I confess I became hooked on the story of "Kidnapped" when I read it as a picture book at the age of 8. That was more than 60 years ago and I still love it so I'm prejudiced. This adaptation of "Kidnapped" and "Catriona" is expertly done and even purists (and I'm probably one) can have little to complain about. Written 7 years before its sequel, "Kidnapped" has no mention of Catriona Drummond and only the briefest mention of James More, whereas the story of "Catriona" revolves around them. To combine both stories into one is quite a challenge therefore, and it has been done with great integrity sticking very faithfully to the original stories and even dialogue. The cast contains a host of superb and very well-known actors and the whole series is a tour-de-force. I'm still captivated by the way Stevenson wove these stories around so many historical characters, events and places without distorting history itself. James More (a son of Rob Roy) did escape from prison with the help of his daughter Catriona and died in Paris in penury. Glenure was shot at Lettermore and James of the Glens was hanged for the crime although Alan Breck is still thought to have been involved. He was still living in Paris as an old man at the beginning of the French Revolution. And although David Balfour is fictitious it's interesting that the author's full name was Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson. At this price the DVD is a snip. Buy it, enjoy it, and check out some of the history.
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