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Alan Rickman

New releases: A classy adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 'Far From the Madding Crowd'

Far From the Madding Crowd 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 With very little hoopla, director Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic has become one of the most successful art house releases of 2015 — and for good reason. With films like "The Celebration" and "The Hunt," Vinterberg has shown an ability to capture human relationships at both their most casual and most intense; Hardy's novel covers both sides of that spectrum well in its story of a strong-willed farm girl who perplexes the men who mean to woo her. The movie version sports an outstanding cast, with Carey Mulligan as heroine Bathsheba Everdene and Matthias...