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Derek Jacobi. Brother Cadfael makes some disturbing discoveries while trying to solve the apparent murder of a young woman. Color/75 min/NR.
The first Brother Cadfael mystery to be released on DVD, The Virgin in the Ice captures all of the elements that make these adaptations of Ellis Peters's novels a perennial PBS favorite. The performances and sets bring 12th-century England to vivid life (although the series was actually filmed in Hungary). Derek Jacobi portrays Cadfael with a quiet authority and just the right edge of world-weariness one would expect from a Crusader turned monk. His search for two missing children and for the band of outlaws who brutally beat one of his fellow monks turns up intrigues and surprise twists that make this episode a captivating human drama as well as an expertly crafted mystery. From frictions within Shrewsbury Abbey to the ongoing war between Queen Maud and King Stephen, The Virgin in the Ice plunges viewers fully into Cadfael's world and all of its unexpected joys and perils.
The DVD includes several minutes of audio comments by Derek Jacobi about taking on the role and the appeal of Cadfael. Other special features include biographical information about Ellis Peters (a pseudonym for Edith Pargeter), a production scrapbook of behind-the-scenes photos, and English captions for the hearing-impaired. --Larisa Lomacky MooreSee all Editorial Reviews
During this tale of lost teenagers, wicked violators, and errant crusaders, Cadfael has to untie a Gordian Knot of possibilities, and he does so with his usual aplomb. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Barbara Castleton
The title is a little misleading, but I'll leave it to you to find out why.
Brother Oswin is brought in nearly dead, having been attacked while on a mission to bring a... Read more
The incredibly artistic portrayal of this sad story is visually striking and quite memorable. But the added twist of Cadfael's discovery of who the young hero really is -... Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Linda
This series of historical mysteries shows the social structure
of England and the problems. The rape murder of a young nun
is the basis for this movie, but Brother... Read more
If you like a good mystery and are a student of history then buy and watch this seriesPublished on September 17, 2009 by bobby dee
Of all of the Brother Cadfael books that were filmed with Derek Jacobi in the title role, this is my favorite! It introduces the sleuthing friar to the son he never knew he had. Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by Katherine Hadden
Although the video doen't precisely follow the book, the visual presentation is a stunning feast for the eyes! Read morePublished on January 5, 2003 by John