Les Miserables

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  1. 62 of 64 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Still moving after all these years…., April 19, 2002
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    ZRRIFLE (Washington, D.C.) –

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    This review is from: Les Miserables [VHS] (VHS Tape)

    I saw this when it was originally telecast in the late 70s on TV as an Hallmark special presentation, and I never forgot it. What a relief to find it’s available on video. However, I’m disappointed that it’s been cut down to 2 hours – the original telecast on TV divided it into 2 showings (2 consecutive evenings), about 3 hours apiece, if I remember right. Not including commercials, I would estimate the original (uncut) version was about 4-5 hours. So, in this VHS version, the story moves VERY fast to squeeze it into 2 hours. Still great to watch, but again, it’s very trimmed down and every scene moves very quickly. It would be great in the future if it would become available in the original uncut version on DVD or a 2 or 3-set VHS version.

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  2. John Paul Jaubert says
    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Version of Them All, December 19, 2005
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    John Paul Jaubert (Houston, TX) –
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    This review is from: Les Miserables [VHS] (VHS Tape)

    I only give five stars to works of art that stay with you and change who you are.
    Quite simply, this is the best english-film-version of the story ever made. I think it’s the best film-version period. If you’ve never seen it, see this first then watch the rest. If you don’t know the story at all and can’t bring yourself to read the book, see this.
    As has already been noted by other reviewers, you should get the full-length version. Also, it’s rather strange that this was made for television. We tend to credit such works as being of lesser value. But that would be quite mistaken in this case.

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  3. Anonymous says
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The First Captivating Film Experience of My Life., February 16, 2005
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    This review is from: Les Miserables (DVD)

    As a project in the latter days of my eighth-grade school year, our literature teacher asked that our class watch and review this film. We sat in a small room as the old tape began to roll. I noticed immediately that the film had to have been a TV-movie. I was skeptical as to how good it would be, even angry. I didn’t want to waste my last days prior to high school watching a bunch of cheesy actors try to pull off lines that sounded like they were written by a toddler. Boy, was I wrong.

    15 minutes into the movie, I was glued to the screen. I had never heard such a wonderful story before:

    Jean Valjean, a starving young man with little means for cash, steals a loaf of bread and is sent to prison for five years. The sentence grows everytime Valjean tries to escape. After 19 years, Valjean makes a successful attempt at freedom but learns that the true punishment comes after he reenters society. However, when a kindly old man of the cloth gives Valjean a bed for the night, it sets the stage for an adventure that will span two life times.

    See what I mean? If, like me, you have never read the book and know very little about the conclusion of the story, you’re definetely gonna wanna pick up a copy of this, right? Rest assured, there’s plenty of action. The special effects in the war scene at the end of the movie (yes, I said “war scene”) aren’t CGI, but they do the trick. The music is beautiful. The actors, especially Richard Jordan of “DUNE” and “GETTYSBURG” fame, do an excellent job.

    I have seen many adaptations of this story since that first magical viewing. None of them pull it off quite as well. I went back and watched this movie again, not too long ago. Magic, just magic! Long live Valjean!

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