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It is absolutely the best depiction of this famous writing to date. It comes alive with rich period set dressing. But the overall outstanding aspect of this presentation is the telling of the story with twists and turns which keeps even the most jaded mystery lover guessing unless one has read the book; but still the telling never disappoints. The characters are believable and well acted. It is one of few presentations that entices the viewer to watch it again.
Buy it, treasure it, but by all means read the story as well. I bought the Moonstone DVD and it doesn't seem to ever end. First of all, it doesn't have episode cut offs where you can go back later on to go straight to where you left off. Then I find it a bit boring to say the very least. I'm at the end of episode 4 and ready to give it up entirely now. I like English Dramas, and mysteries, and have quite a library now over the years.
It just keeps piping up another episode, and I'm afraid to take it out, and try going back to where I left off, because it looks like I will have to begin at the first episode again, etc etc etc. I have never purchased a DVD like this before, and if anyone has an answer as to how I can take the DVD out, and put in back in again to episode 4, please post your answer as to how U can do this.
May Jane. Aa much as I love this book I couldn't watch for more than ten minutes. The movie is great because the main character had to deal with self conflict because of the stolen moonstone. First, the main character believes the moonstone is not stolen but hidden. However, the main character is hypnotize, and the possession of the moonstone is handed over to the main characters' cousin, Godfrey.
Well conceptualized! Well done! Highly recommend this new adaptation of Moonstone. I watched the entire mini-series today and found it to be an excellent remake of a classic mystery from Wilkie Collins book. It was full of twists and turns with much suspense. Well done, well acted, thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommend. Nice period drama. Before there was Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, there was a tale of drugs, suicide, a stolen Indian diamond and a reported curse.
Specifically, there was Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone," a long and twisting Victorian tale that is considered the first mystery novel in the English language. Which brings us to the miniseries adapting Collins' story, which stretches the tale across five lushly engaging episodes of mystery, murk and malicious plans -- it's graced not only with a complicated and well-written plot, but with a solid cast and some truly beautiful cinematography.
One year ago, something terrible happened that fractured several people's lives. Franklin Blake Joshua Silver returned to England after a decade on the continent, to bring his cousin Rachel Verinder Terenia Edwards her eighteenth birthday present: a massive diamond called the Moonstone. It was left to her by her vile uncle, possibly as a malicious act -- three Hindu priests are lurking nearby, hoping to reclaim the sacred gem stolen from them long ago. Everyone except Rachel thinks the diamond is a massive danger to her.
At the same time, Rachel is being wooed by two men -- the somewhat irresponsible young Franklin, and the prosperous but less attractive Godfrey Ablewhite Stewart Clarke.
And a timid, ex-con young maid named Rosanna Jane McGrath has fallen desperately in love with the oblivious Franklin. Then after a dinner party, the Moonstone vanishes, leaving a smudge on a newly-painted door as the only clue -- and it seems that only someone in the house could have stolen it. But Rachel refuses to let Sergeant Cuff John Thomson investigate further, and cuts herself off from everyone.
When Franklin returns to England after many months away, he finds that the curse of the Moonstone still lies over the lives of everyone in that house. Desperate to uncover the truth, and with the help of Cuff and the doughty butler Betteredge Leo WringerFranklin sets out to discover what happened to the diamond.
This adaptation of "The Moonstone" is perhaps the best one I've seen, giving the story both the lush beauty it deserves and enough time to tell its story in full. And while it mostly revolves around the mystery of who stole the Moonstone, the miniseries gives plenty of attention to the other parts of the story -- the love triangle between Rachel, Franklin and Godrey, the tragic story of Rosanna Spearman, the looming threat of the three priests, and so on.
And rather than just telling the story from beginning to end, writers Rachael Flowerday and Sasha Hails tell the story mostly in flashback, through the device of Franklin reopening the case. More clues bloom through the first few episodes with every new flashback, especially since plenty has been happening while Franklin was away -- and the complicated story is riddled with red herrings, incriminating clues, and the occasional drug-fueled ramble around palatial manor houses.
