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Lorna Doone [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KK3IIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,068 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Steinbauer on 15 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
I was lucky enough to buy a used VHS copy of this film some years ago, and am truly stunned by the current price of the DVD! This may seem affordable to fans of Sean Bean and Clive Owen who want to complete their collections; however, whoever loves the film in its own right, will think twice before spending such an amount of money on it.

For, no, it is not, by any means, a "pretty faithful adaptation of Blackmore's story". It's a low budget production. They cropped the story in every way they were able to -- dropping such essential characters as Uncle Reuben, Little Ruth, The Counsellor, Jeremy Stickles, Gwenny, and John's bookish sister Lizzie. Worst of all, and quite unforgivable, they decided to kill off poor Tom Faggus halfway through the movie -- Tom Faggus, who, in the book, gets his royal pardon, marries Annie, fathers a son, causes John's excursion to the battle of Sedgemoor, and lives on through the happy ending. There's no first attack on the Doone valley, no Monmouth Rebellion (of course), no Bloody Assizes, not even John's trip to London that inspired Franz Kafka's most celebrated story. And as for the ending, they changed Lorna's deaf uncle into an aunt, and gave the whole thing a twist that made it look like the novel had been written by Barbara Cartland!

Why then, will you ask, have I watched this thing so often as to use up my copy -- the more so, since I own the 2000 version, too (which is, if far from perfect, at least a bit more true to the book)? It's because the moment you forget to think about all the injustice done to Blackmore's novel, that film is quite delightful.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jannert on 28 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
Before I bought this DVD, I had no real familiarity with Sean Bean, and had never heard of Clive Owen. Now both are favorite actors of mine.
This is a pretty faithful adaptation of Blackmore story. Its bleak outdoor settings are nothing less than perfect for the story, the costumes and interiors are well-researched, and the whole atmosphere is wonderfully and darkly romantic.
Clive Owen as John Ridd brings a low-key intensity to the role of the stubborn, but emotionally vulnerable 'hero,' while the flamboyant 'villain,' Carver Doone, played by the amazing Sean Bean, manages to be both terrifying and sympathetic at the same time. Carver Doone's backstory is only hinted at, but mitigates against his wicked jealousy and makes him totally believable as a human being.
The only thing which lets this movie down a bit is the rather flat portrayal of Lorna herself, played by Polly Walker. I feel she's slightly too 'Danielle Steele' an actress for this role, and does not really seem comfortable in a period piece. However, she is not really bad in the role either, and she is a very tiny flaw in an otherwise mesmerising film.
If you like a scenically impressive costume drama, with charismatic, but realistically flawed characters, lots of action and a strong plot, you'll love Lorna Doone. I watch this film often, and still enjoy it every time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chiquita on 16 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
Yes this version takes liberties with the book, cutting away much of the historical detail. But it works (or I am a philistine) allowing dramatic licence to hold sway over historical accuracy (the book is overly long anyway, and would have benefitted from some serious editing). I remember watching this as a little girl one winter's afternoon and thinking how impossibly romantic. It really brings to life the story and the sense of wildness that surrounds Exmoor.

This is far superior to the recent BBC version--with its lacklustre protaganists and little chemistry between the leads. Here the romance sparks, we have a headstrong and wilful Lorna, willing to risk her very life to be with John-- far better than Amelia Warner's pitifully bland performance. Similarly Sean Bean is brilliant as the reckless and wild Carver Doone (if I'm honest I bought this just because he is in it-- gorgeous, gorgeous man) much more realistic and manly than the modern version's, Aidan Gillen, who simpers and smirks his way across the screen. (Perhaps its because he was so awesome in "Queer as Folk", but I can't help feeling he "minces" around as Carver Doone--- its really off putting!)

Then you have Clive Owen as John, another gorgeous addition and far more passionate a lead than Richard Coyle. Sorry-- this version may be lower budget, but its far superior in entertainment. Just don't look for literary or historical accuracy.
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