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directed by Diarmuid Lawrence
UK 2012

 

Dissolute, opium-addicted choirmaster John Jasper (Matthew Rhys, THE EDGE OF LOVE) is bored with the monotony of country life and respectability. Lusting after Rosa Bud (SALEM's Tamzin Merchant), the promised fiancee of his carefree nephew Edwin Drood (Freddie Fox, VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN), he dreams and fantasizes about murdering his nephew so that she might be his. When Ceylon-born half-Indian orphans Helena (THE PUNISHER's Amber Rose Revah) and Neville (THE HISTORY BOYS' Sacha Dhawan) are taken in by Minor Canon Reverend Septimus (Rory Kinnear, THE IMITATION GAME), Rosa confides in Helena her fear of Jasper who dominates her through music. When Jasper realizes that Neville has fallen in love with Rosa and resents the way Edwin treats her, he foments animosity between the two young men, later spreading news about a scuffle between the English gentleman and the savage Easterner ostensibly out of concern. Upon learning that she will not lose her inheritance held in trust should she not marry Edwin, Rosa and he agree to be "as brother and sister." Jasper is unaware of this when he invites the two men to dinner to reconcile. When Edwin disappears the next day, Neville becomes the prime suspect and Jasper renews his overtures towards Rosa. Masterpiece Theatre and BBC take another stab at adapting and creating a solution for Charles Dickens' famed unfinished THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, and the results are narratively satisfying if not dramatically. This is a handsome production with good lead performances and support from Alun Armstrong (NEW TRICKS), Julia McKenzie (FRESH FIELDS), Ron Cook (CHOCOLAT), and Ellie Haddington (LAWLESS HEART) among others but it lacks a depth of characterization that a longer adaptation (with more creative license) might have had than what comes across here like a period-set "Masterpiece Mystery!" television drama.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 15 April 2012 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Second Sight - Region 2 - PAL

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Second Sight

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:59:12 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.19 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: Second Sight

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: 6 November 5th, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Second Sight afford a high bitrate to this two-part drama (shown as a two-hour movie in some territories) so the softness is probably as deliberate as the somewhat painterly color correction even outside of the opium-induced nightmares. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track is more adventurous in terms of sound design (owing to the opium-addled POV of the main character) and optional English HoH subtitles are provided. There are no extras. The series is available on Blu-ray (in 1080i, so we must assume the show was shot at PAL timing of the DVD is accurate to the original framerate) in the United States, also barebones.

  - Eric Cotenas


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