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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kpelish
Apr 02, 2019

Benedict Cumberbatch has the unenviable role as the entitled Lord Talbot and his coming-of-age story in the small, claustrophobic society of an Australian-bound sailing ship. Very, very long and slow-paced.

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richmole
Mar 09, 2019

Was prepared to like this (Hey, the trilogy written by "Lord of the Flies" William Golding!) But, oh, boy...one thing this series does exceptionally well--give you the sense of never-ending, boring, 17th century sea travel--so excruciatingly dull that one might almost beg for a big storm or, leaky hulk.

Gave up 3 episodes in.

Too soon, perhaps? Yeah, well, okay. Boredom--not wanted on MY voyage!

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chandrac
Mar 07, 2019

If you every wondered how dangerous and horrible ocean travel was in the past, then this mini-series is for you. If you can't stand pompous idiots who don't learn from their mistakes, then this mini-series is for you. As for me, I hated it.

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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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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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kpelish
Apr 02, 2019

Other: Time-period sexism.

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kpelish
Apr 02, 2019

Violence: A minister is beaten.

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Jun 23, 2012

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