The Piano DVD

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Ada her nine-year-old daughter and her piano arrive to an arranged marriage in the remote bush of nineteenth century New Zealand. Of all her belongings her husband refuses to transport the piano and it is left behind on the beach. Unable to bear its certain destruction Ada strikes a bargain with an illiterate tattooed neighbour. She may earn her piano back if she allows him to do certain things while she plays; one black key for a lesson. The arrangement draws all three deeper into a complex emotional sexual bond remarkable for its nave passion and frightening disregard... for limits... Winner of 3 Oscars for Best Screenplay (Jane Campion) Best Actress (Holly Hunter) and Best Suporting Actress (Anna Paquin) and 11 awards from the Australian Film Institiute. [show more]

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Released
10 July 2006
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
Optimum Releasing 
Classification
Runtime
120 minutes 
Features
PAL 
Barcode
5060034576266 
  • Average Rating for The Piano [1993] - 4 out of 5


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  • The Piano [1993]
    Editor Review

    This is the film we will most remember Jane Campion for!

    The piano is an artistic and evocative adult fairy tale that's famous for its beautiful tone and for Michael Myman's moving score. The film puts an innovative twist on a traditional love story and is beautifully moving. The characters are stubborn and insular, making this rousing tale of erotic obsession even more emotive and sincere.

    Set in the mid-19th-century, this film tells the story of Ada, a mute single mother from Scotland who's sent to New Zealand for an arranged marriage. Her chief way of communication is playing her precious piano, but when her new husband sells it to his assistant, she finds herself making an astonishing deal with its new owner to guarantee its return.

    This costume drama is infamous for its stunning performances, notably from Actress Holly Hunter, who earned the Best Actress award for her complex role as the emotive Ada - impressive when you take into account that she expressed herself completely without speaking (except for a couple of short voiceovers)!


    Verdict
    Jane Campion's The Piano is a ravishing masterpiece that has many powerful themes, all which deal with repressed passion. It's a very natural and beautiful motion picture, with slick visuals and a sensitive touch. It's obvious why it's considered one of the best films of the 1990s - well worth a watch!

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Ada, her nine-year-old daughter and her piano arrive to an arranged marriage in the remote bush of nineteenth century New Zealand. Of all her belongings her husband refuses to transport the piano and it is left behind on the beach. Unable to bear its certain destruction, Ada strikes a bargain with an illiterate tattooed neighbour. She may earn her piano back if she allows him to do certain things while she plays; one black key for a lesson. The arrangement draws all three deeper into a complex emotional, sexual bond remarkable for its naïve passion and frightening disregard for limits... Winner of 3 Oscars for Best Screenplay (Jane Campion), Best Actress (Holly Hunter) and Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin) and 11 awards from the Australian Film Institiute. Actors Harvey Keitel, Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Sam Neill, Kerry Walker, Genevieve Lemon & Ian Mune Director Jane Campion Certificate 15 years and over Year 1993 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Duration 1 hour and 56 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.

Winner of the 1993 Cannes' Palme d'Or for Best Film and Best Actress for Holly Hunter, Jane Campion's third feature was widely hailed as a cinematic masterpiece. With Michael Nyman providing the music, the story centres around Ada (Hunter), a mute Scottish woman sent to New Zealand with her daughter (Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage to lonely landowner Stewart (Sam Neill). When she arrives with her beloved piano in tow, Stewart forces her to leave it on the beach rather than lug it through the jungle. The estate manager, Baines (Harvey Keitel), watches and listens in amazement when Ada visits the beach to play and subsequently he makes a deal with Stewart to keep it at his own house. Baines is enchanted by both the piano and Ada and eventually makes a bargain of sexual favours whereby Ada can win back the instrument.

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