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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [DVD] [1978]

Geraldine McEwan , Lynsey Baxter    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Geraldine McEwan, Lynsey Baxter, Amanda Kirby, Vivienne Ross, Tracey Childs
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 365 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009FYWZY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,206 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

TV adaptation of the popular Muriel Spark novel starring Geraldine McEwan as the titular character. Miss Jean Brodie educates her pupils in a flamboyant manner, presenting life as one long romantic adventure and giving voice to her fervently held views on art and music. Though her pupils are captivated by her, as they begin to develop their own personalities tensions inevitably emerge and one of them will ultimately betray her...

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Almost a decade after Maggie Smith won an Academy Award for her performance in the film of the same name, Scottish Television undertook a television dramatisation of Dame Muriel Spark's much loved novel. With Geraldine McEwan in the title role, this seven-part series explored more fully and at length the rich and varied characters that populated her work and in so doing, created a superbly satisfying drama, a strikingly different yet complementary partner to its big screen counterpart. Despairing of dreary rain-soaked Newcastle, Miss Brodie is reinvigorated by the opportunity to teach at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in her beloved Edinburgh. The visionary Miss Brodie soon finds herself at odds with some members of the teaching staff, and some parents, with her outspoken attitudes towards her girls, the curriculum she swiftly casts aside, and her beloved Mussolini. Taking those girls with potential under her wing, the inquisitive, the attractive, the talented, the outcast, Miss Brodie inspires a spirited rebellion in her charges, much to the chagrin of the aptly named Miss Gaunt, whilst befriending likeminded teachers of art and music. "I am a teacher, first, last and always... that is what I am here for; to keep your mind alive until the curriculum catches up with it."

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 8 Nov 2012
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I find the review by the first reviewer rather odd. I have seen this programme recently and I did not find Geraldine's accent all over the place. Geraldine is the better Brodie!
Muriel Spark worked on this version of the book and thought it was the best adaptation!
The scripting and production values are of the era, 1977 and 1978 when broadcast on Scottish Television. Of all the versions, this develops the book and is in more depth to the authors praise.
This official DVD version has not been released so the first user can't comment on the actual DVD.
Be warned some episodes have saturation on the side of the screen. But this is comparable with programmes of this era and does NOT in anyway detract from the brilliance of Geraldine McEwan as Jean Brodie.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! 15 Nov 2012
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Maggie Smith won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Jean Brodie. I think that Geraldine McEwan's Brodie is easily superior.

I saw this in the US on Public Television in the late 70's and have been looking for the series for over a decade. The series has seven episodes, each centered around the brilliant, inspiring, and deeply troubling Jean Brodie. She is both the best teacher a student could ever have and a woman without ethical boundries and who imposes her aspirations on helpless schoolgirls.

The best of the seven episodes is "Giulia," which shows the character of Miss Brodie at her worst and the McEwan's performance at its best. The last episode is the series' weakest, especially when the "Brodie girls" are shown to be petty and cruel.

(US purchasers should be aware that this is in PAL format, so you'll need a zone-free DVD player.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite la creme de la creme girrrrrls 28 Jan 2013
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Am I alone in thinking this very watchable series disappointed in its bizarre ending? Nothing at all like the novel, and I found myself re-checking the box for what I thought was the 'missing' denoument dvd? Very odd. It's as if the money or the steam ran out, to leave us all hanging in space, wondering what on earth happened to Jean Brodie...and her 'gerls'.

I have always thought the sainted Maggie Smith to be a one-trick pony, same part, same ( Scottish or English ) upper crust accent ( identical in 'Gosford Park' as in 'Downton Abbey One, Two, Three', ad nauseum, though that may be down to Julian Fellowes sloppy direction ), same, same, same.... but she is far more Jean Brodie than Geraldine McEwan in this version: tight, icy, manipulative, sexually predatory and unaware of her unwholesome, fascistic, self-referential and dangerous influence on young minds and spirits. Maggie Smith is the better Brodie. McEwan is good, and does her best, but the script seems to require extra 'gerls' and added scenarios ( which do not exist in the novel )to stretch out the the detriment of the very weak ending. Disappointing, but watchable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and absorbing adaptation 27 July 2013
By duncann
This is a wonderful authentically Scottish adaptation and exploration of Muriel Spark's famous novel. The title performance carries the series and is absolutely flawless. Throughout, one feels simultaneously like a child again, wide eyed in wonderment at Miss Brodie's beguiling authority, certainty and sophistication, yet also as an adult faintly staggered by her eccentric teaching methods and bizarre, dangerous and now hopelessly dated claims about the big wide world. The viewer adores Miss Brodie but cannot be other than deeply concerned about the cult of personality she gradually promotes around herself, concerned both for her impressionable 'little girls' and for herself. In my opinion, coming from Edinburgh, Ms McEwen's Brodie succeeds as an intriguingly flawed mesmerising character, whereas Dame Maggie's succeeds as a flawed mesmerising star performance, hampered by an extreme parody of the local educated Edinburgh accent. This version is much less exaggerated and mannered and all the more believable for it, there's no chewing up the scenery and no melodramatic scenes.

