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The English Patient [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Ralph Fiennes , Juliette Binoche , Anthony Minghella    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
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Winner of nine Academy Awards and almost every critic's heart, The English Patient (based on Michael Ondaatje's prizewinning novel of love and loss during World War II) is one of the most acclaimed films of modern times. Hana, a nurse (Juliette Binoche), tends to an archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) who has been burnt to a crisp in a plane crash. As their relationship intensifies, he flashes back to his overwhelming passion for a married woman (Kristin Scott Thomas). Meanwhile, Hana begins a new romance with a man who defuses bombs (Naveen Andrews) and Willem Dafoe almost steals the show as the thumbless thief Caravaggio. The intricately layered flashback narrative, sounding the depths of the lovers' hearts, improves with repeated viewings--especially with the sharp picture and digital sound of the digital video disc.

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Winner of nine Academy Awards® and almost every critic's heart, The English Patient (based on Michael Ondaatje's prizewinning novel of love and loss during World War II) is one of the most acclaimed films of modern times. Hana, a nurse (Juliette Binoche), tends to an archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) who has been burnt to a crisp in a plane crash. As their relationship intensifies, he flashes back to his overwhelming passion for a married woman (Kristin Scott Thomas). Meanwhile, Hana begins a new romance with a man who defuses bombs (Naveen Andrews) and Willem Dafoe almost steals the show as the thumbless thief Caravaggio. The intricately layered flashback narrative, sounding the depths of the lovers' hearts, improves with repeated viewings. --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed Feb. 25 2012
By Filmfan TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I agree with the previous reviewer. I ordered the recently re-released Miramax version of English Patient in 1080p but Amazon replaced it with the 2009 Alliance release which is a grossly inferior bare bones transfer(1080i, no supplements). I eventually received a refund but Amazon insisted that I had originally ordered the older Alliance version. Why does Amazon.ca even make the import American versions available if they're just going to pull them? I noticed they've done this same thing with Take Shelter, the Piano, Cold Mountain and the new blu-ray release of Adaptation. Poor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bait and Switch Feb. 4 2012
Format:Blu-ray
For all of you who have had your pre-order cancelled for this title, let Amazon.ca know how you feel. Bait and switch tactics are not acceptable. This title has been released with a new transfer and is currently available for under $12 is the USA. Amazon.ca has forgotten that the Canadian dollar is at par and has recently started to over charge on many other classic new releases .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ownership, belonging and an earth without maps. Sept. 7 2006
Format:DVD
After the publication of Michael Ondaatje's Booker-Prize-winning "English Patient," conventional wisdom soon held that the novel, while a masterpiece of fiction, was entirely untransferable to any other medium: too intricately layered seemed its narrative structure; too significant its protagonists' inner life; too rich its symbolism. Then along came Anthony Minghella, who reportedly read it in a single sitting and was so disoriented afterwards that he didn't even remember where he was -- but who called producer Paul Zaentz the very next morning and talked him into bringing the novel to the screen. Two major studios and several fights over the casting of key roles later, the result were an astonishing nine Oscars (Best Picture, Director - Anthony Minghella -, Supporting Actress - Juliette Binoche -, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score and Sound), as well as scores of other awards.

"The English Patient" is an epic tale of love and loss; of ownership, belonging and the bars erected thereto. It unites the stories of five people: Hungarian count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), mistaken as English by a British Army medical unit in Italy after professing to have forgotten his identity; Hana (Juliette Binoche), Almasy's Canadian nurse; Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), his erstwhile lover; Kip (Naveen Andrews), a Sikh sapper and Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), an ex-spy and thief.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a beautiful and moving movie Aug. 26 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I watched that film over and over and it gets better with time...What a beautiful love story ! Passion, betray, deepness, human relations...with marvelous landscapes and costumes. And so well played! Especially Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes...You can not imagine other actors in these roles. The sand is also a very important personage...some scenes are so intense that you will never forget them...For me, one of the best film ever. Juliette Binoche won an Oscar for her role and she deserved it but the only thing is that she is French and she was supposed to be a French-Canadian. So her accent is not exact. But probably noticed only by French speaking persons...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Love and Betrayal. God and Country. Courage and Frailty. The whole range of Human Condition is captured on a canvas of infinite sands and beige dreams.

