Les Miserables [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2012]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (659 out of 695)

Special Features


  • Blu-ray exclusives:
  • The west end connection
  • Les Misérables on location
  • Battle at the barricade
  • Les Misérables singing live
  • Bonus features:
  • The stars of Les Misérables
  • Creating the perfect Paris
  • The original masterwork: victor Hugo's Les Misérables
  • Feature commentary with director Tom Hooper

Synopsis


Les Misérables
Academy-award winning director Tom Hooper's adaptation of the beloved musical Les Miserables makes no major changes to the original's plot. The story follows former prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who, after being released from the watchful eye of police officer Javert (Russell Crowe), is unable to find work because of his status as an ex-convict. He eventually steals from a local church, but when apprehended, the priest claims that Valjean was given the valuables. This triggers a change in Valjean, and he constructs a new identity for himself as a pillar of society and a local businessman. Years later, he adopts a young girl named Cosette, whose mother Fantine (Anne Hathaway), a former employee of his, became a prostitute and died a horrible death in the gutters after being fired. As the years progress and the French Revolution begins to foment, a grown Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) falls for a passionate revolutionary named Marius (Eddie Redmayne), while Javert begins to close in again on Valjean's secret past. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Hugh Jackman
    Hugh Jackman - Jean Valjean
  • Russell Crowe
    Russell Crowe - Javert
  • Anne Hathaway
    Anne Hathaway - Fantine
  • Amanda Seyfried
    Amanda Seyfried - Cosette
  • Sacha Baron Cohen
    Sacha Baron Cohen - Thénardier



Overall customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loved it

    Posted
    Treydle
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    Could you build a new life with mistakes of your past haunting you? What if you had to do it more than once? Everyone has a breaking point. What if you reached yours and had further to go? Jean Valjean (portrayed by Hugh Jackman) stole bread to feed his starving family and, while serving his sentence, tried to escape. So, nineteen years after his initial incarceration, a guard known simply as Javert informs him that he is free to go. Javert (played by Russell Crowe) believes that Valjean (Jackman) is a born criminal and that he will return to jail eventually. After spending almost twenty years in prison, Valjean is unable to find work and resorts to sleeping on the street. He is taken in by a bishop and spends a night in a church. He steals the church’s silver in the night and is arrested but the bishop lies to the authorities, claiming the silver was a gift, thereby facilitating Valjean’s release. Valjean breaks parole and is reborn as an honest man but Javert vows to find and arrest him. Eight years after the bishop’s kind act, Jean has become a factory owner and the mayor of a small town. One of his workers, Fantine (portrayed by Anne Hathaway), is exposed as an unwed mother and fired by her lecherous foreman. Fantine (Hathaway), with no other options, resorts to prostitution to support herself and send whatever she has left to her daughter Cosette. Seen arguing with a customer by the rigidly moral Javert, who is now police inspector, Fantine seems destined for imprisonment. Luckily, Valjean intervenes and brings Fantine to a hospital. Despite initial suspicions that the mayor is Valjean, Javert arrests another man he believes to be Valjean and offers the mayor his resignation. Valjean declines, exonerates the man believed to be him and goes on the run. Rather than concerning himself solely with his own freedom, Valjean seeks out the daughter of the now-deceased Fantine who is being “cared for” by a pair of unscrupulous innkeepers. Those innkeepers (portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter) extort a large sum of money before allowing Valjean to leave with Cosette and then inform the police who are hot on his trail. Nine years later, Cosette (who has, of course, grown and is now portrayed by Amanda Seyfried) is still being cared for by Valjean and, after a chance encounter with a revolutionary, falls in love instantly. That revolutionary (Marius, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne) is the object of a one-sided crush by the daughter of Cosette’s former caretakers. Her name is Eponine (played by Samantha Barks) and while she has little or no interest in politics, she joins Marius’s revolution almost immediately. I can go either way where musicals are concerned. I couldn’t stand Chicago, but I loved Dreamgirls and eventually bought it on DVD. Also, while I’d heard of it before and knew it was a musical, my first introduction to the story of Les Miserables was a film starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush which altered the original story and abandoned the musical aspect. I really liked this film. All the actors in this film, to varying degrees, are competent singers. In fact, Anne Hathaway was shockingly good. What I liked better about the Liam Neeson film is that it supplied explanations. Even so, if you can appreciate musicals, you should see Les Miserables.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality

