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East of Eden


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  • Actors: Timothy Bottoms, Jane Seymour, Bruce Boxleitner, Soon-Tek Oh, Karen Allen
  • Directors: Harvey Hart
  • Writers: John Steinbeck, Richard Alan Shapiro
  • Producers: Barney Rosenzweig, Ken Wales, Mace Neufeld
  • Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: March 3 2009
  • Run Time: 382 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,059 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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I spent years looking for this made for TV movie. I really like the series when it aired in the 80's and never forgot about it. I had been searching for quite some time. I was so happy to find it. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie once again. Thank you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pamelajsico on June 19 2003
I never thought I would read a better book than the Grapes of Wrath, then I read East of Eden. I immediately ran out to get the movie and was so disappointed. Then I saw the mini-series and it was wonderful. Usually, these made for TV things don't work, but I have been trying to find it for years and was thrilled that it mimicked the book almost perfectly. The movie is haunting, beautifully done, and something that you will never forget. The original movie does absolutely no justice to this novel. This tape will keep you so absorbed, troubled and in tune with what is good and what is evil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Violet Luciak on March 30 2009
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The video transfer is awefull - I was surprised they even bothered to have it done - I did not watch more than 30 mins of the first DVD to realize just how bad the video transfer was. I can't wait to dump the set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 12 2010
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See Jane Smile. See Jane Lie. See Jane Snarl. See Jane Kill.

If there's one reason to sit through 6 hours of "East of Eden", it's to see Jane Seymour give the performance of a lifetime as wicked Cathy Amesbury, a beautiful-on-the-outside but cold-blooded reptile on the inside femme fatale.

I remember watching this on TV back in 1982 when I was thirteen years old, and while I had totally forgotten the male leads (or even that Bruce Boxleitner had been one of them), Jane's beyond-scary, wickedly sadistic portrayal has stayed with me all these years. Her childbirth scene rivals anything found in a modern horror film!

This is an epic, sprawling period soap opera, as many TV miniseries back then were, and it's Seymour's performance that saves it from being just a little tedious at times. When she all but disappears during the last third, the whole thing loses steam.

Poor Timothy Bottoms as the lead male character sometimes seems over his head, and both he and Boxleitner seem to struggle in their early scenes as teenage brothers. Bottoms seems especially ill-at-ease, making the audience wonder whether his character is suppsed to be somewhat of a simpleton. Thankfully, he improves once he is able to lose the ridiculous scarecrow wig.

Lloyd Bridges shows up later on and steals every scene he's in (oddly, he reminds me of a male version of Cloris Leachman in this!).

There are many other familiar character actors who appear and also some big-name stars including Anne Baxter, Howard Duff, Richard Masur, Wendell Burton, Karen Allen and Hart Bochner.

Being a period piece, it hasn't really dated but the film transfer is awful, especially during the night scenes, where it appears extremely grainy, or has a halo effect.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Better than the Grapths of Wrath June 19 2003
By pamelajsico - Published on Amazon.com
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I never thought I would read a better book than the Grapes of Wrath, then I read East of Eden. I immediately ran out to get the movie and was so disappointed. Then I saw the mini-series and it was wonderful. Usually, these made for TV things don't work, but I have been trying to find it for years and was thrilled that it mimicked the book almost perfectly. The movie is haunting, beautifully done, and something that you will never forget. The original movie does absolutely no justice to this novel. This tape will keep you so absorbed, troubled and in tune with what is good and what is evil.
78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Jane Seymour's best performance EVER. So WHERE's the DVD??? Oct. 22 2004
By e1x56u$*w# - Published on Amazon.com
I am very happy to see that some of those wonderful mini-series that TV once upon a time used to be able to make, such as "Roots", "The Winds of War" and "North and South", have actually made it to DVD.

But unfortunately this one, which I also consider to be right up there among the very best I have ever seen, seems to have been totally forgotten by everyone (--well maybe not by the fans, but by everyone making those all-important marketing decisions as to what gets released and what doesn't).

All I ever see anywhere is the so-so James Dean movie which only covers part of the Steinbeck book. Yeah, yeah, so Dean is a cultural icon like Marilyn and Elvis and they figure his name alone will make it sell. But why not release this one as well? It deserves to be released for another very good reason: QUALITY!!

Forget Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. THIS is the role that Jane Seymour deserves to be remembered for. She proved to doubters once and for all that she truly CAN act. It's a pity that younger viewers have never had the opportunity to see what I consider to be her finest performance ever.

So I send out a loud HELLOOOO~ to the marketing geniuses out there in DVD-makerland to try and wake them up and remind them of the greatness of this wonderfully sprawling mini-series. Yes there ARE people out here who remember it well and can't wait to see it again. Come on DVD-making people. Give us the FULL mini-series, uncut and remastered.

And after that, how about "Rich Man, Poor Man", "Captains and Kings", "Roots: The Next Generations" and "Centennial"? Ahh, I sure do miss those glory days of the heyday of the TV mini-series...
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest movies of all time! April 16 2002
By Meredith Burton - Published on Amazon.com
I had to read the book, "East of Eden," for an English class, and I absolutely loved it! That's why, when I saw this movie at the public library in my hometown of Lynchburg Tennessee, I just had to rent it. I had watched the James Dean version of the movie, and was extremely disappointed, because so much was left out. However, this miniseries adaptation is wonderful! Jayne Seymour does a superb job of portraying Cathy, the manipulative and seductive villaness. Whoever directed this movie had obviously read the book thoroughly, because of how closely the vidio followed it. I would thoroughly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys true adaptations of classic novels, and who wants to listen to a story that will melt the heart.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
An acting tour-de-force for Seymour! Aug. 26 2001
By Reginald D. Garrard - Published on Amazon.com
Sure, the original theatrical film made a star of James Dean, but this miniseries adaptation showcased the star power talents of Jane Seymour in the role of "Kathy," mother of the character portrayed by Dean in the fifties classic. Miss Seymour is superb as the wickedly determined woman who abandons husband (Timothy Bottoms) and children (with Sam Bottoms in the Dean part) for her own pursuits. She stops at nothing to get her way, giving up respectability for a career as a madam.
Great support comes from Warren Oates, Lloyd Bridges and Soon-Tek-Oh as a faithful and intelligent Chinese manservant whose wisdom and insight far exceeds those around him. See this one and you'll forget the wholesome "Dr. Quinn" that Seymour later portrayed in the series of the same name.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Please put this GREAT mini-series on DVD...please Dec 11 2004
By Richard Dodge - Published on Amazon.com
..This mini-series is just sensational...and I only have it on

one of STARMAKERS 'all on one vhs tape' releases...even dingy

and scratchy it is great. Jane Seymour and EVERYONE in it just

bring it to life. Jane is the most wicked woman you are ever likely to see (Cathy)...but the whole thing really captures

the book...and it is a great book...Anyway...ANCHOR BAY..PLEASE

come through with a dvd release of this nearly forgotten classic...and get Jane Seymour to go on Jay Leno and plug it so people know it is available. You would be doing all of us out here a great service. Thanks

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