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Freud (1984 TV-British Mini-Series/BBC DVD)

 

Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: B-

 

 

I am no fan of David Suchetís work as Hercule Poirot, but there is no doubt he is a fine actor otherwise.I do not remember seeing his performance as Sigmund Freud for the 1984 BBC TV Mini-Series Freud, but despite its length, he is really good in it and now, all six episodes are available in a new DVD set.He plays him at an old age and (in flashback) his younger years, all with seamless conviction.

 

Directed by the enduring Moira Armstrong, it boasts a solid supporting cast including Peter Jeffrey, Claire Davenport, Michael Kitchen, Miriam Margolyes, Hugh Thomas and Michael Pennington.Carey Harrisonís teleplay is good on drama and scientific detail, but in a post-Freudian world, the show puts a little more stock into what he did than maybe it should and supports the myth of his work as total problem-solver and unchallengeable.Still, it is an ambitious production that holds up better than expected and is worth a look for those who are interested.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on a mix of film and PLA analog videotape.The tape can look strained at times, but this is not bad, though the age of the material and mix of it reminded me unintentionally of a documentary, though the material does not play like one.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono also shows its age but is on the clean side despite some distortion and sonic limits.Extras include a new Suchet interview and his Production Archive.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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