Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Little Retro

I was a little bit bored today so I decided to root thru the DVDs to see what was good to watch and came up with the 1985 Miniseries of North and South. I've watched the made for tv miniseries on it as well as read the books by John Jakes which are North and South, Love and War and Heaven and Hell. And I loved them both. There are differences between the movie and the books, which is understandable as they do have edit it for TV. There is a lot more in the books then the movies but I still loved them any way.

As you probably well know the North and South miniseries is about two families, the Hazards from Lehigh Station Pennsylvania and the Mains from Mont Royal South Carolina. And their struggles to keep their friendship thru out the civil war. If you haven't read the books or saw the miniseries then I highly suggest you do, to both reading the books as well as watching the shows. The miniseries had some pretty big names in it too, Patrick Swayze, Lesley Ann Down, Kirstie Alley, Jean Simmons, Teri Garber, Genie Francis, David Carradine, Inga Swenson, Georg Stanford Brown, Robert Mitchum, Morgan Fairchild, Johnny Cash, Gene Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, David Ogden Stiers, Mitch Ryan, Forrest Whittaker, Parker Stevenson, Lloyd Bridges, Olivia de Havilland, Linda Evans, Hal Hobrook, Lee Horsley, Wayne Newton, James Stewart, Michael Dudikoff, Robert Englund, Robert Wagner, Billy Dee name just a few. And with a star line up like these awesome actors how can you say no to watching it.

A couple of things they do that I don't really care for is changing the actors. I realize some times it can't be helped but it's too bad the same actor/actress didn't last thru out the entire 3 movies. For Book 3 the actor for Charles Main was changed and the actress for Isabelle Hazard changed for each movie. And the fight scenes were kinda cheesy, but considering the time this movie was made it wasn't too bad.