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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable movie
We only heard about this movie a couple of weeks ago. A movie critic on the radio mentioned it was fairly good and the radio announcer said he just saw it and agreed. So we took a chance and watched it mainly because of the fabulous seasoned actors whom we love in most movies. Can't say enough about it! Very, very enjoyable, quality acting, feel good movie. You don't...
Published on Sept. 23 2012 by Junie B Jones

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3.0 out of 5 stars It is a nice easy relaxing movie to watch on stormy day when ...
I previously saw this movie at the theatre and had to have it for my library. It is a nice easy relaxing movie to watch on stormy day when you want to snuggle in and enjoy some humor, romance and resonates with the mature coming of age person.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable movie, Sept. 23 2012
We only heard about this movie a couple of weeks ago. A movie critic on the radio mentioned it was fairly good and the radio announcer said he just saw it and agreed. So we took a chance and watched it mainly because of the fabulous seasoned actors whom we love in most movies. Can't say enough about it! Very, very enjoyable, quality acting, feel good movie. You don't need all that foul language or stupidity like so many other movies.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, Sept. 30 2012
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What a change from the ordinary movie. The fact that 90% of the film was directly "in the heart" of India was fabulous. You saw the real India (not that I have been there, but I'm sure that's how it is...dusty, crowded, noisy). The sun was always shining and the colours were gorgeous. Down-to-earth characters, and some of the best actors in the business all added to a wonderful story. A story with different people facing their own demons a consequences of life. A story that would easily happen in true, everyday life...not just a way-out story. Just a nice, easy movie to watch and enjoy. Lovely to watch with friends after dinner - which we did!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing!, Oct. 3 2012
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I bought this movie without knowing much about it and was almost prepared to be disappointed. I was very pleasantly surprised! This was just a feel good movie all round. You got to feel a wide range of emotions and connect with the characters but it wasn't over the top and draining, nor was it emotionally manipulative or corny. The pace was good - it didn't have a flat spot in the middle where you could take it or leave it like a lot of movies have. Another noteworthy aspect was each scene didn't tell too much - everything wasn't all neat and tidy and summed up and this helped keep the pace going. Some have criticized the characters as lacking depth but I truly feel that we knew enough to start out and ending up knowing enough as well. All the details aren't important - it's the spirit and feel of the story that's important. I can't imagine this movie not appealing to everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Oct. 23 2012
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This is a lovely movie, sad, funny, beautiful location, tugs at your heart strings. What a great cast. Love everyone of them. They are such great actors and the story speaks to me as I am a senior and it shows you how life changes but how each person copes with the new reality, some cannot and others welcome and adapt to change.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best exotic magnolia hotel, Oct. 23 2012
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Very funny and interesting movie, great actors of course at their best ever.well worth the purchase.
A movie you will watch over and over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delightful, Feb. 4 2013
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a delightful movie with great actors. I would have liked more depth to the characters but that would have necessitated a much longer movie. There are so many great stars in the movie and they bring their own special talents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Age is no Problem, Jan. 25 2013
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From all the pre-relase trailers and hype, I had expected an A-1 comedy. This is not, but is an equally A-1 movie about people growing old, most with humor, dignity, happiness and some without any ot those. The cast cannot be better, with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith leading the way. This is definitely a movie I'll watch often.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Jan. 13 2013
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A very delightful, original comedy, full of whit, funny situations a turns of plot. It is a pleasure to see the two veterans of the British dramatic scene, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, still captivating the full attention of the audience and stealing the scene with their charm, their charisma and the brilliancy of their performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [Blu-ray] [Import], Oct. 18 2014
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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL [2012] [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] [UK Release] The Feel Good Film Of The Year! Hilarious and Moving . . . A Joy To Watch!

An award-winning film, with an all-star cast, led by Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Dame Maggie Smith, who lights up this "buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion" from the director of ‘Shakespeare in Love.’ When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to "outsource" their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, ‘THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL’ is a "true classic that reminds us that it's never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age."

Cast: Dame Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Patrick Pearson, Hugh Dickson, James Rawlings, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dame Maggie Smith, Liza Tarbuck, Paul Bhattacharjee, Lucy Robinson, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Tena Desae, Sid Makkar, Lillete Dubey, Diana Hardcastle, Seema Azmi, Paul Bhattacharjee and Ramona Marquez

Director: John Madden

Producer: Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin

Screenplay: Ol Parker

Composer: Thomas Newman

Cinematography: Ben Davis

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; French: 5.1 DTS-HD, Spanish: 5.1 DTS-HD, German: 5.1 DTS-HD, Italian: 5.1 DTS-HD and Russian: 5.1 DTS-HD

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Turkish and Ukrainian

Running Time: 118 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: A disparate group of elderly Londoners find themselves ready to start a new phase of their lives and after reading a brochure for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Jaipur which caters to the elderly, they all book passage especially since the hotel also pays for their travel expenses there. Newly widowed Evelyn Greenslade [Dame Judi Dench] is on her own for the first time in forty-one years; high judge Graham Dashwood [Tom Wilkinson] abruptly quits his firm to return to the place where he spent his memorable early years; Douglas [Bill Nighy] and Jean [Penelope Wilton] Ainslie can’t afford to live on pensions in England but hope a fresh start in India will mend their lifeless marriage; Madge Hardcastle [Celia Imrie] is on the lookout for rich, available men; her male counterpart Norman Cousins (Ronald Pickup) wants desperately to recapture some of his lost youth; and bigoted Muriel Donnelly [Dame Maggie Smith] needs a hip replacement but can only afford one performed in India. Greeted by the affable but hopelessly over-his-head proprietor Sonny Kapoor [Dev Patel], the Britishers are shocked by their less than luxurious accommodations but are soon off on their own individual adventures.

