Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck considered "East of Eden" his quintessential novel. Sweeping from Connecticut to California and from the Civil War to World War I, it follows three generations of the tumultuous Trask family: patriarch Cyrus (Warren Oates), his feuding sons, Adam and Charles (Timothy Bottoms, Bruce Boxleitner), and quarrelsome grandsons, Aron and Cal (Hart Bochner, Sam Bottoms). Through these men's lives slithers Cathy (Jane Seymour) - a she-serpent who holds their love and enmity. This saga explores the nature of good and evil, the origin of sin, and the hope of reconciliation. In its ambitious themes, pervasive Biblical allusions, and abiding reverence for the land, "East of Eden" stands as a timeless American epic.
When you're making a film on a book by a great author, you need to be up to the job. We sense that the director just was not of sufficient calibre to do justice to such a story. Add in wooden acting and a shaky camera, and the result is deeply disappointing. Disc 2? No thanks!