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To the Ends of the Earth [DVD] [2005]

Benedict Cumberbatch , Jared Harris    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris, Jamie Sives, Richard McCabe, Victoria Hamilton
  • Producers: Hilary Bevan Jones, Hilary Salmon, Justin Bodle, Laura Mackie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bridge Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G8NZX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,537 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime adaptation 23 Aug 2009
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What to add to the other 5 star reviews? I watched these three films straight after reading Golding's trilogy and enjoyed them immensely.

Script-writer Leigh Jackson ("Warriors"), who tragically died before the project was finished, efficiently extracted the best dialogue from the books, streamlining the plots very effectively for film. The cast are uniformly excellent, but Benedict Cumberbatch is simply outstanding in the lead. Edmund embarks on more than the physical journey of his life during his year aboard the unnamed ship. That we are able to trace every subtle movement of his emotional development is due to this actor's incredible technique and intelligence. Also superb are Victoria Hamilton as Miss Granham, and Daniel Evans as the Rev. Colley, both beautifully judged performances that light up the screen. Joanna Page (Stacey from "Gavin and Stacey") makes a delightful Miss Chumley. In fact this is casting at its absolute best: Capt. Anderson, Charles Summers, Devrel, Benet, Pike, Brocklebank, Zenobia, Sir Henry... all superbly brought off the pages of Golding's masterpiece!

Costume, sets, direction are all top notch. And I recommend the short "Making of" extra that comes with Disc 2. Great work, BBC!!
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsively watchable 14 July 2007
By Thinker
Golding was fascinated with what happens when a group of humanity is thrown on their own, isolated from other humanity and forced to recreate their own society. He studied this in Lord of the Flies, and in a great way in the sea trilogy that this film is based upon.

The story involves maturation of Edmund Talbot, an aristocrat who takes ship from England for Sydney, Australia, to take up a post sponsored by his influential Godfather. It's also the story of a group of people of disparate backgrounds who are jumbled into the cramped confines of an elderly, leaky man o' war, with all of the effluvia of 50-year-old ballast and the constant suppuration of slimy bilge water, and packed humanity crammed between the decks. Finally, it's a story about class and status, and how it begins to break down in the pressure cooker of isolation. Captain Anderson, a fiery naval post-captain (one wonders whose bad side he'd got on to get an onerous assignment like this) excellently interpreted by Jared Harris, bears upon his shoulders the task of getting this creaky old tub absolutely packed with humanity the 15,000 miles and projected 9 months sailing to Sydney Cove. It is no easy task, and one of the real stars of this movie is the almost mordant stubbornness of Anderson and his officers and crew to overcome the odds in keeping everyone alive, hopefully, to the end.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Golding 24 Mar 2009
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Great books don't often convert to great screen versions, but this does real justice to the Golding trilogy. Colley's fate, and the horror of his death, don't come across as strongly as in the book, but there's not much missing otherwise. The acting is first rate, particularly that of Benedict Cumberpatch, and the production leaves little to be desired. The books would still be my first choice, but I wouldn't want to be without this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant adaptation 12 Feb 2012
I don't often feel motivated to write reviews but I was so impressed with this adaptation of William Golding's books that I felt I should to encourage some more people to watch this amazing series. The story follows the maturation of a young, confident but naive young man, Edmund Talbot, during a voyge from the UK to Australia in 1814. This is not just his tail, however, but also that of the people with whom he shares the voyage. The source material is brilliant and these films do it justice.

The production values are second to none. You will find yourself totally absorbed in the drama that unfolds as you go from being exasperated by Talbot's thoughtlessness and unthinking cruelty to feeling protective of him and proud of the man he becomes by the end. Golding's first book in the trilogy on which this story is based is ostensibly the journal of Talbot and as a result his character is with you the entire time during this film adaptation. Consequently, one cannot help but be amazed at Benedict Cumberbatch's stamina. He is in every scene and it must have been a punishing filming schedule and yet he succeeds in making what is initially an unsympathetic character into someone you are wholeheartedly rooting for. In truth there is not a bad performance in the entire production. The script, direction and production values are second to none.

I strongly urge you to purchase this DVD, you will be doing yourself a favour. I'm only sorry I can't discover it all other again and come to it new too - you lucky things!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten master piece. 19 Sep 2012
By Bill T
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This production slipped by a few years ago almost unnoticed. I guess back then Benedict Cumberbatch's name in a BBC production did not garuntee good ratings. I've read a review of this drama which seemed to miss the point altogether, complaining of the lack of action.

It's a drama about class, patronage and manners, set on an old sailing ship refitted from cargo to passenger use. You can feel the clostrophobia and awkwardness created by the cabins and the lack of privacy. Tension mounts throughout with catastrophic results.

As Benedict Cumberbatch becomes more noted as an actor, maybe this hidden jem will get a better airing.

I was sent Dutch version of the DVD, but it played in the original English.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was very well dramatized but so depressing right up till the end....
Published 10 days ago by RoseMarie
5.0 out of 5 stars wowser
brilliant from start to finish but then I am Benedict addicted
Published 1 month ago by cumbercookie
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to be seen
This item was a present and I understand it was very good. I have not seen it as yet, only what I have been told. This is a worthy film to be seen. A good family film.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Headford
5.0 out of 5 stars really excellent series
I could exhaust superlatives in describing this series. A moving story, beautifully acted and imaginatively filmed, what could be better ? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this, you won't regret it!
This is a brilliant piece of drama.
This is a must buy for all you Benedict Cumberbatch fans out there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Holliday
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, though a bit strange
As fans of Captain Jack Aubrey, my husband and I were intrigued by this tale of a long sea voyage undertaken at the same time that Captain Aubrey and Doctor Maturin were battling... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julian of Norwich
4.0 out of 5 stars A hard way to find oneself!
The story is really incredible and it is hard to believe that people actually did travel 6 months - if not longer - to go from England to Australia and most of them, under... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maria Elena Rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars well made. benedict cumberbatch outstanding.
Liked the acting of all involved. Well made. Great sets. Funny in places.not sure if it was meant to be.
Published 3 months ago by Morven Maclean
4.0 out of 5 stars 18th Century romp on high seas
It's not Master & Commander but a good enough attempt. There are moments of real drama which arrest one's attention which make it reasonably worthwhile
Published 4 months ago by ms r dicker
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Watchable and re-watchable. Cumberbatch is authoritative, the script compresses Golding's lengthy books remarkably well , and there are no weak links in the ensemble cast.
Published 4 months ago by L I Fix
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