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Masterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD

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Rupert Penry-Jones stars as Richard Hannay in the hit adaptation of John Buchan's classic novel, The 39 Steps. Wrongfully accused of murder, Richard Hannay finds himself on a roller coaster action adventure full of excitement, drama, danger, fun and romance as he attempts to save the nation from invasion.
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PBSMasterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD
 
3.9

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A worthy treatment

The 1935 (Robert Donat) and 1978 (Robert Powell) film versions of Buchan's novel are quite different from one another, and the BBC version has continued that tradition. The original film stays close...Read complete review

The 1935 (Robert Donat) and 1978 (Robert Powell) film versions of Buchan's novel are quite different from one another, and the BBC version has continued that tradition. The original film stays close to the book; the 1978 film corrects some weaknesses in the plot and adds a wow finish; and this version compresses the plot setup in favor of greater development of the relationship that develops between Hannay and "the girl." The essence of the story is still there, but this treatment is more about the two central characters than plot intricacies and Hannay's time spent alone on the run. The film has clearly taken its own path, but it's a good path; and the direction, cinematography, and acting are very strong.

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Poor subsitute for the original classic

This remake fails to follow the original story and while the outdoor chase scenes are well done, suspense of the original Hitchcock film is sorely lacking. Overall, this production was a big disappointment....Read complete review

This remake fails to follow the original story and while the outdoor chase scenes are well done, suspense of the original Hitchcock film is sorely lacking. Overall, this production was a big disappointment. Recommendation: Don't waste your time on this one, get the original or read the book.

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5.0

The 39 Steps

By Nitenurse

from Aurora Ontario Canada

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD:

Well done, another version of the original 39 Steps with Alfred Hitchcock...truly enjoyable!

 
1.0

Bizarre Voice in Background

By Anglophile

from Orange County, CA

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD:

I could barely watch 10 minutes of this film because a woman's voice could be heard in the background reading the screenplay. It was very annoying and impossible to concentrate. Too bad, because it seems like this film would have been good if it weren't for the voice in the background.

 
2.0

What the ???

By Vimala

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD:

Why do the producers waste money making moving pictures when there is a woman in the background reading the stage instructions? Is this supposed to be a TV show or a radio show? Is this a TV show for the blind? Absulutely ridiculously annoying!

 
5.0

The 39 Steps

By Ron

from Chesapeake, VA

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD:

This version replaced a version that I copied off the air while stationed in Guantanamo Bay, which is now only available as "Region 2". I was curious about how the two versions would compare. Although there were slight differences, I was satisfied with what I received.

 
4.0

Just right, exciting but not too long.

By The Mystery Buff.

from Denver, Co.

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD:

I'm glad I bought this.I'll pull it out again soon.

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