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To the Ends of the Earth: Complete 3 Part Miniseries [Blu-ray] (2005)

Benedict Cumberbatch , Jared Harris , David Attwood  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris, Sam Neill, Victoria Hamilton, Jamie Sives
  • Directors: David Attwood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 267 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XZ99JG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From Nobel Laureate William Golding's (Lord of the Flies) epic sea-voyage trilogy comes the story of an ambitious British aristocrat, humbled by the lives of his fellow passengers, as he embarks on an ocean voyage for Australia where he is to be an official in the colonial government.

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212 of 219 people found the following review helpful
4 and 1/2 hours in one sitting is to me the hallmark of what makes a miniseries exciting, exhilarating, involving and totally engrossing; when I can barely make time to go to the bathroom or bother to eat something because a film is THAT grand in scope and magnitude, then I take off my hat to the the BBC for a job well done to David Attwood's British star-powered TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.

First off, The trilogy of novels from which Leigh Jackson, Tony Basgallop and Lynn Hersford (who finished up this project upon Jackson's death) adapted this series, were written by England's Poet-Laureate , William Golding ( anyone who has read any of Golding's novels knows that he explores the darker side of human nature!!!) With that in place, TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH is just that- one man, young Lord Edmond Talbot's self-discovery about the just and the unjust, seedy sides of mankind; this is all learned and "journaled" on a perilous, eye-opening voyage aboard an 18th-century passenger ship boarding in England and sailing to Sydney, Australia (The Antipodes). As passenger of highest born rank, the young Talbot (pronounced Talbert) learns about real life, apart from his noble rank and privilege which involves the mysterious "murder and buggering" of a Reverend, the suicide of a cabin keeper, dirty politics upon the High Seas and the cover up of dastardly deeds of crewman. This drama series is as full of mystery and intrigue as it is entertaining and downright comical!!! No small wonder, in that David Attwood, who in 1996 brought to the screen a similar treatment of Daniel Dafoe's The Fortunes & Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, now has performed his similar magic with Golding's three stories with great success!
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating character study April 15, 2008
By G. Rene
I found this movie to be a more accurate, and less romantic, depiction of life aboard ship in the days of sail. It was often brutal, extremely difficult, and for better or worse, captains had absolute power. Benedict Cumberbatch's performance was brilliant! I felt that he humanized a fairly unsympathetic character, and it was fascinating to watch him grow and learn. We tend to judge these people against our own time and culture, when we should be observing them as products of their own time and place. As such, I found all the characters endlessly interesting, and enjoyed following each of their personal journeys.
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful
"Masterpiece Theater" has long been a benchmark in bringing quality British TV to American viewers. With a prestigious history, some legendary programs--including "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "I, Claudius"--have found acclaim, awards, and international audiences. Of late, "Masterpiece Theater" has been showcasing some ambitious literary adaptations with mixed results. Last season's high point, and a must for any lover of film, was the flawless adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House." A triumph in every regard, and featuring Emmy nominated turns by Charles Dance and Gillian Anderson, this program should be essential viewing for those that value literate, classy and wildly entertaining TV. This season's offerings have included "To The Ends Of The Earth" (an adaptation of William Golding's seafaring trilogy--'Rites Of Passage,' 'Close Quarters' and 'Fire Down Below'), a robust new version of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," a reimagining of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," and the swan song of Helen Mirren's Jane Tennison in "Prime Suspect 7."

"To The Ends Of The Earth" is a visually impressive 3 part miniseries following the adventures of a young aristocrat Edmund Talbot, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Billed as "an epic journey of self discovery," this 19th century drama follows Talbot as he boards a dilapidated war ship to make an ocean crossing. Having been assigned a government posting in Australia, Talbot is a haughty and opinionated youth that must learn to navigate not only a dangerous sea voyage, but the politics involved shipboard. Encountering death, possible mutiny, crew incompetence and brutality, an unlikely romance, passengers in search of guidance, and a heroism and leadership in difficult circumstances--this truly is the journey of Talbot's lifetime.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "To the Ends of the Earth" October 13, 2007
By nataldo
This four and a half hour series, produced for television by BBC, would be a great adventure experience for any viewer. Briefly, it is a saga of an 1814 voyage from England to Australia as seen from the point of view of a young English aristocrat who is embarking on a civil service career.
However, there is far more than a thriller at sea for reader's of William Golding's trilogy on which it is based...and for which Golding received a Nobel Prize for literature. The producers did a fine job of depicting young Edmund Talbot's growth from spoiled snob to humanitarian with a film that was mostly faithful to the novel. Casting was excellent--with a couple of exceptions-; and scenes of dramatic devlopment on a storm-tossed ship ranged from extreme tension to hilarity. The ending was undoubtedly adequate for the film-viewer only; but disappointing for lovers of the full message of the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
bc is a brilliant actor.
Published 7 days ago by jill Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars a young man's adventure on the high seas
Enjoyable story of a wealthy young aristocrat's adventures during a sea voyage to Australia, Although extremely well educated, Mr. Read more
Published 12 days ago by anne
2.0 out of 5 stars Not rememberable.
This movie was so good...that when it showed up on my 'review' list... I couldn't even remember it (and I like Sam Neal) Sorry I can't tell you more.
Published 13 days ago by Hawk
1.0 out of 5 stars does not read
While I received the movie in the amount of time expected, neither my Xbox 360 nor my BluRay player will read the disk. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Anakiya Gwendolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Good Stuff
Published 25 days ago by jjorrs
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Excellent. I have so enjoyed seeing the incredibly talented Benedict Cumberbatch. But I have long been a fan of British actors. they are so good.
Published 1 month ago by booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
All purchases were made as a planned purchase item after reading customer reviews. Thanks for having them in stock.
Published 1 month ago by Old-Timer
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly wonderful.
When I first sat down to watch this I was, admittedly, a little bored. But I stuck with it and I'm really glad that I did. The characters were engaging and brilliantly casted. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie
3.0 out of 5 stars A very long journey
It shows a funny (interesting) way of looking at the British aristocratic society during a long ship voyage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cumberbatch most excellent in his portrayal of this young man's true rite of passage. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Published 2 months ago by Lu Graham
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