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  • Actors: John Simm, Ian McDiarmid, Geraldine James
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BBC
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014L2C9G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This acclaimed BBC adaptation of Crime and Punishment remains faithful to Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel. Set in St Petersburg in the second half of the 19th century, the psychological thriller tells of a desperate young murderer caught in a web of his own guilt. Rodya Raskolnikov is a poverty-stricken student living among the fetid alleyways and crumbling tenements of St Petersburg. Intense and highly intelligent, Raskolnikov believes he is among a class of men destined for greatness and as such is permitted to breach 'normal' moral values. He decides to test his courage and integrity by killing a pawnbroker, a mean old woman whom he is sure nobody will miss. The murder, however, only serves to draw Raskolnikov into a nightmare world in which he is dogged by guilt, paranoia and alienation. Faced with the wily investigator Porfiry, who sets up a complex series of traps, encounters and onversations, can Raskolnikov escape his own conscience or the seemingly inevitable punishment? ...Crime and Punishment - 2-DVD Set ( Crime & Punishment )

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It is hard to remember any Classic Adaptation of recent years that so well captures the atmosphere of its source material, and that it should be an adaptation of this powerful and psychologically profound novel is even more remarkable. John Simm is perfect as Raskolonikov, and Ian McDermid likewise as his teasing nemesis Porfiry. Wonderful, and you never think "this is not like the book"!
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Stunning photography and stellar perfomances combine to make this a real treat for drama lovers. It's rather dreamy and surreal but also succeeds in both horrifying and enthralling you as you find yourself rooting for an increasingly unstable double murderer. John Simm does his usual outstanding job of looking tortured and confused, while the supporting cast, particularly Kate Ashfield (I think?) as Sonja, put in such strong performances that even the mighty Simm doesn't just blow them off the screen. Of course, as a Dostoevsky adaptation, as thrilling as this is, it's still pretty 'heavyweight' and won't appeal to everyone, but for those who are happy to think as they view, it's a real and unusual treat. A gorgeous score and panoramic views of St Petersburg are just added extras. Really, really good.
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I have read the book and wanted to share the story with my grown up family. They started off reluctantly but after a while they were all gripped by the compelling acting and directing of this epic and unusual drama. Brilliant.
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Beautifully filmed, hard hitting, perspective changing, and true to the book. Would highly recommend this film to fans of great literature and film
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I thought this was an excellent production - it gave me the same emotional experience as the book which hardly ever happens.
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Beautifully filmed, characters portrayed superbly, Raskolnikov fits perfectly with my understanding of the character. I've read the book at least 8 times, getting more out of it at each reading, and this film version fits my understanding. I love it.
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Let's face it, it's a daunting task attempting to dramatise this extraordinary and complex novel. And this is not a bad attempt. It's not a great attempt either. It looks low budget. I'd love to see a big budget production.
Raskolnikov's crime is graphically illustrated in all its gory awfulness. It really 'looks' shocking. More shocking than in the novel.
Real violence is always disgusting and the scene of the axe murders made me turn my head away. I couldn't watch it. The victims, particularly the pathetic Lizaveta, look vulnerable and pathetic. Authentic but sickening reality.
Simm is a good actor and he is convincing but he is never the Heathcliffesque character I envisaged from the book. He is somehow not brooding or even brutally handsome enough.
Porfiry Petrovitch is masterfully acted by Iain McDiarmid. It is not an easy role. Dounia and Sonia are weakly portrayed, but it might be said they are weak, unconvincing characters by Dostoevsky's standards. Perhaps that is too harsh. The long suffering Sonia reminds me of Mary Magdalene to Raskolnikov's anti-Christ.
But for me the revelation was Svidrigailov, played by Nigel Terry. Here we see the contrast between the high thinking 'good' man, Raskolnikov, who brutally murders in cold blood for a notion of greatness; and the morally corrupt, nefarious low man, Svidrigailov, who is willing to sacrifice himself just to be loved. The good man shuns love and kills; the bad man kills himself for love. The good man gives charity to imagine himself great and powerful, the bad man gives away his fortune to poor orphans and seeks no reward and no thanks. It precisely begs the question: 'who is good and who is bad? and who are we to judge so readily?
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As other reviewers have said this is an astounding adaptation of Dostoevsky. So many elements are captured from the book and realised brilliantly on screen - from the psychological disintegration of Raskolnikov to the stench, squalor and splendour of St Petersburg. Lovers of the book will delight in this energetic, visceral and powerful dramatization. Apart from the brilliant direction, casting and performances there is a wonderful, haunting score which works perfectly and captures all the anguish and despair of the redemptive Sonya and our tragic hero. I'm amazed the BBC have never seen fit to re-broadcast after its first showing. I could watch this on a loop!
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