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Lady Chatterley - DVD

Joely Richardson , Sean Bean    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Those who believe British miniseries to be too proper and corseted may want to make an exception for Ken Russell's 1992, four-hour BBC adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's scandalous novel. Between the full frontal female nudity and empowering shed-rocking sex scenes, this is something for everyone to have a randy good time. To save you the bother of fast-forwarding, episodes two and three contain the very naughtiest bits involving the illicit affair between "loyal wife, good companion" Constance Chatterly (Joely Richardson) and Oliver Mellors (Sean Bean), gamekeeper to Constance's embittered, paralyzed husband (James Wilby). When he insists his wife take a lover and produce an heir to his fortune, he didn't have the lowly "wild man of the woods" in mind. Neither did Constance, but soon enough the woods are alive with the sound of heavy-panting and frantic gropings up against trees. The production is impeccably mounted--no pun intended--and the performances (particularly the daring Ms. Richardson) impassioned. Save for one dream sequence involving a black horse (a symbol of passion, one character helpfully explains), and the, at times, overheated musical score that threatens to overwhelm the lovers, Russell (Tommy, Altered States) holds his tendencies toward excess in check. --Donald Liebenson

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From the director of Women in Love and Altered States comes a retelling of the literary classic that launched the most celebrated obscenity trial of the 20th century. In adapting the famous tale of unbridled passion, Ken Russell has made a moving love story and some of the most talked about television of the 1990s. Joely Richardson (Return to Me, The Affair of the Necklace) stars as the young, sexually repressed Lady Chatterley, whose paralyzed husband (James Wilby, Gosford Park) urges her to find fulfillment and an heir for his fortune in the arms of another man. Sean Bean (Patriot Games, The Lord of the Rings) is the lowly gamekeeper whose scandalous attentions awaken her senses. DVD special features include an exclusive interview with writer/director Ken Russell, behind-the-scenes photo gallery, broadcast trailer, cast and crew filmographies and DH Lawrence biography.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, compelling miniseries! March 12 2004
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Format:DVD
Very entertaining look at Lady Chatterley. After reading the book I was very curious to see how the story could be brought to life! Ken Russell has done a fine job and the two lead actors bring life to Lady C and Mellors. Prior to this movie, I did not think Sean Bean (Mellors) was anything special, but after seeing his portrayl in this movie- all that has changed. He is superb and an excellent leading man- just perfect- I do not see how any woman could not fall for him in this role. Easy to see how Lady C does! Buy this DVD- you will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully filmed, sympathetic characters Dec 19 2003
Format:DVD
Lady Chatterly is the story of a rich young aristocrat who takes her gamekeeper for a lover after her husband returns from the war, paralyzed. Despite the subject matter (adultery), I really enjoyed this film. The screenplay is written in such a way that you quite understand why Lady Chatterly has an affair. AND all four of the main leads were quite sympathetic, even though the husband is at times emotionally abusive. While, personally I fast forwarded all of the sex scenes, I thought the film was beautifully filmed and directed. Five stars for an excellent and entertaining film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Chatterley Nov. 7 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
D. H. Lawrence's classic and erotic novel, "Lady Chatterley's Lover",is beautifully filmed and retold in this Ken Russell video production.
Lovely Joley Richardson plays Lady Constance Chatterley, in the title role, as a sexually and socially repressed young English woman in the early 1920's. She is married to Sir Clifford Chatterley, played by Michael Wilby,as a titled, WW1 British officer, whose war injuries have paralized him from the waist down.
We watch as Constance accepts her fate at first, and loyally looks after her demanding,upper-class husband. The isolation and Sir Clifford's constant need for care take its' toll, and soon Lady Chatterley's mental and physical health is in question. A nurse-companion, Mrs. Bolton, is hired from the local colliery town of Tevershall, thus relieving Connie of her duties, giving her more time to visit with her family members and,to go for long walks in the near-by woods. Soon, her wanderings cross paths with Sir Clifford's reclusive,irrasible,lowly bred game keeper, Oliver Mellors.
Actor Sean Bean, with his rakish and sensual "bad boy" good looks, plays Mellors with great intensity and honest passion. He is perfectly cast as the angry, down trodden man who finds new life and "the only freedom" he has ever known,in the love he shares with the independant, and equally passionate Lady Chatterley.
This adaptation follows the literary novel closely. (Please read the book, if you haven't already, as some of the warmly passionate and meaningful scenes have been left out for the sake of censorship and the movies length). The video "fleshes out" (pardon the pun!)the novel that features lots of dialogue in the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the gameskeeping? July 5 2003
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Format:DVD
Ken Russell is still the master of D.H. Lawrence on film - at least for now. If you like the original purple prose, which I do, you should like the purple in this series. (You might also consider buying "Women in Love.") Sean Bean, as Oliver Mellors is always a good excuse to watch a movie. He and Joely Richardson, as Constance Chatterley, offer really nice performances - even James Wilby as her priggish "Clifford" is very angering in a believable way. I had to make peace with the lousy soundtrack that intruded on the dialogue and action and saps the oxygen from the passion Russell wants to portray. I was not crazy about the unevenness of the script, ranging from juvenile to thoughtful dialogue on the meaning of love, compassion and class. Think of the first disc as exposition and the second disc offering a truer soul of the story and worth buying the series. Would this have been better as a shorter feature film? Just remember that the book articulates Mellors' complexity as a veteran of WWI and a member of the working class who has educated himself even though he tries to fit in with his peers and English social structure. Also, Russell takes a liberty with the ending. If you want better instruction on gameskeeping, read the novel. "Angels and Insects" would make a great little film festival on the same themes presented as or more sensually than "Lady Chatterley." Really, hearing Bean say "lass" is just heaven even to this feminist mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Bean in Top Form (Acting and Otherwise!) July 4 2003
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Format:DVD
It is rare that a novel can successfully be adapted to the screen without losing much of its force. Lady Chatterley, Ken Russell's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, however, loses almost none of the force of the original source. The novel was banned when it came out, and one viewing of Lady Chatterley will explain why.
The British VHS box for Lady Chatterley boasts that it is filled with "very, very erotic sex." That is about the most accurate statement you can make about this movie. Lest one get the wrong idea, however, this made-for-TV movie is not pornography. It utilizes the original plot, cutting out some of the more social aspects of the novel, to tell a beautiful story about one woman's search for love -- sexual and otherwise -- outside of her marriage and class.
Joely Richardson, best known in the U.S. for cavorting with Mel Gibson in "The Patriot," here bares it all early and often with Sean Bean. Both of them shine in their respective roles. Ms. Richardson is brilliant as a strong, independent woman whose husband is crippled during WWI, thus basically ending her sexual life prematurely. Sean Bean plays her lowly, gamekeeper lover, Oliver Mellors. The dirty, scruffy, growling Mellors is the perfect vehicle for Sean Bean's talent -- part bad guy, part sensual lover, in many ways a guilty pleasure (much like Sean Bean himself!)
This is not a movie for immature audiences -- it is as beautiful a story as it is erotic, much the way D. H. Lawrence wrote it. Nor is it for the faint of heart -- the sex scenes are revealing and very intense. It is beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, and overall, is an amazing cinematic experience. The 3.5 hours are well worth watching, at least for fans of Joely Richardson or Sean Bean.
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