DVD - 2001
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The castle of Gormenghast is home to the ancient family of Groan, where nothing has changed in thousands of years. The dynasty is threatened by the charming and evil kitchen-boy, Steerpike. With the birth of a new heir, Titus Groan, Steerpike begins his ruthless ascent to power. As he charms, outwits and terrorizes the castle's inhabitants, only Titus, the young timid Earl of Groan, stands in Steerpike's way.
Publisher: [S.l.] : BBC Video ; Burbank, Calif. : distributed by Warner Home Video, 2001, c2000.
ISBN: 9780790758619
Branch Call Number: GOR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (DVD)(4 hrs.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 23, 2019

I rather like this movie. By today's standards it is dated, but no film adaptation is entirely true to any book. Nevertheless, it's Peake's world that is Gormenghast, and its colourful array of intriguing characters, that I adore. I have only read segments of the second book of the trilogy, which is titled the same as this movie. The Countess Gertrude Groan, Lady Fuchsia Groan, and Irma Prunesquallor are my favourite characters. I particularly enjoyed reading their dialogues as much I enjoyed hearing them. This film nicely complements the first two novels since the third and final book "Titus Alone" was not made into a film, as far as my knowledge goes.

Jan 28, 2016

A dystopia with elements of Hamlet and Dickens featuring a cross-section of the best British actors. Best moments are Ian Richardson hooting like an owl and headmaster Stephen Fry courting Fiona Shaw under an arbor of phoney flowers. Feels like a send-up of English boarding schools and the still very much cherished class system. UK actors already notorious for their hideous teeth all sport even worse falsies for this production. Worth watching for this alone! Rapturously beautiful score and sets carefully mirror Peake's famous illustrations. Not everyone's genre but Peake fans will be mesmerized.

xaipe Dec 02, 2012

Dated British fantasy. Good cast, but awful script and clunky special effects. I couldn't get past the first hour.

Jan 17, 2011

A tale of a kingdom that was built on the stronghold of tradition only to be threatened by an ambitious young man. A well told dark-fantasy.


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