Les Miserables

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Overview

Academy-award winning director Tom Hooper's adaptation of the beloved musical Les Miserables makes no major changes to the original's plot. The story follows former prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who, after being released from the watchful eye of police officer Javert (Russell Crowe), is unable to find work because of his status as an ex-convict. He eventually steals from a local church, but when apprehended, the priest claims that Valjean was given the valuables. This triggers a change in Valjean, and he ...
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Note: Les Miserables was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Achievement in Music - Original Song, Best Achievement in Production Design, and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
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Overview

Academy-award winning director Tom Hooper's adaptation of the beloved musical Les Miserables makes no major changes to the original's plot. The story follows former prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who, after being released from the watchful eye of police officer Javert (Russell Crowe), is unable to find work because of his status as an ex-convict. He eventually steals from a local church, but when apprehended, the priest claims that Valjean was given the valuables. This triggers a change in Valjean, and he constructs a new identity for himself as a pillar of society and a local businessman. Years later, he adopts a young girl named Cosette, whose mother Fantine (Anne Hathaway), a former employee of his, became a prostitute and died a horrible death in the gutters after being fired. As the years progress and the French Revolution begins to foment, a grown Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) falls for a passionate revolutionary named Marius (Eddie Redmayne), while Javert begins to close in again on Valjean's secret past.
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Special Features

The Stars of Les Misérables; Creating the Perfect Paris; The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables; Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With the exception of The Producers and The Book of Mormon, there probably hasn't been a modern, non-Andrew Lloyd Webber-related stage musical as beloved as Les Misérables. The adaptation of Victor Hugo's sprawling novel of redemption and revolution is the third-longest-running musical in Broadway history, and at the time this Tom Hooper-directed film version hit screens, the London production was still going strong after nearly 30 years in the West End. The story follows former prisoner Jean Valjean Hugh Jackman, who, after being released from the watchful eye of police officer Javert Russell Crowe, is unable to find work because of his status as an ex-convict. He eventually steals from a local church, but when apprehended, the priest claims that Valjean was given the valuables. This triggers a change in Valjean, and he constructs a new identity for himself as a pillar of society and a local businessman. Years later, he adopts a young girl named Cosette, whose mother Fantine Anne Hathaway, a former employee of his, became a prostitute and died a horrible death in the gutters after being fired. As the years progress and the French Revolution begins to foment, a grown Cosette Amanda Seyfried falls for a passionate revolutionary named Marius Eddie Redmayne, while Javert begins to close in again on Valjean's secret past. For this movie version of the musical, Hooper made the creative decision to, whenever possible, have the performers sing their parts live rather than lip-synch to prerecorded tracks as they were filmed. From a practical standpoint, that means that there are tons of close-ups in this picture. They are so prevalent that Hooper's film tells this inherently grand and epic tale with an unusual intimacy. Such an approach makes the performances emotional in a way few movie musicals have ever been. Hathaway gets the show's big number, "I Dreamed a Dream,"" and because she's performing the song live, it works as a monologue as much as it does as a song. She's acting the song as well as singing it, and it's a powerful sequence; her commitment to the material is forceful. It's the kind of scene that wins actors awards, and it's also the moment that pays the most dividends for Hooper's unusual creative choice. However, such an in-your-face visual scheme will also repel viewers already predisposed to having little tolerance for the source material. It's a novel approach, but it's designed to accentuate the aspect of musicals many people dislike the most -- namely, the singing. The editing of the film is simplistic, which benefits the performances, but it will bore those who have checked out of the songs. While Hathaway deserves the most praise out of anyone in the cast, nobody is an embarrassment. Hugh Jackman is excellent in his early numbers; Samantha Barks is heartbreaking as Éponine, the other woman in love with Marius; and the duo of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter couldn't be more perfectly cast as an innkeeper and his wife, the only comic relief in this otherwise determinedly serious story. To be sure, this Les Misérables will not be to everyone's taste, but it's hard to deny the audacity of Hooper's emotionally intense approach, and impossible to forget Anne Hathaway delivering arguably the definitive version of a song that can easily be described as a modern musical-theater classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2013
  • UPC: 025192150548
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Source: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Slip Sleeve / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 157

