Gosford ParkDirector: Robert Altman, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas
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The class conscious murder mystery that earned seven Academy Award nominations in 2001, arrives on DVD in a package sure to please both fans of Gosford Park and it's highly revered director, Robert Altman. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format with a Dolby Digital 5.1 English soundtrack. Both English and Spanish subtitles are available and in a movie populated with heavy accents and overlapping dialogue, it's a feature likely to be used. Two "Feature Commentaries" are included on the Special Features. Altman, production designer Stephen Altman and producer David Levy narrate the first commentary and screenwriter Julian Fellowes voices the second. Fourteen "Deleted Scenes" are included with optional commentary. Most cuts are short and judicious, but there are a few choice morsels that add further enlightenment to fans, most notably, a mention of McCordle's plans to write Elsie into his will. The obligatory "Cast & Filmmakers Filmographies," "Theatrical Trailer" and "Coming Attractions" are also included. The best bonus material comes in two featurettes and a Q&A. "The Making of Gosford Park" looks at Altman's unique directing approach for such a large ensemble cast and "The Authenticity of Gosford Park" introduces us to three octogenarian advisors--a former butler, cook and housemaid--Altman used on set to instruct the actor's in their roles. Following a screening of Gosford Park at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation guild members asked Altman, Fellowes, Levy, Bob Balaban, Kelly MacDonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam and Ryan Phillippe questions concerning the movie. The taped session is one of the most entertaining and informative features on this DVD. While it's unfortunate that the divine Maggie Smith didn't participate, Northam's dead-on impression of the dame is definitely one of the Q&A's highlights. On a whole, this is one comprehensive, entertaining disc.
At a time when too many movies focus every scene on a $20 million star, an Altman film is like a party with no boring guests.
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- Universal Studios
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Stephen Altman||Production Designer|
|Jane Barclay||Executive Producer|
|Jenny Beavan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Stuart Brisdon||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Patrick Doyle||Score Composer|
|Julian Fellowes||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Peter Gossop||Sound Mixer|
|Sharon Harell||Executive Producer|
|Sarah Hauldren||Art Director|
|Hannah Leader||Executive Producer|
|Tori Parry||Production Manager|
|Anna Pinnock||Set Decoration/Design|
|Robert Jones||Executive Producer|
|Richard Styles||Asst. Director|
|Peter Taylor||Camera Operator|
|Kate J. Thompson||Makeup|
1. Opening Credits [8:41]
2. Isobel's Promise [9:25]
3. The Celebrities [10:39]
4. Denton's All Set [9:12]
5. The Missing Carving Knife [9:56]
6. A Hot Glass of Milk [6:59]
7. The Hunt [8:29]
8. Discretion [8:23]
9. He Seems to Be the Victim [10:15]
10. A Real Charlie Chan Movie [7:02]
11. Questions for the Cook [3:16]
12. Dorothy's Vow [6:33]
13. Freddie's Lies [8:46]
14. Jennings' References [4:05]
15. Mary's Question [6:02]
16. Closing Credits [8:32]
Deleted Scenes (Director's Commentary: On)
Deleted Scenes (Director's Commentary: Off)
Cast and Filmmaker Filmographies
Above Stairs: Michael Gambon
Above Stairs: Kristin Scott Thomas
Above Stairs: Maggie Smith
Above Stairs: Charles Dance
Above Stairs: Jeremy Northam
Above Stairs: Bob Balaban
Below Stairs: Alan Bates
Below Stairs: Helen Mirren
Below Stairs: Eileen Atkins
Below Stairs: Derek Jacobi
Below Stairs: Emily Watson
Below Stairs: Richard E. Grant
Visiting Servants: Kelly Macdonald
Visiting Servants: Clive Owen
Visiting Servants: Ryan Phillippe
Outsider: Stephen Fry
"The Making of Gosford Park"
"The Authenticity of Gosford Park"
"Cast and Filmmakers' Q&A Session"
Commentaries & Options
Director's Commentary With Robert Altman: On
Director's Commentary With Robert Altman: Off
Screenwriter's Commentary With Julian Fellowes: On
Screenwriter's Commentary With Julian Fellowes: Off
Dolby Digital Surround (5.1)
English for the Hearing Impaired: On
English for the Hearing Impaired: Off
Spanish Subtitles: On
Spanish Subtitles: Off
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this was a pretty interesting and good murder mystery movie. love clive owen's perfromance and thought he looked nice with Mary. Anyway, this is about people staying at a house where a murder happens and everyone's a suspect. its revealed what goes on upstairs and downstairs with the servants. the dog was adorable and the ending was a surprise.
The first time I saw this movie, I found it difficult to follow--thick accents, large cast, and lots of brief encounters that didn't seem to mean much. I'm not sure why I watched it again, but I'm so glad that I did, because that's when the genius of this film becomes evident--all the snippets of fit together, and what appeared to be just another whodunit is revealed as an amazing mosaic, an intricate web with all the threads held in perfect tension by a superb cast. As expected, Helen Mirren is pure gold, and Maggie Smith is a delight, but many of the lesser-known actors deliver outstanding performances. If you weren't certain about this movie the first time, give it a second chance--that's when it shines.
Gosford Park is not your average Blockbuster hit, but it is. Infact, should we call it a BLOCKBUSTER hit? Maybe not. But it is for sure a time life classic. I for one found the movie clever in the first viewing, and witty in the second, third, fourth, and so on. It has been a long time since we have been given such great cinema. Being only 18 I have not seen as many movies I have wished, and seen to more then what I have wished for. (LOTR Spinn Off) I am glad to have seen this movie though, and hold it in my personal collection. It is age breaking, and should be viewed by all movie lovers. And that is my two cents.
