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  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KN0D6RG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, PENNY DREADFUL completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.

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An interesting take on the gothic angle with a combination of a number of well known stories and themes. Great cast all round, but for me, Rory Kinnear's monster, Billie Piper's Irish prostitute and Eva Green's troubled young woman stand out.
A second series ('season' if you're in America) is planned apparently, so we'll see if the writers manage to continue (or improve upon) the excellent story-line.
Even if you're not keen on supernatural / horror stories, it's worth giving this a go for the period recreation which is very well done (costumes / sets) but watch out, there's more than a bit of bodice ripping going on. The goriness aside, there are some fairly graphic scenes involving the lead characters........
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This show was brilliant from start to finish. As a fan of the Victorian gothic tradition of horror I was captivated from the very beginning, at times the pace is measured, and there are a lot of scenes that are just conversations, but it was riveting to me.
The acting across the board was great, Josh Hartnett as a stoic and mysterious American with hidden depths managed to bring a lot of character moments to his Ethan Chandler that were surprising and intimate. Eva Green was spellbinding as a dark gothic beauty with possible demonic possession and managed to form the core of the series, everything seemingly revolving around her, and some of the choices and extremes that as an actress she goes too are scintillating. Finally Timothy Dalton is possibly the best I have ever seen him here, stealing the whole show for me with his portrayal of a vain and damaged man.
Overall if you like atmospheric horror then this is the show for you, it looks stunning in HD and you can tell that good money was spent on getting this correct. I cannot wait for season 2.
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Gothic horror fans are rarely offered a treat so delicious and well-polished as 'Penny Dreadful', so naturally the whole premise of the show seemed too good to be true when I first encountered it. Not only is the premise great, but this is one of the most intriguing, dark, visually stunning, well acted, perfectly cast, and utterly engaging series I have come across in a long time. With the announcement of a second season airing in 2015, there is no better time to begin your journey into the frightening, dark, and rich world of 'Penny Dreadful'.
The very concept of having all these different and equally famous literary characters under one roof sounds convoluted and potentially messy, and yet the show manages to weave all of these characters together into one coherent narrative. Faces such as Dr. Frankenstein, Van Helsing, and Dorian Grey are all present here, so if you're a fan of classic gothic literature from the likes of Oscar Wilde and Mary Shelly, then naturally this will intrigue you. Some original characters are added into the mix too, such as the mysterious and enigmatic Vanessa Ives as played by Eva Green, and Green's performance here is one of the best I have ever seen in any TV series. I'd describe to you just how versatile Green's performance is, how much passion and energy she places into this challenging role, but it's better if you find out for yourself.
All the characters are perfectly cast, with Timothy Dalton being a particular selling point as Sir Malcolm, but I was particularly touched by Harry Treadaway's performance, and Rory Kinnear is also given a very unusual role to play and gives an equally unusual and tender performance to match it. I won't reveal any more than that in terms of characters.
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To some extent this series is a bit of a mess! There is so much going on that it's easy to get lost amongst the mixture of plot elements that appear to have been put together rather in the manner of someone cheating when completing a puzzle by cutting the first pieces they pick up to force them to fit. We have Frankenstein's creation displaced in time and space competing for top spot with Dracula who appears to have spirited Mina away from a father she never originally had. He seems to be a kind of Allan Quartermain explorer type obsessed with finding the origin of the Nile and racked with guilt over the loss of both children: his son accompanied him on one ill-fated trip. (A kind of) Buffalo Bill, in the guise of Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) also plays a prominent part together with Dorian Gray convincingly mincing his way through the lot and corrupting any and every one he can literally lay his hands upon. And in the monster's attraction to Maude, an ingénue playing at the local Grand Guignol theatre, there is even a hint of Gaston Laroux's famous phantom.

Central to all this mayhem is the figure of Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green who gives an astonishing performance as the possessed friend of Mina whose aforementioned father, Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), is convinced holds the key to his daughter's fate: so chuck in a bit of the Exorcist as well! A brilliantly hammy turn by Simon Russell Beale as an utterly dotty Egyptologist and a curious sprinkling of Billie Piper as a consumptive Irish prostitute completes the dish. All we are missing is Mr Hyde: but (hopefully) it's still early days yet!
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