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To the Ends of the Earth [Blu-ray] [2005] [US Import]

4.5 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XZ99JG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,696 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Golding was fascinated with what happens when a group of humanity is thrown on their own, isolated from other humanity and forced to recreate their own society. He studied this in Lord of the Flies, and in a great way in the sea trilogy that this film is based upon.

The story involves maturation of Edmund Talbot, an aristocrat who takes ship from England for Sydney, Australia, to take up a post sponsored by his influential Godfather. It's also the story of a group of people of disparate backgrounds who are jumbled into the cramped confines of an elderly, leaky man o' war, with all of the effluvia of 50-year-old ballast and the constant suppuration of slimy bilge water, and packed humanity crammed between the decks. Finally, it's a story about class and status, and how it begins to break down in the pressure cooker of isolation. Captain Anderson, a fiery naval post-captain (one wonders whose bad side he'd got on to get an onerous assignment like this) excellently interpreted by Jared Harris, bears upon his shoulders the task of getting this creaky old tub absolutely packed with humanity the 15,000 miles and projected 9 months sailing to Sydney Cove. It is no easy task, and one of the real stars of this movie is the almost mordant stubbornness of Anderson and his officers and crew to overcome the odds in keeping everyone alive, hopefully, to the end.
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What to add to the other 5 star reviews? I watched these three films straight after reading Golding's trilogy and enjoyed them immensely.

Script-writer Leigh Jackson ("Warriors"), who tragically died before the project was finished, efficiently extracted the best dialogue from the books, streamlining the plots very effectively for film. The cast are uniformly excellent, but Benedict Cumberbatch is simply outstanding in the lead. Edmund embarks on more than the physical journey of his life during his year aboard the unnamed ship. That we are able to trace every subtle movement of his emotional development is due to this actor's incredible technique and intelligence. Also superb are Victoria Hamilton as Miss Granham, and Daniel Evans as the Rev. Colley, both beautifully judged performances that light up the screen. Joanna Page (Stacey from "Gavin and Stacey") makes a delightful Miss Chumley. In fact this is casting at its absolute best: Capt. Anderson, Charles Summers, Devrel, Benet, Pike, Brocklebank, Zenobia, Sir Henry... all superbly brought off the pages of Golding's masterpiece!

Costume, sets, direction are all top notch. And I recommend the short "Making of" extra that comes with Disc 2. Great work, BBC!!
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I don't often feel motivated to write reviews but I was so impressed with this adaptation of William Golding's books that I felt I should to encourage some more people to watch this amazing series. The story follows the maturation of a young, confident but naive young man, Edmund Talbot, during a voyge from the UK to Australia in 1814. This is not just his tail, however, but also that of the people with whom he shares the voyage. The source material is brilliant and these films do it justice.

The production values are second to none. You will find yourself totally absorbed in the drama that unfolds as you go from being exasperated by Talbot's thoughtlessness and unthinking cruelty to feeling protective of him and proud of the man he becomes by the end. Golding's first book in the trilogy on which this story is based is ostensibly the journal of Talbot and as a result his character is with you the entire time during this film adaptation. Consequently, one cannot help but be amazed at Benedict Cumberbatch's stamina. He is in every scene and it must have been a punishing filming schedule and yet he succeeds in making what is initially an unsympathetic character into someone you are wholeheartedly rooting for. In truth there is not a bad performance in the entire production. The script, direction and production values are second to none.

I strongly urge you to purchase this DVD, you will be doing yourself a favour. I'm only sorry I can't discover it all other again and come to it new too - you lucky things!
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Great books don't often convert to great screen versions, but this does real justice to the Golding trilogy. Colley's fate, and the horror of his death, don't come across as strongly as in the book, but there's not much missing otherwise. The acting is first rate, particularly that of Benedict Cumberpatch, and the production leaves little to be desired. The books would still be my first choice, but I wouldn't want to be without this.
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I had a good time watching this series: the acting is very decent, the dialogues are smart, the pacing is good and it has a bit of humour in it (which was nice regarding the sometimes dramatic atmosphere). Without giving any spoilers away:

The story is about a man from high society, Edmund Talbot (Benedict Cumberbatch), who embarks on a ship that will take him from England to Australia, to meet up with his influential godfather. Clearly he has never been on such a voyage, or mingled with the "common" folks. His godfather has ordered him to observe everyone on board and to keep a diary about it and so Edmund does. As the long journey across the sea progresses (the voyage will last approximately 6 months), we are spectators of what happens when you put a lot of people with different opinions, social status, and quite a bit of booze in a really cramped space.

What I found so good about it, is that it takes you on a rollercoaster of such a wide range of emotions, and that you really do feel like you're trapped with those people for a long time on that ship, desperate to get your feet back on land again.
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