War & Peace

War & Peace

The Complete Miniseries (2016)

DVD - 2016
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A modern take on one of the most famous stories of all time. In 1805 when we first meet Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, they are all part of St. Petersburg's glittering elite, but are fired up with youthful ambition to find meaning in their lives. As everything they thought they knew is questioned, Pierre, Andrei and Natasha find themselves in a time when Russian society is about to change forever.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2016]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (357 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: War and peace

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There is only one Tolstoy. This 2016 BBC/TWC miniseries does a superb job bringing WAR & PEACE to life. The performances are excellent, as is the cinematography and score. The story if you're not familiar with it is about the intersecting romantic lives of the Russian nobility -- counts, princesses, etc. -- during the Napoleanic wars. Make sure you have some hankies handy because you'll need them by the time you get to episode 7.

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ba_library
Jul 24, 2017

Very good BBC miniseries consisting of 8 episodes - 45 minutes each. It has been a very long time since I have read the book, so the story details were forgotten for me. Starts with Napoleon invading someplace in Europe and Imperial Russia (Czar Alexander I) sends troops to stop him. Involves several families (I was getting a little confused - whose sister is that or whose cousin?) Younger set of people are experiencing life events - weddings, looking for mates, looking for careers and general philosophizing. Pierre unexpectedly inherits a large estate and becomes wealthy, a scheming gal ties to pin him down in order to get at his riches, but his heart belongs to his childhood sweetheart Natasha (who seems to fall in love with someone new every episode). By episode 7 Napoleon is getting closer to Russia and the Russian people must fend for themselves against France. Well done series, good acting and settings, episodes are short enough so you don't bored or confused.

AL_STEFFEN Nov 22, 2016

I watched this series as a companion to the Tolstoy novel, which I listened to on a 60-hour audiobook. They did a really amazing job, and the musical soundtrack is phenomenal.
I wasn't a huge fan of actress Lily James in Downton Abbey (more her character than her acting) but she was great in this. They all were!
This series and book strangely reminded me of the Game of Thrones series - a lengthy epic full of rich characters whom you fluctuate between loving and hating.
I was hooked on this miniseries when Gillian Anderson from the X files popped up within the first five minutes, presiding over a high-society party in an aristocratic Russian, lavender off the shoulder gauzy gown. The actor who plays Pierre, Paul Dano, is particularly convincing and Aisling Loftus, never seen her before, is a gem as the pitiful Sonya, my favorite character, who gets the shaft in one of the biggest upsets in Classical fiction in my opinion.
Blare this soundtrack with the windows open and watch people pause and stare at your apartment! That's what I did!

If I could only watch one movie for the rest of my life, I think this would be it. This newest adaptation covers about every theme: Love, friendship, loyalty, duty, forgiveness, faith, suffering, regret, courage...the list could go on. I loved the remarkable visuals, the expert casting, the tense war scenes, the love sagas. And somehow the portrayal of death was so painfully accurate. I was really filled with anguish after watching _____'s spirit float away into the afterlife. "Where has he gone? Where is he now?" (Sob!)
Overall, a well-balanced film. Good and evil, joyous and sorrowful, war and peace.

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chetgraf
Nov 02, 2016

since War and Peace has been a favorite book of mine since I was a teen, I was really looking forward to watching this, but was wildly disappointed. I didn't think the writers grasped what Tostoy was getting at at all. Or maybe it just got processed through the rewrite and production grinder to eliminate all character, social, and historical subtleties that stepped out of the bounds of modern viewers' assumptions and preconceived notions of how people act and how the world is or was. I gave up half way through.

While not up to modern visual standards, the 1971 BBC version with Anthony Hopkins is truer to Tolstoy's sensibility and intent. And far less crude, simplistic and histrionic. I highly recommend that production.

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maipenrai
Oct 08, 2016

A very nice version of "War and Peace". Good acting, but the characters never quite captured my heart like Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn. Recommend as a thorough version of the classic. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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jrfeldman
Oct 07, 2016

If you love watching a sweeping drama with beautiful costumes, intricate set design and stunning locations, then this new adaptation of War & Peace is a must! This miniseries will make you laugh, cry and think.

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21221018293347
Aug 30, 2016

One rainy day I binged watched this BBC series. I have never read the book. I really enjoyed the movie. Paul Dano was exceptional as were Lily James and James Norton. Great historic battles, families, the aristocracy of Russia. Highly recommend it.

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lledomik
Aug 28, 2016

I have stared at the book several times, vowing to conquer it. Without shame, I finally came to terms with the fact that it was never going to happen. This BBC series is a happy solution! Of course I cannot make a comparison to the novel but as a standalone, it is great!

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RavenIsland
Aug 12, 2016

Surprisingly good! Takes a couple of episodes to get past the 'veddy' English accents (and one American) of 19th century Russian characters, and occasionally the acting is a bit overwrought, but Andrew Davies' script - while not especially lyrical or reminiscent of Tolstoy - delivers a moving, well-told version of this long, complex story. Beautifully filmed - especially the battle landscapes and countrysides - gorgeous costuming, an excellent and diverse cast, and a film score that energizes the plot. James Norton, Paul Dano, Lily James, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, among many other veteran actors. A really terrific series!

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Sep 08, 2016

A modern take on one of the most famous stories of all time. In 1805 when we first meet Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, they are all part of St. Petersburg's glittering elite, but are fired up with youthful ambition to find meaning in their lives. As everything they thought they knew is questioned, Pierre, Andrei and Natasha find themselves in a time when Russian society is about to change forever. BBC series, 357 min.

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