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This review is from: Brideshead Revisited - Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
I don't own this particular box but one of (sadly) inferior quality. And still the lousy quality of the images and sound does nothing to ruin the pleasure of watching this series again and again. It has become a form of escapism for me, the second I hear the opening tune a sense of calm comes washing over me, a sense that caries through the entire episode thanks to the music, the calm voice-over of Jeremy Irons and the more than sublime acting and beatiful settings.
The story revolves around Charles Ryder and his relation with the aristocratic Flyte family who inhabit the imposing baroque country house of Brideshead. Youngest son Sebastian is an excentric, a delicate soul, and gets on very well with Charles. It is never actually mentioned but we are lead to believe that it is a romantic relationship. Sebastian is however determined that Charles should not get involved with his family. When Charles eventually does get to know the family they seem absolutely charming, but along the way we begin to see an environment that is slowly shoking the excentric Sebastian and proves to be a threat to the relationship between him and Charles. Their times of bliss are at an end.