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Jamaica Inn ~ Classic Literature on Film, Daphne Du Maurier (PAL) (ALL REGIONS)

John McEnery , Billie Whitelaw , Lawrence Gordon Clark    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John McEnery, Billie Whitelaw, Peter Vaughan, John Abineri, Jane Seymour
  • Directors: Lawrence Gordon Clark
  • Producers: Jamaica Inn
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 157.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YYW4ES
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Set in Cornwall, a young orphan by the name of Mary is sent to live with her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss, landlords of the Jamaica Inn. As time passes by Mary soon begins to realise that her Uncle's Inn is the base for a gang of pirates who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast. As Mary settles into her new home, matters start to take a sinister turn and she begins to fear for her own life... Cast Jane Seymour as Mary Yellan, Patrick Mcgoohan as Joss Merlyn, Trevor Eve as Jeremiah 'Jem' Merlyn, John Mcenery as Reverend Francis Davey, Billie Whitelaw as Aunt Patience, Vivian Pickles as Martha Yellan, Peter Vaughan as Squire Bassatt.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 5 Jun 2008
By Paloma
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched this with my sister when it was originally on tv as a very young girl and fell in love with Trevor Eve. Years later, nostalgia to the fore, I saw the dvd on Amazon so ordered it. Memory often adds more to a production than actually exists and this was true to some extent with Jamaica Inn. I assumed the film would have been cleaned up but the first part was very fuzzy and almost like a video copy. The makeup was also a bit off key (Francis Davey's white makeup (to give the illusion of his being an albino) ending just under his chin leaving a remarkably tanned neck which was pretty noticeable.) The bruise on Jane Seymour's cheek, following on from the Christmas Eve scenario, also varied in blusher colour and size, unlike a normal fading bruise.

That said Jamaica Inn had unexpected charm, for example the original 'Will conclude after the news' in large and shakey font was left in and it felt like going back in time and watching it for the first time - very nostalgic.

There is also no denying the phenomenal acting of Patrick McGoohan and Trevor Eve. Whilst Jane Seymour's acting was so so she is so beautiful it is easy to forgive her not so convincing portrayal - never seeming distressed or worried or passionate about anything, as her face and hair steal the scene time after time. Trevor Eve's sex appeal had also not changed. As before, my stomach did flip flops when he kissed Jane Seymour at the fair.

For anyone who saw this first time around, I would highly recommend this. For those seeing it for the first time and perhaps weaned on North & South (Richard Armitage) and Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle production), you may be disappointed as the filming is slightly dated.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Scots Lass TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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When Daphne DuMaurier wrote about "wreckers" - villains who lured ships onto the rocks in Cornwall in the 1800's - in her novel, Jamaica Inn, she caused controversy. Many simply do not believe that the luring of ships with false lights on the shore and the murder of their crew in order to steal the cargo ever actually happened. Nonetheless, DuMaurier stuck to her story that such things DID occur, and based the book 'Jamaica Inn' on a gang of "wreckers" in Cornwall.

Mary Yelland (the wonderful Jane Seymour) is a feisty young woman whose father is a victim of "wreckers" when his ship runs aground. Her Mother, unable to accept his death, dies shortly afterwards - having first made contact with her sister Patience (Billie Whitelaw) who has offered Mary a home. Patience was a giddy, bright young woman - but the cowed soul that Mary meets when she arrives at the lonely Jamaica Inn is clearly a woman living in fear. Her husband Joss Merlyn (Patrick McGoohan - in a magnificently chilling role) is a violent bully who is more than happy to have an attractive young woman to work in the bar. But he warns Mary to mind her own business and to keep to her room at night. Clearly there are secrets at Jamaica Inn - secrets that cost lives.

With an all star cast including Trevor Eve (Jem), Peter Vaughan (Squire Basset) and John McEnery (Rev. Francis Davey) this 3 part drama has haunting music, glorious wild Cornish scenery and a brooding plot which will keep the viewer engrossed.

We have waited too long for this version of 'Jamaica Inn' to become available on dvd. It was screened in 1983 on HTV (nice to see their station logo at the beginning) so 25+ years have passed since broadcast - but it is as fresh as the day it was first shown. No subtitles and nothing in the way of extras, this is nonetheless a fantastic costume drama, dark and haunting, and well worth tracking down!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica Inn at last! 15 Mar 2010
By Meg
Having watched this series in 1985 and found it compelling, I was eager to purchase a copy. The music is a little dated, but you get used to it after a while. It is a pity the episodes are still separated, so that there are breaks at crucial times. I thoroughly enjoyed the acting, particularly Joss Merlin and the Vicar of Alternun.
Jane Seymour plays the role of Mary Yellan convincingly but looks so beautifully 'made up' all the time which does tend to date the performance. However, after all these years,I found myself immediately transported to Bodmin and the life of the wreckers. In spite of knowing the ending, I was still shocked by the Vicar's revelations---very scary!This is definitely a classic, and even if someone decided to remake the film, I think I would find myself making too many comparisons!
Although the DVD is expensive, I feel it is worth every penny.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wait is Over 8 Jan 2010
I have read Jamaica Inn more times than I care to remember and it's my favourite book of all time. When the series was shown on TV, I think back in 1982/3 I missed the final part as we had visitors and I always regretted that. Ever since I have tried over the years to get a copy of this. There are breaks in showing, which spoil it somewhat, I still feel this is good adaptation of Daphne Du Mauriers book. It follows the story fairly accurately and I'm glad I bought it. Jane Seymour and Trevor Eve definately fill the roles of the characters Mary Yellan and Jem Merlyn.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning.... 26 July 2011
This is one of my favourite 19th century films. Amazing actors and locations. Jane Seymour is very good as Mary and Trevor Eve as Jem is simply perfect! I like this film as much as the novel. The dvd case was broken so I change it to a new one. The dvd has a few scratches on it but it works normal when I watch it. It came all the way from New Zealand to me in Sweden, what a long trip this dvd has made! I recommend this film for all that loves the book by Daphne Du Maurier. Region code: All regions(PAL) with no subtitles. It's made in 1983. Running time: 157 mins approx
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Better than BBC version was so disappointed by serial, wanted to see if version I remember was any good. Definitely
Published 2 months ago by janet jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Better than the Charles Naughton presentation as it was closer to the book but still far enough away from it to be disappointing and dreary.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. B. M. Alton
2.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica Inn
I knew the story having read the book but it's the second version of the story I watched and this one disappointed me too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne PERRUCHOUD
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica Inn DVD (Jane Seymour version)
I remember watching and enjoying this version of the film in the early 1980s and it was indeed a great pleasure to find it available. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. C. E. Leach
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than the awful version on t.v. last month
Although this is obviously a much older version, altogether we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a much more faithful version and stuck pretty closely to the book. It was 2. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality DVD
It was worth the wait and I was surprised to learn that the DVD had come all the way from New Zealand, but good for them for stocking it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. A. Curthoys
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it more than the 2014 version
I love period dramas and I love Cornwall which I holiday there every year. I was quite pleased I came across the whole series on YouTube . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good and honest reproduction
Unlike Frenchman's Creek, which I disliked intensely, I enjoyed this production of Jamaica Inn and found it well acted,.and true to the story in the novel. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jaybee
3.0 out of 5 stars jamaica inn
my favourite book the film wasnt as good but it was watchable. if your a du maurier fan its maybe worth a look
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by perky
3.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise
having seen the original years ago, I thought would be an apt present for someone. the editing could have been better but a most enjoyable experience.
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Amazon Customer
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