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The English Patient

Ralph Fiennes , Juliette Binoche , Anthony Minghella    VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 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.

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Anthony Minghella
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Anthony Minghella, Producer Saul Zaentz, and The English Patient author Michael Ondaatje
  • About Michael Ondaatje
  • From Novel to Screenplay-Interview with Cast and Crew
  • The Formidable Saul Zaentz
  • A Historical Look At The Real Count Almasy
  • Filmmaker Conversations
  • The Work of Stuart Craig-Production Designer
  • The Eyes of Phil Bray-Still Photographer
  • Master Class With Anthony Minghella-Deleted Scenes
  • CBC Documentary: Making of The English Patient
  • Trailers
  • Bookmarks

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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the english patient Oct. 17 2012
By Mikey
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fiennes & Binoche - spectacular. Can't leave for a minute. Captures all our emotions. This is definitely repeatable viewing. Love is so powerful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very rewarding Aug. 13 2012
By minette
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. A remarkable movie with wonderful actors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor customer service system March 1 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Filmfan, I believe the name was, you should contact them again. Amazon did the same thing with me (switching one edition for the other), but I was able to prove that they had done it since I had the e-mail from my orginal order, which had the picture of the correct edition. They did apologize for making the switch, and claimed to not know how it happened, but I have trouble believing that. Anyway, they refunded my order, and also gave me an additional $20 credit.

Still, Amazon should not change people's orders without informing them, and I wish they would educate their customer service on the differences between video transfers, being one of the largest retailers of DVDs and Blu-Rays in the world.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Shoot down that Englander Nov. 25 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
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. A nurse traveling along with this patient finds an abandoned villa. They deposit the patient there and she waits for his demise before planning on catching up with the convoy. We also wait as the "English patient" slowly lets his history unfold forasmuch as he can remember. But wait someone else finds out about the English patient and is determined to help them remember. As time passes we are not sure that he ever forgot. You will have to watch the movie to see how it unfolds.

This is more of a psychological drama than it is an action movie. It's not that it moved slowly but it digresses as it moves in and out of flashbacks that you have to intricately put back together to find the full story; if there is a full story.

I have to confess that I have not read the book. However the extra information on the DVDs explains how they compared and contrasted the movie to the book; also they had to explain the differences that makes the movie work as it has to get a different sequence in place of the book. However not knowing any different I saw this is an excellent presentation.
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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 5 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 7 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 12 months ago by Erika Schroedersecker
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 19 months ago by Scott Whitfield
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
Published 23 months ago by snowwhitewillow
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie great HD update
This movie is one of my favorites. The story is well acted and filmed in beautiful settings.

The film story is long, but it rolls like a classic novel. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2011 by Pierre Aubin
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to teach myself not to read too much into everything...
I have come to the conclusion, and I am a big fan of movies from all eras, that this is the best film ever made. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2011 by Robert W. Reader
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