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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

the oh-yes! DVD of the week: ‘Lorna Doone’

Sean Bean, Clive Owen, and Polly Walker, all babies in a 20-year-old TV thing trotted out now for your delicious enjoyment. All good:

A classic story of romance, revenge, and adventure

“Lavish” –The Guardian (U.K.)
“Fine performances” –The Sun (U.K.)
“Authentic atmosphere” –London Evening Standard

John Ridd was just a boy when the villainous Doones murdered his father. Now a young man, John has two driving passions: his thirst for revenge against the outlaw Doones, and his love for the beautiful Lorna, daughter of his sworn enemies.

Clive Owen (Children of Men, Closer), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, Sharpe), and a luminous Polly Walker (Rome, State of Play) star in this action-packed adventure set in lawless 17th-century England during the Monmouth rebellion. Spectacular scenery, a stellar cast, and realistic period details ornament R.D. Blackmore’s beloved novel, one of the greatest love stories of all time.

With Billie Whitelaw (Quills, Napoleon and Love), Robert Stephens (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Hugh Fraser (Agatha Christie’s Poirot), and Miles Anderson (House of Cards).

Sounds great. Amusingly, however, the DVD cover art appears to be trying to pretend that this isn’t a period piece, which the British edition, released in October 2010, makes no pretense about:

Notice how the U.S. cover has so zoomed in on everyone’s faces that there’s no sense of place or context. Which is bizarre: Americans love British historical costume dramas. Especially if they star Sean Bean, Clive Owen, and Polly Walker all looking this scrumptious.



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