Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now DIYED Learn More Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now

Moonfleet 2014

LOVEFiLM By Post

Movies and TV seasons on DVD and
Blu-ray to rent By Post.

Start your 30-day free trial

Receive 4 discs a month for £8.99 or £7.99 for Prime customers.

LOVEFiLM By Post

Written by Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), this two-part adaptation of the much-loved John Meade Falkner novel is set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet. In the story, young John Trenchard (Aneurin Barnard - The White Queen) is desperate to join the local band of smugglers led by Elzevir Block (Ray Winstone - The Departed, Hugo). Together they embark on an adventure full of action, friendship, and humour, and hunt for a fabled lost diamond. Their journey takes them from 18th Century Dorset, to the jewellery quarter of The Hague, and on to a gripping, final sea voyage. Sophie Cookson joins the cast as John's first love, Grace, who is also the daughter of Moonfleet's anti-smuggling magistrate, Mohune, played by Ben Chaplin (Mad Dogs, Dorian Gray). Omid Djalili (Gladiator) appears as a diamond merchant, Aldobrand, and Martin Trenaman (The Inbetweeners) as the Turnkey.

Starring:
Phil Daniels, Lorcan Cranitch
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Phil Daniels, Lorcan Cranitch, Aneurin Barnard, Frank O'Sullivan, Ray Winstone, Ben Chaplin, Sophie Cookson, Fionn Walton, Anthony Ofoegbu
Director Andy de Emmony
Studio IMC Vision
Rental release 7 April 2014
Main languages English

Other Formats

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Adaptations of books onto the big screen always tend to disappoint, but not in this case. Having recently read Moonfleet a few months ago, I found that this version is pretty much faithfully to the book. Anuerin Barnard was a bit weak, but Ray Winstone as Elziver Block was a delight to watch. Overall an enjoyable 90 minutes.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had greatly enjoyed Treasure Island from Sky and had similar high hopes of this, but it isn't in the same league. The story is told passably enough but none of the characters particularly engaged me, nor was the action particularly exciting. As far as I remember the book it was a reasonably faithful adaptation. So it passes the time, but isn't one of the greats.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was one of my favourite books when I was a lad and this adaptation is a travesty. Whoever is responsible have taken a classic, re-written beyond all recognition and turned it into a soap with cardboard characters and appalling dialogue; and I have seen better acting in school nativity plays. Absolute rubbish.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
J. Meade Falkner’s popular 1898 adventure story of smuggling and a fabulous lost diamond has been previously dramatised for the radio, the stage, the cinema and television. This latest version follows the essential storyline but could not be said to be a faithful adaptation, even though it does not insert an extraneous adult hero in the way that the 1951 film did.

The 1750s story is set in an English coastal village, where young orphan John Trenchard lives with his aunt but ends up moving to Elziver Block’s inn. Block’s son has been killed by Magistrate Maskew during an attack upon local smugglers and he subsequently loses his lease on the inn to the magistrate, whose daughter, Grace, John is in love with. When Maskew is killed Block becomes the prime suspect. Together, he and John seek out the lost diamond and take it abroad to sell it but they are double crossed by the merchant and thrown in jail. Despite being separated their friendship endures and is put to a final test when the ship in which they are both being transported is struck by a violent storm.

Versatile actor and screen tough guy Ray Winstone’s previous appearances in costume roles include The Proposition (2005), Sweeney Todd (2006), Tracker (2010) and Great Expectations (2011). Here he is well cast as the rough and ready smuggler “Elziver Block.” Handsome and accomplished twenty-seven year old Welsh actor Anuerin Barnard will be familiar to viewers of Ironclad (2011) and The White Queen (2013). He is, however, a decade older than the “John Trenchard” of the book. The two of them are aided by a reliable supporting cost and enough has been invested in the production to deliver an effective look and feel to the story. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the DVD, which is penny plain and lacks both chapter selection or extras of any kind.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have not read the original book so came to this as just a viewer and I did enjoy it in a "Sunday afternoon teatime serial" kind of way. However, my husband who has fond memories of reading the book in his formative years was disappointed at the deviations from the original and the "sexing up" of the story and characters in general. Overall the DVD is a modern take on an old favourite which is watchable rather than memorable.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I eventually lost count of how many times I read Moonfleet as a child. Therefore I was really looking forward to seeing this adaptation. However, I found the first half rather long-winded, leaving the second half rather rushed. For me it just lacked the excitement and momentum that the book always had.
1 Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
Moonfleet was a good, not great, but good, Sky1 mini series. It's very similar to another recent Sky1 mini series, Treasure Island. The acting was good and the story was exciting. Worth watching.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I read the book at school and remember the story; this modern remake is better than the original film; well worth viewing; about the Cornish ship wreckers years ago when they started fires on the shores to guide the ships onto the rocks and then plunder them.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse