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To The Ends of the Earth - BBC [DVD]
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From Nobel Laureate William Golding's (Lord of the Flies) epic sea-voyage trilogy comes the story of an ambitious British aristocrat, humbled by the lives of his fellow passengers, as he embarks on an ocean voyage for Australia where he is to be an official in the colonial government.
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The ship has to deal with numerous storms, ice and periods when it is becalmed and doesn't move at all and there is conflict among the crew and between the passengers. The reconstruction of the voyage is superbly staged, it looks realistic and believable, the story is totally gripping and exciting and Cumberbatch is terrific in the lead role. You really get involved in the story and I recommend it as a film that gets your attention from beginning to end and never lets go.
However, I already own the DVD set and I invested a fair bit of money in the Blu-Ray version presuming that it was a properly mastered BBC produced transfer... I am disappointed, mostly.
As has been stated in other reviews, this is most definitely a standard definition transfer and not significantly better than the DVD transfer, but it is slightly. My guess is that the series was video recorded in SD because in 2005 that was really the only option for an inexpensive ship based drama. Film would have been extortionate and in 2003/4 when this was produced there were virtually no useful pro grade HD video cameras in use by the BBC. What we have here then is the best that can be done with the SD master and on my 52" TV there is a VERY small difference in resolution but it's really marginal. Add to that the absence of extras on the disc (unlike the DVD) and the disparity in price and you'll forgive me for not recommending this blu-ray unless it's well below £10 (not when I purchased it) and you don't own the DVD or need the extras.
If it turns out that an HD master of this series DOES exist then this is a total scam!
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I enjoyed this as its not your average serial. A good supplierPublished 5 months ago by mrs sally kingsnorth
Fantastic. This journey seems so real, one has the impression to have been on board and to come back from a " far-far away-land" when it ends.Published 10 months ago by sens