Maelstrom [DVD] 
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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A six-part British gothic thriller that tells the mysterious tale of a young British woman and a strange bequest made to her of substantial property on the west coast of Norway from a man she did not know. When Catherine Durrell travels to the small fjord town that is the site of her inheritance, peculiar things begin to occur and events become more mysterious and menacing after her arrival. ...Maelstrom (6 Episodes) - 3-DVD Box Set
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Catherine Durrell (Tusse Silberg) living in England is left a large legacy by someone she has never heard of in Norway, and arriving there is warmly welcomed by her benefactors children Anna Marie Jordahl(Susan Gilmore) and her sister Ingrid (Edita Brychta) and Husband Lars (Christopher Scoular), and is attracted to a journalist Anders Bjornson (David Beames). Also a late appearance of Ann Todd as the Jordahls great aunt Astrid.
The acting throughout is very good, although David Beames does seem to have difficulty involving us in his dialogue.
A good screen play by Michael Bird, interesting and believable characters and the unusual plot draw one into the drama, as it progresses through the beautiful Norwegian fjords, countryside and house interiors. The pictorial quality and framing of the scenery is outstanding.
A very fine specimen of 1980s BBC contemporary drama, unfortunately the transfer quality is only adequate.
Well i found in no less engaging 20 years later, the whole china doll thing gets me spooked for a start- but the house on the island- and the way the finger starts to point to one of the characters is great.
Very watchable and entertaining and the scenery in Norway is stunning
In fact I was amazed at how much I had remembered, so the film clearly had an impact on me first time around.
The dolls I still find quite spooky but the best part was; that I had forgotten the end.
Maybe a little slow moving for younger viewers but keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through.
Maelstom is an engaging thriller with a first class script, solid directing and ,typical of Michael J Bird, filmed in a splendid location.
It is an intriguing story played out in a beautiful and refreshingly different setting. The almost constant sunshine of the Norwegian mid-summer makes a falsely reassuring background for a tale of mental illness and a family either ignorant of or choosing to be so of a dark secret that has brought a stranger into the very heart of their world.
Tusse Silberg is a very likeable heroine, and David Beames is well matched to her, if a little distant. Which maybe an attempt to convey the cool nature of the Scandinavians. This coolness certainly shows in his apparent lack of enthusiasm to investigate what he believes to be a murder. Ann Todd makes the most of her appearances, giving a sterling performance as the tortured Aunt who just wants the past to stay in the past.
There is an extra presence beyond the creepy china dolls though - the baleful prescence of the house on the island. This is no forbidding Manderlay though. Despite appearing to be an idyllic home in it's own little paradise, the house seems more sinister each time we see it. Even the bright and inviting ground floor begins to seem hostile.
This is a well crafted gem that will linger in your mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking for this film for years before I finally found it. It was a mini-series on TV in Hungary when I was about 10 years old. Read morePublished 21 days ago by A. V. Bodonyi
As with other posts I can't believe I've found this after all these years! I too was 9/10 yrs old and it scared the b'jesus out of me!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ms. Karen Kennedy
This is the Dutch edition but you can turn off the subtitles and it's spoken English as normal. This series is just as creepy as I remembered. Terrific. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MissusR
Distracted by slight growl on soundtrack at times. Still a good chiller!Published 11 months ago by Lynn Barnett
My friend and myself watched this as kids and remember it scaring the life out of us. When I saw it for sale I just had to get it for said friends birthday! Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2014 by Claire Williams
Psycho comes to the fjords! To be honest this is nowhere near Michael J Bird's 'Lotue Eaters' or 'Ferryman' - it's a rather plodding and predictable storyline with a wafer thin... Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2013 by D. Sedgwick
I remember this for my younger days...well the dolls crying and the house burning. Ok it was not as scary as it was then but I still was glued.Published on 5 Aug. 2013 by Claney
I held fond memories of watching this as a child and being terrified at the suspense. A really good story fabulously told.Published on 31 Dec. 2012 by Lauren A. Humphreys
This is a very clever story. Also, the photography is superb. But, again, do not waste time reading this. Buy and enjoy the DVD.Published on 21 Aug. 2011 by Mr. Louis Des Preaux