Masterpiece Theatre -Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Overview

The revelation of a connection to the distinguished d'Urberville pedigree whispers the possibility of a better life for the poor Durbeyfield family. When Tess Durbeyfield (Gemma Arterton) ventures out to "claim kin" to handsome Alec d'Urberville (Hans Matheson) and his mother, she finds not only an employer but an admirer. But soon, Tess learns that behind Alec's seductive words and privileged veneer is a darkness that will alter her life. Yet, during Tess's greatest despair, an Angel enters her life -- Angel ...
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Overview

The revelation of a connection to the distinguished d'Urberville pedigree whispers the possibility of a better life for the poor Durbeyfield family. When Tess Durbeyfield (Gemma Arterton) ventures out to "claim kin" to handsome Alec d'Urberville (Hans Matheson) and his mother, she finds not only an employer but an admirer. But soon, Tess learns that behind Alec's seductive words and privileged veneer is a darkness that will alter her life. Yet, during Tess's greatest despair, an Angel enters her life -- Angel Clare (Eddie Redmayne). Filled with hope and fear, will Tess be able to leave behind her dark secrets and claim an abiding love? Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a powerful reminder that although love hurts, it also survives. Tess of the d'Urbervilles aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre Classic in January 2009.
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Special Features

Angels and Demons: The Making of Tess
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • UPC: 883929051830
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,186

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gemma Arterton Tess Durbeyfield
Hans Matheson Alec D'Urberville
Eddie Redmayne Angel Clare
Christopher Fairbank Groby
Ruth Jones Joan Durbeyfield
Anna Massey Mrs. D'Urberville
Ian Puleston-Davies John Durbeyfield
Donald Sumpter Parson Tringham
Jodie Whittaker Izz Huett
Technical Credits
David Blair Director
Kate Harwood Executive Producer
David Nicholls Screenwriter
David Snodin Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tess of the d' Urbervilles, Episodes 1 & 2
1. Chapter 1 [9:53]
1. Chapter 2 [9:15]
3. Chapter 3 [9:02]
4. Chapter 4 [10:22]
5. Chapter 5 [19:51]
6. Chapter 6 [:32]
1. Chapter 1 [12:38]
2. Chapter 2 [9:36]
3. Chapter 3 [14:57]
4. Chapter 4 [10:29]
5. Chapter 5 [10:42]
6. Chapter 6 [:32]
Disc #2 -- Tess of the d' Urbervilles, Episodes 3 & 4
1. Chapter 1 [8:25]
2. Chapter 2 [11:08]
3. Chapter 3 [9:42]
4. Chapter 4 [15:04]
5. Chapter 5 [14:00]
6. Chapter 6 [:33]
1. Chapter 1 [8:25]
2. Chapter 2 [11:08]
3. Chapter 3 [9:42]
4. Chapter 4 [15:04]
5. Chapter 5 [14:00]
6. Chapter 6 [:33]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An excellent production: stays true to the book

    Based on Thomas Hardy's novel, this story is tragic but beautiful. Everyone should see this film; even people who didn't think they would like it ended up being captivated by the story and the scenery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Tess

    Loved it!! Im glad i bought it...no regrets

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Adaptation!

    Thomas Hardy's tragic novel is almost too good in print to attempt making into a film; but the BBC did a beautiful job with this adaptation (as they usually do). Not only was it true to the book, but it was a visual masterpiece. The acting was terrific, save for some of Tess's scenes. She was pitiful and moving, to be sure, but at times felt too rehearsed and delicate -- the raw sorrow of Hardy felt somewhat muted. But Arterton is especially pretty, and all things considered she was a wonderful pick to play the sympathetic heroine. Matheson gave a very believable performance as Alec the villain, and Redmayne made one want to squeeze and kick Angel all at the same time. For lovers of the novel (and it would behoove one to read the wonderful book before watching the film), this adaptation is highly recommended; the length (near 4 hours) might intimidate, but in the rare dull moments, one can take in the beautiful scenery of Wessex (Essex). The final 30 minutes are well worth the wait.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Visually stunning, excellent actors, fullfills its name-Masterpiece

    I watched it on PBS & now I'm getting the DVD. This is a version I want to watch again & again. Gemma Arterton portrayal of Tess is heart-wrenchingly authentic. The whole production is very well done.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Sad

    This has to be one of the saddest movies I have ever seen. I endured all of her pain in hopes of a happy ending but was dissapointed to see the tragic ending to a life of pain and suffering. That said the acting was skillfully done. The actors and actresses were well chosen for their parts. You could not help but love Tess, a truly beautiful girl. The villian was played artfully. Her husband was incredible in his perfomance.<BR/>Well done but too sad. The show deserves a five star for acting and stage setting but the sadness of the story makes me hesitate to recommend since I love happy endings.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    I loved this adaptation very much, it has been added to my class

    I loved this adaptation very much, it has been added to my classic dvd collection. I highly recommend it, you are guaranteed to cry. 

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    A Heart Wrenching Masterpiece

    Beautifully directed, excellent acting performances. Romantic but intense, I cried my way through half this movie. Definitely not one you can or would want to watch over and over again without some months in between to recover. It is a very romantic, happy, blissful & tragic story. I would recommend.

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