Ol Parker’s screenplay (based on the novel by Deborah Moggach) is full of predictable characters and situations, but its familiarity doesn’t really matter when in the hands of such a talented cast of star character actors, and the Jaipur location adds colour and vivacity to their own discoveries about the country and about themselves. The film is barely long enough to give each of these marveluous talents their own individual stories, and some, like Tom Wilkinson’s Graham and his sad search for a lost love or Bill Nighy’s Douglas and his yearning for Evelyn, could have used more fleshing out to have increased the audience’s emotional responses to their ultimate fates. Even so, the film delivers in spades as director John Madden manages just enough slice-of-life touches to buoy up the screenplay’s expected twists and turns. At first, the younger generation’s subplot (represented by Dev Patel’s Sonny and his sweetheart Sunaina played by Tena Desae) seems trite and uninteresting, but even its banal resolution is rather joyous and fitting in context of the other stories going on around it. Throughout, director John Madden instils a joyous sense of discovery about the movie that makes one eager to jump from story to story to see how each is progressing.

How can one single out any of these great actors for individual praise? Yes, Dame Maggie Smith as usual steals every scene she’s given, and her character’s transformation as she finds a purpose for her life is truly the film’s most rewarding story, but that’s not to slight Judi Dench’s no nonsense handling of Evelyn’s first taste of rather terrifying freedom or Penelope Wilton’s continual harangues about the unsightly conditions and the deplorable differences between India and England. The men are wonderful, too, as Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy individually find some peace for their lives. Among this celebrated company, Dev Patel might seem a bit overwhelmed at the stars around him, but he gives an ingratiating performance that will likely be much admired.

Blu-ray Video Quality – The film’s 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio is faithfully reproduced in a stunning 1080p transfer. It’s an absolutely scrumptious transfer filled with gorgeous colour that’s deeply saturated but never overdone, and contrast that has been brought to perfection. Flesh tones look natural and are extremely appealing. There really isn’t anything negative to say about this sterling transfer.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix gives a rich and full aural experience to the listener especially for a film with somewhat small intentions. There are several wonderfully entertaining uses of ambient sounds in the fronts and rears (finding birds flocking and flittering in one of the hotel rooms is a great aural joke), and care has been taken to give the entire soundstage the feel of crowded, busy Indian streets. Dialogue is always easily discernible and is mostly located in the centre channel (there’s a bit of directional dialogue near the end of the film).

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Welcome to the “Real” Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [1080p] [3:00] Watching John Madden describe how they cast the hotel and hear the actors explain how great a location it was to shoot at.

Casting Legends [1080p] [4:00] The director and the younger cast kick off this feature by explaining how great it was to work with such a well-known and seasoned cast, followed by the older actors praising the relatively new actors.

Trekking to India: Life is Never the Same [1080p] [3:00] No, this featurette isn't about how the cast and crew made their way to India, it quickly features the actors explaining the beautiful culture shock of going to India for the first time.

Behind the Story: Lights, Colours and Smiles [1080p] [3:00] Let the footage begin. This one analytically breaks down the themes of the film via cast and crew interviews and clips.

Tuk Tuk Travels [1080p] [1:00] No, this feature isn't filled with anecdotes about the cast and crew's Tuk Tuk travels while in India. Instead, it features the director briefly explaining how efficient the Tuk Tuks are in the packed Indian city streets.

Finally, there is something satisfying and refreshing about little films that don't focus so much on a complex plot, but tell an emotional and genuinely heartfelt story about likeable characters that are easy to connect with. That's exactly the type of film that 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is. You will not only walk away entertained with a warm smile on your face, but you'll actually have an upbeat and positive perspective on life. I dare say that no geriatric comedy has ever been this entertaining. The video and audio qualities of this release are strong, but could have used a little push toward perfection. Sadly, it falls victim to the Indie Gods and only features a handful of very generic extras. Luckily, experiencing the movie itself is more than satisfying enough. Special features would not have been a crucial selling point on a film like this. If you need a breath of fresh, look no further – 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is in my mind the most have Blu-ray as it is such a beautiful fantastic film that is character driven, which makes for a totally brilliant film and was robbed of any kind of Oscar for everyone involved with this film. A lovely, life-affirming film that proves it’s never too late for a fresh start in life. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, May 14 2014
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Shows the vulnerable stage when one lives to this age, regardless single or married. There is always the happy side in life if you allow yourself to look for it. We always have options, negative or positive take your pick. Stay healthy and be happy. Life is short, make the best of it!
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