East of Eden
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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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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.Read more ›
I was thrilled when i finally found it on Amazon but very deceived by the poor quality of the poduct.
1). The sound is awfull. I have to Increase the volume, of my TV seven times higher than usual.
2) Quality of some scenes is very poor (grained images).
Not worth it for the price.
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The full story not adulterated or truncated as the popular 60's movie wasPublished on Aug. 5 2014 by Jan Jesser