On Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:15:12 -0400, Nyssa
Post by Nyssa Post by Howard Duck
Thanks for the tip, Nyssa.
Glad to be of service, Howard.
I'll be interested to hear which version of Poldark you
prefer and why.
Since I liked the first one well enough to get the Region
2 DVDs from the UK before they became available here, I
never bothered to try to find the newer version. Also I
get so few TV channels since the digital changeover, I
probably couldn't have received whatever channel carried
I'd also like to know if you like "The Onedin Line." I
sent my DVDs to friends I thought would like it and they
turned thumbs down. I think it was because they didn't
care for the historical period dramas more than any
failings of the show itself. There were eight series worth
of programs, so if you get hooked, it will keep you going
Nyssa, who is still trying to find a better copy of Series
5 Onedin Line than the screwed up Dutch one she has that
is missing an episode
We have just finished the 4th episode of the 1975 version
I will venture to say this about it. It is a bit
different that the 2015 version - basically the same
story, but with a few small but
significant differences. In the new version, Elizabeth
never agrees to leave Francis for Ross, even after
Francis's loose living and
squandering money. Ross doesn't have to be confronted
pregnancy before asking her to marry him. I suspect the
version is closer to the books than the later version.
The original version is done in a dramatically theatrical
manner, with lines quickly and rather melodramatically
delivered as from a stage to a
live audience. They squeeze a lot into the scenes in
order to cover
more of the actual story. The later version is more
interested in delivering a smooth storyline with pregnant
pauses, etc., rather than
trying to cover all important points in the printed
version. The later version has all the advantages of
capturing close-ups with facial expressions and quietly
But alas, all I have been able to see of the newer version
is 2 of the
4 seasons (about half of the total). We'll have to see
original version goes after this. Let's see, where we
ended with the newer version was shortly after George
Warleggan and Elizabeth were confronted with a mob enraged
by the fencing off of their property with an armed guard.
Demelza is unforgiving toward Ross throughout the entirety
of Season 2
until the very end. Ross doesn't actually strike a wealth
of tin or copper until the last episode.
It may not interest others as it does me, but I have long
been interested in what makes drama more or less realistic
gripping. That is where we get into various schools of
acting. If one is merely interested in a storyline
without much concern over the lines and method of
delivery, then the latter may not matter much. But when I
watch a Dustin Hoffman or Robert De Niro or Al Pacino or
Anthony Hopkins, I am overwhelmed by the realism they
bring to the
screen. The actors in the 1975 version of Poldark are
theatrical actors, not screen actors. Never did Ross or
convince me that they were really in love with each other.
Demelza really make me think she was in love with Ross.
The qualities of personas and believability of scenes are
what make acting and directing emotionally satisfying to
me, whether or not the personalities are lovable or
Hope this helps to see my point of view. As to The Onedin
have to check into that later. All IMDb shows for a
James Onedin marries Anne Webster in order to get his
hands on a ship. However the marriage turns out to be one
of true love. James is ruthless in his attempt to get a
shipping line started in Liverpool of the 1860s,
Poldark varies greatly from the books. Elizabeth never
leaves Francis in the book. Francis is killed in an accident
as shown in the older version of the series.
time. I'm the type who cares about story, and when it's
a starter. There's much more involved of course, including
and the shopkeeper brother. Not everyone's cuppa, but I
more than the first couple of seasons and I wanted MORE.
leaving four unloved. The Dutch ones aren't very good
individual ones. Plus there are problems with missing or
damaged sections on at least two of the releases. I live
releasing pristine editions of the last four series.
I'm glad you've found something to watch and enjoy.
you get through your current list.