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The Moonstone [DVD]


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  • Actors: Greg Wise, Keeley Hawes, Terrence Hardy, Anthony Sher, Peter Vaughan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MDI9S4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,254 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The acclaimed BBC TV adaptation of Wilkie Collins' classic mystery, the first detective novel ever written, starring Greg Wise, Keeley Hawes and Antony Sher. The Moonstone, a sacred Hindu diamond believed to carry a curse, was stolen from a shrine in India.

In 1848, just days before her 18th birthday, Yorkshire heiress Rachel Verinder discovers the jewel has been bequeathed to her by her estranged uncle.The Moonstone has been delivered by her by a young relative Franklin Blake, who offers to mount the jewel, so that she can wear it. The next morning, the jewel is gone, but it seems everyone – including the mysterious band of Indian Brahmins, the house-maid even Rachel’s mother, Lady Julia – has an alibi. It falls upon the renowned detective Sergeant Cuff to attempt to unravel the mystery of the stolen diamond. Has one of the obvious suspects deviously committed the crime, or could there a more sinister force at work?

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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119 of 121 people found the following review helpful By James Booth on 16 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
I've waited ages for this to be available on DVD, having loved it when I first saw it on TV at Christmas 12 years ago.

The Moonstone is my favourite novel; I re-read it most years and the BBC did a fantastic job of adapting it. There are changes, and amalgamated characters of course (Dr Candy and Mr Murthwaite being the most notable examples). However, the casting is perfect - especially the wonderful Peter Vaughan as Betteredge, the settings are excellent and the whole thing has a fantastic sense of period.

Honestly, I can't recommend it enough. It's up there with Pride and Prejudice as an example of how to transfer a much-loved book to the screen.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Karmagirl81 on 15 Feb 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I have to be honest, if I hadn't been studying the book for a university course, I would probably never have come across this film, but I am SO glad I did. Based on the novel by Wilkie Collins, this film has a good adaptation of the story (something not all film versions have). It is a drama in every sense of the word. From a mystery to suicide and a satisfying ending, this film is a perfect companion to the book, but also if you just want to sit down on a sunday afternoon and spend a couple of hours enjoying a really good film. Highly recommended.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This has to be my favorite period drama to date. The story is captivating and the acting superb. Couple this with the excellent score and this is a film that I have to return to time and time again.
Keeping almost entirly faithfull to Collins, the adaptaion is one of the best I have seen for classic English literature.
The only problem is the format. When will we see the DVD? If you can bring yourself to go back to VHS then this is definitly worth buying!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I watched The Moonstone when it first appeared on tv a good few years ago and enjoyed it every bit as much as when I originally read the book by Wilkie Collins. It's an excellent "whodunnit" and really keeps you guessing. Greg Wise is a consumate actor and is also good to look at!! If you enjoy costume drama/mystery then I recommend you treat yourself to a copy of The Moonstone - you'll be gripped!!!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Constance C. L. Alexander on 20 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
This is a typically high-quality production from the BBC of a work by a little known writer and as such deserves to be seen. It is a thriller so don't be put off by the 'costume' aspect; superbly acted by all the cast and, if you haven't read the book, keeps you guessing right to the end. Makes a pleasant change to see something other than Austen or Dickens, Tudor or Ancient Rome, and that is intelligent and interesting.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Judith Best on 25 Feb 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I already have the video of this and was delighted that it has come out on DVD. The production is superb and I feel that it should be regarded as a Classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Bromley on 8 Aug 2010
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Very well done, good choice of actors but did not quite capture the atmosphere of the book. I would still recommend it though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.G. on 12 Sep 2012
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Worth watching for the beautiful sets and scenery but this film failed to engage me as Wilkie Collin's original text does. The acting is fine but the story develops too perfunctorily.....perhaps it's just too big a story for a short film.
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