Far from the Madding Crowd [Blu-ray] [2015]

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    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (228 out of 238)

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    Far From the Madding Crowd
    Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen star in Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's beloved novel about an independent woman pursued by a trio of disparate suitors. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Carey Mulligan
      Carey Mulligan - Bathsheba Everdene
    • Tom Sturridge
      Tom Sturridge - Frank Troy
    • Juno Temple
      Juno Temple - Fanny Robin
    • Michael Sheen
      Michael Sheen - William Boldwood
    • Matthias Schoenaerts
      Matthias Schoenaerts - Gabriel Oak



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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good adaptation

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      jhs39
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      This isn't the best adaptation of Thomas Hardy's romantic novel. That honor belongs to a British TV adaptation from 1998 which featured the definitive Bathsheba Everdene in Paloma Baeza. But that version also had the advantage of being a miniseries and being able to preserve more of the source material than a feature length film could. But for my money this is better than the 1967 version starring Julie Christie, who wasn't really right for the lead. She was too modern, too sophisticated, too out of place in the world of Thomas Hardy. Carey Mulligan, on the other hand, is quite well cast--even if she manages to make the proud and frustrating Bathsheba a bit softer and more likable than the author likely intended. This is a satisfying filming of perhaps Thomas Hardy's least depressing novel. There's tragedy to be sure but there's also an almost Jane Austen like love story of two people who are clearly meant to be together, in spite of circumstances and bad choices that conspire to keep them apart. This being Thomas Hardy you actually don't know if the would be lovers will actually end up together in the end. Definitely worth watching if you like period romantic flicks like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Austen, who is much lighter but still not as far removed as from Thomas Hardy's more overtly tragic novels.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Fine Film Version of Thomas Hardy's Novel

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      To begin with, I am old enough to remember this Thomas Hardy novel being filmed in 1967 as a vehicle for Julie Christie. This 1967 version was quite good and had a strong cast. So I was interested to see how this newest version starring Carey Mulligan came off. For those not familiar with the story, the main character is Bathsheba Everdene who is an independent, headstrong, and beautiful young woman who has just inherited a farm in her native England. Along the way she attracts the attention of three very different suitors. So Hardy's novel becomes a story of her choices and passions and is also an exploration of the nature of love and relationships and the ability of the individual to overcome hardships with resilience and perseverance. Thus, Hardy's 1874 work still speaks to us today. I thought this 2015 version to be nicely photographed and visually arresting, plus the film holds true to its Victorian time period and Hardy's novel. Overall, this is a fine English cast in top acting form and Carey Mulligan deserves credit for a fine performance in the leading role.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful movie, great characters, story& location

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      This is based on Hardy's book, but it's not like the previous version that was made with Julie Christy. Yes, Bethsheba is the main female character, however the main focus is on the farmer & not the soldier. Mathias Schoenaerts plays the role beautifully and .what he does with his eyes alone, speaks volumes! Michael Sheen is excellent. All roles are great. The location in Dorcet is exceptional. This movie is done in bright tones and is NOT dull & drab as many are depicted in the time period. This is a time piece that is done in the country. The costumes are colorful, detailed and correct for this era and place. Carey Mulligan is great & her beautifully colored fabrics & patterns in her clothing speaks truth in her character. This movie has a few surprises & a great ending. This is not a dull & lifeless movie. I enjoy it more each time.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      SUPERB PERFORMANCES

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      JOHNNYANGEL2010
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      The 1967 version of Far from the Madding Crowd has always been something of a favorite of mine, even though I'm not immune to the criticisms often leveled at its length and generally languid presentation. I was immediately struck by how faithful to the spirit if not (every) letter of Hardy's novel this version was, and also grateful that aside from a few modern updates like "jiggly cam" moments adding supposed verisimilitude to sequences like the barn fire, this Far from the Madding Crowd was content to simply tell the story without a lot of needless bells and whistles. Performances are superb and the film is certainly scenic. With excellent technical merits and some enjoyable supplements, Far from the Madding Crowd comes Highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One Elegant, Classy Movie!

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      Dinoseer
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      This movie does an extraordinary job of capturing the spirit and grandiosity of the Thomas Hardy novel upon which it is based. As a period piece, it is elegant and photographically grandiose, as an epic story it is bigger than life, and its two lead characters are nothing short of exquisite. The face of Carey Mulligan masterfully portrays complex emotions with a virtuoso grace, her beauty is breathtaking, the film features eye-popping photography, and it perfectly captures the fierce independence of woman determined to be mistress of her own destiny. This is a movie to own and watch and rewatch, uncovering more of its beauty and mastery with each viewing.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Far from Distant this Maddening Crowd

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      Jackwx
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      If you haven't seen the 1967 version with Julie Christie as the lead actress then you're ahead of the game. Comparisons will be made and each film being made in a different era of production leaves a different nuance with each separate viewing. The new version is lush, beautiful and modern but characters could have used a bit more polish although the invisible narrator does somewhat help explain where even the books fails to expound. You'll love it and watch it again and again or never again.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Adaptation

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      NYCMovieLuv
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      For a theatrical film, this was a great adaptation of Hardy's novel. I loved Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene. The actors who played the three suitors were very good as well. This movie was beautifully filmed. As an audience member, I really felt like I was present with the actors. The score was very good, but a little overdone at times. For an approximately two hour movie, the basic and important parts of Hardy's story were covered so well. Highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally a Thomas Hardy Book to Movie Adaptation

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      Nova
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      I have loved reading his novels, and I was glad to be able to see this movie when it came out in theaters. He is the male version of Jane Austen, in which he shows the reality of the time period, and yet gives the reader a sense of what it takes to get the same endings like Austen gives her characters. Seeing this movie, I liked how they showed the growth in the characters, I only wish it was a longer movie to have more of the book shown.

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