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Adapted by leading screenwriter Andrew Davies, directed by Tom Harper, and produced by BBC Wales and The Weinstein Company, this is a modern take on one of the most famous stories of all time.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||As Russia prepares for war with France, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky is excited for life on the front line. Meanwhile his friend Pierre Bezukhov is called to his dying father’s bedside.||43:16||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||The Russian army is safe after a marginal success at Schongrabern that just keeps the French at bay. Andrei and Nikolai are both excited to tell stories of their involvement, until the sobering realization strikes that a far more terrible battle awaits them. The Tsar himself, confident of victory, comes to Austria to command the troops, but Andrei’s wise old commander General Kutuzov is concerned that Napoleon is setting a trap.||43:11||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||Pierre fights a duel that sends his life in a surprising new direction. Still reeling from news of Andrei’s reported death, another challenge faces Marya when her sister-in-law Lise goes into labour. Meanwhile, at the Rostov house in Moscow, Natasha and Sonya receive unexpected marriage proposals and Nikolai makes a mistake with disastrous consequences for his family.||42:42||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||After the shock of recent events, Andrei shuts himself away in the countryside until a visit from Pierre and a chance encounter with a stranger make him wonder if his life could still change for the better. Natasha is excited at the prospect of her first grand ball, but worries that no-one will invite her to dance. Still unable to find happiness, Pierre tries to build bridges with Helene.||43:14||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||After months of waiting, Natasha is frustrated to learn that her wedding to Andrei may be delayed still further. She tries to make a good impression on her new father and sister-in-law, but instead finds herself facing a new temptation in Moscow.||42:47||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||Napoleon invades Russia and preparations begin for another great battle against him. As the French army marches east, Marya is terrified to find her family in danger. Andrei cannot forgive Natasha, and vows to take revenge on his rival. Meanwhile Natasha falls ill and Pierre tries to take care of her, before making a decision that will change his life forever.||42:47||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7||At the Battle of Borodino, Pierre and Andrei fight on the front line of Russia’s greatest struggle against Napoleon. As even Moscow comes under threat from the French army, Natasha and the Rostovs realise they must hurry to pack up the family home and flee the city.||42:56||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 8||Pierre is held prisoner by the French and faces a new ordeal as the relentless Russian winter sets in. In the shadow of tragedy, Natasha struggles to see a way forward, while Helene grapples with an awkward dilemma of her own. As the war rages on between the Russians and the French, will our Russian heroes ever find peace again?||43:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Not a strong performance
Some years ago Germany produced a magnificent telling of the novel War and Peace. Here is an attempt that falters which I attribute to the writing. I expected a much better attempt.
Best adaptation of War & Peace out there
This is an excellent, very engrossing series, whether you have read the book or not. I have read War & Peace, and have looked for a good mini-series / movie adaptation of the novel. I have watched parts of other movies, such as the 1972-3 adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins. In terms of casting, sets, music and balancing comprehensiveness with a manageable running length, no other adaptation even comes close. I have watched the first 3 episodes so far. All of the characters are cast perfectly -- I could instantly tell who each character was supposed to be based on my knowledge of the novel. They are exactly as I imagined them. The sets (mostly computer-generated) are gorgeous. There is just the perfect amount of detail retained, with the director having an excellent grasp of how to convey the spirit of the novel rather than getting bogged down in detail.
where is episode 5
If episode five is scheduled to be release January 31, why has it not yet available on iTunes? If iTunes is going to overcharge us for automatic downloads, then shouldn’t season pass holders at least be able to watch the episode on time?