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Death Comes to Pemberley [DVD]

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  • Actors: Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode, Jenna Coleman, Tom Ward
  • Directors: Daniel Percival
  • Writers: Juliette Towhidi, P.D. James
  • Producers: David M Thompson, Eliza Mellor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HHAX9BI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It is the eve of the Darcys’ annual Lady Anne ball at their magnificent Pemberley home and Elizabeth’s fifth ball as lady of the house. Darcy and Elizabeth are relaxing with their guests after supper when the festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. A scream calls them to the window and a hysterical Lydia Bennet tumbles out of a carriage screaming murder. What follows is the sombre discovery of a dead man in Pemberley woods, a brother accused of murder, and the beginning of a nightmare which will threaten to engulf Pemberley and all the Darcy’s hold dear. BBC’s new drama based on P.D. James’ follow-up to “Pride and Prejudice”

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Please ignore those who have compared it to the brilliant Pride and Prejudice adaptation by the BBC. It is a totally different creature, but the novel it is based on and this adaptation , are utterly superb. Reviews are people's opinions and are to be used as guidelines, I'm so glad I had ignored the scathing reviews for P.D James's novel and read , and found it excellent. If you choose to indulge, in the novel or this adaptation, you will find both, very worthwhile. Enjoy.
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A decided improvement on the P.D. James novel, which, I felt, was slightly hamstrung by its consciously being a grateful follower-on to a brilliant original. I didn't find in the book the spark and intensity that, mercifully, the scriptwriter found for this TV recreation. Perhaps this was because the TV show benefitted from a visual grammar well known to its audience, and therefore easier for the scriptwriter to latch onto than it was for James to channel Austen's unique writing style.

I thought the casting and acting were all terrific: I'd enjoyed Matthew Goode in "Leap Year", and his Wickham was the man I'd always wanted to see in previous Pride & Prejudice adaptations, but never did: a truly handsome, likeable rascal. (Otherwise, how could the sensible, lively Lizzie have possibly been so blinded by him?) Nicely done. Matthew Rhys makes a really effective Darcy in a very short space of time, despite his character in the P.D. James book seeming to me really quite shadowy. They seem to have beefed up his speaking part for the TV show and brought him into closer perspective, the scriptwriter correctly spotting the opportunity to show Darcy not as Wickham's mortal enemy, but what in fact he was and had ever been - his reluctant friend. I believed in him utterly as the breathing lord and master of a vast estate and tremendous responsibilities, traces of the old awful, implacable self there, but kinder, with Lizzie there to tie him to his humanity - very impressive.

Trevor Eve almost stole the show as Sir Selwyn Hardcastle - he brought the man to life wonderfully from what, again, had seemed in the book very thin material. Likewise Eleanor Tomlinson and Jenna Coleman, who both created likeable and believable characters as Georgiana Darcy and Lydia Wickham respectively.
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I've been waiting for years for some sort of sequel to the classic Pride and Prejudice - even going as far as to put together a what happened next to all the characters in my head. So l was really looking forward to this adaptation and l wasn't disappointed.

The characters are well cast, my favourites being Lizzie, Darcy and Lydia. Not sure l totally agree with the direction of the story particularly Wickham and Colonel Fitzwilliam as Wickham seems more a nasty piece of work than a chancer and opportunist. Whilst the Colonel had become so arrogant and abrasive, totally losing his happy jovial nature that there were times l just wanted to kick him!

I did however like the fact that the actor who played the Colonel was also in the BBC classic having played one of the officers - this gave it a sense of symmetry somehow.

I also liked the fact that Lizzie had lost none of her feisty tenacity or provocative sense of humour. Whilst Colin Firth will always be my favourite Darcy, Matthew Rhys did a good job particularly when he dealt with the Colonel. My only issue would be that there were times when Darcy appeared a little lacking in conviction particularly when dealing with Wickham. I would question whether Darcy with all his wealth and privilege would have behaved quite that way.

One final mention has to go to the costumes which felt just right however, contrary to some who have commented Lizzie is not wearing the same dress throughout but rather a series of dresses in the same colour! I would have liked a little more variety with her wardrobe but you can't have everything. Lydia wardrobe was gorgeous.

Anyway l have waffled on for long enough -suffice to say l enjoyed this dvd very much, so much so that l probably watch it at least once a week!
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When I saw that P D James had written a sequel to "Pride and Prejudice", I must admit, I was sceptical. Perhaps it is a brave author who decides to take on such a classic and make it into something of their own. Brave, or reckless perhaps. Although I have not read the book, I have to admit that if the dramatization is anything to go on, James has done a fantastic job. She has managed to keep the important elements of Austen's classic - the characters have the same traits which Austen gave to them - yet she has also managed to put her own stamp on Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship. What James has managed to create is a period whodunit which is intelligently thought out and put together.
This was definitely one of the highlights this Christmas. I would certainly recommend it. It only makes me wish that I had read the book first.
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The plot is clever and the film itself is well done, but the casting is awful and unconvincing. Don't get me wrong, I love Anna Maxwell Martin, but this was not the role for her. If you can get over the fact that this is "Not-Lizzie" and "Not-Darcy", you might enjoy it.
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