Studio: Tgg Direct
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 3hr 0min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
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Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 5/11/2020...
A pleasant surprise these 2 films were, and immensely enjoyable. A Hazard of Hearts is a made-for-television starring Helena Bonham Carter in her fourth major film role. Based on a novel by Barbara Cartland, it was released in 1987. This title is worth the price of admission alone just to see Diana Rigg refer to Helena Bonham Carter's character as a "milk-faced maggot". Very well scripted. Frenetic score.
The second film concerns the life of Lady Hamilton, an English model and actress, who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson (instrumental in defeating Napoleon) and as the muse of the portrait artist George Romney. John Mills is here too, as Lord Hamilton, although I was rather surprised to see a figurehead of Disney royalty accepting a role in something so saucy. Also, a lot of 1800's history here which proves quite educational. This is a bit of rags to riches story as well.
Innocent romance and 1800's England, a great combination
Char Brontay | Duluth, MN | 06/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This review is based only on the movie A Hazard of the Heart (or Hazards of the Heart) which I found in our local library. (I didn't see the second movie, but other reviewers mention that one being "trash.")
It's been a while since I've seen a movie I liked as well as this one. (I'm a fan of some of the Masterpiece Theatre classics, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, etc.) This movie was made in the late 1980's. The setting is 1800's England.
Central to the movie was a sweet romance (just tender looks, hand holding, and kissing scenes similar to Pride and Prejudice).
The icing on the cake for me included villains, "haunted" and extraordinarily beautiful mansions, breath-taking English countrysides (often experienced via horseback), magnificent paintings and period dress, sword fights and a duel, hidden passageways, surprises, and decent acting (Helena Bonham Carter, in the lead, has a gift for expressing what she is feeling, without any words). Like Pride and Prejudice, the story even includes a big dog (a Great Dane, I think).
The male lead, introducing handsome Marcus Gilbert, was extremely good.
The supporting cast were favorites --Christopher Plummer, Diana Rigg, (as the villain mother), and Stewart Granger (as the lovable father).
The story begins when a father (played by Plummer) gambles away everything he possesses, including his daughter (played by Bonham Carter) and her dowry, to a sinister character named Lord Ruten (sp?) (played by Edward Fox).
Tables are turned when handsome Lord Vulcan (played by Gilbert), issues a challenge. With one shake of the dice, Lord Vulcan takes possession of all that Lord Ruten has just won, rescuing the poor daughter, at least momentarily, from Lord Ruten's evil intentions. At first, Vulcan is suspect as being a heartless womanizer, but a different side emerges as the movie progresses. Serena (Bonham Carter's character) seems to bring out the best in him.
Hazard of Hearts is about as innocent as a romance comes, but there were a few violent scenes (though not very realistic, there were murders via sword, and one unscene suicide). There is also a scene when Lord Ruten kidnaps Serena and attempts to molest her in a moving carriage (though the intensity is lightened somewhat and some humor emerges when she gets rescued by a kind robber).
My husband, who's not much of a movie buff, especially enjoyed the music and the swordfighting.
If you want to read more about the movie, check out the rave reviews the Brits have given it on Amazon's English site."
One is a winner, the other...
Leigh Powell | Fredericksburg, VA United States | 01/18/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hazard of Hearts is a decent storyline and good acting and plot. It is the second movie "Lady Hamilton" that draw the rating down -- way way down if it were to be evaluated by itself. Imagine 1960's Italian dubbed filming, fuzzy-edged picture. The lead female character is supposed to be irresistible to everyone--with her fake hair and really thick eyeliner--even to the female monarch. The other characters -- well, I was reminded of "Hercules" with Steve Reeves from whatever timeframe that was. If you pay $5 for the package, just ignore the second film and enjoy the first. Romance in the Barbara Carland style."
true white | 08/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this DVD for my daughter. She told me that she loved A Hazard of Hearts. It is a romantic movie with charismatic characters.The second movie, Lady Hamilton was not too interesting. I recommend this DVD to the women who adore the romantic genre."