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The Shell Seekers [DVD][2006]
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2009
Having watched the dire adaptations of the Winter Solstice novel by the same producers, I began this DVD with a heavy heart, and quickly found that, despite a few creaky moments, it really works well. I think the main reason for this is Vanessa Redgrave, an actress of such immense presence that she can carry almost anything. Here she has a decent script, excellent performances from Maximilian Schell and Prunella Scales amongst others, and pretty decent production values. A surprisingly good watch, really.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent dvd as so true to the book. A lot of films and dvd's do not match the story, but this one does. Ofcourse, the wonderful acting of Vanessa Redgrave never fails anyone.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2010
I thoroughly wenjoyed this version of the Shell Seekers, Vanessa Redgrave was excellent as Penolope Keeling, and the other members of the cast worked well. Also the best thing was that the film followed the story closely.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2007
great chick flick hits all the buttons and reminds you of how different life was during and after the war and how relationships at that time tended to differ massively to today. Also great insight into family dynamics. Has its happy, sad, deep, emotional moments really really enjoyed it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2014
Brilliant film. To be honest I didn't realise it was in two parts, so was mortified when the titles started rolling on what I thought was a bad ending!!!! Oops, good job I kept watching the titles roll. Bought as a used item in good condition. No problems with the DVD at all. Came to me return of post.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2014
Bought this DVD for my mum as she is a big fan of the books. She loved it and has re watched it many times! Would recommend to any fans.
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on 1 August 2015
So disappointing, it's my all-time favourite book, so much of the storyline was missing, characters not even mentioned i.e. Darius, Richard not mentioned until the end, no return visit to Cornwall, no mention of the Shell Seakers painting going to a gallery, death of Cosmo different, no death scene, no marriage of Antonia, in all very disappointed
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on 7 July 2014
A long time since any of my friends have read the book, so,there was no need to compare..often to the detriment of one or the other.
The DVD was a delight, filming was excellent, and very evocative...even husband enjoyed it, which was a surprise.
Recommend not only for a girly night in with a bottle of fizz, but couples too.
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on 25 April 2013
I loved the book and find Rosamund Pilcher has a great insight into people. So the DVD didn't disappoint. Maybe it would have been better to have first seen the DVD before reading the book as peoples' traits and situations do change in a film. I would recommend this DVD to all Pilcher fans.
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on 11 March 2014
I have read the book, which was an excellent read. I am in possession of both dvd versions. The Angela Lansbury version was nice to watch, but not as true to the book as the Vanessa Redgrave version. The latter for me was more enjoyable and enthralling.
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