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Jamaica Inn

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 3/23/15

This is a BBC adaption of a classic novel by Daphne DuMaurier. I haven't read the original book, but from what I've read online, it's a pretty faithful adaption. Apparently when it aired on TV, though, there were sound problems, and many people complained. Frankly, I always put on the closed-captioning on my TV, anyway, and I find it really helps, especially with British shows.  It didn't seem any more "mumbly" to me than any other show from across the pond (or on this side, either, for that matter).

At first, I thought it moved a little too slowly, but it really does set the mood for the miniseries because it's a very bleak story about life on the moors in the early 1800's among smugglers. It's often spooky and feels very lonely. They do a great job with the feel of the time and place, and the acting is very good. I think anyone would enjoy it, not just fans of literature or British TV.

The miniseries has 3 episodes; the DVD also has some great behind-the-scenes features and interviews. It's a good DVD set to have. I enjoyed watching it. I'm a big fan of "Masterpiece Theater" and shows like that. I only have one complaint. I thought it was kind of obvious who the big villain is, from the first minute we meet him. In the end, though, it doesn't really matter. It's a very passionate and romantic story.

There are some good features, including interviews with everyone, and a behind-the scenes feature.


Jamaica Inn (mini-series) - DVD for the 3-Part Miniseries Starring 'Downton's' Jessica Brown Findlay

Coming to North America from Acorn Media this May

Orphaned by her mother's death, Mary Yellan (Jessica Brown Findlay, Downton Abbey) travels to Cornwall to join her aunt, Patience (Joanne Whalley, Wolf Hall). Arriving at the isolated Jamaica Inn, Mary is met by a brutish, menacing man-her uncle, Joss (Sean Harris, The Borgias). She soon learns that no guests stay at the inn, and Joss is part of a savage gang of smugglers. Meanwhile, she's drawn to the handsome, mysterious Jem Merlyn (Matthew McNulty, The Paradise), Joss's younger brother.

Set in 1821 against a backdrop of windswept Cornish moors, this dark tale of "sex and skulduggery in Du Maurier country" (The Times, UK) has been lavishly directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Call the Midwife) and adapted by Emma Frost (The White Queen). Also starring Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones's Diary), the "moodily atmospheric" (Daily Mail, UK) drama follows a spirited young woman whose sense of morality is challenged by circumstance and love. NOTE: Contains violence, strong language, and sexual situations.

Acorn Media has announced the May 5th release of Jamaica Inn on DVD. The 3-part miniseries from last year stars Jessica Brown Findlay ("Lady Sybil" of Downton Abbey), and includes Behind-the-Scenes Footage (9 min.), Cast and Crew Interviews (26 min.), and a Photo Gallery as bonus material. The episodes are presented in 16x9 widescreen, with English stereo sound and English subtitles. Cost is $34.99 SRP.

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