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East of Eden (2009)

Jane Seymour , Lloyd Bridges  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jane Seymour, Lloyd Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Timothy Bottoms, Karen Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 382 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,870 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "East of Eden" on IMDb

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Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck considered East of Eden his quintessential novel. At more than six hours, this sumptuous production brings Steinbeck’s bestseller to the screen more fully and faithfully than any other adaptation. Sweeping from Connecticut to California and from the Civil War to World War I, it follows three generations of the tumultuous Trask family: patriarch Cyrus (Warren Oates); his feuding sons, Adam and Charles (Timothy Bottoms, Bruce Boxleitner); and quarrelsome grandsons, Aron and Cal (Hart Bochner, Sam Bottoms). Through these men’s lives slithers Cathy (Jane Seymour) -- a she-serpent who holds their love and enmity.

With a cast that includes Lloyd Bridges, Howard Duff, Anne Baxter, and Karen Allen, this saga explores the nature of good and evil, the origin of sin, and the hope of reconciliation. In its ambitious themes, pervasive Biblical allusions, and abiding reverence for the land, East of Eden stands as a timeless American epic.

Winner of an Emmy® for best art direction and Golden Globes® for best miniseries and best actress.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE exclusive interview with Jane Seymour, biography of John Steinbeck, and cast filmographies.

Bringing to life the bestselling novel by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, this TV adaptation faithfully follows the history of the Trask family from the Civil War to World War II. A recreation of the biblical story of Cain and Abel, East of Eden follows estranged half-brothers Adam and Charles (Timothy Bottoms and Bruce Boxleitner) as they reunite after the death of their father, Cyrus (Warren Oates). They live together on their father’s land, constantly quarreling, when they meet the manipulative and beautiful Cathy Ames (Jane Seymour), a prostitute with a dark past. The theme of good versus evil runs rampant throughout and entangles itself in the Trask family legacy through each generation. Jane Seymour’s brilliant portrayal of Cathy through three decades, from young runaway to aging mother, earned her a Golden Globe. Fans of Steinbeck and Seymour alike will be pleased with this retelling which won an Emmy for best art direction and Golden Globe for best miniseries. This three-disc set features a biography on John Steinbeck, exclusive interview with Jane Seymour, and cast filmographies. --Amanda Faddis

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Grapths of Wrath June 19, 2003
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I never thought I would read a better book than the Grapes of Wrath, then I read East of Eden. I immediately ran out to get the movie and was so disappointed. Then I saw the mini-series and it was wonderful. Usually, these made for TV things don't work, but I have been trying to find it for years and was thrilled that it mimicked the book almost perfectly. The movie is haunting, beautifully done, and something that you will never forget. The original movie does absolutely no justice to this novel. This tape will keep you so absorbed, troubled and in tune with what is good and what is evil.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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I am very happy to see that some of those wonderful mini-series that TV once upon a time used to be able to make, such as "Roots", "The Winds of War" and "North and South", have actually made it to DVD.

But unfortunately this one, which I also consider to be right up there among the very best I have ever seen, seems to have been totally forgotten by everyone (--well maybe not by the fans, but by everyone making those all-important marketing decisions as to what gets released and what doesn't).

All I ever see anywhere is the so-so James Dean movie which only covers part of the Steinbeck book. Yeah, yeah, so Dean is a cultural icon like Marilyn and Elvis and they figure his name alone will make it sell. But why not release this one as well? It deserves to be released for another very good reason: QUALITY!!

Forget Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. THIS is the role that Jane Seymour deserves to be remembered for. She proved to doubters once and for all that she truly CAN act. It's a pity that younger viewers have never had the opportunity to see what I consider to be her finest performance ever.

So I send out a loud HELLOOOO~ to the marketing geniuses out there in DVD-makerland to try and wake them up and remind them of the greatness of this wonderfully sprawling mini-series. Yes there ARE people out here who remember it well and can't wait to see it again. Come on DVD-making people. Give us the FULL mini-series, uncut and remastered.