This is a movie to view many times. There is something new to discover each time. The scenes are like a tapestry. If ever you have visited places such as The Builtmore Estate you can picture the life style of the time.
Excellent period piece.
'Gosford Park' delivers the perfect period-piece for today's movie-goers: it is quick and witty without sacrificing striking character development, pinpoint historical accuracy ('jimmies' as delivered by Maggie Smith), sweeping cinematography, and a veritable feast for the eyes. It follows in the proud tradition of such films as 'A Reversal of Fortune' (Jeremy Irons, Glen Close), great chiefly for the same reason: we get to see how 'the other half' lives. Admittedly, one must get around the linguistic and plot barriers on the first watch (accents, especially downstairs, are a little challenging, as is remembering character names). But watch it again, and the beauty begins to unfold: it's a fun mystery every time.
If you watch films to relax and enjoy yourself, this is not the film for you. Once you do get past the dialect, a long, boring, drawn-out plot ruins the good execution.
For anyone who likes a good old fashon who-done-it,this may be for you. The characters are delightful and surprisingly human. The whole interplay between upstairs and downstairs is wonderful to watch. The director let the actors become the characters not just actors playing a part. The fact that he had ''tech'' assistance from people who entered service during the same time as the movie is set in, was a stroke of genius. It gives a real feel to all they say and do. The only disapontment was how the budding love story between Milly and Robert worked out. A promise of seeing these two characters together would have been a much better ending. However, all in all this is one of the best movies to come out of Hollywood in a long time. It is orginal, entertaining and fun to watch, with just a touch of tears to give it body. I highly recomend this work to everyone.
Gosford Park is a great movie about the interaction of people in a a great mansion in the 1930's. The film is more about charachter and situation than being tied down to a plot. It's a film not about what happens, but how and why. This is a charchter driven movie. You feel like you know everybody at the party, because they have their own strong presence even if some of them have very little screen time. About the first half of the movie is nothing but people getting used to staying in this huge house and it seems like they talk about things that you could care less about and stuff that has nothing to do with the story. They're really building motives for every charachter, so when a murder happens, everyone's a suspect. You really have to play close attention to this movie. It's so realistic to the point that the actors seem like they're real people just sitting in a house chatting. They don't say everything clearly. It's as if there's no camera and we're watching this story unfold. I really had to watch it
As a movie that focuses on the complex relationships among what seemed like 50 characters, this movie is a success. The problem is that few of the characters are likable, and that grating quality spreads to every facet over the two-and-a-half hours that Gosford Park runs. Over the course of this movie, all that happens is a bunch of people who don't like each other get together, annoy each other, and leave. The much-hyped murder has no consequence in this movie other than to reveal another (predicatable) twist in the nature of the relationship of a few of the characters.
The Ivor Novello song that emerges as the theme song of this movie is a throwaway, disposable romantic trifle of a song, but in the course of Altman's treatment of this script it becomes a deeply moving, deeply felt and tragic theme. Helen Mirren, near the end, delivers the knock-out punch, but in so doing she builds on detail after telling detail added by each cast member. Kelly McDonald, playing a novice maid, new servant to a snobbish anti-Semitic aristocrat, serves as the instrument by which the mystery of the relationships below stairs, and of the murder above, is revealed. The murder is used as what Alfred Hitchcock called a McGuffin: a plot device by which the characters can be revealed. Jeremy Northam is splendid as Novello.
The movie opens a bit slowly and the viewer has to pay close attention to all of the interaction of the characters. However, the movie eventually finds itself in the drawing room ''whodunit'' genre. The characters are very real, and their portrayal of the relationship between master and servant convincing. And in the spirit of any good mystery, the elements of revenge, jealousy, and motive are plenty.
I loved this movie. The cast was wonderful and the plot had interesting twists and turns. The only problem I had with it was that at times I couldn't understand what they were saying. I would have to go back over the conversation again to hear it clearly.
I bought the DVD before renting it and I'm not sorry I did. I've watched this flick over and over again and everytime I see something that I missed before. One of my absolute favorites. You might need to watch it with subtitles the first go around - the dialect is a little strong.
WOW! I didn't think I'd like this movie at all! Before my friend bought it he said it was two and a half hours long, but that it was suppose to be like clue. When i heard two and a half hours long I was like ''oh great''. And now look at me! I'm about to buy a copy for myself! Based on an ''idea'', this movie is absolutely gorgeous! The costume design is beautifully subtle, the characters are well developed even though this is a really large ensemble cast. The plot and story line is written so well I wish i had wrote it! I really don't want to detail the story line- just watch it! Yeah it's long- but trust me you will not be wasting two and a half hours of your life watching it!
I was really impressed with the movie not only because of the plot but also because of the combination of Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas.
In the midst of a stereotypical 1930s British shooting party, the host turns up dead. Stephan Fry is the bumbling detective who leads the half-hearted investigation while the guests and servants attempt to deal with each other and their secrets. As a result, the movie plumbs the psyches of victims, witnesses, and murderers alike. It's a profound look at motives for lying, leaving, and killing, as well as class dynamics. If you're looking for a feel good period romance film, there are better choices; however, it is a must-see for those who want to see both sides of the story: upstairs, downstairs; murderer, victim. Be sure to watch this one more than once! The entanglements of so many people with so many secrets makes it hard to appreciate the intricacies of the characters, plots, and period atmosphere in just one viewing.
This movie was one of the best movies I've ever seen. The plot and story was incredible, there were so many subtle nuances that you had to actually ''think'' while watching the movie. Though it is a story about rich people on a hunting weekend, themes include class discrimination, sexual issues and murder. Costumes were great, actors were great plus its got Ryan Phillipe!!! Don't miss it.