The Moonstone (British TV Mini-Series/1972/BBC/Acorn)
C Sound: C Extras: C- Episodes: B
second British TV adaptation of the Wilkie Collins literary classic is actually
older and better than the 1996 British telefilm we already looked at. You can read about the book and that telefilm
at the following link:
version was shot on PAL tape, is in five parts and stars mostly unknown actors
like Colin Baker, who later became Dr. Who in the mid-1980s. There is just a little more life, fullness
and detail to this version. I like the
sets and color choices more, plus the makers have more time to address the book
properly. This runs a healthy 221
minutes and with the very early feature film versions beings as short as the
telefilm, is likely to be definitive.
That leaves us looking for the 1959 British TV mini-series.
X 1 image was shot on analog PAL video and shows its age. Furthermore, the tapes have their moments of
damage and color-poorness. The Dolby
Digital 2.0 Mono is also a bit lower in fullness than one would like. The only extras are text on the cast and
author, which is more than we got from WGBH.
- Nicholas Sheffo