And after that, how about "Rich Man, Poor Man", "Captains and Kings", "Roots: The Next Generations" and "Centennial"? Ahh, I sure do miss those glory days of the heyday of the TV mini-series...
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest movies of all time! April 16, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I had to read the book, "East of Eden," for an English class, and I absolutely loved it! That's why, when I saw this movie at the public library in my hometown of Lynchburg Tennessee, I just had to rent it. I had watched the James Dean version of the movie, and was extremely disappointed, because so much was left out. However, this miniseries adaptation is wonderful! Jayne Seymour does a superb job of portraying Cathy, the manipulative and seductive villaness. Whoever directed this movie had obviously read the book thoroughly, because of how closely the vidio followed it. I would thoroughly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys true adaptations of classic novels, and who wants to listen to a story that will melt the heart.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An acting tour-de-force for Seymour! August 26, 2001
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Sure, the original theatrical film made a star of James Dean, but this miniseries adaptation showcased the star power talents of Jane Seymour in the role of "Kathy," mother of the character portrayed by Dean in the fifties classic. Miss Seymour is superb as the wickedly determined woman who abandons husband (Timothy Bottoms) and children (with Sam Bottoms in the Dean part) for her own pursuits. She stops at nothing to get her way, giving up respectability for a career as a madam.
Great support comes from Warren Oates, Lloyd Bridges and Soon-Tek-Oh as a faithful and intelligent Chinese manservant whose wisdom and insight far exceeds those around him. See this one and you'll forget the wholesome "Dr. Quinn" that Seymour later portrayed in the series of the same name.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few truly good miniseries... January 1, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
...especially for American TV. The 6-hour version is one of the most complete adaptations of a novel, ranking with the better BBC adaptations, like WAR & PEACE or I, CLAUDIUS. Also: the James Dean version covers the last 1/16th of the story in this one, a book Steinbeck meant as an attempt to structure American history along the Old Testament. See the other if you like Dean; see this for an adaptation of the book. Jane Seymour here, BTW, has never been so wicked & sexy; a great villainess. One of my favorite re-watchers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please put this GREAT mini-series on DVD...please December 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
..This mini-series is just sensational...and I only have it on

one of STARMAKERS 'all on one vhs tape' releases...even dingy

and scratchy it is great. Jane Seymour and EVERYONE in it just

bring it to life. Jane is the most wicked woman you are ever likely to see (Cathy)...but the whole thing really captures

the book...and it is a great book...Anyway...ANCHOR BAY..PLEASE

come through with a dvd release of this nearly forgotten classic...and get Jane Seymour to go on Jay Leno and plug it so people know it is available. You would be doing all of us out here a great service. Thanks
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once you start, you can't stop October 7, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This 6-hour long tape is not going to stop once you press play. You might rewind for a few instant replays, but you won't be able to do anything until you finish watching.

I was skeptical at first, thinking this was going to be some romantic hogwash intended for women only. But low and behold, Steinbeck's fiction proved as superior as they say. Add to that the youthful Seymour, who'll leave you wanting to see more, and it's genuine entertainment. Today's TV shows pale in comparison.

Many of the characters deserve applause. The old well-digger, the feuding brothers, the philosophical Chinaman/pretend simpleton... they all mesh into quite a team. It's a memorable production, and first-rate drama.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful!
Remember seeing this when it was broadcast on TV. Pretty faithful to the classic novel. Possibly Jane Seymour's best acting accomplishment.
Published 12 hours ago by ronald a. masters
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great show, waited a long time for it to come out. great acting all around
Published 4 days ago by Paul Giannandrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version of this Story
I had this movie on VHS and wanted it on DVD as my TV wouldn't do tracking and the VHS didn't play well. I love this version of East of Eden. Read more
Published 12 days ago by T.L. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch & Sell
Never seen it before and never will again. Wow! What an evil beeatch!
Published 20 days ago by Michele Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Strange seeing Jane Seymour in this part.
Published 20 days ago by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This video was outstanding
Published 27 days ago by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Supporting cast was great.
Only Jane Seymour could have excelled in this classic. Supporting cast was great.
Published 1 month ago by raymond e. smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best adaptation of Steinbeck's masterpiece
I waited for this series to be released for nearly 30 years. Easily the best adaptation of Steinbeck's masterpiece, this mini-series does justice to the overriding messages the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia Christiansen
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Great Story
I recently read East of Eden and remember seeing the mini-series when it was originally broadcast. The video is great, but audio level is too low. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Blankenship
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Mini-series, loved the DVD
This was one of my favorite mini-series, Jane Seymour was fabulous in it, and I was thrilled when it came out in DVD with closed captions.
Published 4 months ago by Jeri Golden
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Are there other subtitles?I mean just English?
Mar 7, 2011 by Larisa Petre |  See all 4 posts
Will it be really be released?
Could you send me the info on the disc version you DID find? Send a request to add me as a friend, and I'll get it that way (and I will be happy to add you while I am at it). If it's 3 discs it will be complete. Without commercials it's actually 375 minutes. It aired on ABC in 1 2 hr and 2 3... Read More
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