This is a breathtaking film that got the Oscar acclaim it deserved. A Modern Classic - people of coming generations will talk of this film the same way we talk about CASABLANCA.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Love and Betrayal. God and Country. Courage and Frailty. The whole range of Human Condition is captured on a canvas of infinite sands and beige dreams.

This is a breathtaking film that got the Oscar acclaim it deserved. A Modern Classic - people of coming generations will talk of this film the same way we talk about CASABLANCA.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The English Patient Blu-ray disappoints June 15 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Though this Blu-ray version looks better than the previous DVD, it is a marginal improvement when viewed on a 1080p projector (mine is the Sony Pearl) at 8 feet width. Film grain is heavy and the print source is a bit dirty and gritty and slightly fuzzy. My guess is that very little was done to prepare this disc for release.

I wouldn't recommend this disc to most buyers unless you absolutely adore this film (as I do)

The sound in DTS-MA is excellent, though, and an does not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ownership, belonging and an earth without maps. Sept. 7 2006
Format:DVD
After the publication of Michael Ondaatje's Booker-Prize-winning "English Patient," conventional wisdom soon held that the novel, while a masterpiece of fiction, was entirely untransferable to any other medium: too intricately layered seemed its narrative structure; too significant its protagonists' inner life; too rich its symbolism. Then along came Anthony Minghella, who reportedly read it in a single sitting and was so disoriented afterwards that he didn't even remember where he was -- but who called producer Paul Zaentz the very next morning and talked him into bringing the novel to the screen. Two major studios and several fights over the casting of key roles later, the result were an astonishing nine Oscars (Best Picture, Director - Anthony Minghella -, Supporting Actress - Juliette Binoche -, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score and Sound), as well as scores of other awards.

"The English Patient" is an epic tale of love and loss; of ownership, belonging and the bars erected thereto. It unites the stories of five people: Hungarian count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), mistaken as English by a British Army medical unit in Italy after professing to have forgotten his identity; Hana (Juliette Binoche), Almasy's Canadian nurse; Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), his erstwhile lover; Kip (Naveen Andrews), a Sikh sapper and Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), an ex-spy and thief.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Discs arrived quickly but were found damaged.
Published 1 day ago by Thomas Chan
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I returned this book to you people
Published 1 month ago by Estelle Girouard
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoot down that Englander
Towards the end of the Second World War patients are being moved from one location to another. One mortally wounded patient is in such a condition that travel is impossible. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
Sexy, romantic, heartbreaking film. Gorgeous photography ! Perfect for a date . Lots of action and interesting music. historically important.
Published 12 months ago by Granny sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph fiennes at is best
sometimes we must give in love and go head first to feel... even when you know that you will suffer after
Published 14 months ago by estelle cazelais
5.0 out of 5 stars The English Patient
One of my favourite movies, about a love story between two intelligent individuals who challenged each other. Beautiful cinematography and scenery.
Published 18 months ago by Erika Schroedersecker
5.0 out of 5 stars the english patient
Fiennes & Binoche - spectacular. Can't leave for a minute. Captures all our emotions. This is definitely repeatable viewing. Love is so powerful.
Published on Oct. 17 2012 by Mikey
1.0 out of 5 stars Loathsome
The morality on display here is utterly loathsome: adultery and treason wrapped in the package of dewy-eyed romance - tripe!
Published on Sept. 13 2012 by Scott Whitfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Very rewarding
I have owned The English Patient on video forever and it became time to own it on DVD. I have also read the book, so I really have nothing but praise. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2012 by minette
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant.
This is an excellent film, great british actor's! a poignant love story, of love gained , and love lost,sad and complicated emotions win the day, to the demise of all. Read more
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