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This review is from: Ivanhoe [DVD]  (DVD)
Having been enthralled by this 1982 Tv movie adaptation of the famous Sir Walter Scott classic, I've been looking out for a dvd release and now finally, its happened and with great digital transfer picture quality and sound.
Even though I do like the ITV series made in the 90s, I prefer the cast line up here. Anthony Andrews was truly the heroic Ivanhoe, and Olivia Hussey the perfect Jewess Rebecca not forgetting Sam Niell who did a great job as the villainous Norman knight Bois Guilbert and I could go on about the rest of the cast.
Ok, I'd still keep Sir Christopher Lee as the deliciously malevolent Temple Grandmaster but so wish that the ITV drama series adaptation could have been made with the 1982 cast!
Don't get me wrong, am not dissing the 1982 screenplay- as it was pretty good and some of the lines were almost literally taken from the book- just that I'd have preferred a TV series adaptation to cover the whole book and more instead of being condensed within the limitations of a TV movie adaptation.