Brideshead Revisited Complete Collection – Digitally Re-mastered
Based on Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, Jeremy Irons stars as Charles Ryder, a disillusioned army captain who is moved to reflect on his languid days in the enchanted castle that was Brideshead, home of the aristocratic Marchmain family whose acquaintance Charles made in the company of Oxford classmate, the charming wild-child Sebastian.
Anthony Andrews co-stars as the doomed Sebastian. Sebastian takes Charles under his wing but vows early on that he is not going to let Charles get mixed up with his family. But mixed up Charles gets! He becomes a friend and confidante, not to mention a lover, to Sebastian's sister Julia (Diana Quick). Meanwhile, the self-destructive Sebastian's life spirals out of control.
Brideshead Revisited boasts a distinguished ensemble cast, including Laurence Olivier in his Emmy Award-winning role as the exiled Lord Merchmain, Claire Bloom as Lady Merchmain, and the magnificent John Gielgud as Charle's estranged father. Grand locations and a haunting musical score make this a memorable revisit of an irretrievable bygone era.
Et In Arcadia Ego
In the winter of 1944, Charles Ryder finds himself back at Brideshead Castle. The sight takes him back to Oxford where he first met Sebastian and his first visit to Brideshead in June 1923.
Home And Abroad
Charles and Sebastian plan to spend the summer at Brideshead, but when Sebastian's brother and sister arrive unexpectedly Sebastian and Charles go to visit Lord Marchmain in Venice.
The Bleak Light Of Day
Back at Oxford, Lady Marchmain has asked Mr. Samgrass to keep a close eye on Sebastian and his increasing drink problem, but this does not prevent him being arrested for drink driving.
Sebastian Against The World
After a drunken Easter in 1924 at Brideshead, Sebastian turns on his only friend. Charles finds he is helpless to stop Sebastian's decline and that his own happiness is in jeopardy.
A Blow Upon A Bruise
Charles returns to Brideshead, from Paris, for the New Year of 1925. He joins Sebastian and Mr Samgrass who have themselves arrived from a visit to the Near East. Sebastian's drink problem is getting worse and nothing can stop him.
Charles finds Rex Mottram waiting for him on his return to Paris: Sebastian has given him the slip on their way for treatment. Rex tells Charles he wishes to marry Julia, but the Marchmain fortune is running dangerously low.
The Unseen Hook
On returning to London in May 1926, Charles learns that Sebastian has been taken away to the Infirmary. He also learns of Lady Marchmain's death.
In 1935 Charles is now married to Lady Celia Ryder and they are to sail back to England from New York. They inadvertently bump into Julia Mottram as their luxury ship heads for an Atlantic storm.
Orphans Of The Storm
During the storm Julia and Charles talk for hours in the empty lounges. Alone together in the sunset, they realise they are in love and end up beginning an affair.
A Twitch Upon A Thread
At Brideshead in the summer of 1938 Charles and Julia decide to marry after having had an affair for the last two years. But before long Bridley returns home to announce his engagement.
It is January 1939 and Lord Marchmain returns home to die. Angered by his eldest son's engagement, he plans to leave everything to Julia and Charles. But, Lord Marchmain's death causes Julie to doubt her love for Charles and their future together is threatened. The final episode ends with a 1944 wartime Army epilogue.
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