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To the Ends of the Earth
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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 ...Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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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I totally love the story, but the cd quality is horrible. Out of focus and fuzzy/blurry. I will try the blue ray version and see if that is any better.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
On and Off enjoyment. Some good acting, yet couldn't wait for it to be over. Nice costuming for the period piece and depiction of life at sea in a different century.Published 15 days ago by PJ
Didn't care for this series, it wandered around and we couldn't get through the first part. The seller is great.Published 15 days ago by Mary Kolb
I thought I'd enjoy this more. Acting was fine, but it was boring and hard to sustain interest in.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer