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The English Patient

Ralph Fiennes , Juliette Binoche , Anthony Minghella    DVD
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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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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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3 of 3 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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The English Patient Oct. 15 2002
Format:VHS Tape
After the badly burned Hungarian patient Count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) is pulled from the wreckage of a plane, he is taken to a military hospital with no memory of his past. During the journey through Italy, his Canadian nurse Hanna (Juliette Binoche) insists on staying behind in a monastery to prevent further injury and discomfort to her patient. While secluded in the countryside a different world with new meaning unfolds for both of them. The Count flashes back to recall his life as an archeologist on a map making expedition, where he meets and falls in love with a married English woman, Katherine (Kristin Scott Thomas). During his stay, he slowly regains the memories of their life together.
Meanwhile, Hanna who has lost a lover and a best friend in the war, meets Kip (Naveen Andrews), a Sikh bomb disposal expert, and she becomes romantically involved.

Anthony Minghella, director of The English Patient, remarkably brings cultural diversity, compassion, and emotion all together in this film. The cinematography captured by John Seale shows not only the beauty of the desert and its unknown secrets, but also the coldness of the villages during the war. After viewing this film, it leaves no doubt to why this film won nine Academy Awards and Best Film in 1996.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I returned this book to you people
Published 5 days 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 9 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 10 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 13 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 17 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 23 months ago 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
Published on May 13 2012 by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor customer service system
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... Read more
Published on March 1 2012 by Will O'Neill
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