DVD - 2001
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The glorious castle of Gormenghast is home to the ancient family of Groan, where nothing has changed in thousands of years. The dynasty is threatened by the charming and evil kitchen-boy, Steerpike. With the birth of a new heir, Titus Groan, Steerpike begins his ruthless ascent to power. As he charms, outwits, and terrorizes the castle's inhabitants, only Titus, the young, timid Earl of Groan, stands in Steerpike's way. Who will triumph? And can Gormenghast survive? (BBC)
Publisher: [S.l.] : BBC Video ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2001, c2000
ISBN: 9780790758619
Branch Call Number: DVD Gormenghast
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (4 hrs.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 28, 2016

A dystopia with elements of Hamlet and Dickens featuring a cross-section of the best British actors. Best moments are Ian Richardson hooting like an owl and headmaster Stephen Fry courting Fiona Shaw under an arbor of phoney flowers. Feels like a send-up of English boarding schools and the still very much cherished class system. UK actors already notorious for their hideous teeth all sport even worse falsies for this production. Worth watching for this alone! Rapturously beautiful score and sets carefully mirror Peake's famous illustrations. Not everyone's genre but Peake fans will be mesmerized.

xaipe Dec 02, 2012

Dated British fantasy. Good cast, but awful script and clunky special effects. I couldn't get past the first hour.

Jan 17, 2011

A tale of a kingdom that was built on the stronghold of tradition only to be threatened by an ambitious young man. A well told dark-fantasy.


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