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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:55 am    Post subject: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Miniseries Reply with quote

Anybody catch the new miniseries on the BBC with Sam Neil?

I binged all three hours over the weekend, and really enjoyed it. A few nitpicks, but a nice fresh twist on an old classic.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I was watched it when it was on at Christmas.I seem to remember a few things annoying me by changing things, but on the whole I enjoyed it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched it during Christmas and loved it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ITS AMAZING! Such a good cast and an amazing adaptation. Charles Dance as Wargrave is actually EVERYTHING! I bought my own copy off amazon cause I loved it that much!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it available online yet?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

to purchase, yes; to view? I'm not sure. I originally saw it because someone posted the three episodes on youtube. I don't know if they are still there, but I highly doubt it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cluedoking123 wrote:
ITS AMAZING! Such a good cast and an amazing adaptation. Charles Dance as Wargrave is actually EVERYTHING! I bought my own copy off amazon cause I loved it that much!


Yes he was excellent. The perfect character.

I did enjoy how the back stories were told in flash back rather than just telling each other what happened. It was especially effective when they were lying about what they did and their "memory" showed the truth.

Loved the locations. It was beautifully shot.

It wasn't perfect, but it was a quick 3 hours. I would have enjoyed it stretched out a bit more actually.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also loved the behind the scenes on the DVD. They said that the kitchen scenes were shot in a completely different location then the house they used for everything else. and to control the night and day time they surrounded the home they were using in a giant tarp tent thing!

Also the writer of this adaptation had NEVER read Agatha Christie before being assigned this project. She said her only previous exposure was knowing of the Poirot films (the campy Peter Ustinov ones) and basing her opinion of Christie off that. She then read ATTWN in preparation for writing the script and was like, "wow.....you are...not at all what I thought...Jesus..."
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, I'd like to track down the DVD behind the scenes.

I didn't particularly like the dining room. That was my least favorite set of the movie, and they were in there so much!

Somehow it felt too small for all those people, and the decor was unappealing to me. And of course people had to keep going into the dining room because that's where the statues were. But in a house that size, I would have preferred a more formal dining room for dinners, something like what we saw in the movie for a less formal day room, and another space for breakfast.

Frankly, I would have been happy with the centerpiece being in another room, say the Hall, or study.

What's interesting about watching this film, which I haven't thought about in years, is how it doesn't make a lot of sense in terms of the group's actions in relation to the problem -- the first thing I would have done once I noticed a correlation with the centerpiece statues going missing was to put it in a drawer and lock it!

The next thing I would have done is insist on having everyone present at all times, including going to the restroom in a smaller group, if not everyone. There's absolutely no reason for anyone else to have died after the second victim, once the correlation with the centerpiece was established. The fact that people kept going off by themselves, was ridiculous. The only time people might have been alone would have been when they went to sleep in which case, no one took any efforts to barricade themselves safely in their rooms to prevent unauthorized entry, especially after it became clear a master key must exist.

I did like how they tried to stay up all night to circumvent this problem, and led to a better, more realistic, connection between the last two lovers.

But all things considered, that fundamental flaw persists with the original work.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a whole section of the DVD behind the scenes that explains the decore choice they made.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murder by Death wrote:

I didn't particularly like the dining room. That was my least favorite set of the movie, and they were in there so much!


Eh. I enjoyed the dining room. I liked the whole house, though it was quite obvious that they reused bedrooms for different characters.

Murder by Death wrote:

Frankly, I would have been happy with the centerpiece being in another room, say the Hall, or study.


Funny enough, I know one person who didn't like the Study. Again, I liked it. The animal heads fit the "zoo" theme and it reminded me of Titanic's Palm Court.



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the first thing I would have done once I noticed a correlation with the centerpiece statues going missing was to put it in a drawer and lock it!


Rogers does just that in the Russian version. He takes the figures and locks them in a cabinet (which the killer breaks into).


Again, I loved this version. It seemed to have more heart than many previous iterations. Yes, some of the characterization were odd, particularly making two characters repressed homosexuals and changing crimes and making the murders more on-the-nose. And yes, the pace was fast, but they did an admirable job keeping it to a 3-parter.
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