Barbara Vine 3-DVD Boxset ( A Fatal Inversion / A Dark Adapted Eye / Gallowglass ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2.4 Import - United Kingdom ]
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A Fatal Inversion After Adam inherits a country house from his great uncle, he and his friend Rufus decide to spend the summer there instead of abroad. An odd assortment of 'house guests' turns up through different means and it's an uneasy mix at best. A decade afterwards, the bodies of a young woman and an infant are discovered in the woods behind the house. As the police investigate, they naturally look to Adam as former owner of the house, and what happened all those years before starts to catch up with him. A Dark Adapted Eye This psychological mystery/thriller, adapted from Ruth Rendell's novel of the same name, depicts a family on the edge. Two sisters, the elder obsessive Vera, and the younger, manipulative Eden, cut a path of jealousy, murder and revenge that leads to the destruction of their entire family. Gallowglass The word 'gallowglass' means servant, or one indebted to another. This is the story of a young man who feels such indebtedness to another young man after he is saved from committing suicide by jumping in front of an oncoming train. So strong is his sense of gratitude that he follows his 'savior' even to the kidnaping of a wealthy woman. But there are ulterior motives to the kidnaping, complicating it with other details that intertwine and make for a typical British murder mystery. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Edgar Allan Poe Awards, ...Barbara Vine 3-DVD Boxset ( A Fatal Inversion / A Dark Adapted Eye / Gallowglass )
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Package Dimensions : 7.7 x 5.5 x 1.9 inches; 9.92 Ounces
- Director : Tim Fywell
- Media Format : Import, PAL
- Run time : 495 minutes
- Actors : Jeff Nuttall, Helena Bonham Carter, Celia Imrie, Douglas Hodge, Jeremy Northam
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Barbara Vine 3-DVD Boxset ( A Fatal Inversion / A Dark Adapted Eye / Gallowglass ), Barbara Vine 3-DVD Boxset, A Fatal Inversion / A Dark Adapted Eye / Gallowglass
- Language : English (Stereo)
- ASIN : B0009YVCXQ
- Number of discs : 3
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A Fatal Inversion /A Dark Adapted Eye /Gallowglass are the 3 that are in this set and they have been made for TV and in true BBC style (at that time 1992-1994), they aren't based on the books, they are true to the stories.
With stars like Douglas Hodge, Jeremy Northam, Saira Todd, Helena Bonham- Carter, Sophie Ward, Paul Rhys, Michael Sheen and John McCardle, what's to go wrong.
Tales of hidden lies, deceit, obsession, bitter rivalry, dark secrets, you will definitely be kept on the edge of your seat.
I certainly recommend this to any fans of Ruth Rendell.
Just remember, these dvds haven't been given the modern touch and they are the original transmissions so picture quality and sound will vary but I don't think it spoils the viewing in any way.
A FATAL INVERSION tells how discovery of bodies buried twelve years earlier is bad news indeed for Adam (Douglas Hodge) and Rufus (Jeremy Northam) - memories haunting of a hedonistic summer in an inherited mansion when all went so horribly wrong. Good performances and an outcome few will anticipate.
A DARK ADAPTED EYE represents a tour de force for Celie Imrie's Vera - a character who initially greatly irritates but in due course evokes much sympathy. What an ironic start too: one for whom punctuality was a fetish departing dead on 8.00.
GALLOWGLASS has Paul Rhys as obsessed Sandox, abduction planned of the married woman he loves. Michael Sheen (very good) is his easily manipulated accomplice, indebted to Sandox for saving his life. Sadly this story is the weakest because credibility so challenged in its last third.
Evocative settings and strong performances.
In short.... Although somewhat uneven, disturbing fare containing much of interest.
(An additional attraction. Each episode contains fleeting early appearances of now familiar faces. Study the closing credits. There are surprises.)
I read all these books when they first came out, and at that time liked Fatal Inversion best.
However, now, well over 25 years later, and having watched the excellent Dark Adapted Eye, I do feel this is the better story, with more substance to it and darker than Fatal Inversion.
Dark Adapted Eye is well acted, directed and the period atmosphere, and time switches all well handled. Faith and Eden and Vera are all terrifically played. This is a first class work, and some think Vine's finest novel- and this production does the novel justice more than just adequately.
Maybe Fatal Inversion is spoiled by being unable to withhold one of the books main surprises. but again the acting and sense of period are first rate.
For Gallowglass- for me an irritating story- the plot just is not as strong- with little logic and characters who are mostly quite unpleasant and criminal. A strong performance from "Tilly" though.
'Fatal Inversion' was the first Vine novel I read, and this adaptation has captured the free spirit of those far-off days of hippiedom and chilling out. Saira Todd's performance as Zosie is the high point: again the highly emotive issue of who is the mother of a child is central.
'Gallowglass' is the odd man out here, but explores another familiar Vine theme - dependence and control. I didn't warm to the novel or this film, but that may be personal prejudice.
An excellent set that has received much less publicity than other DVDs based on the works of Vine's alter ego, Ruth Rendell.