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Gormenghast

2-disk DVD

Absolutely Mesmerizing! 

A wonderful trip into the imagination of a very creative author.

Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake's eccentrically brilliant novels

The glorious castle of Gormenghast is home to the ancient family of Groan, where nothing has changed for thousands of years. The dynasty is threatened by the charming and evil kitchen-boy Steerpike. With the birth of a new heir, Titus Groan, Steerpike begins his ruthless ascent to power.

As he charms, outwits and terrorises the castle's inhabitants, only Titus, the young and timid Earl of Groan, stands in Steerpike's way. Who will triumph? And can Gormenghast survive?

The BBC's lavish, glowingly designed adaptation of Mervyn Peake's novels Titus Groan and Gormenghast is a triumph of casting. Ian Richardson's Lear-like depiction of the mad earl of a remote, vast, ritual-obsessed building is matched by the brutal pragmatism of Celia Imrie as his wife, the synchronised madness of Zoe Wanamaker and Lynsey Baxter as his twin sisters and the duplicitous charm of Jonathan Rhys-Meyer as Steerpike, the kitchen-boy determined to take over no matter how many deaths it costs. John Sessions is surprisingly touching as Prunesquallor, the family doctor who realises almost too late what Steerpike intends.

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