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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.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Acorn
  • Release Date: March 3 2009
  • Run Time: 382 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,303 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Bringing to the life the bestselling novel by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, this TV adaptation faithfully follows the history of the Trask family from the Civil War to World War II. A recreation of the biblical story of Cain and Abel, East of Eden follows estranged half-brothers Adam and Charles (Timothy Bottoms and Bruce Boxleitner) as they reunite after the death of their father, Cyrus (Warren Oates). They live together on their father’s land, constantly quarreling, when they meet the manipulative and beautiful Cathy Ames (Jane Seymour), a prostitute with a dark past. The theme of good versus evil runs rampant throughout and entangles itself in the Trask family legacy through each generation. Jane Seymour’s brilliant portrayal of Cathy through three decades, from young runaway to aging mother, earned her a Golden Globe. Fans of Steinbeck and Seymour alike will be pleased with this retelling which won an Emmy for best art direction and Golden Globe for best miniseries. This three-disc set features a biography on John Steinbeck, exclusive interview with Jane Seymour, and cast filmographies. --Amanda Faddis

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5 of 5 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 KaseyG TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 12 2010
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Violet Luciak on March 30 2009
Format: DVD
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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