To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth

DVD - 2006
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"From Nobel laureate William Golding's (Lord of the flies) epic sea-voyage trilogy comes the story of an ambitious British aristocrat, humbled by the lives of his fellow passengers, as he embarks on an ocean voyage for Australia where he is to be an official in the colonial government."--Container.

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whiteturtles
Jul 07, 2017

This is a surprising mini series! Suberb cast of characters and unexpected events in every episode. I would highly suggest this very intriguing dvd to any one who enjoys a good mini-series. I looked forward to the 2nd and 3rd disc after watching the 1st one. This could easily be on the EPL best picks!! Enjoy... ;0) **** 4 star rating!

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lukeorin
May 11, 2016

needs closed caption

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glicaangeljasper
May 09, 2016

Absolutely loved this mini-series; found it difficult to stop watching even though each of the 3 sections is over an hour.
Cumberbatch's acting is excellent as is the rest of the cast. Highly recommended. And for those who enjoyed Master & Commander, as I did, I think this is even better despite th ,at times, poor video resolution. Would have really appreciated subtitles but life is never perfect.

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jimg2000
Dec 07, 2015

Low resolution disc without caption or subtitle, BBC mini-series in 2005. Interesting story on the old ship's hierarchy and perils at sea, just like a group of people in other places and times. As told in the closing scene: "It was not an Odyssey. It is no type, emblem, metaphor of the human condition. It is, or -rather was- what it was. A series of events."

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dontbugmeimreading
Sep 10, 2015

I hadn't read the book so I was surprised that the entire story took place on the ship. This was a very eye-opening depiction of what travel was like in this period, at least for first-class travelers. I would hate to see what life was like for the second-class passengers or, even worse, the convicts.

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tenet
Aug 22, 2015

Rated 5/10.

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Janice21383
Aug 01, 2015

I'm of the party who thinks the pleasures of historical drama have to be earned with a fair depiction of the realities of those far-away times. If you want to know what life on an early 19th ship was really like, and you enjoy stories without heroes or villains, but with characters who are just people, Ends of the Earth is for you. Fans of pretty pretty romance, move along, though if you like the Cumberbatch, he's steaming hot here. One less star for a disappointing ending. The production seems to have abruptly run out of money. However, I think you will be able to rewrite the ending in your mind easily.

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caleksandr
Apr 22, 2013

If you have read and enjoyed the book, the movie is a reasonably good interpretation. The picture quality is a little flat and the story a little plodding.

Fun to see the pre famous benedict cumberbatch.

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ncs1961
Jun 23, 2012

Violent scenes take this (unecessarily/unexpectedly) out of the realm of family viewing - even if your kids are teens. Otherwise, fun action story.

EuSei Sep 30, 2011

I was quite disappointed with this movie. Monotone, tiresome, a waste of time.

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jimg2000
Dec 07, 2015

Talbot: My clothes are becoming impossible to wear. I have to put them on damp.
-That is rain water, sir. The salt will be irritating the rash.
Talbot: But I thought rain water was fresh.
-It may be, if you live far enough from the sea.
Talbot: Is that why my soap won't lather?
-Did your servant, Wheeler not give you the ship's issue before he left us?
Talbot: Good God, is this soap? I thought it was a brick...
- It's saltwater soap.
Talbot: I do not detect any scent.
-And I suppose you think soap's naturally scented, do you?
Talbot: Is it not?
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-Every year ships will disappear. They pass over a horizon and they enter a mystery, gentlemen. The water may be fair; the water -stealthy. It creeps on them. Over them. They pump until they are exhausted. And the water wins!

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jimg2000
Dec 07, 2015

Talbot: What is this stink?!
Sailor: Stink, sir? Lord, sir, you'll get used to that.
Talbot: I do not wish to get used to it. Where's the captain of this vessel?
Sailor: Captain Anderson can do nothing about the stink, sir.
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The custom of touching wood comes from the papistical habit of adoring the crucifix and kissing it.
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I had known the world of Art is not to be judged by the accepted standards of morality but would prefer Mr Brocklebank to set up his brothel elsewhere.
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Captain to Talbot: Do not forget to include, sir, that whatever may be said of the passengers, as far as the people and my officers are concerned, this is a happy ship.
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Captain: By obedience to the forces of nature we may just... outwit them.

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jimg2000
Dec 07, 2015

Captain: I did you the courtesy to suppose you could read.
Talbot: Read, Captain Anderson? Of course I can read.
Captain: Then you have my orders. My Standing Orders! A paper prominently displayed near your quarters and those of the other passengers. Read it!
Talbot: My attention was not drawn to such a paper, sir.
Captain: By Christ!! Am I to be out faced on my own deck again and again by every ignorant landsman?
Talbot: Am I, sir? Tell me!!
Captain: Read my orders! And when you have read them, learn them by heart!
Talbot: Come, sir, you treat me like a schoolboy!
Captain: I will treat you like a schoolboy if I choose sir! Or have you flogged, if I choose, sir! Or have you clapped in irons if I choose. Sir! Or have you flogged by the
gratings if I choose, sir! Or have you hanged by the yardarm if ...

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ncs1961
Jun 23, 2012

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