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


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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 (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XZ99JG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

The acting was so well done, I forgot they were actors and was lost in the story.
Wendy L. Chastain
I skipped around to make sure it wasn't going to get much worse, and it seemed the worst things were in the first episode.
Catherine Morland
Excellent performances throughout, and a marvelous depiction of life at sea in the early 19th century.
Skymom

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222 of 229 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on April 1, 2008
Format: DVD
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
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By G. Rene on April 15, 2008
Format: DVD
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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"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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By nataldo on October 13, 2007
Format: DVD
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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