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Brideshead Revisited [DVD] [2008]
Brideshead Revisited [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Emma Thompson
Price: 4.97

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trust the artist, 14 April 2010
This was Director Charles Sturridge's recent comment about the unique process enjoyed by the production team at Granada and the actors and technicians involved in the 1981 mini series. A special moment occurred where creativity was allowed to flourish and a 2 year process culminated in a piece of television history.

When the Producer Derek Granger also added, 'those days are gone', he wasn't referring to Waugh's landscape and characters but the art of film making.

The 2008 production could never conjure up the alchemy of 1981. And it has since been proved that high production values, which drown this film, do not equal art. In 1981 a one-off was created. Something unrepeatable.

If the mini series told us anything, it was that this novel needed to be adapted in full, with Waugh's voice at the forefront ....and that would take time. The investment Granada made in the attention to detail paid off. Audiences were prepared to watch a 13 hour story evolve.

My hope is that viewers of this film, new to Waugh and Brideshead, will get a flavour of this great story and with any luck seek out the 13 hour experience - which still shimmers unrivaled after 30 years - in another league.
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Mrs Merton And Malcolm - The Complete BBC Series [DVD]
Mrs Merton And Malcolm - The Complete BBC Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Caroline Aherne
Price: 5.73

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Ay, Nessie!', 23 Jan 2010
I remembered seeing this in the 90's and I often remembered, Betty Spooner and her one-bar fire!

This is such quality writing with brilliant comic timing. It's unique. Yes, uncomfortable at times (less the second time) - all good stuff is generally. The writing has the ability to provoke and yet retain pathos in all the characters (similar to Royle Family). At times the writing reminds me of Orton - the grit of real life within a fantasy setting.

The stand out episodes are 2 (Malcolm and Justin) and 5 (Aherne playing both Mrs Merton and her sister Morag).

This is a classic and any fan of Caroline Aherne should get this.

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