The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

Anthony Hopkins
Director: James Ivory Cast: Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
, Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
, James Fox
James Fox
James Ivory

DVD (Wide Screen)

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A "special edition" of the period piece The Remains of the Day should please fans of gripping dramas starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. This 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer by Columbia looks bright and beautiful, perfectly capturing the essence of the film. Although there is a slight amount of edge enhancement in the image, overall, this is a splendid looking transfer. The audio is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Not surprisingly, this soundtrack is somewhat subdued due to the fact that The Remains of the Day is a mostly dialogue-driven film. All aspects of the effects, music, and dialogue are clear and free of any distortion. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix, as well as French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The Remains of the Day: Special Edition includes some well-produced supplemental material for fans to sift through. A commentary track by Emma Thompson, producer Ishmael Merchant, and director James Ivory is both informative and chatty. All three participants seem to enjoy each other's company and have interesting stories to share with the listener. Three separate documentaries are included (an HBO special, a featurette titled "Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor," and a newly created retrospective documentary), and, taken as a whole, all three of these are very informative. The "retrospective" is an especially engaging look back with actors Anthony Hopkins and Christopher Reeve. Six deleted scenes are included with optional commentary by the director, as well as some selected filmographies on the cast and crew, and a few thin production notes. The Remains of the Day: Special Edition is a wonderful DVD for those interested in not only seeing the film, but also learning about its background.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
UPC: 0043396710979
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 15,281

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround) French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Director & producer commentary with Emma Thompson; Exclusive documentary featuring: new interviews with Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Reeve and other cast & crew; costume & production design; location footage; Deleted scenes; Exclusive featurette; HBO making of featurette - exclusive documentary "The Remains of the Day: The Filmmakers' Journey" and exclusive featurette "Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor: England's Fatal Flaw"; Filmographies; Animated menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Stevens
Emma Thompson Miss Kenton
James Fox Lord Darlington
Christopher Reeve Lewis
Peter Vaughan Mr. Stevens, Sr.
Hugh Grant Cardinal
Michel Lonsdale Dupont D'Ivry
Tim Pigott-Smith Benn
Patrick Godfrey Spencer
Peter Cellier Sir Leonard Bax
Paul Copley Harry Smith
Peter Eyre Lord Halifax
Lena Headey Lizzie
Brigitte Kahn Baroness
Ian Redford Publican
Pip Torrens Doctor Carlisle
Rupert Vansittart Sir Geoffrey Wren
Emma Lewis Elsa
Frank Shelley Prime Minister
Tony Aitken Postmaster
Terence Bayler Trimmer
Christopher Brown Wren's Friend
Ben Chaplin Charlie - Head Footman
Celestia Fox Actor
Peter Halliday Canon Tufnell
Abigail Harrison Housemaid
Caroline Hunt Landlady
Paula Jacobs Mrs. Mortimer the Cook
Joanna Joseph Irma
Wolf Kahler German Ambassador
Jo Kendall Publican's Wife
Roger McKern Police Constable
John Savident Doctor Meredith
Jeffry Wickham Viscount Bigge

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Paul Bradley Executive Producer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
John Calley Producer
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Andrew Marcus Editor
Ismail Merchant Producer
Simon Moseley Asst. Director
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Mike Nichols Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
John Ralph Art Director
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Donald Rosenfeld Associate Producer
David A. Stephenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Norma Webb Makeup
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Kazuo Ishiguro Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [8:59]
2. Day Marked in Memory [5:25]
3. Brightening His Parlor [5:18]
4. Dustpan on the Landing [3:12]
5. The Chinaman [2:56]
6. Mr. Stevens, Sr. Falls [12:00]
7. Birds & Bees [9:28]
8. Last Words [1:47]
9. A Toast [5:46]
10. The Baroness Sings [2:57]
11. The Deathbed [1:29]
12. Picking Up a Letter [1:58]
13. Elsa & Irma [3:12]
14. Mr. Benn's Questions [2:06]
15. The Jewish Problem [3:47]
16. An Unsuitable Girl [7:16]
17. Common Man Interrogation [2:08]
18. A Lift [7:04]
19. Discovered [:58]
20. So Close... [3:03]
21. Miss Kenton Cracks [1:51]
22. With Mr. Benn [2:22]
23. Diplomats [5:25]
24. Some Very Bad News [2:53]
25. Darlington Compromised [3:00]
26. Miss Kenton's Apology [2:06]
27. With Mrs. Benn [3:37]
28. Darlington Hall Renewed [7:04]

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The Remains of the Day 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lifellongreader More than 1 year ago
This is a great novel. Lively and engaging voice, great story, a powerful love story, and it may be read on a couple different levels.
MadameOlenska More than 1 year ago
Great film-- has held its appeal all these years. Great study of what it was to be a servant in England in the first half of the 20th century. Wonderfully acted. Interesting from start to finish. Don't miss this one if you like period films.
BibliophileJD More than 1 year ago
The story is simply about a Butler who takes a holiday - a drive - and on the way rethinks his life and dedication to an Employer who may not have been as noble and ethical during WWII as he thought. You are totally drawn into the mind of the character. His regrets, rationalizing of his career and actions and you come to understand what it means to be a "manservant". Little action in the book and yet the writing grabs you and it becomes a page turner. One of my top ten books and this was a total surprise to me. If you saw the movie and did not like it , do not let that stop you from reading the book.
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