The Sea Wolf (DVD)
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|Contributor||Stephen Campbell Moore, Mike Barker, Tim Roth, Sebastian Koch, Neve Campbell|
|Runtime||3 hours and 5 minutes|
Jack Londons bestselling adventure is definitively brought to the screen as an epic miniseries eventa unique blend of high-seas adventure and psychological thriller that will stir, inspire, and excite its fans like never before. Wolf Larsen (Sebastian Koch) is the tyrannical Captain of the notorious seal hunting vessel, the Sea Wolf. While on the high seas, he takes on castaway Humphrey Van Wyden (Stephen Campbell Moore). But instead of abandoning him at the next harbor, Wolf puts the mild mannered literary critic to work and rules over him with an unyielding iron fist. Much to Wolf's surprise, the graft transforms Van Wyden into a hardened adversary - every bit as formidable as Wolf himself. But it's not until the appearance of Wolf brother, Death (Tim Roth), and Maud (Neve Campbell), the daughter of a rival ship owner that the dynamic truly explodes into life, leaving three men to war over love, duty, life and death.
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : VVE1681
- Director : Mike Barker
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 3 hours and 5 minutes
- Release date : 22 May 2019
- Actors : Sebastian Koch, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tim Roth, Neve Campbell
- Studio : ViaVision
- ASIN : B07P841BP8
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 12
- Best Sellers Rank: 33,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There are flaws: narration may have helped, Tim Roth overacts and mumbles, it has a 'made for tv' aspect which means acting, style, editing and atmosphere suffer, but don 't let this put you off. One day someone may make a shorter, slicker, darker, fiercer, ambiguous Oscar-winner. But for now this one makes a lasting mark, if you stay the course.
Sebastian Koch thankfully is excellent as the riveting sea captain Wolf Larsen, and I quite like the tacked-on psychological ending they,ve invented. It helps to provide a bit of satisfaction to London's emptier one. Although this may subtract from his elemental ambiguity.
The sense of realism and production quality never falters, but occasionally the lesser acting and script does. But in terms of the interpretation and appreciation of London's vision, I think he'd really have liked what they've made here.
But this is a critique. The test of any film version hinges on Larsen and how we remember him. After this voyage, we are all changed by his 'floating little society'. Just as the book does, reminding us of stormy natures, our sense over savagery, savagery over sense.
Tim Roth is also excellent as the competitive, vicious brother.
Really good stuff, but a little editing would not have gone astray
Well made, the realism was excellent.
Did it beat the earlier B & W version, with the great Edward G Robinson? thanks to better sound, better camera equipment, and of course, colour,........it just about did..