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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel / Benvenue au Marigold Hotel (Indian Palace) [Blu-ray]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, NTSC, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 18 2012
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 331 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B008K2T4D4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,179 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this “buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) 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.” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer)

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Some of the finest actors in England lend their formidable talents to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a charming fish-out-of-water yarn. The Brits, who include Evelyn (Judi Dench), Muriel (Maggie Smith), Douglas (Bill Nighy), and Graham (Tom Wilkinson), are planning retirement in a less expensive country. After "thorough research on the Internet," the group chooses what looks to be a grand, peaceful retreat, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It turns out that the bloom is off this marigold--it's shabby, antiquated, and as chaotic as the city in India, Jaipur, where it is set. Who can adapt to this very different retirement experience, and who founders? That question lies at the heart of the plot of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The cast is uniformly superb, as the retirees bond and bicker and fall out and then try to encourage one another. And Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) shines as Sonny, the barely-holding-it-together Marigold Hotel manager. Patel and Tena Desae, who plays Sunaina, his girlfriend, are charming yet face adaptation struggles of their own, in a modern-day India still tied strongly to its traditions but rapidly charging into the future. And the young Indians also seem to represent the energetic future, as the Brits represent the old world that's fast falling. At its heart, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, deftly directed by John Madden, is an uplifting journey, allowing the viewer to feel what the retirees are discovering on the screen. When Evelyn sighs, "Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected," Muriel crisply replies, "Most things don't. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff." The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is most definitely the good stuff. --A.T. Hurley

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Clearly I really wanted to watch this movie as I ordered it & then discovered I already had an unopened copy on my shelf.

Was a good movie, best to watch both the 1st & 2nd back to back to get the full story.
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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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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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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2015
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The film opens up by giving us quick and witty introductions of the main characters. For one reason or another, they are opting to go live at the Marigold Hotel in India. They are the first guests of this Indian entrepreneur Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel,) in a Hotel that has more character than convenience. Once in India and over the culture shock, our group start to adapt at different rates. Evelyn Greenslade (Judi Dench) keeps an on-line blog about the events which adds some first person narration to the tale.

In India, the scenes switch back and forth to the various guests' activities which intersect at times, similar to many indie movie scripts. During this time we get to know the characters much deeper and see them change in a nation of contrast of old traditions and the modern era. The film touches on the caste system and prearranged marriages which are common themes in Bollywood films also.

The acting and script were top notch. The film contain the right amount of comedy, drama, and even romance to make for a delightful tale. Dev Patel, whose acting ability I thought was undeveloped in "Slum Dog Millionaire" takes it up a notch with this all-star cast. Kudos to Maggie Smith who managed to play a difficult character with perfection.

PARENTAL GUIDE: 1 quick totally unnecessary f-bomb with an accent, sexual references, minor back nudity.
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a bargain; seven stories for the price of one. It begins like most ensemble plots in an apparent tangle, with several characters all dissatisfied with their waning lives. Trying to revive love, health, libido and to resolve old conflicts, the hopeful seniors congregate in the dilapidated Marigold Hotel. All are at first shocked by the state of their accommodation, but the pageant of Indian daily life captures and distracts them.

Six stories develop and entwine with the struggle of the young hotel manager to make his business a success. Through a skillful weaving of plot the characters get what they need if not what they want. The acting is excellent and balanced by subtle direction, (any of the principal actors could have stolen the movie) the scenics evoke beauty from the harsh reality of the urban Indian landscape.

We bought the dvd and watch it repeatedly. Like all good fairy tales it does not dilute with repeated telling.
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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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By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27 2016
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Though I almost shed a tear a time or two, this story was filled with Indian culture, friendship and love.
I was also pleasantly surprised seeing so many faces that I know from Downton Abbey. Still, while watching this movie, you get so immersed in the lives of these people that you forget them from the other show. Dame Judi Dench was my favorite. She was also the narrator of the story. A perfect fit for that she was.
I now look forward to watching the second movie. I hope it picks up where this one left off.
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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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