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Title from end credits.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Based on the original stage musical Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables, from the novel by Victor Hugo, produced for the stage by Cameron Mackintosh.
Bonus: The stars of Les Misérables; Creating the perfect Paris; The original masterwork: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables; Feature commentary with director Tom Hooper.
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Isabelle Allen, Daniel Huttlestone, Colm Wilkinson, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen.
In early 19th century France the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares for her daughter, Cosette, after her death. All the while he is obsessively pursued by the policeman Javert, who vows to make him pay for the crimes of his past.
DVD ; NTSC, region 1 ; widescreen 1.85:1 presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital DVS 2.0 stereo.
This adaptation was a much more dramatic rendition of the story, with emphasis on the acting, than the stage version. But I though the songs suffered for it. You could tell which actors were hired for their singing ability and who was hired for their name recognition and/or acting ability. Hugh Jackman does a great job as Valjean, he can really hold his own with the songs. But Russell Crowe, while he has a decent voice, did not have nearly enough power to match what I came to expect from the stage version. And Anne Hathaway should have had a singing double. She did a great job actiing out the songs but her voice was almost painful to listen to. All in all I enjoyed the movie but it made me nostalgic for the song quality from the original musical.
This is a great musical for teens and grown ups. I watched this with my friends and we all got a little teary.
All the actors were great at singing-Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathway, Amanda Seyfried......
However, I think that Russell Crowe did a great job of sining. I dont understand why people thinks he's so bad. His voice is not as great as Anne Hathway's or Hugh Jackman's, but its really not so bad.
I've seen the stage presentation of Les Mis twice, but watching the film on DVD gave me the opportunity to understand what was happening on stage more completely. I thought Anne Hathaway was amazing. I thought Crowe was Ok, as was Jackman. He didn't strike me as the Valjean-type. Crowe's voice was all right. That's not an easy role to portray. The costumes, cinematography and cast were really fantastic.
I think of this as the musical for grown-ups, and the movie did a great job with that. I was surprised how impressed I was with the women in this since I thought they were going to be the worst. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter were fun, and I thought it was really neat and respectful that they put the original Valjean (Colm Wilkinson) in the movie along with several people who had played the roles on stage. Hugh Jackman was ”meh” for me as Jean Valjean (the acting was great, but I still don’t think he has the voice for it), but Anne Hathaway blew me away. You can't watch that stunning one camera shot scene and not at least get a little teary. I don't know what Russell Crowe (or whoever cast him) was thinking in putting him in the role of Javert though because he completely butchered it. Javert is one of the best musical roles in history, in my opinion, and he completely couldn't carry it off. I read one review that said he sounded the whole time like he was singing through a mouthful of cotton balls, and that was spot-on. Javert is supposed to be commanding and in control, and even when he's unraveling, he's at least still in control of his own voice. Not with Crowe's version though. Other than that, cinematography, art direction, etc. were pretty great. Watch it if you want a good cry because you will be crying through most of this.