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directed by Adam Miller
UK 2016

 

A raucous and raunchy take on the lives of the Royal Family, the first series of THE WINDSORS finds Prince Wills (W1A's Hugh Skinner) desiring to do something meaningful as an air ambulance pilot instead of being a meaningless figurehead (seeking advice from the ghosts of kings past... along with Oliver Cromwell), wife Kate (Louise Ford) seeking to shed her gypsy past of tarmacking driveways and embrace her duties as a future queen, illiterate party boy Harry (Richard Goulding, ME BEFORE YOU) aimless as ever, scheming Pippa (Morgana Robinson, HOUSE OF FOOLS) hoping to land a prince or a hedge fund manager to show up her sister, Fergie (Katy Wix, NOT GOING OUT) pushing her "Right Royal Juicer" and publishing her third revealing memoir in five years, daughters Eugenie (Celeste Dring) and Beatrice (Ellie White) looking to make it big with the least amount of work, Prince Edward (Matthew Cottle, GET WELL SOON) still wanting to be taken seriously after the fall of his disastrous media empire, and Prince Andrew (Tim Wallers, ROCKNROLLA) gleefully profiteering off of war and laundering money. Jealous of Wills and Kate's popularity and the possibility that succession to the throne will skip a generation, Camilla (Haydn Gwynne, DROP THE DEAD DONKEY) plots to embarrass her stepdaughter while doddering Prince Charles (comedian Harry Enfield) hopelessly out of touch and shockingly inappropriate on the world stage. Six episodes follow the Royals through various crises involving romantic entanglements (with Harry often distracted by a "nice arse" while pining for Pippa), illegitimate children, matters of state, murder, and pitting father against son in a vote to abolish the monarchy. At time hysterically funny, one cannot help but think it might have been even more consistently humorous had the characterizations not been ramped up all the way from the very start, but there are some fine performances from Gwynne's Lady Macbeth-like schemer, Goulding's dolt, the always funny Cottle, Robinson's gold-digging slag ("You had me at 'I'm just a prince'"), along with the duo of Dring and White whose princesses seem almost indistinguishable from the real thing going by photographs. Series one also includes a Christmas special which riffs on theme from REBECCA (much as the first episode had with its costume party faux pas) and GONE WITH THE WIND as Camilla and a very Mrs. Danvers-esque Princess Anne (Vicki Pepperdine) torment Kate as she takes on the Christmas festivities at the foreboding Sandringham House and Wills discovers a mad relative locked in the tower.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 6 May 2016 - 23 Dec. 2016 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 3:07:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainent

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One (Series 1):
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option; 3:07:36):
� - 1.1 (16:9; 24:02)
� - 1.2 (16:9; 23:17)
� - 1.3 (16:9; 23:29)
� - 1.4 (16:9; 22:41)
� - 1.5 (16:9; 23:27)
� - 1.6 (16:9; 23:39)
� - Christmas Special (16:9; 47:38)
� Picture Gallery (16:9; 0:39)

� Disc 2 (Series 2) (see below)

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 7

 

Comments

Acorn's dual-layer DVD adequately contains the three hours of series one (including the Christmas special) and the mid-range bitrate encode looks better in motion. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track is up to the demands of the mix, focused heavily on dialogue and incidental scoring and occasionally giving to more adventurous sound design during some slow motion fight scenes mimicking action movie set-pieces. Optional English HoH subtitles have some paraphrasing but do a relatively good job of conveying the dialogue. There are no extras part from a still gallery (and the Christmas special if one considers it separate from the first series).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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directed by Adam Miller
UK 2017

 

The Windsors are back for a second series as Theresa May (Gillian Bevan, GHOSTWATCH) finds out what happens when she cross Camilla (Haydn Gwynne, DROP THE DEAD DONKEY), Harry (Richard Goulding, ME BEFORE YOU) buys a nightclub and Kate (Louise Ford) tries her hand at DJ-ing, Pippa (Morgana Robinson, HOUSE OF FOOLS) is torn between Harry and just about any other guy with lots of cash, Wills (W1A's Hugh Skinner) feels the burden of a life funded by the taxpayers, princesses Eugenie (Celeste Dring) and Beatrice (Ellie White) try to get back on the Sovereign Grant, Prince Charles (comedian Harry Enfield) endeavors to curry the public favor in his succession to the throne with an architectural vanity project, Camilla blackmails Kate discovers that her gypsy marriage was never annulled and the discovery of a crime in her past (hashtag: katemiddletonmurderer), and Prince Edward (Matthew Cottle, GET WELL SOON) finds gainful employment in a sex shop. Meanwhile, Camilla unearths a new Magna Carta that establishes the rightful hereditary rule which Wills is just as eager to challenge as Theresa May who Camilla has put out of commission while recruiting the "vulgar" Donald Trump (Corey Johnson, THE BOURNE LEGACY) as an ally.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 5 July 2017 - 9 August 2017 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Acorn Media - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Acorn Media

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 2:21:15
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 3.82 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One (Series One) (see above)

� Disc Two(Series 2):
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option; 2:21:15):
� - 2.1 (16:9; 23:30)
� - 2.2 (16:9; 23:11)
� - 2.3 (16:9; 23:22)
� - 2.4 (16:9; 23:55)
� - 2.5 (16:9; 23:19)
� - 2.6 (16:9; 24:30)
� Picture Gallery (16:9; 0:21)

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 6

 

Comments

Acorn's dual-layer DVD adequately contains the two and a half hourse of series two with a lower bitrate than the longer first series, but the encode looks typical of Acorn's treatment of more recent series (the compression artefacts of the encode may be indistinguishable from what you get additionally with the upscaling from SD DVD to HDTV). The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track is up to the demands of the mix, focused heavily on dialogue and incidental scoring and occasionally giving to more adventurous sound design during some slow motion fight scenes mimicking action movie set-pieces. Optional English HoH subtitles have some paraphrasing but do a relatively good job of conveying the dialogue. There are no extras part from a still gallery (and the Christmas special if one considers it separate from the first series).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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Region 2 - PAL

 



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