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Jekyll : Complete BBC Series 1 [2007] [DVD]

James Nesbitt , Michelle Ryan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: James Nesbitt, Michelle Ryan, Gina Bellman, Meera Syal, Denis Lawson
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2007
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9A02
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It is 2006 and there's a new Dr Jekyll, with an old problem - Mr Hyde. But they have a deal - a body share and an impossible life is somehow lived. What Hyde doesn't know is that Jekyll is married. There's a wife and two children he'll do anything to protect from his dark side. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, he's determined to keep his dark side in line. He's done a deal with his own devil. What neither of them knows: an ancient organisation, with limitless wealth and power, is monitoring their every move, and a plan over a century in the making is coming to fruition.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, restrained and rather wonderful. 30 July 2007
By G. Thomas VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Initially, I have to admit that I fully expected this series to be yet another poor attempt at adapting the original novel. When I realised it was set in the modern day my expectations fell even further; updating a classic story usually only succeeds in lessening it's impact.
Well, after grudgingly watching episode one I was eating my words gleefully.
This is an astounding series which has incorporated the orginal tale as part of it's internal mythology then moved forward into a totally fresh storyline.
James Nesbitt's performance is absolutely dazzling. He steals the show (particularly as Hyde) and I love the way the transformation is more about his personality than external appearance, even with the beautifully subtle physical changes.
I saw the last episode on saturday and two days later I'm eagerly buying the DVD.

I'm so glad to have been so wrong.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Ok, I'm not usually the person to do reviews, but I watched Jeyll with no conceptions, my friend just lent it to me and I was like "Ok!"

I hadn't seen much of James Nesbit's work up to now but all I can say his range of acting was flawless. he captured the compassionate Jekyll and the frightening, multi-faceted Hyde so effortlessly I believed there were two people doing it.The filming is incredibly impressive, and Stepehen Moffat, the next Doctor Who writer should eb very pleased with his beauty of a programme. It can seem somewhat different the way the storywriters have approached it- however the fresh take is incredibly clever in weaving in characters that are truly enjoyable to watch ( and left me with my goosebumps that had goosebumps on them....) Well worth watching :)
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable and completely insane 31 July 2007
Format:DVD
Over the years there's been a couple of different attempts at adapting Jekyll and Hyde to television, and none have really worked that well mainly because everyone already knows that they're the same guy, it's part of the public consciousness and therefore doesn't make engaging viewing. Part of what makes this series so good is that it knows this and uses it to it's advantage.
Instead of following the story of the ill-fated 19th century doctor this series follows a modern day man called Jackman (Nesbit) who we first meet strapping himself into a complex series of restraints whilst talking to a private psyciatric nurse about 'him'. Jackman has begun to transform into a very different man, he seems to have the same problem as doctor Jekyll had but this time there's no magic potion, no control, Hyde just arrives. The two men communicate with each other via Dictaphone and the nurse has been hired to act as a carer/go-between for them. Nesbit of course plays both parts and manages to make the two men so different that there's never a moments confusion who is talking.
Jackman and Hyde both look very different as well, where Jackman is aging and clearly strained by his condition, Hyde is energetic, manic, violent. They have slightly different hair and - in a very simple but extremely effective move - different eyes courtesy of a pair of creepy black contact lenses. Despite the title this is Hyde's show all the way, Nesbit gives him such charisma and energy that he steals the show anytime he's on screen.
The plot of the series follows Jackman as he struggles to protect the world and his own family from Hyde whilst being hunted by some mysterious government agency who want Hyde for themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 22 Jan 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The legend of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde has been with us for more than a hundred years. In fact, during the Whitechapel murders, several theorists had suggested a link between the atrocities perpetrated by that man-shaped-fiend whom posterity preferred to know as Jack the Ripper, and the drama that was being enacted at the Lyceum Theatre (none other than R.L. Stevenson's most famous one). But it needed the genius of Steven Moffat to update that legend (something that he perfected in "Sherlock") and bring Jekyll (& Hyde) to the present-day England. The story has been recounted by many, and so I would refrain from repeating the same. My thoughts, after viewing all the episodes of the 1st Series are as under: -

1. James Nesbitt was superb, and the skill that he demonstrated in displaying the vulnerability of Tom and darkness of Hyde is awesome.
2. The story (perhaps deliberately, and trying to be gothic) kept many ends loose, that were supposedly to be tied up in the 2nd Series (that never happened). But now, with so many serials getting their sequels (fans are expecting Sherlock to return this very year for a 3rd series), can't we have a conclusion of the sordid saga of Jekyll-Hyde-Alice and the evil corporation?
3. The minor characters in the series were really good (apart from their acting skills, that is always top-notch in a BBC production), and I would love to see their return.

Overall, if you have already seen this series, you know my feelings. If you are yet to watch this series, you should not delay, and trust me, it would be some ride! Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must see this! 2 July 2011
By Oi Ty!
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remember watching this when it originally aired and i remember loving it at the time, but after watching it again after i purchased it i realised just how brilliant it actually was.

I love James Nesbitt anyway, but you can really see his acting talent in this as he portrays both Jekyll and Hyde with superb individuality. Each character has it's own persona despite being played by the same actor.

It's shocking, scary, funny and heartfelt at times, and despite Hyde being the 'bad guy', you can't help but fall in love with him. Steven Moffat really shows off his writing ability. It is different to the original story, which i read after watching this, but it is equally as thrilling, if not more so!

I loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What a great series!! James Nesbitt never fails to make a TV programme his own. What a great actor. Amazing!
Published 25 days ago by Encouraging Sign
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Unique. Television at it's best. Powerful script, fascinating story, wonderful acting. I highly recommend it.. A really unique twist on an old tale.
Published 3 months ago by Luanne Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Twist on a Classic
I came to this because of James Nesbitt and being curious on the modern take of Jekyll and Hyde. I'm very glad I did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. DeV
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly scary, funny and thought provoking
I love this series (well done BBC) and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a modern day rework of the Jekyll and Hyde story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bungie
5.0 out of 5 stars glad i bought it
i dont watch television very often so i missed this when it was first on.
i was looking for something different to enjoy and i came across this on amazon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sri26270
2.0 out of 5 stars Jekyll and Hyde
The fault is probably mine. This is a modernised version and I wanted the traditional one. Perhaps I will order it but certainly will not reply in this time wasting fashion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Jekyll
Brilliant!
I love James Nesbitt.
The story is a bit scary the first time you watch, so don't watch it on your own, but it's very clever!
Published 8 months ago by Mrs C Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 for the price of 1 !!
Always enjoyed Nesbitt as an actor and I remember when this came out on tv originally but has not dated and Nesbitt pulls it off playing both characters. Read more
Published 8 months ago by claire s
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fantastic series, it arrived on time and in perfect condition. I bought this for my husband and he absolutely loved it. Easy to watch again and again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Scariest production of the 'Jekyll & Hyde' theme ever.
I love thriller, horror and sci-fi, but this is one of the scariest things I have seen, even better than alien because you can almost believe it happening!
Published 10 months ago by Lindyloo
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