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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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4.0

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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

Closest adaptation to the source book

By DrrnHarr

from Washington, DC

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD:

Have the people bashing this TV production even read the John Buchan book? I have and let me tell you the revered 1935 Hitchcock version is a mockery a complete waste of time. I have wanted for years to see a faithful version of the Buchan classic that I read as a lad and the BBC has finally produced one. This 2008 version is the one to watch, not the 1935, 1959 and 1978 versions. OK I am somewhat fond of the Robert Powell 1978 version, but the BBC adaptation gets it right.

 
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Gorgeous Rupert plays a man on the run

By Libby

from Jacksonville,Florida

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: The 39 Steps DVD:

This is a mystery, that has been around for a long time in different versions, but this is the best yet. I loved the twists and turns and looking at him for a few hours helps. Yes he is a sexy man, every womans dream and here is falsely accused of murder and runs into an unlikely plot, which has you intently watching his every move. I loved it, absolutely best version to date .

 
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!

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