Remains of the Day

Remains of the Day

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Director: James Ivory

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox

     
 

A "special edition" of the period piece The Remains of the Day should please fans of gripping dramas starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. This 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer by Columbia looks bright and beautiful, perfectly capturing the essence of the film. Although there is a slight amount of edge enhancement in the image, overall, this is aSee more details below

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A "special edition" of the period piece The Remains of the Day should please fans of gripping dramas starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. This 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer by Columbia looks bright and beautiful, perfectly capturing the essence of the film. Although there is a slight amount of edge enhancement in the image, overall, this is a splendid looking transfer. The audio is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Not surprisingly, this soundtrack is somewhat subdued due to the fact that The Remains of the Day is a mostly dialogue-driven film. All aspects of the effects, music, and dialogue are clear and free of any distortion. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix, as well as French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The Remains of the Day: Special Edition includes some well-produced supplemental material for fans to sift through. A commentary track by Emma Thompson, producer Ishmael Merchant, and director James Ivory is both informative and chatty. All three participants seem to enjoy each other's company and have interesting stories to share with the listener. Three separate documentaries are included (an HBO special, a featurette titled "Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor," and a newly created retrospective documentary), and, taken as a whole, all three of these are very informative. The "retrospective" is an especially engaging look back with actors Anthony Hopkins and Christopher Reeve. Six deleted scenes are included with optional commentary by the director, as well as some selected filmographies on the cast and crew, and a few thin production notes. The Remains of the Day: Special Edition is a wonderful DVD for those interested in not only seeing the film, but also learning about its background.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
While somewhat overshadowed by the box-office performance of Howards End (1992), The Remains of the Day received nine Academy Award nominations and finds Merchant and Ivory at the top of their game. On the eve of World War II, almost everyone in The Remains of the Day seems committed to tired traditions that adhere to a rigid formality. Anthony Hopkins masterfully portrays Stevens' proper exterior, communicating the butler's emotional sterility in "real life" situations through small gestures. Emma Thompson beautifully plays Miss Kenton and once again proves the ideal partner for Hopkins. Their failed relationship (failed because it never even gets started) perfectly underlines the regret that saturates The Remains of the Day. The deeper tragedy, however, lies in the fact that Stevens, Miss Kenton, and Lord Darlington (James Fox) all become conscious of the mistakes they have made, but seem incapable of altering their way of life. Social adherence to tradition and class distinctions has led to an inability to adapt to the modern world. The Remains of the Day displays the same close attention to period detail and lovely cinematography that viewers have come to expect from Merchant and Ivory productions, and the screenplay has once again been adapted by the sure hand of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
UPC:
0043396710979
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
6,445

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround) French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Director & producer commentary with Emma Thompson; Exclusive documentary featuring: new interviews with Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Reeve and other cast & crew; costume & production design; location footage; Deleted scenes; Exclusive featurette; HBO making of featurette - exclusive documentary "The Remains of the Day: The Filmmakers' Journey" and exclusive featurette "Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor: England's Fatal Flaw"; Filmographies; Animated menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Stevens
Emma Thompson Miss Kenton
James Fox Lord Darlington
Christopher Reeve Lewis
Peter Vaughan Mr. Stevens, Sr.
Hugh Grant Cardinal
Michel Lonsdale Dupont D'Ivry
Tim Pigott-Smith Benn
Patrick Godfrey Spencer
Peter Cellier Sir Leonard Bax
Paul Copley Harry Smith
Peter Eyre Lord Halifax
Lena Headey Lizzie
Brigitte Kahn Baroness
Ian Redford Publican
Pip Torrens Doctor Carlisle
Rupert Vansittart Sir Geoffrey Wren
Emma Lewis Elsa
Frank Shelley Prime Minister
Tony Aitken Postmaster
Terence Bayler Trimmer
Christopher Brown Wren's Friend
Ben Chaplin Charlie - Head Footman
Celestia Fox Actor
Peter Halliday Canon Tufnell
Abigail Harrison Housemaid
Caroline Hunt Landlady
Paula Jacobs Mrs. Mortimer the Cook
Joanna Joseph Irma
Wolf Kahler German Ambassador
Jo Kendall Publican's Wife
Roger McKern Police Constable
John Savident Doctor Meredith
Jeffry Wickham Viscount Bigge

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Paul Bradley Executive Producer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
John Calley Producer
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Andrew Marcus Editor
Ismail Merchant Producer
Simon Moseley Asst. Director
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Mike Nichols Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
John Ralph Art Director
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Donald Rosenfeld Associate Producer
David A. Stephenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Norma Webb Makeup
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Kazuo Ishiguro Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [8:59]
2. Day Marked in Memory [5:25]
3. Brightening His Parlor [5:18]
4. Dustpan on the Landing [3:12]
5. The Chinaman [2:56]
6. Mr. Stevens, Sr. Falls [12:00]
7. Birds & Bees [9:28]
8. Last Words [1:47]
9. A Toast [5:46]
10. The Baroness Sings [2:57]
11. The Deathbed [1:29]
12. Picking Up a Letter [1:58]
13. Elsa & Irma [3:12]
14. Mr. Benn's Questions [2:06]
15. The Jewish Problem [3:47]
16. An Unsuitable Girl [7:16]
17. Common Man Interrogation [2:08]
18. A Lift [7:04]
19. Discovered [:58]
20. So Close... [3:03]
21. Miss Kenton Cracks [1:51]
22. With Mr. Benn [2:22]
23. Diplomats [5:25]
24. Some Very Bad News [2:53]
25. Darlington Compromised [3:00]
26. Miss Kenton's Apology [2:06]
27. With Mrs. Benn [3:37]
28. Darlington Hall Renewed [7:04]

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