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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to miss! Jane Seymour in her greatest role
One of the best series done, Seymour is great playing a dark character, I think this series made her famous, Bruce Boxleitner also, you may remember Timothy Bottoms from Paper Chase "Mr. Hart"
Paperchase is an oldie but its a good one.
I'm surprised there are not many reviews here, check Amazon USA and read the reviews, maybe it was not advertised as much in the...
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by The Onedin Line Lady

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Melodrama
Good in parts, and Jane Seymour puts in an impressive performance. Sadly, the characters in the second half of the series just didn't ring true.
Published on 1 July 2011 by exmoston


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to miss! Jane Seymour in her greatest role, 6 Mar 2012
This review is from: East Of Eden [DVD] (DVD)
One of the best series done, Seymour is great playing a dark character, I think this series made her famous, Bruce Boxleitner also, you may remember Timothy Bottoms from Paper Chase "Mr. Hart"
Paperchase is an oldie but its a good one.
I'm surprised there are not many reviews here, check Amazon USA and read the reviews, maybe it was not advertised as much in the UK as in the USA. Anyway don't pass up missing this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Melodrama, 1 July 2011
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Good in parts, and Jane Seymour puts in an impressive performance. Sadly, the characters in the second half of the series just didn't ring true.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Aug 2011
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I am a Jane Seymour fan and was delighted with this series. Although Jane portrays an evil character her acting talents are not diminished. Quality of the DVD is very good. I like the story line too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery, 23 Jan 2014
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Jonathan K. Lippman "gidget man" (Geneva, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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PERFECT THANK YOU for your service and quick delivery and the quality of the film was perfect as well for sure
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3.0 out of 5 stars East Of Eden, 22 Nov 2013
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This film was well produced, Jane Seymore gave a very good performance, but afraid I found the story rather depressing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The second part is rather weak, 8 April 2012
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If you followed the process in good order, the novel first, James Dean's film second? and this one will have made you furious, and finally the TV series you will say they saved most of the novel on the TV screen, but not in the film.

This mini series in three parts is rather good for the first part, very skeletal and poor for the middle part and very good for the last part. The first part is the conflict of Charles and Adam with a crazy father who sends Adam away to the cavalry to protect him from Charles and to make him hard and strong. The army does not make anyone strong if that one is not somewhere already strong or just bad. Adam is neither. So the cavalry and the Indian wars fail completely. The series skips the Florida chain gang episode and that's fine for the time being.

The second part is by far too skimpy and short with Cathy and the two twins. The main element that is kept out is the Hamilton family reduced more or less to two or three short episodes with Samuel Hamilton, and of course the naming of the children and the reading of Genesis, Chapter 4, Abel and Cain, though they shorten this section and among other things skip verse 7 that Lee is going to discuss later on to explain the real meaning of God giving free choice to Cain who may do good or fall into evil if he chooses, but no one has predicted or planned it for him and no one is going to tell him what to do.

The third part alas keeps the innovation of the 1955 film and set Kate's brothel in Monterey, instead of directly in Salinas, within walking distance and immediate public rumor. This will help cutting the blackmailing Kate is planning to do in the city after her retirement, and her end, in fact her poisoning suicide and her will giving everything to Adam, quite a fortune, but Adam will be far away from Salinas by then. This side of the fishy business of Kate and the deal she has with the local sheriff and not the sheriff of the next county is taken out, especially when this one discovers the blackmailing plan after her death.

But the second part having been shortened too much, the third part loses one more important event. After the lettuce fiasco, Adam decides to write to his brother and he discovers Charles is dead and has left a real fortune behind. That means the miserable end in this series with a rich man turned poor, and the son burning fifteen thousand dollars out of spite is a lot more severe in real monetary value than it is in the novel where it is more symbolical than really hard, since Caleb has the farm, the house in Salinas and the two inheritances from his uncle and from his mother, via his brother in that latter case.

