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Howards End

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Overview

The Merchant-Ivory production Howards End comes to DVD from Sony Pictures Classics with a 16 x 9 enhanced widescreen transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Surround Sound. English and French subtitles are accessible. Special features include theatrical trailers for Sense and Sensibility and The Remains of the Day.
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Overview

The Merchant-Ivory production Howards End comes to DVD from Sony Pictures Classics with a 16 x 9 enhanced widescreen transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Surround Sound. English and French subtitles are accessible. Special features include theatrical trailers for Sense and Sensibility and The Remains of the Day.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: English, French; Subtitles: English, French; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Anamorphic transfer enhanced for widescreen TV
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Praised almost as often as its source, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory's version of E.M. Forster's best novel is also widely recognized as the most accomplished filmization of Forster's work. Like Merchant/Ivory's other Forster adaptations, Howards End is saturated with petticoats, stiff upper lips, suffocating class consciousness, and enough repressed longing to blow a hole through Buckingham Palace. But strip away the tasteful facade, and what remains is a bracing critique of the English class system. The film's Oscar-winning script, by frequent Merchant/Ivory collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, is largely faithful to Forster's original work, capturing the spirit of his prose without making it seem outdated. The lead performances are instrumental in the film's timely feel; Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins earned well-deserved praise for their roles, and Thompson won an Oscar and numerous other awards. Equally remarkable but not as lavishly recognized were Helena Bonham Carter, all righteous fire and headstrong will as Helen Schlegel, and Samuel West, touchingly awkward as Leonard Bast, the cause around whom the war between the Schlegels and Mr. Wilcox revolves, and also its ultimate casualty. Thanks to the work of the entire cast, the film manages to be consistently engaging; thanks to the efforts of its production team as a whole, it is one of the rarest of paradoxes, a topical period piece. It was nominated for 9 Oscars overall, including Best Picture and Best Director, and it also won for Luciana Arrighi's art direction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1999
  • UPC: 043396267794
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:23:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Henry Wilcox
Emma Thompson Margaret Schlegel
Vanessa Redgrave Ruth Wilcox
Helena Bonham Carter Helen Schlegel
James Wilby Charles Wilcox
Samuel West Leonard Bast
Jemma Redgrave Evie Wilcox
Nicola Duffett Jacky Bast
Prunella Scales Aunt Juley
Barbara Hicks Miss Avery
Joseph Bennett Paul Wilcox
Jo Kendall Annie
Mark Payton Percy Cahill
Simon Callow Music Lecturer
Jim Bowden Marlett
Allie Byrne Blue Stocking
Crispin Bonham Carter Col. Fussell
Peter Cellier Colonel Fussell
Jocelyn Cobb Telegraph Operator
Peter Darling Doctor
David Delaney Simpson's Carver
Bridget Duvall Blue Stocking
Celestia Fox
Lucy Freeman Blue Stocking
Sally Geoghegan Blue Stocking
Antony Gilding Bank Supervisor
Barr Heckstall-Smith Helen's Child
Alan James Porphyrion Chief Clerk
Anne Lambton Luncheon Guest
Ian Latimer Station Master
Patricia Lawrence Wedding Guest
Tina Leslie Blue Stocking
Susie Lindeman Dolly Wilcox
Brian Lipson Police Inspector
Margery Mason Wedding Guest
Mary McWilliams Wilcox Baby
Mary Nash Pianist
Gerald Paris Porphyrion Supervisor
Luke Parry Tom-the Farmer's Boy
Siegbert Prawer Man Asking a Question
Adrian Ross-Magenty Tibby Schlegel
Rodney Rymell Chauffeur
Terence Sach Delivery Man
Andrew St. Clair Luncheon Guest
Harriet Stewart Blue Stocking
Mark Tandy Luncheon Guest
Atlanta White Maid at Howards End
Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Bradley Executive Producer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Celestia Fox Casting
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Andrew Marcus Editor
Ismail Merchant Producer
Chris Newman Asst. Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
John Ralph Art Director
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Ann Wingate Co-producer
E.M. Forster Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [11:37]
2. A few months later [2:55]
3. Charles' wedding [1:12]
4. Stolen umbrella [4:54]
5. Home to Jacky [5:12]
6. Meg & Mrs. Wilcox [4:29]
7. Luncheon party [7:36]
8. St. Pancras station [3:26]
9. Note from Mother [4:10]
10. Stargazing [3:04]
11. Looking for her husband [1:16]
12. Mr. Bast returns [3:59]
13. Women's discussion club [3:32]
14. A serious warning [4:18]
15. Lunch at Simpson's [4:36]
16. Henry proposes [9:21]
17. Howards End [5:20]
18. A chance meeting [4:33]
19. After the wedding [6:50]
20. Henry & Jacky [8:01]
21. Passions unleashed [4:36]
22. The proud Mr. Bast [3:52]
23. Postcards & telegrams [6:30]
24. Helen's condition [13:51]
25. Defending her honor [2:45]
26. Meg's future plans [1:36]
27. Off to prison [1:16]
28. The following summer [7:10]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play Movie
   Languages/ Audio
   Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailers
      Sense And Sensibility
      Remains Of The Day
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Customer Reviews

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    The movie is amazing, but I'm so very very annoyed that Criterio

    The movie is amazing, but I'm so very very annoyed that Criterion is discontinuing this film, and Barnes and Noble has stopped selling it here too. I am beyond angry...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Howard's End DVD from Criterion

    This movie is my all-time favorite. Everything about this movie is perfection; the cast, the acting, the music, the stupendous cinematography, the costumes, the sets, and the story. The story-line, or plot, is very karmic, and also a great commentary of its era. Howard's End is a beautiful story by E.M. Forrester, and this adaptation brings it to life. I believe the performances of Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham-Carter, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Hopkins are their most brilliant of their careers. This particular release, by Criterion, is well worth the money spent, as this is a quality DVD all-around. The extras are superb, with interviews of many of the people involved in this lavish, but budgeted, production. I highly recommend this movie, and this particular release on DVD!

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