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Cold Mountain (DVD, 2011)
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Directed by Anthony Minghella (THE ENGLISH PATIENT), this Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Far more than a simple love story, Minghella's film captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. Based on the Charles Frazier novel, this is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) is a proper lady who accompanies her preacher father (Donald Sutherland) to Cold Mountain, North Carolina. She waits for her love, W.P. Inman (Jude Law)--a sensitive man with little use for many words--to return from war. In the process she learns basic survival skills and finds strength from no-nonsense Ruby (Ren�e Zellweger), a spitfire who can work the land as well as any man. Meanwhile, wounded Inman has had enough of war and killing, and is slowly working his way back to Ada despite the perils of being a Confederate deserter. Law and Kidman are genuinely touching as two virtual strangers who invest all of their faith in each other, and Zellweger is astounding as the uncultured but compassionate Ruby. Rounding out the cast is an impressive array of actors, including Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jack White (of the White Stripes), Kathy Baker, Giovanni Ribisi, and many others.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 031398137313

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Editorial reviews

"...This is one stunner of a movie....Jude Law gives a breakthrough star performance....Kidman lights up the screen..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/25/2003)

"Anthony Minghella's episodic epic of Charles Frazier's acclaimed best seller is the equal of any Civil War movie ever made....The actors deliver all around."
USA Today - Mike Clark (12/26/2003)

"It's a literate, lyrical screen adaptation."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/22/2004)

"COLD MOUNTAIN is a studiously carpentered film, with an Odyssey-through-the-backwoods vastness that is very pleasing..."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (01/09/2004)

"The battle scenes and the Civil War landscapes have beauty and majesty."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/24/2003)

"...An awesome gathering of talent..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Andre Chautard (12/01/2003)

"A lavish evocation of simplicity that, for all its showy sophistication, has an appealing emotional directness."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (12/25/2003)

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Created: 08/26/07

Cold Mountain Is a New Twist on the Civil War

Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman), Inman (Jude Law), and Ruby Tuewes (Renee Zellweger) are the principal characters of this epic story in the little mountain village of Cold Mountain, North Carolina during the Civil War. Ada has just moved to Cold Mountain from Charleston with her preacher father (Donald Sutherland). Inman is one of several workers on his new church. There is an almost immediate attraction between Ada and Inman. But then the war breaks out, and every grown man must enlist and go.

The story revolves about Inman's impossible attempt to return to his newfound love, Ada. He endures so many tragedies including:
(a)the battle of Pittsburg where he barely escapes and deserts the Confederate army.
(b)a preacher (Philip Seymour Hoffman)who was attempting to kill his black, pregnant mistress
(c)Southern bounty hunters who are pursuing deserters and lock him up with others in a chain gang.
(d) an old woman who has nothing to live on and finally kills her last goat right on the screen for us to see
(e) a young widow (Natalie Portman) with a baby who befriends him but then is raped by passing Yankee soldiers.

Meanwhile, Ada, who has never done anything that a lady would not do, is confronted with running a farm with practically no food and no help. Enter Ruby Tuewes, who has the ability to completely run a farm. The two are a team and together make it with lots of blood, sweat, and tears during the war years. But there are interruptions by scalawags that would like to marry Ada and then Ruby's father returns out of the blue--a deserter that gets them in trouble because they have protected him.

The movie ends on a bittersweet note but with hope for the future, as most war movies do. And Inman does make it back eventually.

Renee Zellweger is the real star of the movie. She played the tomboy Ruby to the hilt and won Best Supporting Actress of 2003. Once she enters the story, she takes over in a character that she has never played before. She is totally into this role, and I was very impressed by her performance.

Nicole Kidman and Jude Law were both nominated for the main acting awards but did not win. They were remarkable in their roles as well. The movie also was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Scoring. Two songs from the movie were nominated--"Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love", but neither won.

An extra disk of special features is included with this DVD, and if you are interested in mountain music, it explains how it came to be and thrives today.

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Created: 03/19/10

DVD Cold Mountain

This epic tale of love and loss based on the best-selling book of the same name about a wounded Civil War soldier making a long, treacherous journey to his home in Cold Mountain, N.C. All the while, his faraway love fights for her own sanity and survival on her father's farm with help from a brave young drifter.

Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Natalie Portman

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Created: 02/15/07


Beautifully and poetically written script that is rare in capturing the ugliness that the Civil War was (at home and on the battlefield), rather than using a glossy Hollywood misrepresentation as a backdrop. A Deeply moving tale that does its author proud. The story is at once historical, graphic, hisotically correct, magical and mystical -- a condition well served by the incredible talent and stellar performances of Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Rene Zellwegger. The remarkable supporting cast wraps, like cotton, around the core characters filling the screen and the heart with an incredible story of war,longing and the power and infinity of love.

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Created: 07/08/09

Cold Mountain

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I watch it everyday, especially when i'm feeling down! It cheers me up. The characters are believable and the actors who portray them are phenomenal. I would describe it as the sweetest, most tragic love story ever. I really connect with the era. The producers did an outstanding job of reproducing the time period, paying attention to the smallest of details. Nicole Kidman and Rene Zellweggar play extreme opposites and yet they compliment each other and despite there differences form a strong friendship. Know one could have played a better Mr. Inman than Jude Law. He made you feel every emotion he was experiencing. Nicole Kidman narrated and I think that really added to the ambiance and the incredible story that it was. Also lending itself to the ambiance was the breathtaking landscape. I hope in the near future to visit the site where this film was shot. I strongly urge anyone with the smallest of hearts to see this movie as soon as possible!

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Created: 12/05/10

Cold Mountain ( the Movie )

One of the best movies I have ever seen. Based on families in the Civil War era in the Blue Ridge Mtns of North Carolina. Rene' Zellwinger excells in this and I believe this is her best acting to date. Beautiful on location scenery, old time Bluegrass music ( Jack White) amazing !This movie will grab you from beginning to end. Time well spent. This is the movie you will watch again and again.

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