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Masterpiece: Birdsong (U.K. Version) [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Public Braodcasting Service
  • Release Date: May 8 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077PBPY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,149 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.

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Busy screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Iron Lady) adapts Sebastian Faulks's 1993 bestseller for this introspective Masterpiece Classic two-parter, which reflects on love and war in equal measure. Costume-drama veteran Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) plays Stephen Wraysford, a British textile man based in Amiens in 1910 (before his career skyrocketed, Michael Fassbender was attached to the role). While staying with Isabelle (Clémence Poésy, In Bruges) and her controlling husband, Stephen falls in love with his hostess, but her marriage and stepchildren stand in the way. The story continues to proceed along two tracks: Stephen's time with Isabelle and her sympathetic sister, Jeanne (Marie-Josée Croze), and his time as an imperiled lieutenant in the trenches of World War I, where he finds a friend in the selfless Jack (Joseph Mawle) and a foe in the callous Captain Gray (Matthew Goode) as memories of Amiens spur him on. If the peacetime scenes are light and leisurely--sometimes too leisurely--the wartime scenes are dark and tense as Stephen and his men crawl through tunnels, setting off explosions. Flashbacks reveal that Isabelle eventually returned his affection, except the course of their relationship did not run smoothly. By the end, he's lost most of the things he once desired, but an alternative path lies ahead. In this sense, Birdsong bears some comparison with Atonement and Downton Abbey, though the downbeat nature of the material won't be to all tastes. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. Buttino TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 1 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Another masterful literary adaptation from Masterpiece Classic! What a stunning, aching portrayal of WWI!

I'm disappointed that there were only two episodes made (each being 90 minutes in length) -- I could have sat through hours and hours of this series! The casting was great and the cinematography was breath-taking. Each frame looked like a painting. The story itself was etched out slowly and beautifully, cutting back and forth to past and present times. A few people have commented that the series omitted a large chunk of the story from the novel, but doesn't that happen in every miniseries produced? We really can't expect the producers to stick to the story 100%, all of the time. So yes, despite the fact that some things were missing from the miniseries, I do think that Masterpiece and the BBC did a wonderful job in adapting this novel for the screen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By trek fan on Feb. 15 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
“There is one thing about”? “Eddie Redmayne”(My Week with Marilyn)that I don’t like,especially in this movie,it’s like
watching Ketchup being poured out of the bottle,so slow in his delivery of words and movement,I just
want to grab him and shake him,wake up man,what a superb and outstanding movie,I love the way they shift
from 1910 to 1916,to bring you this love story,I should say stolen love story,you knew it was about to happen,
and the war of that time 1916,that he is remembering while fighting for King and country,
“Birdsong”should be classed as one of “Masterpiece”best production to date,
It’s A Masterpiece Classic..From The BBC..
Runtime 2 H 45 Min.
5.1 Mastered in HD-DTS.Audio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David D. Thomas on Oct. 7 2012
Format: DVD
I found Songbird to be slightly more interesting in the second half as missing pieces and emotions were explained and came together. If someone found this to be too sad or "depressing"...perhaps that is what war is? I thought that the second series fit perfectly well with the first and it was with great thought that this film moved forward and developed as it did. The film gave different vision of command during the war as opposed to some films that expand toward the absurdity of "generals" of which this is perfectly true but enough said for now. This film is no "Very Long Engagement" but succeeds in it's own story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 11 2012
Format: DVD
Yes, I know Mitt Romney couldn't resist taking a fun-loving swipe at PBS and its mascot Big Bird at last week's presidential debate. At times I couldn't agree with him more, except for when it comes to watching Masterpiece Theater and films like Sebastian Faulk's "Birdsong". This production cleverly combines the lingering influences of past feelings and present conflicts on the human psyche in such an engaging way as to rival Hemingway's "Farewell to Arms" in passion, realism and tragedy. Out of this romantic story of complex and shifting emotions such as love, fear and guilt comes a transforming expression of courage, determination, and gallantry amidst the horrors of modern warfare. Stephen and Isabelle meet in northern France before the war and quickly become entangled in a torrid love affair: she is another man's wife and he a young man who is caught up in the power of his ardour. After being banished from her home, Isabelle leaves with Stephen for a new life on the run from the failings of their mutually haunted past. Eventually the relationship fades and the two part way, with Stephen going off to war on the Western Front as a lieutenant in the British Expeditionary Forces. The film is full of flashbacks involving his cherished memories of special times with Isabelle intertwined with the present horrors of war as they impinge on life around him. Though Isabelle has become physically lost to Stephen, he is able to take enough solace from their relationship to stay alive in the trenches and ultimately survive the war. This TV series offers some very stark and tender moments when conflict and compassion are allowed to express themselves freely as critical parts of the natural order of life. Keep in mind, though, this film doesn't exactly follow the novel with respect to detail and plot.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Jackson on June 10 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Fabulous movie! The book is brilliant and the movie portrayed it well. It highlights the horrors of the trenches in WW1 intermingled with a beautiful love story. I will order from Amazon again as the DVD arrived promptly and in perfect condition.
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