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Product Details

  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Sept. 6 2011
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057GUCVY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,517 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie-Noël Corriveau on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 10 2007
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 FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 10 2007
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 By R. McCracken on 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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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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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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Format: DVD
In a style reminiscent of the best of David Lean, this romantic love story sweeps across the screen with epic proportions equal to the vast desert regions against which it is set. It's a film which purports that one does not choose love, but rather that it's love that does the choosing, regardless of who, where or when; and furthermore, that it's a matter of the heart often contingent upon prevailing conditions and circumstances. And thus is the situation in "The English Patient," directed by Anthony Minghella, the story of two people who discover passion and true love in the most inopportune of places and times, proving that when it is predestined, love will find a way.
It's WWII; flying above the African desert, Hungarian Count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) is shot down, his biplane mistaken for an enemy aircraft. And though he survives the crash, he is severely burned. To his great good fortune, however, he is rescued by a tribe of nomads and winds up in a hospital. But existing conditions are governed by circumstances of war, and Almasy soon becomes one of many patients being transported via convoy to a different facility. Upon reaching Italy, he is too weak and ill to continue on, and a Canadian nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche), volunteers to stay behind with him at an abandoned monastery.
Hana soon discovers that her charge is something of a man of mystery, as Almasy remembers nothing of his past, and not even his own name. Thought to be English, the only clues pointing to who he is are contained in a book found in his possession after the crash, but even they are as cryptic as Hana's patient. Slowly, however, under prompting from Hana, Almasy begins to remember bits and pieces of his life, and his story begins to unfold.
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