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Gosford Park [Blu-ray]

Maggie Smith , Michael Gambon , Robert Altman    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
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Gosford Park finds director Robert Altman in sumptuously fine form indeed. From the opening shots, as the camera peers through the trees at an opulent English country estate, Altman exploits the 1930s period setting and whodunit formula of the film expertly. Aristocrats gather together for a weekend shooting party with their dutiful servants in tow, and the upstairs/downstairs division of the classes is perfectly tailored to Altman's method (as employed in Nashville and Short Cuts) of overlapping bits of dialogue and numerous subplots in order to betray underlying motives and the sins that propel them. Greed, vengeance, snobbery, and lust stir comic unrest as the near dizzying effect of brisk script turns is allayed by perhaps Altman's strongest ensemble to date. First and foremost, Maggie Smith is marvelous as Constance, a dependent countess with a quip for every occasion; Michael Gambon, as the ill-fated host, Sir William McCordle, is one of the most palpably salacious characters ever on screen; Kristin Scott Thomas is perfectly cold yet sexy as Lady Sylvia, Sir William's wife; and Helen Mirren, Emily Watson, and Clive Owen are equally memorable as key characters from the bustling servants' quarters below.Gosford Park manages to be fabulously entertaining while exposing human shortcomings, compromises, and our endless need for confession. --Fionn Meade

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Import Blu-Ray/Region A Pressing... The Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay, Gosford Park is a whodunit as only director Robert Altman could do it. As a hunting party gathers at the country estate, no one is aware that before the weekend is over, someone will be murdered - twice! The police are baffled but the all-seeing, all-hearing servants know that almost everyone had a motive. This critically-acclaimed murder mystery features a who's who of celebrated actors. With a diverse cast of characters - all with something to hide - it'll keep you guessing right to the surprising end. Gosford Park proves that murder can be such an inconvenience.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Well, strictly speaking he doesn't of course - Robert Altman never simply tags onto an established genre; he plays with it and makes it his own by turning it upside down. So, while the idea for "Gosford Park" may have been inspired by murder mysteries "Christie style" and by the likes of "Brideshead Revisited" and the BBC series about the Bellamy's Eaton Square household, we leave familiar territory the moment we enter the estate ... through the servants' entrance; for although large parts of the action take place "upstairs," it is manifestly told from a "downstairs" perspective. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly different May 13 2007
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This has the look and feel of English "who-done-it". It is as much the society as it is a mystery. The first quarter of the movie is just introductions to the characters as they approach the manor. Then the discussions start as they are settling in and the sub plots show up but do not overwhelm the main story. If you are trying g to guess ahead forget it. Also plan for every English cliché.

I suggest that you use the closed caption option the first time through as the mumble a lot and the background music is louder than the speech tract. Don't be surprised to find that it has ended just as you are getting into it.

The DVD extras add a dimension to the movie as after watching them you can view the movie with out the sub tittles.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bad transfer June 11 2010
By purple
this is a really bad transfer....i checked before i bought it and saw that it was 1080p...not 1080i...but it still looks awful...too bad...cause i LOVE this movie and was really looking forward to a Blu-ray release....i actually thought that they had slipped a dvd into the case by accident.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gosford Park May 17 2014
By Marsha
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What a piece of fluff. Even the stellar cast could not save this one -- what was the story about ???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie April 30 2014
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I ordered this movie because I had not seen it in over 10 years. I was excited to get it and watch it and it did not disappoint at all!!! Wonderful British who-done-it and the characters are just great. It is a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review. April 17 2014
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This too is a classic production, with a "gang" again of very fine actors. The musical scores are similarly beautiful, written by Ivor Novello.
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We enjoyed this film but knowing how Magi Smith is such a wonderful actor, I felt the writer or (film adapter) missed many good opportunities to show the "cut and thrust" yet humorous ability of Magi. Both my wife and I were quite disappointed. However, we will watch again
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS ADVERTISED ! Feb. 17 2014
By Paz
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It's not only packaging, do not received proper edition as shown on site! Yet to view the actual CD...to be continued.
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2.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't recommend
Not one of Julian Fellows' best works. Poor plot and minimalistic acting - we found it not engaging at all.
Published 7 months ago by Hans Van Riet Paap
5.0 out of 5 stars PARLOUR MYSTERY MOVIE
Published 8 months ago by DEANNA
5.0 out of 5 stars period piece with allusions to Ivor Novello
My interest in Gosford Park flows from having read that the only "real" character in the movie is the famed musician, movie star, playwright, song composer and composer and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Douglas Jardine
1.0 out of 5 stars Disc will not play on my region A player. I complained, and received a...
My disc not playable. I tried all regions on my Oppo all region player, and it just won't play. All of my other Blurays of all regions work, but not this disc,
Published 13 months ago by Warren Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars The plot and filming is great
But I received the version for death people (which I am not) and so all the text appearing on the lower screen just spoiled the whole pleasure of watching. :/
Published 18 months ago by realcream
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Blu-Ray
I'd like to actually see this movie on a decent Blu-Ray. Picture and sound quality were very poor. I've enjoyed watching movies on airplanes more than this.
Published 19 months ago by Badenoch
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich, enjoyable, satiric Altman mystery
I wish Amazon allowed 4.5 stars. That would feel more appropriate. Yes this is arguably not quite a great movie, but its certainly a very good, very enjoyable one. Read more
Published on April 23 2011 by K. Gordon
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