It's drawn from the same play by Jay Presson Allen as the movie, but it goes so much further into depth because it has seven hours of airtime. Sadly, it appears to have been designed to go into a second series and doesn't. It stops dead with all the characters fully developed but does not cover the later years of the students, the bitter betrayal of Miss Brodie and her downfall. In a way, that's rather a pleasant aspect of this version, as Miss Brodie remains in her prime at the end, while the viewer can imagine exactly where all this is heading.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 25 Nov 2012
I will agree with the previous reviewer; Geraldine McEwan wins the prize for her portrayal of Miss Jean Brodie (as much as I love Maggie Smith). Was very touched by her performance and enjoyed the filming in Edinburgh, complete with misty sets! I also much prefer the ending of this version. Delighted it has been finally been released on DVD and look forward to curling up to watch it again soon. Very atmospheric.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete 10 Feb 2013
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Geraldine Mcewan is wonderful as Miss Jean Brodie, as good in her own way as Maggie Smith is in hers. They are both incredible actresses. The problem with this version is that the producers obviously meant to continue it beyond the first season, except that they didn't, and so the mini-series doesn't end, it just 'stops'. The Miss Brodie in this series is much more chaste than her cinematic counterpart, who managed to carry on affairs with both the art teacher (Robert Stephens), as well as the choir instructor (Gordon Jackson). Mcewan's Miss Brodie gets no further than fending off a kiss from Teddy Lloyd (art teacher), citing his wife and family as obstacles (something that never bothered Maggie Smith's Brodie). In fact, the whole Miss Brodie/Sandy/Teddy ill-fated triangle never gets off the ground here, though possibly the writers meant to develop it in the later episodes that never materialized. So the story arc is never completed, and the sense of tragedy that hangs over the movie Brody never makes an appearance here. Still, I recommend this set for lovers of the book and movie. First and foremost I love Geraldine Mcewan in anything. And the rest of the cast is excellent as well, particularly Lynsey Baxter as Sandy (though I am a huge Pamela Franklin fan as well, and she remains my favorite in the role). In addition, the episodes are generally well-written, and one can't help wonder how it might have continued, if it had been allowed to continue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, I had forgotten how good it was,pity they didn't finish the story.
Published 26 days ago by JMD1
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing And The Connoisseur of Jean Brodies'
I first saw this as a small boy around ten years old. When we visited my grandmother, we were made to sit quiet and watch this show. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DJ MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars yahhhh
I think I have 4 favourites in y life... here is another... brilliant story of truth in this movie... cheers hmac
Published 10 months ago by Helene macrae
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be louder
This would be better if it was louder or at least had a voulume control as the volume is set and not as loud as I would have liked it for my elderly mother.
Published 11 months ago by Colin Sowter
5.0 out of 5 stars why i loved the Prime of Miss Jean Bodie
I loved both version of the Prime of Miss Jean Bodies, both Dvd told different story of the teachers life permissicus, exciting, loveable, controlling and obessed with herself... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Norma Francis-Crerar
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Interpreting Muriel Sparks creations was never going to be easy, as the 1968 film demonstrated.

Geraldine McEwan's interpretation is excellent, never tedious, right to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by surfingus
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy ! Pure Joy !
I loved Maggie Smith in the film version and now i love Gerladine McEwan in the same role. The part was made for her. A more detailed account of Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. A. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this complete??
Very good, but the second disc seemed to end abruptly and I don't know whether it is the complete series. It certainly doesn't play as if it is.
Published 17 months ago by Sarah Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (tv series with G Mc)
Gosh, last time I saw this was when I was about ten years old on telly (before the days of video recorders)! Great to own it on dvd at last. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fran
1.0 out of 5 stars Far too outdated
I was very disappointed with this series. It is far to outdated for my taste although I often view series and films some decades old.
Published 18 months ago by Louise Quaade
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