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Jackman Jean Valjean
Russell Crowe Inspector Javert, Javert
Anne Hathaway Fantine
Amanda Seyfried Cosette
Sacha Baron Cohen Thénardier, Thernardier
Helena Bonham Carter Madame Thenardier
Eddie Redmayne Marius
Aaron Tveit Enjolras
Samantha Barks Eponine
Daniel Huttlestone Gavroche
Calvin Cornwall Convict 1
Josef Altin Convict 2
David Hawley Convict 3
Adam Jones Convict 4
John Barr Convict 5
Tony Rohr Overseer
Richard Dixon Mairie Officer
Andy Beckwith Innkeeper
Stephen Bent Jailer
Colm Wilkinson Bishop
Georgie Glen Madame Baptistine
Heather Chasen Madame Magliore
Paul Thornley Constable 1
Paul Howell Constable 2
Stephen Tate Fauchelevant
Michael Jibson Foreman
Kate Fleetwood Factory Woman 1
Hannah Waddington Factory Woman 2
Clare Foster Factory Woman 3
Kirsty Hoiles Factory Woman 4
Jenna Boyd Factory Woman 5
Alice Fearn Factory Woman 6
Alison Tennant Factory Woman 7
Marilyn Cutts Factory Woman 8
Cathy Breeze Factory Woman 9
John Albasiny Factory Onlooker
Bertie Carvel Bamatabois
Tim Downie Brevet
Andrew Havill Cochepaille
Dick Ward Bamatabois' Valet
Nicola Sloane Hair Crone
Daniel Evans Pimp
David Stoller Sailor 1
Ross McCormack Sailor 2
Jaygann Ayeh Sailor 3
Adrian Scarborough Toothman
Frances Ruffelle Whore 1
Lynne Wilmot Whore 2
Charlotte Spencer Whore 3
Julia Worsley Head Whore
Keith Dunphy Client
Ashley Artus Pawn Broker
John Surman Organ-Grinder
David Cann Magistrate
James Simmons Champmathieu
Polly Kemp Nursing Sister
Ian Pirie Babet
Adam Pearce Brujon
Julian Bleach Clacquesous
Mark Pickering Montparnasse
Isabelle Allen Young Cosette
Natalya Wallace Young Éponine
Phil Snowden Customer 1
Hadrian Delacey Customer 2
Lottie Steer Baby
Sam Parks Tall Customer
Mark Donovan Portly Customer
Lewis Kirk Handsome Soldier 1
Leighton Rafferty Handsome Soldier 2
Peter Mair Father Christmas 1
Jack Chissick Father Christmas 2
Dianne Pilkington Inn Whore 1
Robyn North Inn Whore 2
Norma Atallah Mother Whore
Patrick Godfrey Gillenormand
Mark Roper Citizen
Paul Leonard Citizen
Miles Roughley Gavroche's Urchin
Cameron Strefford Gavrone's Urchin
Alfie Davis Gavroche's Urchin
Joseph West Gavroche's Urchin
Joel Phillimore Beggar 1
Jacqueline Dankworth Beggar 2
Amelia Jefford Beggar 3
Chris Barnes Beggar 4
Richard Cordery Duc de Raguse
Killian Donnelly Combeferre
Fra Fee Courtfeyrac
Gabriel Vick Feuilly
George Blagden Grantaire
Hugh Skinner Joly
Stuart Neal Lesgles
Alistair Brammer Prouvaire
Katy Secombe Madame Hucheloup
Hadley Fraser Army Officer
Linzi Hateley Turning Woman 1
Gemma Wardle Turning Woman 2
Gina Beck Turning Woman 3
Katie Hall Turning Woman 4
Ellie Beaven Mother
Andrew Deck Turning Woman 6
Jeff Duncan Turning Woman 7
Lisa Hull Turning Woman 5
Kerry Ingram Turning Woman 8
Freya Parks Café Barmaid
Michael Sarne Father Mabeuf
John Warnaby Majordomo
Technical Credits
Tom Hooper Director
Nicholas Allott Executive Producer
Helen Barrett Makeup
Bernard Bellew Co-producer
Becky Bentham Musical Direction/Supervision
Tim Bevan Producer
Alain Boublil Screenwriter
Stephen Brooker Musical Direction/Supervision
Francesca Budd Associate Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Danny Cohen Cinematographer
Karen Cohen Makeup
Rebecca Cole Makeup
Paco Delgado Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Dickens Editor
Anne Dudley Musical Arrangement
Eric Fellner Producer
Nina Gold Casting
Simon Hayes Sound Mixer
Debra Hayward Producer
Ben Howarth Asst. Director
Carmel Jackson Makeup
Gary Jopling Art Director
Herbert Kretzmer Screenwriter
Cameron Mackintosh Producer
Stephen Metcalfe Musical Arrangement
Angela Morrison Executive Producer
Hannah Moseley Art Director
William Nicholson Screenwriter
Melanie Ann Oliver Editor
F. Richard Pappas Executive Producer
Claude-Michel Schoenberg Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Thomas Schonberg Associate Producer
Marco Scotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Jan Sewell Makeup
Liam Steel Choreography
Eve Stewart Production Designer
Jane Walker Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Les Misérables
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15
16. Scene 16
17. Scene 17
18. Scene 18
19. Scene 19
20. Scene 20
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Les Misérables
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus
      The Stars of Les Misérables
      Creating the Perfect Paris
      The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables
      Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
   Setup
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         DVS (Descriptive Video Service)
         Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Great stuff.

    Great stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Absolutely fabulous! Having watched many of these actors and act

    Absolutely fabulous! Having watched many of these actors and actresses over the years, and knowing some of their backgrounds, I am truly amazed at the dedication and works that was put into this performance. I highly recommend this to everyone who really enjoys a great performance.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

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    Permanently changes the way a musical should be made. The added

    Permanently changes the way a musical should be made. The added features explain how and why this movie comes out so perfect. We love it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Amazing. There is no thinking twice about owning this movie to a

    Amazing. There is no thinking twice about owning this movie to add it to my personal collection. The first purchase will be for me, and I am taking two more for both my kids' birthdays.

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    This film is perfect. I saw it 7 times in theaters and I am just

    This film is perfect. I saw it 7 times in theaters and I am just in love. All the actors are perfect for their roles and (as a person who actually read the book in the original French) the movie stays pretty true to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Excellent  movie.

    Excellent  movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Good morning would need to tell me if this movie has subtitles i

    Good morning would need to tell me if this movie has subtitles in Spanish or if it is dubbed into Spanish.

    Many thanks Sincerely Clauret P.

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