This series though is clear on some essential elements. Though Samuel Hamilton is reduced to the minimum, Lee is essential without ever being the victim of any hostility when the war is declared, like in the 1955 film (note the anti-German events are also erased), and not being the target of too much deriding name calling, except from the sheriff who calls him chink chink, Lee is a central and essential character in the second and especially third part. He is among other crucial moments the one who gets Adam's blessing to his son Caleb.

The conflict between the two brothers, Caleb and Aron, is both reduced to a rather simple situation of two boys who are more or less competing for the love of their father, in the absence of a mother, and for the love of a girl, and at the same time slightly strengthened on that latter point by another reduction: the role Caleb plays in his brother's success in high school where he passes a class and his going to college on the support from his brother Caleb is erased. The two brothers are shown in the novel as deeply in love with each other and at the same time deeply competitive more than hostile but on a background of frustration both at the level of the father and at the level of the mother. It is this deep frustration and the father's unfair and unjust, unequal and selfish treatment of Caleb that is the main cause of the drama.

The series shows, but with a strong emphasis on the biblical interpretation proposed by Lee, how the curse runs in the family from the grandfather and his two sons from two different mothers and the conflict of Charles against Adam, though Adam is the oldest, then between these two grown up brothers who find themselves unable to work together on their common farm and then who take opposed positions concerning Cathy who takes refuge on their farm. In the first case Adam had no mother and was raised by his stepmother with a son on her own side. In the second case Adam picks that Cathy more or less out of a fancy and against his brother's will to spite him or to compensate for his lack of a mother.

But this union gives two sons then who are twins, symbolically Caleb the first one and Aron the second one, reproducing the biblical pair with Caleb the "bad" one like "Charles" and Cain and Aron the nave and pure one like Adam and Abel, Aran and Adam the favorites of their fathers, just like Abel was preferred by God.

This pattern is strongly reinforced in the series but was absolutely absent from the film since the film only considered the final drama in Salinas. The series has reduced some balancing episodes and elements to concentrate on this parallel.

The result is that the biblical explanation is all the stronger since it reverses the curse and gives to anyone, and particularly to the one who feels unjustly rejected the responsibility to choose good and not evil. But what about Adam who could have chosen to be good and not evil with Caleb? And what about Charles and what about Aron? Only Caleb is pointed out and that is unfair, especially since God's curse against Cain has a compensation: he will be the source of all kinds of future development of humanity. But here the series is just as unfair with the Bible as the novel: Adam and Eve had a third son to replace Abel, Seth and at least half of humanity has come from this Seth and not all of humanity from Cain.

That's the main element that is missing in the novel, the film and the TV series. Adam and Eve did not have two sons but three and Steinbeck never envisaged that third son and he distorted the first pair making them from two different mothers, and the second pair by making them twins though not real and in the novel we can assume one is from Charles and in the TV series it is rather clearly said they are both from Charles. Actually to insinuate they are from two different fathers is closer to the Bible since Abel is more or less hinted to be from God himself.

To conclude we can say this is a strange novel and TV series (the film is too far from the novel to be comparable) that reveals the deep biblical inspiration in the USA and at the same time the deep and cruel inspiration Steinbeck gets from this Bible. In a way Steinbeck is settling accounts with God in this novel and the TV series is just as hard with the poor Episcopalian priest who is accused of not even going to the toilet not to have any contact with anything sexual and the total final image of Aron as a complete or nearly complete religious mind living in absolute mental celibate, and of course physical purity, is slightly misleading as compared to the novel.

But the whole shebang is really worth the detour from standard reality shows, even the film because of the brilliant James Dean.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd,east of eden, 6 Mar 2012
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bought this for my daughter who loves it.She has recommended i buy a copy for myself even though its not a dvd i would buy... but she does know what i like so i may just take the plunge and get a copy.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No need to have, 10 Mar 2012
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The story is irrelevant and
the film is violent, a very good play from al actors though but certainly not rdifying for the soul. I gave it to charity.
Overall I wouldn't buy now, a bit desappointed
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