I saw this film at the cinema earlier in the year and it was an engrossing deep and captivating film filled with mystery and suspense like all duMurier stories.
The story follows a young man who has his bachelor way of life thrown into disarray when the enchanting and mysterious wife of his recently deceased uncle comes from Italy to live at the estate, leaving him caught between a state of infatuation and being torn believing Rachel may have murdered his uncle.
However this film has been horrendously whittled down for the DVD, missing masses of dialogue and scenes depicting important plot points and parts of the mystery which completely removed me from the story. Let me stipulate this review will have spoilers.
The scenes for example where Phillip goes to Italy were far longer in the cinema version, depicting his deep depression and anger over the loss of his uncle.
Scenes of his avoiding meeting Rachel were massively reduced removing the tension and losing all sense of how stubborn Phillip is (which makes him feel even more a pushover than he actually was). There were scenes completely missing entirely between Louise and Phillip, scenes missing between Rachel and Phillip, everything jumped so fast from Phillip believing Rachel is a murderess to suddenly overnight of meeting her, being in love, it didn’t show the gradual build of the relationship at all.
What bothered me were there were several scenes cut which revealed how deeply Phillip loved Ambrose, there were flashbacks that were removed, and lines of dialogue where Rachel talks of her deceased husband making Ambrose barely feel relevant to either.
The worst part is how the cut has made it hard to connect to or understand the character of Phillip because all the things really relevant to his character are gone and all that’s left is a love sick and obsessed fool.
The cinematic version was well over two hours - I can easily feel at least forty minutes to an hour of content are missing here so now the film is a rush you can’t enjoy.
My opinion is that this DVD is half a film, all of the most mysterious and tense scenes that leave us really questioning who Rachel is have been completely cut and it leaves no sense of anything. Even the ending was cut down by 90% and so terribly rushed - it’s like a build to a mystery the entire film and hardly any conclusion, suddenly “the end”.
This is a period drama - they’re meant to be long and involved, pushing this along at cheetah speed was a huge error, whoever cut this down should be ashamed. It’s so disjointed it’s a sin.
If you saw this in the cinema, don’t even bother, it’s like a trailer in comparison to the full theatrical version that was. The cinematic version was a five, the DVD is barely a three.
They really need to consider putting this film back together the way it was meant to be shown, because this is a poor version of the story that I do NOT recommend buying even at a low price.
My Cousin Rachel
A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.6 x 19 x 13.6 cm; 74 Grams
- Item Model Number : 2724561977035
- Media Format : DVD
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Fox
- ASIN : B071G1DJXR
- Number of discs : 1
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This iS BADLY cut down from the cinematic version.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2018
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Fateful attractionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 January 2018
A superb rendition of Daphne du Maurier's sinister story of the mysterious Rachel - did she or didn't she? - this film offers a good story, a faithful adaptation of the novel (the end is made rather more dramatic), and good performances, especially from the often under-rated Rachel Weisz as Rachel. The youthful naiveté of the protagonist, Philip, is perfectly captured by Sam Claflin, an up-and-coming actor who excelled in various TV series ('Pillars of the Earth', 'Any Human Heart') and has appeared in fantasy films such as 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and 'The Hunger Games - Mockingjay'. The youthful quality of Philip is an essential plot device, set against the worldly sophistication of Rachel, and the tension between the two is beautifully maintained throughout the film. The supporting cast, especially Holliday Grainger as Louise, Philip's best friend before Rachel appears, are excellent. This is a most enjoyable drama and will not disappoint du Maurier's fans.
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RubbishReviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 December 2017
I was really looking forward to this production . What a disappointment. I can never understand when you have a fabulous book they then go and change the story. It was wrong, wrong , wrong. Oh well, I will go back to the book and enjoy it again as it was originally written by Daphne du maurier.
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Review of My Cousin RachelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2020
If U like period dramas with a twist, give this a try. It's done very well and has got all the costumes and settings right, so give it a try. It has a bit of romantic charm to add to the film's performance. The actors/actress are all well known and play their parts well. Definitely worth a watch. Miss T Lynn.
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Quite good story, a little slow - however, filled a gap in our lockdown situation