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A complete and utter travesty,
This review is from: A Young Doctor's Notebook [DVD] (DVD)
Fans of Mikhail Bulgakov should stay very well away from this DVD. It is an utter distortion and corruption of his stories.
The production team were clearly not satisfied with the sensitivity and warmth of Bulgakov - and so decided to turn the story into a combination of horror and farce. I appreciate that adapting books requires changes, but this series goes well beyond what was required to bring the story to the screen effectively.
For example - a little girl needed her leg amputated. In the book the doctor was astonished by the complete lack of blood; the saw he was given was "pristine", the amputation proceeded very quickly, the leg was disposed of sensitively by his assistant. In the DVD there was obviously fake blood gushing everywhere; the saw was blunt, the doctor hacked away until he was exhausted, dropped the leg on the floor and his assistant fell over it onto the fake blood.
The whole story of the Doctors friend who became and addict and committed suicide (tragic and moving in the book) was conflated into the doctors own life.
In the book the Doctor did not have an affair with his nurses, and there was no hint of such an event. In the DVD there were multiple, sordid sexual encounters.
It is hard to know where to stop with the criticism of a production that lost all the tact and warmth of the book in a feeble attempt to attract a morbid audience that simply wanted blood and titillation.
Shame on the producers. Shame on Radcliffe (who claims to love Bulgakov). Shame on SKY.
The only DVD I have ever bought in my life that was literally binned after one viewing.