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Gosford Park [DVD] [2001]

  • SKU: 4613074
  • Release Date: 06/25/2002
  • Rating: R
The class conscious murder mystery that earned seven Academy Award nominations in 2001, arrives on DVD in a package sure to please both fans of Gosford Park and it's highly revered director, Robert Altman. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format with a Dolby Digital 5.1 English soundtrack. Both English and Spanish subtitles are available and in a movie populated with heavy accents and overlapping dialogue, it's a feature likely to be used. Two "Feature Commentaries" are included on the Special Features. Altman, production designer Stephen Altman and producer David Levy narrate the first commentary and screenwriter Julian Fellowes voices the second. Fourteen "Deleted Scenes" are included with optional commentary. Most cuts are short and judicious, but there are a few choice morsels that add further enlightenment to fans, most notably, a mention of McCordle's plans to write Elsie into his will. The obligatory "Cast & Filmmakers Filmographies," "Theatrical Trailer" and "Coming Attractions" are also included. The best bonus material comes in two featurettes and a Q&A. "The Making of Gosford Park" looks at Altman's unique directing approach for such a large ensemble cast and "The Authenticity of Gosford Park" introduces us to three octogenarian advisors--a former butler, cook and housemaid--Altman used on set to instruct the actor's in their roles. Following a screening of Gosford Park at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation guild members asked Altman, Fellowes, Levy, Bob Balaban, Kelly MacDonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam and Ryan Phillippe questions concerning the movie. The taped session is one of the most entertaining and informative features on this DVD. While it's unfortunate that the divine Maggie Smith didn't participate, Northam's dead-on impression of the dame is definitely one of the Q&A's highlights. On a whole, this is one comprehensive, entertaining disc.
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    75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

    Special Features


    • Feature commentary with director Robert Altman
    • Screenwriter's commentary with Oscar winner Julian Fellowes
    • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
    • The making of "Gosford Park"
    • Q&A session with cast and filmmakers

    Synopsis


    Gosford Park
    Maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman takes a witty and absorbing look at the foibles of the British class system in this intelligent murder mystery set in the early '30s. Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) are a pair of wealthy British socialites who have invited a variety of friends, relatives, and acquaintances to their mansion in the country for a weekend of hunting and relaxation. Among the honored guests are Constance (Maggie Smith), Lady Sylvia's matronly aunt; Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam), William's cousin who is also a well-known actor and songwriter; and Morris Weissman (Bob Balaban), an American film producer who is friendly with Ivor and researching an upcoming project. Observing the proceedings are the domestic staff of the mansion, including imperious butler Jennings (Alan Bates); footmen George (Richard E. Grant) and Arthur (Jeremy Swift); Probert (Derek Jacobi), a valet to Sir William; housekeeper Mrs. Wilson (Helen Mirren); Mrs. Croft (Eileen Atkins), who oversees the kitchen; and Elsie (Emily Watson), a maid. Also on hand are the guests' personal servants, including Mary (Kelly Macdonald), Constance's maid; Henry (Ryan Phillippe), Weissman's valet; and Parks (Clive Owens), a butler. While the servants are required to display a high level of decorum, they are expected to be passive observers who do not comment on what they see, though the gossip among them travels thick and fast once they retire to the servants' quarters downstairs. And it turns out that there's plenty worth gossiping about, especially after Sir William turns up dead, and everyone is ordered to stay at the mansion while the police investigate the killing. Gosford Park also features Charles Dance, Tom Hollander, Natasha Wightman, and Ron Webster; the screenplay was written by Julian Fellowes, based on a story by Altman and co-star Bob Balaban. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Maggie Smith
      Maggie Smith - Constance, Countess of Trentham
    • Michael Gambon
      Michael Gambon - Sir William McCordle
    • Kristin Scott Thomas
      Kristin Scott Thomas - Sylvia McCordle
    • Jeremy Northam
      Jeremy Northam - Ivor Novello
    • Bob Balaban
      Bob Balaban - Morris Weissman



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    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Weekend in the Country

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      JaneA

      Robert Altman created a particular type of realism with films such as MASH, Nashville and McCabe & Mrs. Miller. People talk at the same time. You drop strands of the plot and pick them up later. There is something very "wild west" about his style. You wouldn't expect it to work in an English country house in the 1930s. But it does. A beautiful country home is the setting for a weekend party. The guests come as do their servants. Both groups have to fit in. It isn't always easy. There are telling moments such as the easy snobbery of what those born to wealth display toward the nouveau riche and the members of the entertainment industry in their midst. Some of these are very subtle such as the fact that there is always a servant present. They are barely noticed by the people they wait on -- they might as well be part of the furnishings. The mystery doesn't matter. It's simply a device to hang a plot on. What matters are the textures and personalities. There were two annoyances for me. Stephen Fry (whom I love) played a toadying policeman who came across as a caricature. Perhaps that was the point -- emphasizing how badly he fit in. It didn't work for me. Kelly MacDonald played Mary, one of the servants. Mary is a central character but the actress was outclassed by all the talented performers around her. Despite that, this is a lovely film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great film; sub-par blu-ray

      Posted
      varmintx
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Sporting an ensemble cast with very witty dialogue and wonderful direction by Robert Altman, Gosford Park is just one of many of the filmmaker's great films. I only wish the blu-ray was anywhere near as good as the film within it. First of all, there's no menu which proves to be an immediate nuisance because it defaults to the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track instead of the DTS-MA 5.1 one. Speaking of the audio, it is such an obvious, and poorly done, remix of a stereo track as, though there is plenty of ancillary dialogue around all the time, the rear channels are never used. More problematic, the center channel is also poorly implemented leaving dialogue often muddled. The source is obviously from an old DVD master as the video is quite lifeless without any fine detail to speak of. Some print damage is evident periodically in the form of white specs. Thankfully, the vast majority of the film takes place within the mansion, because exterior shots are even worse looking with plenty of edge enhancement creating a blurry mess. There are no extras included. If you already own the DVD, there is really no reason to upgrade to this blu-ray and I would very much suggest you wait and hope for a proper release. However, the film is so good that if you haven't had the pleasure of watching it yet, I would recommend you pick it up immediately.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Wow, that was bad...

      Posted
      Whyse

      Gosford Park is a Drama that hides trying to be a mystery. Being that it is not a mystery and that they really don't hide anything from anyone this is a bad movie in my book. A dinner party in London shows the servants side of things and the rich people’s side of things. That is all interesting, but with there being so many characters and the fact that they had to go out of their way to define each one makes the movie really long and boring. It is 137 minutes long and before anything real happens you are about an hour and a half in. If you enjoy dinner parties but don't get to go to them it might be something fun to have on in the background.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of my favorites

      Posted
      geoffm1966
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Great cast, no amazing cast, and great writing without the soap opera cliches of Downton Abbey

      I would recommend this to a friend



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