    Posted
    Treydle
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    Could you build a new life with mistakes of your past haunting you? What if you had to do it more than once? Everyone has a breaking point. What if you reached yours and had further to go? Jean Valjean (portrayed by Hugh Jackman) stole bread to feed his starving family and, while serving his sentence, tried to escape. So, nineteen years after his initial incarceration, a guard known simply as Javert informs him that he is free to go. Javert (played by Russell Crowe) believes that Valjean (Jackman) is a born criminal and that he will return to jail eventually. After spending almost twenty years in prison, Valjean is unable to find work and resorts to sleeping on the street. He is taken in by a bishop and spends a night in a church. He steals the church's silver in the night and is arrested but the bishop lies to the authorities, claiming the silver was a gift, thereby facilitating Valjean's release. Valjean breaks parole and is reborn as an honest man but Javert vows to find and arrest him. Eight years after the bishop's kind act, Jean has become a factory owner and the mayor of a small town. One of his workers, Fantine (portrayed by Anne Hathaway), is exposed as an unwed mother and fired by her lecherous foreman. Fantine (Hathaway), with no other options, resorts to prostitution to support herself and send whatever she has left to her daughter Cosette. Seen arguing with a customer by the rigidly moral Javert, who is now police inspector, Fantine seems destined for imprisonment. Luckily, Valjean intervenes and brings Fantine to a hospital. Despite initial suspicions that the mayor is Valjean, Javert arrests another man he believes to be Valjean and offers the mayor his resignation. Valjean declines, exonerates the man believed to be him and goes on the run. Rather than concerning himself solely with his own freedom, Valjean seeks out the daughter of the now-deceased Fantine who is being "cared for" by a pair of unscrupulous innkeepers. Those innkeepers (portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter) extort a large sum of money before allowing Valjean to leave with Cosette and then inform the police who are hot on his trail. Nine years later, Cosette (who has, of course, grown and is now portrayed by Amanda Seyfried) is still being cared for by Valjean and, after a chance encounter with a revolutionary, falls in love instantly. That revolutionary (Marius, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne) is the object of a one-sided crush by the daughter of Cosette's former caretakers. Her name is Eponine (played by Samantha Barks) and while she has little or no interest in politics, she joins Marius's revolution almost immediately. I can go either way where musicals are concerned. I couldn't stand Chicago, but I loved Dreamgirls and eventually bought it on DVD. Also, while I'd heard of it before and knew it was a musical, my first introduction to the story of Les Miserables was a film starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush which altered the original story and abandoned the musical aspect. I really liked this film. All the actors in this film, to varying degrees, are competent singers. In fact, Anne Hathaway was shockingly good. What I liked better about the Liam Neeson film is that it supplied explanations. Even so, if you can appreciate musicals, you should see Les Miserables.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stirring and moving movie adaptation

    Posted
    rha409
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    I went into this film without having seen the musical. Ultimately, what I found was a strong, very moving motion picture with some terrific songs. Performances are strong, especially from Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe (I thought his singing was fine). The biggest quibbles I have of the film are over its direction and constant singing. Nearly the entire movie is sung through, which can make for a trying experience, especially during the film's slow spots. As mentioned constantly in the film's press and marketing, the film had the actors singing live on set as the cameras rolled. This works to underlie the emotions of the characters during the big musical numbers, but it works less well for when the actors have to sing their dialogue. It's often tuneless and flat, even from a great singer like Jackman! The film's director Tom Hooper likes to shoot his movies with fish-eye lenses and unconventional framing. Personally, I felt these were often distracting and distasteful, again, especially during the slow moments of the story. As things get going though, they're less of an issue. The movie presents a deeply moving story of one man's journey of redemption, which unfortunately gets sidelined during the second half for a thin love story. Still, it comes together quite nicely. The last hour or so is terrifically stirring and many of the big musical numbers are well done. Picture quality is solid and the the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 audio is very dynamic. Both accurately reproduce the theatrical experience. Extras aren't plentiful but solid. There's a good hour-long documentary, an additional featurette on Hugo's original novel, and a commentary from the director which I chose not to listen to. The Blu-ray set includes a DVD and digital copies (iTunes and Ultraviolet). Best Buy is also selling the discs in exclusive Steelbook packaging that is quite nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Story. Spectacular transition to film

    Posted
    ncduncan60
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    I wish I could give this 4.5 stars because except for one big flaw this was an amazing achievement. This is by far the best Movie version of Les Miserables which either as a book or Broadway makes itself nearly impossible to translate to the screen. That said and with all the arguments about stunt casting several of the main characters and the directors decision to have the actors sing live for the most part work very well. The only true misfires in the casting was Russell Crowe who just doesn't have the voice needed for Javert and Sacha Baron Cohen even doing the comic take just didn't do much for this viewer. Jackman and Hathaway take their parts to amazing places. Amanda Seyfried shocked me with her part as did Samantha Barks. A truly enjoyable 2 1/2 hours in the theater as well as this excellent Bluray. The video and audio are superb and will make repeated viewing at home a thrill. The BBY steelbook exclusive is beautiful as well and though I'm not normally a Steelbook collector, this one was a must have after seeing it in person. I really wish someone would just make a Live Recording of the Broadway Stage play itself with the actual true voices of this play which is one of the best experiences in live theater. I know these do not always translate well to home viewing, but with Bluray possibilities I would love to see something on par with what was done with the Phantom of the Opera in Royal Albert Hall.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully cinematic and well-told tale

