Hi, I agree with the first reviewer. I have actually watched this film several times; I own it. I do not regret buying it at all. Get the film if you like fine performances and if your are a fan of Kenneth Branagh's. His wonderful recitation of the poem "Violets" will not leave you disappointed and is worth the price. This is Lawrence's well known "dialect" poem and Branagh does it flawlessly...the words and the subtle expressions facially are terrific. How he does it is beyond me, and showed a real spark of brilliance in his early acting career. Helen Mirren is great, as usual. The film is worthwhile to see if you are an avid reader of D.H. Lawrence, and familiar with his real life story and his poetry. However, I would certainly agree that the secondary story (modern day) greatly paled with the actual Lawrence story, a pity really considering that this could have been a wonderful opportunity to reveal more about the great author and his life. I sometimes watch this film and fast-forward to scenes set in the past. There is some wonderful stuff there. Sometimes the repetition of the soundtrack, which is quite poignant and sad in tone, annoys me, but the acting is excellent...worth ignoring the soundtrack, which is not really bad. It is true that the film ends just when it could have become interesting...but it is just one segment in Lawrence's life and even had that time been explored more extensively it could have been a much better film. I still would recommend it to some.
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