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  • Actors: Joe McFadden, Bill Paterson, Peter Capaldi, Valerie Edmond, Stella Gonet
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF5DY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,945 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Available for the first time on DVD

Special Features: - Features footage not previously released on VHS - DVD extras include Iain Banks interview and commentary from the producer, director and screenwriter

"Annoyingly better than the novel in so many ways"

Iain Banks

Synopsis

Superior BBC adaptation of Iain Banks's acclaimed and darkly comic novel in which teenager Prentice sets out to uncover the truth behind the mysterious and unresolved disappearance of his Uncle Rory. He finds that the truth lies under a tapestry of dark secrets shrouding his own family's past. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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By Jago Wells VINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2008
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One of the best adaptations of a novel that I have ever seen. The 1996 BBC recreation for the small screen of Iain Banks' darkly brilliant gothic work really stands up superbly 12 years on.
Featuring a strong cast including Bill Paterson, Peter Capaldi and Joe McFadden as the male half of the McHoan clan who live on the beautiful Argyll coast in their rambling country house.The storyline focuses on missing uncle Rory who never returned from a sojourn abroad and the rivalry between the writer brothers (Paterson and Capaldi) mainly instigated by elder brother Kenneth (Paterson) who never quite forgives younger Rory (Capaldi) for getting into print first before he disappears into the wide blue yonder. The McHoan sister is married to the charming but sinister 'Uncle Fergus' who lives in baronial splendor in his stunning castle on the shores of a mysterious dark loch.
Death is never far away from the central character, young Prentice (McFadden)..Kenneth's son who witnesses a series of family and friends die in usually tragic circumstances.
Sensitive soul that he is.He can't accept his fiercely atheistic father's brutal philosophical acceptance of these deaths and seeks answers.Just why does everyone he loves keep dying ? On top of this Prentice has to suffer further trauma as he watches older smarter brother played by Dougray Scott make a name for himself as a stand up comic and steal the girl of his wildest dreams-Verity- from under his nose !
Aided by the beautiful Ash his platonic girlfriend who happens to be a wizz with computers, Prentice gradually peels away the multitude of dark layers hiding the truth.
Beautifully,filmed acted and set.The whole 4 part series builds up to a powerful conclusion !
I had the pleasure of staying at Ardpatrick House on the Knapdale Peninsular where much of the Crow Road was filmed. Ardpatrick stood in for the McHoan family home. It was a wonderful experience and certainly enhanced a memorable drama experience.
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By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2001
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A pity that the amazon synopsis for this title is so short. The crow road screened in the autumm of '96 to much critical aclaim and launched Dougray Scott's career as he has since played the baddie in mission impossible 2. This drama is totally realistic, I was 20 when this was screened - the same age as many of the characters in it, and they struck me as being exactly of a same personality as my own friends in the west of scotland and Argyll. It's nice being from the same area as where this drama is set. I can tell you that without a doubt, if you want to know what young people in the west of scotland are really like, then watch this - not some stupid stereotyped characters like the school janitor from "the simpsons"!!
Seriously though, you will never see a similar drama anywhere near as good as this one. Please do watch it, or read the book & watch it!
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The Crow Road is essentially a story about growing up. But while most productions on this theme tend to be mawkish, the Crow Road is a brilliantly suspenseful, moving drama mixing elements of murder mystery, comedy, tragedy, love, sex and faith. The series comprises 4 hour-long episodes that follow Prentice McHoan, a young lad brought up by his father to question things in life. So when friends and family start dying, his older brother steals off with the woman of his dreams, and his beloved Uncle Rory goes missing, Prentice starts casting round for answers. Is there some spiritual meaning to all these people leaving him or is there a more human, and sinister, reason? Aided by his old friend Ashley Watt and imaginary visitations from the missing Rory, Prentice tries to solve the McHoan mysteries.

The acting here is superb, particularly from Bill Paterson. The story skips deftly between the present, Prentice's younger days, and even the childhood of his father and uncles, allowing the relationships between the characters to be fully realised and making it all the more heartbreaking when they break down. The extras don't amount to much unfortunately, with the audio commentary from the director and other crew a bit dry. Some contribution here from the charismatic cast (including such faces as Peter Capaldi, and even Supergran!) would have helped. Quite how this TV series compares with the book it's based on I don't know as I haven't read it but here's the author Iain Banks' opinion: "annoyingly better than the book in far too many places". There you go. Do watch this.
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I chose not to watch The Crow Road when it was originally televised, it did not appear to be to my taste. Some years later I read Iain Banks' novel and realised just how poor my judgement had been. I was gripped by the coming-of-age/family saga/mystery/love-story and it remains one of my favourite pieces of contempory fiction.
The BBC adaptation, while naturally missing some detail, is an exemplar of good an adaptation of a literary classic can be. No vital parts of the plot are sacrificed, and the narrative, even with flashbacks is clear. An interesting - and successful device - is the imagined series of conversations between Prentice and his missing uncle Rory.
Production values and acting are of a consistently high standard throughout.
Excellent.
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I just had to add my "hear, hear" to the first reviewer- Banks has one of the most eceentric, beautiful and cruel of literary outputs (let's ignore the SF stuff with the middle initial), and The Crow Road is perhaps in the Top Five of British Novels of the last 20 years.
For the BBC to have somehow made an adaption of such skill and care is remarkable- it genuinely adds to your experience of the story and is compelling, chilling and moving.
Special words should be said for Joseph McFadden as Prentice and Bill Paterson as Ken; McFadden is a charismatic narrator, and you never lose sypmpathy with him, even when he seems to be going off the rails.
Paterson's peformance is perhaps a lifetime best, and Dougray Scott, Peter Capaldi and Valerie Edmond all atmosphere as part of an excellent ensemble.
The Crow Road is everything that the British Novel and British TV Drama can and should be- challenging, entertaining, and serious in it's artistic intentions.
Truly a landmark production.
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