Conclusion: Eureka Entertainment's upcoming Blu-ray release of Raymond Bernard's Les Miserables is very easy to recommend to English speakers residing in Region-B territories. It brings Pathe's recent 4K restoration of the film to the United Kingdom with all of the supplemental features found on the French Blu-ray release. If you do not yet have this film in your collections, consider Eureka Entertainment's release.
Excerpt: Director Tom Hooper succeeds in crafting the dark and gritty atmosphere of 19th century Paris. Perhaps a little too heavily, but it’s an immensely sharp and detailed picture nonetheless. Actor close-ups are abundant, and the blood, sweat, and tears are downright palpable. Colors and skintones are consistent and even.
Conclusion: Pathe's 4K restoration and reconstruction of Raymond Bernard's legendary Les Miserables represents a strong upgrade in quality over the current R1 DVD release of the film. The release is Region-Free so importing it and playing it on North American players should not be a problem. The release also comes with a very strong selection of supplemental features, but unfortunately they are not subtitled in English. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
'Les Misérables' Hits High Notes, But Also Skitters
27 March 2013
Excerpt: I feel I have to confess to a certain partisanship. I grew up listening to Les Misérables . I've seen it performed twice and as a girl had the original Broadway cast recording down cold . It's been years since I've heard it, but watching Tom Hooper 's adaptation of Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel and Herbert Kretzmer's musical I realized with amusement and discomfiture that I could still sing along to just about every damn word, at least until...
Excerpt: Every year there are films that are just destined to try and get noticed by “The Academy.” Usually those opening on Christmas Day are surefire bets and anything released in the award season is also no doubt, trying (and going) to get noticed for the impending awards. Obviously the hope is that these movies will be nominated and win Golden Globes, SAG and the granddaddy of them all – the Oscar.
Excerpt: The Film Since Victor Hugo's novel first debuted in 1862, Les Misérables has been done on the stage and screen countless times. However, it's never been such a grand affair as what director Tom Hooper ( The King's Speech ) has delivered here. Hooper definitely knows how to assemble a cast. Oh sure, Anne Hathaway was the one to snag the hearts, the headlines and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Conclusion: 'Les Misérables' was one of my favorite films last year. I know that it received a lot of backlash as the award shows rolled around, but I found the entire movie to be an enthralling experience. It isn't without its faults though. Russell Crowe is outmatched by the immense singing talent surrounding him. Anne Hathaway destroys them all though. Her performance alone is worth the money. With absolutely beautiful video and audio this one comes highly recommended.
Conclusion: I know a lot of professional theater people, including several who did different national tours of Les Misérables (some in major roles), and their reaction has been about as disparate as the public at large. Some of these people absolutely love this film adaptation while others absolutely despise it. My personal reaction falls somewhere in the middle, with at least a tilt toward the favorable.
Conclusion: Les Misérables is in many ways "The Great French Novel", and it's actually fascinating to compare different film adaptations to see which elements they choose to highlight. This version is anchored by one of the most commanding performers in French cinema, and Jean Gabin's Jean Valjean remains the single most compelling reason to watch this film, though Bourvil's Thernardier is certainly a close second.