Les Miserables

Les Miserables

DVD - 2019
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Against the backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest, this is the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict unable to escape his past life. His future is threatened by his nemesis, the chilling prison guard Javert, who is determined to bring him to justice. As revolution ignites on the streets of Paris, Jean Valjean begins an epic journey towards self-acceptance, redemption, and love.
Publisher: Arlington, VA : PBS, ©2019.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781531709945
153170994X
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (371 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm

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SnoIsleLib_BrianH Jul 17, 2019

If the musical version of Les Misérables left you wondering about whether this story was for you or not, give this version a try. Superbly done in all respects, as the Guardian stated "A rich feast...c'est magnifique". It will renew your interest in reading the novel.

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samjenks
Jul 09, 2019

This is the second rendition of this movie I have seen and this version was the most suspenseful by far.

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DoctorVine
Jun 30, 2019

It's actually pretty good - especially when compared to the earlier 'colossal' film versions. A believable Jean Valjean, Fantine and Javert. Only Marius was dismally cast. Otherwise, a first class casting.

JCLPiepieB Jun 22, 2019

It's interesting to see the comparisons/contrasts between this and the 2012 Hugh Jackman musical film. Dominic West and David Oyelowo are incredible in their roles of Jean Valjean and Javert, respectively. Your heart just breaks for little Fantine (played by Lily Collins), the Thenardier children, and all the poor Parisian orphans. The barricade scenes of blood and gore are not for the faint of heart. One actor in particular who I enjoyed was David Bradley, who portrayed Marius' grandfather. All in all, a miniseries worth watching.

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CaptainHecto
Jun 20, 2019

With 'War and Peace' done and dusted, master screenwriter Andrew Davies has taken up the challenge of turning Victor Hugo's massive melodrama into a TV mini-series. The first two episodes are fresh and exciting, with Dominic West giving us the best Jean Valjean I can remember seeing. But it's gently downhill after that. Adeel Akhtar takes a star turn in his music-hall version of Thénardier, and Olivia Colman is perfect as his suck-up, kick-down wife. David Oyelowo's Javert has the screen presence to match Dominic West's, and his bizarre obsession with '24601' drives the drama forward. But the result might have been so much better if Davies had stripped away many of the familiar walk-on characters we all know and made his Les Miz into a ruthlessly focused redemption story. Still, both watchable and worth watching.

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savannah8
Jun 13, 2019

savannah8 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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