The cinematography also gives the whole story a lush, murky beauty -- the flashbacks to the events of a year ago are bright, colorful and filled with soft sunlight, while the present-day is murky and grey like a cloudy winter day, and some of the more terrible scenes Rosanna's trips to the Album) sands are grey-blue and cloudy.
It makes the entire miniseries feel more richly drawn and moody. That said, with my luck being a few years behind their outputEspers will be releasing new material soon. I can only hope! The dreary, sparkling world of Espers is as sharp and haunting a trip as a drop of blood falling from a blade of grass.
Which is not to say that "II" isn't a hazy, cumulus cloud of bittersweet musical beauty. Lazy-yet-epic acoustic plucked opener "Dead Queen" drifts around on harmonized choral vocals like cigarette smoke, never hinting at the smoldering middle section filled out with a wandering overdriven guitar.
Richly expanded instrumentation carries the song to its end. Some songs, like "Mansfield and Cyclops," are off and running at a good gallop before you even realize they've passed the starting gate, riding on pure musicianship with an understanding of the power of orchestral dynamics. Less of a piece-by-piece assemblage of segues, the songs truly evolve out of and back towards silence, rarely staying at exactly the same spot for long.
Overall, "II" is a musical backdrop that can take the listener anywhere from a gothic plantation manor, to the sky, to the backyard. This is music that has the kind of sonic power that a video image of an empty swing on a run-down playground can convey.
It's grown-up yet childlike, partly sunny but partly cloudy, wary of death but full of vitality and feeling. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. On first listen I thought one thing; christ, what a dirge! I'd bought this as i do much of my music without listening first and purely on the strength of it making the Mojo end of year list and recommendations online. I checked the reviews again and gave it a chance when I had time to take it in, and it didn't take long for it to really grow.
Like a lot of albums that you have to put some effort into, this one repays you in full. It is rich, warm and delightful regardless of the fact I can't understand one single word and reminds me of mist ridden castles in the middle ages. A record to immerse yourself in, or give it a miss completely.
Report abuse. This is the best kept secret in pop music. The Espers make groovy, psychedelic folk rock that is hypnotic, surreal, wild and mystical. The pure vocals are reminiscent of Fairport Convention, and the free passages are like Doors meet Psychedelic Furs in Lou Reed's basement. Buy this. You will never ever regret it. Translate review to English. Le son est bon, enveloppant, minutieux, mais qu'en est-il de la substantifique moelle des chansons?
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The review got me to purchase their first CD and I was delighted with the music. The second CD was also good and I began to wonder why I never heard this group on the radio.
Still no American review and no airplay. I was an Elvis fan in the fifties, a folk-freak in the early sixties, an English invasion fan in the mid to late sixties and a folk-rock fan in the early seveties. As much as I loved all these forms at the time, I'm sick to death of hearing them endlessly repeted on the radio. Give me something new, please. Espers is it. I hope you buy it.
I hope you like it. I'm so glad I found that review that lead me to this band. Wake up music-america. Listen to Espers. You'll be amazed. This harkens back to the old days for me. If you listen to the whole album, the experience is synergistic.
It is folk, but it has modern electric elements, and contemporary lyrics. It can be on in the background, and then I find myself paying attention to and drifting along with the music. The best Espers album and that's saying something. Beautiful music! One person found this helpful. Espers - II The Espers came and went away all too fast! I first heard them in a record store This album is a ten out of ten!
Knockdead gorgeous music that deserves a lot more attention than it has ever received! The instruments of this album will tell you what you are in for alone Musically this album is heavy folk psych to the core with a huge wall of incence and toothpaste! Everything is left to your imagination and nothing is too rushed and given lots of space to develop. The vocals of Meg Baird are haunting and serene and fit the music to perfection.
Greg Weeks and Brooke Sietinsons support With some superb dual guitar work ebbing and flowing between electric and acoustic. Both Baird and Weeks sing some fantastic vocal harmonies too. On this album the Espers took the three year hiatus to solidify their lineup and sound opting for more psychedelic rock tendencies and a harder edge.
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