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Masterpiece: A Room With A View DVD (U.K. Edition)
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A fresh and poignant adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel, A Room with a View tells the story of the coming of age of Lucy Honeychurch in 1912 Florence, Italy. Longing to burst free from the repression of British upper class manners and mores, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the passionate George and the priggish but socially suitable Cecil.
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PBSMasterpiece: A Room With A View DVD
 
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Not sure about ending..

Well I had never read the book before I saw this, so I didn't know the ending wasn't the original. I really enjoyed the film though, I found it a bit upfront at times...Read complete review

Well I had never read the book before I saw this, so I didn't know the ending wasn't the original. I really enjoyed the film though, I found it a bit upfront at times, but thought this was the style of the movie and enjoyed it. Due to the overall style I wasn't actually that surpised with the ending.

Rather taking the ending as a statement about WW1, I interpreted it as a message about not letting opportunities slip. I also thought it may have been a message along the lines of that quote "better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all". But it was all a bit too sudden and left me feeling rather lost and confused after the movie, but I thought that might have been the intention.

Overall I really enjoyed the style of the movie, I found it quite powerful and confronting at times but also with a lighter side. I have now seen the original rendition of the book and found it to be quite enjoyable, I still find I like this version as it was presented in a more interesting and modern style.

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Do Not Try to

Having read the novel and having seen the classic 1986 film adaptation, I was apprehensive, but excited, about this new version. Unfortunately, it left me feeling ill and angry. The beauty of ...Read complete review

Having read the novel and having seen the classic 1986 film adaptation, I was apprehensive, but excited, about this new version. Unfortunately, it left me feeling ill and angry. The beauty of the novel is its commitment to the theme of learning to follow one's heart. It is about Lucy Honeychurch's discovery of herself, and this film completely missed the point, making it into a WWI statement, when there is absolutely nothing in the novel about about the war. It is a complete disservice to the viewers for misrepresenting a classic novel, and a disservice to E.M. Forster.

To see a faithful adaptation watch the 1986 film, or better yet read the novel.

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5.0

Gorgeous photography, fantastic music!

By nonickname

from Portland, Oregon

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: A Room With A View DVD:

A beautiful rendition with moving performances by the cast. Much as I admire Day-Lewis, Laurence Fox was far superior as Cecil (Day-Lewis was too much the dandy in the original) while Rafe Spall depicts the right amount of "rustic" and "romantic" that the role of George requires. One misses Maggie Smith as the aunt (who could equal her in whatever role she undertakes) but the little Victorian ditties between "scenes" in the original version cannot compare to the beauty of the score in the second nor can the photography. A compelling, but sad, rendition and very much a welcome addition to one's DVD library.

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5.0

Room With View - Comments

By connie

from Duluth, MN

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: A Room With A View DVD:

Enjoyed this DVD adaptation of the book. Read the book several time; watched the DVD more often than that. Elaine Cassidy is a very attractive and convincing actress. Changes to a story line often trouble me; the ending of this DVD gave me pause, but I have accommodated myself to the alterations.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DISAPPOINTING!

By Norm

from Virginia Beach, VA

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: A Room With A View DVD:

This video "starts nowhere" and "goes nowhere." The ending is totally unsatisfying. This is one of those situations where reading the book is far superior to any resolution/entertainment you will derive from purchasing and watching the video. I am embarrassed that I actually paid for this video!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

DVD is censored

By Notice

from Eugene, OR

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: A Room With A View DVD:

For some it may be a reason to not buy this version, for some it may a reason to buy this version. The DVD edits & blurs the brief nudity in the swimming scene. It doesn't mention this on the packaging.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprisingly great movie

By runw/3dogs

from Columbus Ohio

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Very excellent story. I knew this was a famous novel and I had not read it, but the MC version was very compelling and I would recommend this for anyone interested in this time era.

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