The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

DVD - 2012
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John Jasper is haunted and restless. Unhappily settled as choirmaster in the provincial cathedral town of Cloisterham, Jasper finds himself striving for the divine in his music even as he struggles against madness brought on by ennui and opiates. Aware of his unraveling, Jasper believes his salvation may be found in the arms of Rosa, his prized pupil. His only obstacle is her fiance, Edwin Drood--Jasper's nephew.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, [2012]
Edition: Original UK ed.
ISBN: 9781608836789
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 31, 2019

Another excellent British production, produced by Rebecca Eaton of course. A black and white
two hour long Masterpiece Theatre of Dickens unfinished final novel.

Mar 08, 2018

Pretty good. A quite faithful rendition -- abridged of course -- of Dicken's incomplete mystery novel. Excellent acting all around. Really excellent acting. And the exteriors are shot at the actual location of the plot, Rochester England. That's a plus. In the DVD version we get to see the screenwriters' guess for the novel's ending. I'm not so sanguine about what they came up with there. It seems overly complicated and melodramatic. Un-Dickens-like, at least unlike the 1870's older Dickens. But if there must be an ending to the story, within reason. Recommended.

Mar 17, 2017

I had just finished reading the book when I bought this movie. I must admit that I was not expecting all that much. Charles Dickens makes it very clear who the murderer is even though he died before he could finish the book. What this movie does is takes the clues and threads that are left in the story and ties them together in a logical and enjoyable way. The ending is simply brilliant, a great twist that I, at least, did not see coming. Matthew Rhys is brilliant as an unhappy choirmaster who escapes his life through opium.

Mar 17, 2017

This is a 2012 2-PART BBC television adaptation of the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens.
The novel was unfinished at the time of Dickens's death on June 9, 1870, and his ending for it is unknown.
However, this film has a new ending, which is somewhat ill-contrived and seems to come from nowhere.
Although it has unexpected and unbelievable twists and turns, the ending appears to ruin the seriousness of the theme.

Sep 13, 2016

Interesting plot, but the music director was really creepy.

Feb 26, 2015

Brilliant! Until the end. The filmography, costuming and sets are wonderful. The star studded cast does a masterful job bringing to life believable characters. Freddie Fox creates a truly believable self centered, egotistical and unlikeable Edwin. The suggestion that the relationship between the noble Neville and Edwin ends up like a happily ever after fairy tale takes the young men so far out of the previously defined characters. Ignore that poor decision and you will find this an emotional, suspenseful and beautiful interpretation of Dickens' greatest work.

Jun 06, 2014

Rated 2/10.

Apr 15, 2014

The handsome architecture of the church adds much to the tone of the film. The intense stares of the twins are quite arresting, spooky scary. The casting and costumes and acting are all superb, but one comes to expect this of Masterpiece Classics from the UK.

Jan 07, 2013

A Shakespeare novel of love, insanity, murder and one opiated villain made good drama.

Sep 08, 2012

It's a bit dark and dreary to look at, but then it's Dickens and the subject matter is dark too. A very good production.

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