I watched Far From the Madding Crowd (giveaway) over the weekend. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray for review on my movie blog. The film is based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. I have not read the book, so I’m not sure how closely it follows the original storyline. But I can tell you I like the movie. Far From the Madding Crowd is essentially a love story about an independent woman and three men who are attracted to her. The story takes place in Victorian England, so Bathsheba’s independent nature was very different from the other women during that time period. Far From the Madding Crowd is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Continue reading to learn five things about the film.
Five Things About the Far From the Madding Crowd Blu-ray
It’s about three men and a lady
Far From the Madding Crowd is a story about an independent woman named Bathsheba Everdene (I love her last name). The story starts off with Everdene working on her aunt’s farm. While there, she attracts the love interest of a sheep farmer named Gabriel Oak. Bathsheba moves when she inherits the farm of her uncle. That’s when she attracts the attention of an older and wealthy man named William Boldwood. Both Gabriel and William want to marry Bathsheba, but she turns them down because she loves being independent. Then she meets a soldier named Francis Troy. They fall in love and get marry. But the story doesn’t end here. Gabriel and William are still in love with Bathsheba, and Francis is actually in love with another woman.
The main character falls in love with the wrong man
Far From the Madding Crowd is a work of fiction. But like in real life, Bathsheba can’t help but fall in love with the wrong man for her. As I mention previously, Gabriel and William are in love with Bathsheba. William is wealthy and can provide for her. Gabriel is poor, but he’s a hard worker and goes the extra mile to help Bathsheba. Francis is young and charismatic. He knows how to make a woman feel special. He’s also in love with another woman. Naturally, Bathsheba falls in love with Francis and marries him even though Gabriel warns her about Francis.
Carey Mulligan is the star of the movie
Carey Mulligan plays the part of the main character, Bathsheba Everdene. I thought she was excellent. The three men in her life were played by Matthias Schoenaerts (Gabriel Oak), Tom Sturridge (Sergeant Francis Troy), and Michael Sheen (William Boldwood). Of the three men, I thought Carey had the best chemistry with Tom Sturridge. Other cast members include Tilly Vosburgh (Mrs. Hurst), Mark Wingett (Bailiff #1), Dorian Lough (Bailiff #2), Sam Phillips (Sergeant Doggett), Juno Temple (Fanny Robbin), Bradley Hall (Joseph Poorgrass), Hilton McRae (Jacob Smallbury), Jessica Barden (Liddy), Harry Peacock (Jan Coggan), Victor McGuire (Bailiff Pennyways), Jody Halse (Farmer Stone). Far From the Madding Crowd was directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
Far From the Madding Crowd is rated PG-13
The 119-minute movie was rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence. I think there were a couple of sex scenes, but it wasn’t graphic and there was no nudity.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray include bonus features
The Blu-ray includes the movie in Blu-ray and digital HD (UltraViolet streaming) formats. The DVD includes 17 minutes of extra features, but the Blu-ray includes 78 minutes of special features:
- Deleted Scenes + Extended Ending
- Smokey Caravan
- Fanny and Troy at Barracks
- Valentine Inquiry
- Boldwood Learns of Elopement
- Troy and Bathsheba in the Morning
- Tears of Regret
- Boldwood’s Ring
- Troy’s Funeral
- The Wedding (Alternate Ending)
- Bathsheba Everdene
- The Suitors
- Adapting Far From the Madding Crowd
- The Look of Far From the Madding Crowd
- Gabriel Oak
- William Boldwood
- Sergeant Troy
- The Locations of Far From the Madding Crowd
- Thomas Vinterberg
- Theatrical Trailer
- Deleted Scenes + Extended Ending
More info: Far From the Madding Crowd Blu-ray