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Death Comes to Pemberley 2013

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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.

Starring:
Matthew Rhys, Kevin Eldon
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 56 minutes
Starring Matthew Rhys, Kevin Eldon, Anna Maxwell Martin, Lewis Rainer, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Teresa Churcher, Nichola Burley, James Norton, Trevor Eve, Matthew Goode
Director Daniel Percival
Genres Drama
Studio 2 Entertain
Rental release 10 February 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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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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This was the highlight of the Christmas television schedule for me. I'd been looking forward to it ever since I found out they were making an adaptation. I read the book last year and to be honest, wasn't overly impressed with it. However, I think that the screenwriters of this production took the best of it and made something wonderful. I thought all the actors were very good and made us believe in their individual predicaments, and made it easy to suspend our disbelief and just enjoy the production. The cinematography featuring Chatsworth and the Derbyshire countryside was fabulous, making the property itself almost a character in its own right, which it is to a large extent.

I thoroughly enjoyed the series and, like others, feel it is a shame that the BBC seems to have stopped releasing items on Blu-ray as that would be preferable to the DVD but as there is no other option, I am waiting patiently for the DVD to be released and will look forward to watching the series again in one fell swoop. Well done BBC. More of this ilk please!
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