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Tom Brown's Schooldays

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Acorn Media has brought out the 1971 BBC adaptation of Tom Brown's Schooldays directed by Gareth Davies in its American edition, the same five-part release that was later shown on Masterpiece Theatre. The presentation in full-screen (1.33:1) comes with a few nice bonus features including a history of the Rugby school and a bio on Dr. Arnold and the original book's author, Thomas Hughes, and the series' star, Anthony Murphy. The first disc contains three episodes and the second the final two shows, each divided ...
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Acorn Media has brought out the 1971 BBC adaptation of Tom Brown's Schooldays directed by Gareth Davies in its American edition, the same five-part release that was later shown on Masterpiece Theatre. The presentation in full-screen (1.33:1) comes with a few nice bonus features including a history of the Rugby school and a bio on Dr. Arnold and the original book's author, Thomas Hughes, and the series' star, Anthony Murphy. The first disc contains three episodes and the second the final two shows, each divided into five chapters and all accessible through a very easy to use menu, multi-layered with bonus features on the first disc and two-layered on the second. The sound is clean if mastered a little low in volume, but that's easy to fix.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Thomas Hughes biography; Rugby School history; Cast filmographies; Photo gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
This adaptation of Thomas Hughes' novel about life at Rugby -- which was the second most widely read book in 19th century England, after the Bible -- takes considerable liberties with the original source, compressing chronologies and adding motivations and other elements that were utterly missing from the book, but which are essential to modern story-telling. On the other hand, Antony Steven's screenplay captures the spirit of the book and the ideas behind it better than either of the two feature film adaptations done before it, and makes for entertaining viewing, even if he and director Gareth Davies sometimes allow too much of a Dickensian element to creep into some of the characters and their portrayals. Apart from Anthony Murphy's award-winning performance in the title role, there are a lot of other performances to recommend this BBC production: Simon Turner's Ned East, David Hampshire's Diggs, Richard Morant's Flashman, Iain Cuthbertson's Dr. Arnold (who pushes the cheerful idealism of the character almost to the limit of credibility), Christopher Moran as Coates, Mark Rogers' Cuthbertson, and, most of all, Robin Langford as Madman Martin, in what has to be one of the most vivid and beguiling portrayals of a young 19th century eccentric ever committed to film. The production values are high as well, and even if the script sometimes veers too close to what one might call Nancy Drew territory in episode five, the dramatic arc is solid and credible, and most important the spirit of Hughes' book is alive on the screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • UPC: 054961747894
  • Original Release: 1971
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  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Time: 3:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Iain Cuthbertson
Simon Fisher Turner
Anthony Murphy
Technical Credits
Gareth Davies Director
John McRae Producer
Antony Steven Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Vol. 1
1. Great News [10:14]
2. Unjust Whipping [7:53]
3. Helping Mary [5:13]
4. The Truth [9:47]
5. Rugby [10:47]
1. Flashman [6:52]
2. Smoke Prank [10:45]
3. Football Match [9:11]
4. Brown Sings [10:55]
5. Serious Note [6:55]
1. Injured [11:09]
2. Hare & Hounds [11:02]
3. Flashman's Plan [7:36]
4. School Conditions [7:27]
5. Auction [7:15]
Side #2 -- Vol. 2
1. Single Beds! [8:08]
2. Sporting Temper [12:22]
3. An Enemy [7:02]
4. Tricked [7:30]
5. Punishment [7:05]
1. Finding the Truth [9:09]
2. A Challenge [12:18]
3. Helping Rosy [6:31]
4. Sir Richard [6:04]
5. New Boy [9:08]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Vol. 1
   Episode Selection
      Episode One
      Episode Two
      Episode Three
   Scene Index
      Episode One
      Episode Two
      Episode Three
   Special Features
      Author Biography: Thomas Hughes
      Rugby School
      Photo Gallery
         Play
      Cast Filmographies
         Anthony Murphy
         Iain Cuthbertson
         Simon Turner
         Gerald Flood
         Richard Morant
Side #2 -- Vol. 2
   Episode Selection
      Episode Four
      Episode Five
   Scene Index
      Episode Four
      Episode Five
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    way too cheesy

    I know it was made in 1970 but it looks low budget. My boys laughed at the fight scenes. You could tell they weren't hitting each other. Some of the scenes looked like they were on fast forward.

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