Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Blu-ray Disc - 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.

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misatim
Sep 01, 2019

ah, leave it to the Brits to destroy a French Classic

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llm1
Sep 01, 2019

Note: I am not, not a fan of musicals however sometimes musicals/overall excessive drama/noise can so easily take away from the message that is needing to be heard. Only the Lord truly knows why I've always been drawn to these "Les Miserables" movies however I've never been able to fully grasp the story/message until now. Less is indeed more. Sometimes I just need to get away from all the excessive hype/noise/bling/stuff, to fully witness/experience the pure raw clean ART in the making. "Les Miserables unplugged" - YES INDEED. From this version done, I'm obviously not the only one that felt that way. Bravo BBC and thanks for sharing PBS and Library.

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matcat44
Aug 21, 2019

Started well but began to deteriorate when they got to Paris. Some scenes and dialogue were ludicrous. Too bad.

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SAPL454
Aug 19, 2019

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A classic Victor Hugo adaptation with great acting and actors!

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PG, 14A

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dsw3914
Aug 14, 2019

We really enjoyed this. I of course knew about the book, the musical, and the movie but had never had any interest in any of those 3 so I have no idea if this followed the story in those others. I would think it did. We checked this out for lack of anything else to view and really like it. The acting was very good and the sets and costumes showed how bleak things were for almost all people. If I had to find something to complain about, it would be the fact that British actors were playing French roles using their British accents in locations in France. I think it might have been better if it had been done with French actors speaking in French with subtitles as was done with "The French Village." But, I get that is very nitpicky. It was good and I would recommend it for sure.

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

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