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Les Misérables

Les Misérables

DVD - 2013
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When Jean Valjean is released from prison he breaks parole to create a new life for himself and is relentlessly hounded by Inspector Javert.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2013
Edition: Widescreen ed., rental ready
Call Number: DVD F MISE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (158 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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bhg0010
Apr 25, 2021

Russell Crowe can sing well. There, I said it. The thing is: he's been a new wave performer doing rock music. That. Is. Not. Like. Broadway. At. All.

One can say the same thing about a few other entertainers in this film adaptation of the incredibly popular and influential musical. In analogy terms, like... a lawnmower is great at cutting grass. I'd hope that you'd never try to trim somebody's toes with it. Or style somebody's hair.

It's beyond a shame that multiple singers such as Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway as the core characters Valjean and Fantine do splendid jobs when the overall production is such a mixed bag. The movie's overall editing, sound design, visual style, and other technical elements appear just fine. While maybe a three or four star review is inevitable due to the miscasting, I still recommend this to most audiences into historical drama, especially those with an interest in romance.

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lin01
Jan 08, 2021

Some of these comments appear to be for a different item. This is the Staged Concert in London starring Alfie Boe as Jean Val Jean, Michael Ball as Javert and Nick Jonas as Marius, i.e., a filming of a stage production, not the movie. Hugh Jackman is in the movie, not the staged concert. This version was shown on PBS and in my opinion was very good.

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gorgegeorg
Dec 08, 2020

Absolutely horrific. Awful singing. Awful lyrics. Looks more like a really bad sunday school musical.

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10000mefest
Dec 04, 2020

A musical film, it succeeds at portraying this story in a powerful and moving way.

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pattiwbl
Jan 03, 2020

Although Hugh Jackman performed well, the movie slogged on and didn't hold my interest. Better to watch the 1935 non-singing version with Fredric March and Charles Laughton. The library's DVD of that movie also includes the 1952 version with Michael Rennie (of "The Day the Earth Stood Still").

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Tony_Jeffers
Aug 26, 2019

Hugh Jackman won the Oscar for his role in this movie proving he is far more than a comic book kind of guy.

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SAPHIREBL10
Aug 14, 2019

Boring! Saw it on Broadway ... more impressive with more talented singing. Hate these movies where they place actors/actresses with no singing talent! Didn't bother to finish towards the end.

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AERCE
Jul 19, 2019

Horrifically awful bombast totally devoid of nuance that features several acclaimed actors phoning it in. The only one who did well was Anne Hathaway, and she barely has any screen time. Russell Crowe's singing is an honor to his surname - to real human beings, it's so bad it almost makes me feel ashamed to be the same species as him. Also props to Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter for their equally awful singing, their voices could probably induce comas.

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elfiereads
May 21, 2019

Loved the book....just couldn't get into the movie and all the musical parts....never did like musicals

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 24, 2019

I once performed in Les Miserables, as part of a school play that was so good it made the front page on the Hamilton Spectator, and I really loved playing it. That fact set the bar pretty high for this movie. And surprisingly enough, it met that bar. It reminded me of the play a lot, but at the same time there were a lot of small differences that I have mixed feelings about. There’s a part of me that thinks they should have stuck to the original script a lot more, but the rest of me thinks that they’re interesting and more-or-less welcome changes to the story. I am intrigued by some of the aesthetic choices in the movie in a good way, and it changed how I view some of the characters, adding a bit more depth to them. And without spoiling anything, I also found all of the special features extremely intriguing. If you’re a fan of the play, then you should see this movie. Or if you want a reason to cry, then this is definitely your movie!
@R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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blue_badger_558
Jun 01, 2019

"The blood of the martyrs will water the meadows of France"

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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

Jean Valjean: To love another person is to see the face of God.

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

"Look down, and see, the sweepings of the street. Look down, look down, upon your fellow man."

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

“If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned! You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.”

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

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brown_owl_127
Jun 23, 2017

"Do I care if I should die? Now she goes across the sea! Life without Cosette means nothing at all!!! Would you weep Cosette if I were to fall?" ~Marius Pontemercy (Eddie Redmayne)

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xhenalatifi
Nov 30, 2013

To love another person is to see the face of God.

aaa5756 Oct 29, 2013

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

mrsgail5756 Oct 27, 2013

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

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viccmc
Oct 25, 2013

Bishop: "But remember this, my brother, see in this some higher plan. You must use this precious silver to become an honest man. By the witness of the martyrs, by the Passion and the Blood, God has raised you out of darkness; I have bought your soul for God!"

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Jun 03, 2013

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May 18, 2013

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aaa5756 Oct 29, 2013

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

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Lululoid
Apr 19, 2013

A man who started as prisoner of the law for stealing a loaf of bread. Ends up as a hero, by saving his daughter"s boyfriend from the french revolution. This was an awesome movie and I highly reccomand it! I love the songs too.

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Bakergirl_13
Dec 16, 2015

Other: a lot of talk about prostitutes. Also innuendo, like a woman trying to distract a man while stealing from him. Once a naked man appears with a very clear view of his backside, and there is a lot of cleavage shown. a woman is attacked on the streets. Someone commits suicide (I won't give away who). quite violent with lots of blood as it is during the french revolution.

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