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  • Actors: Billie Piper, Julie Walters
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X6R8G0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This DVD includes two BBC adaptations - Ruby in the Smoke and Shadow in the North - from a series of novels by the award-winning author, Philip Pullman. The stories follow the courageous and vibrant young heroine, Sally Lockhart, played here by award-winning actress, Billie Piper, who is a 16-year-old sleuth in the Victorian era.

The first dramatization, was transmitted in December 2006 (to over 7 million viewers); the second, The Shadow in the North, aired on 30 December 2007.

Ruby in the Smoke
Sally, recently orphaned, is alone and being hunted by an assassin. With her new friends - young photographer Frederick and quick-witted street child Jim - she must discover her father's killer. Facing them is an unseen, murderous opponent and at the heart of it all, the deadly, blood-drenched secret of the ruby in the smoke.

The Shadow in the North
Once again Pullman's much-loved and fearless heroine Sally Lockhart embarks on a mission – this time to find out why her elderly client's investment crashed and what links the clairvoyant's murderous vision to the rich industrialist, Bellmann.

Billie Piper says of her role as Sally Lockhart in The Shadow in the North:

"Sally is quite feisty, and has a right old bee in her bonnet when one of her elderly clients loses all her savings after investing on Sally's recommendation. She is ahead of her times, outspoken and wants to be respected by those she considers her peers and is determined to get her client's money back one way or another."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Takata VINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
As with many other BBC productions, this new adaptation of Philip Pullman's excellent Sally Lockhart series does not disappoint. It stars the headstrong protagonist Sally Lockhart, following her adventures and the enigmatic events that unfold around her. They story has all the right elements of a Victorian melodrama: rubies, murders, opium, a plot in the north, guns, Chinese traders... and it all comes together within a wonderful Victorian atmosphere. You can almost smell the opium lingering in the air and the run-down feel of the docklands. The plot meanders and tangles together, until it culminates in a dramatic climax.

I still feel that Billie Piper was a little miscast - I felt a lack of connection with her, and she does not match with my personal image of Sally. Objectively, however, she pulls off a great performance, as do the rest of the cast. A special mention must go to the chilling Julie Walters, as well as the actor who plays Jim.

All in all, an excellent adaptation that is well worth a watch. I shall be very much looking forward to The Tiger in the Well and The Tin Princess.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Schneehase VINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2008
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It's about time Phillip Pullman got some positive limelight... all the stupid fuss over the anti-religious elements of 'His Dark Materials' rather overshadows the fact that he is an excellent writer. The 'Sally Lockhart' books are a fascinating glimpse into a shady Victorian world and how damn difficult it was to be a woman 150 years ago. Sally Lockhart is a feisty and engaging heroine and, for once, Billy Piper is well cast in the lead role. She manages to convey the spirited independence of the main character while clearly showing us the restrictions placed on women at that time. I hope very much that the next one will be filmed as it is a corker of a story.
As for these two, I heartily recommend them - they are very good stories with excellent characters and locations.
P.S. Does anyone else think that JJ Feild looks rather like Jude Law?!?
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Foggy Tewsday VINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2008
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This two-DVD set features the opening two stories based on Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart novels. I should point out that I have not read any of the books in this series; this review is purely based on the DVD package. Both stories are feature length, running to approximately 90 minutes each. Disc one ("The Ruby in the Smoke") includes an interview with Philip Pullman. This is the sole bonus feature in the package, but both DVDs contain English subtitles if required.

`The Ruby in the Smoke' is set in England in 1874. Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper), a feisty young woman whose father has been killed in mysterious circumstances, now resides with her fusty Aunt Caroline. "What accomplishments do you have?" asks the spiteful elderly lady. Sally tells her that she has none save the ability to fire a pistol, speak Hindustani and to read an accounts ledger as easily as a newspaper. By the time she has removed herself from this stifling atmosphere, Sally is immersed in her first mystery. The catalyst for this upheaval is a cryptic note that she has received from Singapore concerning her father's untimely death. Much murderous mayhem and derring-do ensues when the eponymous ruby's existence becomes known.

Sally's business acumen comes to her rescue when she takes on the books at the lovelorn Frederick's (JJ Field) photography business in return for bed and board. He and capable cockney lad, Jim (Matt Smith), take on sidekick status as they are confronted by the vile and devious Mrs. Holland (Julie Walters in superb form) who will stop at nothing in order to secure the ruby for herself.

Matt narrates some small portions of the story via voice-over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walkers Pre on 3 Jan. 2014
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Treat yourself to this wonderful double DVD and enjoy the performance of Miss Piper and supporting cast. I now see this lady in a new light, and the same can be said for Matt Smith. The pristine lifestyle and working conditions portrayed may be a little off the mark for the era depicted, however for shear entertainment, beautifully produced, this is by far the best purchase I have made in a long time. The story lines have everything, gritty, amusing and sadness too, they cry out to be watched over and over. One point to remember, they must be viewed in the correct order,that being "The Ruby in the Smoke" first. It will spoil everything if you don't.
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The Ruby in the Smoke's adaptation here is a very enjoyable piece of television, capturing the spirit of adventure well and presenting a compelling tale along with it. It's well-acted, and it's especially lovely to see Matt Smith investing his usual energy into this early supporting role for him.

The Shadow in the North, however, suffers greatly from sticking far too close to its novel. It may make sense in the book for Rosa and Nicholas to be married and away from the main events of the novel, but their disappearance after a small cameo at the start of the film - replaced by a random elderly uncle who barely says a word for the entire ninety minutes - is so unnecessary it is almost laughable. The mystery is harder to follow and, with no personal connection to Sally or the others, far less interesting than The Ruby in the Smoke. There is no longer any sense of depth to the characters, not helped by the absence of Jim Taylor's narration (despite the same screenwriter being used). The continuity between the two films is poor elsewhere too, with no explanation for Sally's career development or moving into her own rooms, and no reference to little Adelaide despite the first film ending with a determination not to give up the search for her.

Conclusion: get this for the first film, and watch the second as a mild curiosity. In hindsight, it's not hard to see why the remaining two novels were never adapted.
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