj
Salah Miled Bedouin doctor
Abdellatif Hamrouni ancient arab
Samy Azaiez Kamal
Habib Chetoui Al Auf
Phillipa Bay officer's wife
Amanda Walker Lady Hampton
Paul Kant Sir Ronnie Hampton
Ronnie Hazelhurst Conductor
Ronnie Hazlehurst Conductor
Harry Rabinowitz Conductor
Technical Credits
Anthony Minghella Director, Screenwriter
Steve Andrews Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Gianni Arduini Asst. Director
Meriem Beshaouch Asst. Director
Carolyn Choa Choreography
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Aurelio Crugnola Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Giuseppe Desiato Makeup
Andrea Girolami Asst. Director
Scott Greenstein Executive Producer
Michelle Guish Casting
Ronnie Hazelhurst Musical Arrangement
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Moez Kamoun Asst. Director
Moslah Kraiem Asst. Director
Antonio Maltempo Makeup
Andrea Marrari Asst. Director
Daniele Massaccesi Camera Operator
Walter Murch Editor
Georges Rodi Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Rose Art Director
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Alessandra Sampaolo Makeup
Emma Schofield Asst. Director
John Seale Cinematographer
Fabrizio Sforza Makeup
Luigi Vallini Asst. Director
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Gabriel Yared Score Composer
Paul Zaentz Associate Producer
Saul Zaentz Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The English Patient
1. Opening Credits [6:39]
2. Last Requests [2:24]
3. Questions and Answers [2:44]
4. Minefield [4:45]
5. Hana Stays Behind [10:52]
6. The Story of Candaules [2:49]
7. The New Houseguest [13:35]
8. Dangerous Bach [6:10]
9. Writings on the Wall [2:54]
10. Newfound Feelings [:23]
11. Katherine Remains [2:01]
12. Sandstorm [3:17]
13. Reading Lessons [9:07]
14. An Unexpected Visitor [3:35]
15. Illicit Liaisons [5:44]
16. Plan of Surprise [:12]
17. A Gift for Kip [7:25]
18. Clearing out [6:39]
19. Torture Room [3:04]
20. Drunken Spectacle [2:08]
21. A Volume of Light [8:19]
22. Defusing the Bomb [4:19]
23. It's Raining [1:37]
24. Disastrous Celebration [4:34]
25. Caravaggio's Departure [4:03]
26. Death Flight [1:05]
27. In Need of Help [2:37]
28. Train Trip [5:18]
29. Reflections [7:43]
30. Fatal Injection [3:14]
31. End Credits [4:32]
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Menu

Side #1 -- The English Patient
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
         Egnlish Dolby Digital Surround Sound
      Captions and Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Special Features
      Feature Commentary With Director Anthony Minghella: On/Off
      Feature Commentary With Director and Screenwriter Anthony Minghella, Producer Saul Zaentz, and English Patient Author Michael Ondaatje: On/Off
   Scene Selections
Side #2 -- The English Patient - Special Features
   Special Features
      About Michael Ondaatje
         His Writing Roots
         The Book Prize and Canadian Following
         The Challenge of Turning the Novel Into a Film
         About Writing the Novel
         Reading From the Novel
      From Novel to Screenplay - Interviews With Cast and Crew
      The Formidable Saul Zaentz
      A Historcal Look at the Real Count Almasy
      Filmmaker Conversations
         A Conversation With Screenwriter and Director Anthony Minghella
            Reading The English Patient for the First Time
            On His Admiration for Michael Ondaatje
            The Beginning Stages of Making the Film
            My Duty as a Filmmaker
            Accolades for The English Patient
            His Early Cinematic Vision for the Film
            100 Days of Shooting
         A Conversation With Producer Saul Zaentz
            The Complexity of Adapting the Novel
            Pre-Production: Doing the Homework
            Finding the Cast & Crew
            The Insight of Stuart Craig
            The Imagination of Stuart Craig
            Trying to Cast Connery
            The Audience Reacts
            On Cinematographer John Seale
            Camaraderie on the Set
         A Conversation With Writer Michael Ondaatje
            The Difficulty of Adapting a Novel
            Fleshing Out the Script
            The Limitations of Writing a Screenplay
            Life After the Film
         A Conversation With Film Editor Walter Murch
            Meeting Anthony
            The Editor-Director Relationship
            Putting the Pieces Together
            The First Assembly
            The Process
            Working With Anthony
            The Advantages of Digital Editing
      The Work of Stuart Craig - Production Designer
      The Eyes of Phil Bray - Still Photographer
      Master Class With Anthony Minghella - Deleted Scenes
      CBC Documentary: Making of The English Patient
      Reviews of The English Patient
         Chicago Sun Times: The English Patient By Roger Ebert
         Rolling Stone: The English Patient By Peter Travers
         Esquire: How They Saved the Patient By David Thomson
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      My Voyage to Italy
      Cold Mountain
      The Human Stain
      People I Know
      Miramax 25th Anniversary
      The Barbarian Invasions
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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.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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!

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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