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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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Watch this series.
Hoard this series greedily.
Then initiate the worthy as you see fit.
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.
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.
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.
James Nesbitt is THE ONLY ACTOR who could have played this role. LOL! Way creepy, and way chilling!
A very modernized retelling of the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but NOT how you'd expect! It is very clever, and on the borderline of being nearly feasible. Not really- but it's not SO far fetched it seems campy.
It's a BBC series program, (British actors)so the videography is a little unrefined, compared to what U.S. viewers may be used to. But who cares? The story is very interesting, and worth buying!
You'll be as disappointed as I was to learn there was never a second season.
Too bad, I found it very entertaining.
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