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
Coming to North America from Acorn Media
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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