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Jamaica Inn [1985] [DVD]

Jane Seymour , Patrick McGoohan , Lawrence Gordon Clark    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jane Seymour, Patrick McGoohan, Trevor Eve
  • Directors: Lawrence Gordon Clark
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00113NWZU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,455 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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When her parents die, young, innocent Mary Yellan (Jane Seymour) is sent to live at the desolate Jamaica Inn with her demented aunt. Her life is turned upside down when she embarks on a passionate affair and becomes involved in smuggling, shipwrecks and piracy on the Cornish coast.

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30 of 30 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 5 Jun 2008
By Paloma
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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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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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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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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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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 13 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 P. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Worth the money...for a Du Maurier fan anyway...
I bought this because I love the book 'Jamaica Inn' and like to see what the dramatised versions are like. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by EW
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
I remember watching this when it first came out. I thought it was great then and enjoyed it just as much on DVD. Well worth the money. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Daphne du Maurier classic
This is such a classic tale, excellent film, very true to the original story by Daphne du Maurier.
Patrick McGoohan is outstanding as Josh Merlin and Jane Seymour and Trevor... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror
I sailed boats most of my life. Most stories of the sea I find unreal This story I watched on TV and it left me shaking with fear no horror book or film had such an effect. Read more
Published on 13 May 2010 by Peter Howatson
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica Inn (1985)
Whilst this version isn't quite the "theatrical drama" of the old 1939 Hitchcock black and white original, HTV managed to produce a "faithful to the book" film which has only... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2009 by G. Askey
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable
A magical and faithful portrayal of Du Maurier's novel. One will never tire of watching this film, and it has to be said, the sublime Trevor Eve.
Published on 10 Sep 2008 by Paula
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