    Posted
    riksco
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    Well crafted and for the most part well acted and sung. Hugh Jackman is wonderful in the impossible role of Valejean. Anne Hathaway is heartbreaking as Fantine although I agree with some of the criticism that her fall into hell is much too quick and fails to really create any pathos. However, that is the failing of the filmmakers. Her performance is breathtaking and the pathos is in full flower in the magnificent "I Dreamed A Dream." Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks are both excellent. Sasha Baron Cohen failed to impress me in "Master of the House" although he won me over in his later scenes showing more menace. Helena Bonham Carter rehashed Mrs. Lovett, it seems to me, and didn't really seem to relish her role. And, alas, Russell Crowe is the sow's ear in the piece. Looking GREAT as Javert and certainly possessed of the menace and acting chops required for the role, he lost all believability the minute he opened voice. His singing, while on key, lacks any color or conviction. Pedestrian at best in a role that needed power and conviction. How sad. Still, Crowe aside, the decision to sing live paid off well in most cases bringing an immediacy and rawness that helped bring the viewer in. Overall, this is a stunning success, in my opinion. They made, if not a great film, a really really good one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I wanted to love this movie so much...

    Posted
    coda1005
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    As a fan of the musical, I have to admit I had very high expectations for this particular movie adaptation. Unfortunately, the movie was an overall disappointment. My biggest issue is how they framed a lot of the shots: mainly close ups, with the character just standing there singing to the camera (park and bark, we call it in the theater). Now, if you're going to do that, you had better be sure that the singers are amazing, because they're all there is on screen, and in this particular case, they weren't. The cast did the best job they could for being professional actors and not singers (Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Samantha Barks were all really good, Russel Crowe really wasn't). While ultimately I can forgive less than Broadway caliber singing if the movie is visually compelling and shows me something I've never seen before or imagines the movie in a way that you just can't in the theater, and It is in this respect that the movie, for me, fails. I have lots of friends, though, who have no familiarity with the original musical and think this movie is one of the best they've ever seen, so I'm fully ready to admit that maybe it's just me. But for my money, I'd rather just pop in my Blu Ray of the 25th Anniversary concert or the even 10th Anniversary concert again instead.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Moving, sweeping film, good musical

    Posted
    Bauer24
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    Les Miserables is a good musical. Memorable songs, emotional storyline and great acting by all of the cast (even Russell Crowe, there is nothing wrong with his character or the way he sings). You will be singing Master of the House in your sleep as well as the end song and Anne Hathaway's beautiful I Dreamed A Dream solo. Hugh Jackman shows he can do something beyond Broadway and Wolverine and the score is just brilliant. If there are any complaints about this film, I feel that the shots and cinematoraphy are kind of short sighted. The shots don't seem epic and seem confined as if they are just on stage. When you are actually on stage doing a musical, this is a given, but when you are transforming a stage play into a cinematic feature, you need to go bigger. Just a little underwhelming but not overtly distracting. For any person that love musicals, this is a must watch. The Blu-Ray extras are pretty top notch. You get interviews from the cast, the history of Les Miserables, production design documentary, the works. This is what special features on films are made for. Only thing missing was maybe a stage to script comparison. Overall, this is a must buy. And if you are a fan of steelbooks, don't let this one get away.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Musical in quite a long time.

    Posted
    MPD1123
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    When I first heard that Catwoman, Maximus, and Wolverine were making a movie together, I get very jacked up. Add in Borat, and Belleatrix Lestrange and I got even more excited...and then I heard it was a musical. Not just any musical, but Les Miserables. This movie blew me away. I know Hugh Jackman is a very accomplished broadway actor who's done multiple musicals, and that Russell Crowe is no slouch either being an accomplished vocalist. But Anne Hathaway's singing was flat out awesome. Same with Sasha Baron Cohen. The acting in this movie is top notch. Anne Hathaway gave the performance of a lifetime. It was jaw dropping amazing, and heartbreaking at the same time. Hugh Jackman proved he's not just an action star. His performance as Jean Valjean was great. And Russell Crowe gave the best performance he's given since A Beautiful Mind. The scenery in this movie, is absolutely gorgeous. Those who are big cinemetography buffs will love this movie. I'm not a huge fan of musicals, but this is one of the best musicals, and one of the best movies of any genre that I've seen in a long time.

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