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Jekyll (Dbl DVD)
Part conspiracy thriller, part comic horror, Steven Moffat's extraordinary retelling of this Robert Louis Stevenson classic takes the ultimate tale of inner conflict to unforgettable new heights. It is 2007 and there's a new Dr. Jekyll with an old problem - Mr. Hyde. But the pair have a deal - a body share - and an impossible life is somehow lived. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, Jekyll is determined to keep his dangerous alter ego in check by doing a deal with his own devil. What neither of them know is that an ancient organization with limitless wealth and power is monitoring their every move, and a plan over a century in the making is coming to fruition. The return of Dr Jekyll is no accident...]]>
One of the most novel interpretations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," this BBC TV mini-series offers a terrific performance from James Nesbitt as Tom Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Stevenson's scientist hero who discovers that he shares his ancestor's penchant for transforming into a more animalistic alter ego. While Mr. Hyde (also played by Nesbitt) is physically less of the monster than previously portrayed in movie adaptations (his actions speak a different story), he's also cunning, id-driven version of Jackman, and soon discovers that he's the target of a shadowy organization out to discover the secret behind the transformation for its own nefarious purposes. Part Hammer-style horror-thriller, part X-Files conspiracy fiction, and part solid drama (the relationship between Jackman/Hyde and his wife, played by Gina Bellman, gives the fantastic storylines a basis in reality, though his flirtations with sultry assistant Michelle Ryan of Bionic Woman tip more towards heavy-breathing pulp), Jekyll is terrific fun from executive producer Stephen Moffat (Coupling, Doctor Who), who understands how to deliver engaging science fiction for a wide audience. The two-DVD set includes uncut versions of all six episodes, commentaries by Moffat and members of the cast and crew (including Bellman and Moffat's wife and co-executive producer, writer Beryl Vertue), as well as two featurettes, including a 45-minute look at the making of the series. -- Paul Gaita
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I watched this show a few years ago. I happened to walk into the room, while a friend was just starting it. I fell in love with it right away. Recently, I wanted to show it to another friend. I remembered how great it was and decided to buy it. He took one look at the cover and started to judge it. I told him to trust me. After the first episode, he was hooked, just as I had been when I watched it. We blew through all six episodes over the course of a day, or two. Later, my friend told another person about it. The same thing happened. I let my friend borrow the DVD and the new guy was blown away. He had to leave, but was really torn about it. He really wanted to keep watching!
I've seen enough reviews to know that nearly any show/movie, with lots of reviews, is going to have a few single-star reviews. Though something may be great, these reviews are going to come from people whose tastes I'll never understand. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, and the world is so big that we can be quite vast in our differences. How else can you explain someone giving "The Shawshank Redemption" one star?
To me, the quality of this show rivals that of "The Shawshank Redemption". It's true that the stories are nothing alike. However, I can honestly say that I enjoy watching them about the same.
I won't give anything away. I'll only say that it's extremely well-written and well-acted. It also has very fitting music. It's too bad that I haven't been able to find a score for this show.
Feel free to trust the many five-star reviews this show has. It truly does deserve them.
Watch this series.
Hoard this series greedily.
Then initiate the worthy as you see fit.
I think the only reason more people don't know about it, is because it isn't free on Netflix/Amazon Prime anymore.
At a total runtime of about 5 hours, it's a great show to binge--and most people rewatch it multiple times.
And best of all, though you might guess the whats and whys of Jekylls problem, when the end comes and all is revealed, no matter how much you may have guessed right, you will find out that there is always more things in heaven and earth that will leave your mouth hanging.
I will say however, that it's tightly plotted, funny, sexy, witty, and sometimes downright scary. Some of the twists and turns in this series will leave you laughing, gasping, or both (including an absolutely classic opening in the last episode). I've watched this a number of times and it never gets tired. Simply some of the best TV to ever come out of the UK. Try not to read too many of the reviews that details the plot and watch it fresh. I promise you'll be glad you did.
Frankly, almost from the beginning you are rooting for Mr. Hyde. Nesbit does the age old trick of basically just "acting" his transformation (a different wig and some black contacts seem to be the only prosthetics) and this is the magic of the show. He is screaming with power simply because he has no conscience to keep him check. In episode one, when Jackman is attacked by a kid named Billy and transforms into Hyde, we have a presentation of power unequaled in drama. Jackman (who pleaded into his recorder for minimum necessary force while being within an inch of death) is suddenly Hyde who gives Billy three chances to kill him before pronouncing "Let me be honest with you, I don't get a lot of pleasure out of killing children ... but I get enough!"
Hugely funny, hugely intelligent, and hugely entertaining; this is the kind of show you simply must watch once.