This release features the complete BBC historical miniseries War & Peace, starring Paul Dano, Lily James, and James Norton in an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's essential novel about the French invasion of Russia in the first decade of the 1800's.~Daniel Gelb
I watched this on cable before the Blu-Ray set was available and bought it as soon as it came out. I believe this is by far the best film/TV treatment of War and Peace. The acting is consistently excellent and so are the production values. There were enough battle scenes to make it realistic, but most of the story takes place away from the actual fighting itself.
The actor who plays Pierre is the first actor I have seen who makes the part believable. His naivete is offset by his good heart, so instead of finding him annoying (which can happen even when you're reading the book), he comes across the way Tolstoy probably wanted him to, as a decent person who evolves over time.
The Blu-Ray set has 2 discs, each with 4 episodes. The second disc also has 5 short extras. Image and audio quality are excellent .
When it was on TV I was not going to watch it. However I tuned in just to see what it was like and I was hooked. You feel as if you are a part of it. I could,hardly wait for,the next episode. The nice part about the Blue Ray Collection is no commercials. The country side views are breath taking. As well as the Mansions and locations. If you have not seen this mini series then don't miss your chance. You will,enjoy it.
If you like the Napoleonic Era or Imperial Russia this show is for you. The novel is a masterpiece, but not everyone has the patience to read one and a half pages describing a glove worn by one of the characters. This mini-series is longer than the Audrey Hepburn movie version but it is hard for me to say which version I prefer. A historian would not be disappointed with this version.
I really liked this expansive take on the Tolstoy novel. The cast is fine and production values are first-rate. Much better than the limp TV version of a few years back, though less compelling than the classic Russian feature film of the late 60s. Use it as a springboard for tackling the massive novel at long last.
This British miniseries does a very good job of presenting Tolstoy's novel War and Peace. The acting is very good, and the scenery and costumes added to the realistic portrayal of Imperial Russia in the Napoleonic Era. I strongly recommend this miniseries to anyone interested in Tolstoy's novel or who enjoys historical fiction.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A wonderful, gripping, sumptuous series!!!
You will be hard-pressed not to watch all 8 episoodes in one sitting. The cinematography is amazing, the character development is great, and the pace keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen. You do feel for the characters. It is an excellent adaptation of Tolstoy's War & Peace.
I'm so glad I bought this Blu Ray miniseries. It's the best historical drama I've seen in years. The cinematography is beautiful -- lots of gorgeous palaces -- and although the series condenses a thousand-page book into about 7 hours, the episodes don't seem rushed, and the characters seem real.
My wife and I have been watching PBS Masterpiece Theater and love epic series like this one. Character set, costumes, story line, unexpected turn outs, filing techniques, historical events (Napoleon I attacking Russia Austria)... everything is incredible!