Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

DVD - 2015
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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell tells the alternative history of 19th-century England, where magic once existed and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange, who pit their skills against the might of Napoleon, the mythical Raven King and death itself.
Publisher: [London] :, BBC Worldwide Ltd.,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV JON
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (406 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Jul 18, 2016

Rated 2/10. Too bizarre for my taste.

Jun 19, 2016

I wanted to like this but something about the whole production seemed lackluster. I think the book was just such a vivid and outstanding read that it just makes anything else pale beside it.

Jun 18, 2016

the first four episodes are great - the last three get a bit far fetched . haven't read it.

Jun 15, 2016

My husband and I were very eager to watch this series- we'd heard great things. We enjoyed the first 2 episodes then hubby began to lose interest, saying it was "pretty slow". I kept watching, as I thought the acting and production was great. But, by episode 6 I too felt it was somewhat sluggish.

Jan 04, 2016

I did not read the book, and I tend to stay away from movies that involve the dark arts because of their all-to-often demonic natures but this was absolutely fabulous. I loved the humor, imagination, mystery and the relationships. I also enjoyed how the macabre fairies weren't portrayed as sweet, helpful companions to the protagonist. This series brings light to the true natures of fae and an alternate reality during the Regency era of Britain (my favorite). I binged watched the entire thing in one sitting, it was that good.

Dec 16, 2015

A very well done book-to-vdo adaptation. If you read the book first, you'll understand why this is such an accomplishment. True, the vdo abridgement required some plot modifications and removal of various ambiguities present in the original book, but on the whole, in vdo form it retains the two important qualities of the original: fascinating and very entertaining. For the viewer who wants to do a little preparation before viewing, there's 3 basic themes that make the bulk of the story, all derivations from these well known stories: The Faustian Bargain, Orpheus' attempted rescue of Eurydice from Hades, and Northern European Faerie Mythology, as exemplified in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". If you can find it, this is a good Blue-Ray choice for those with big screen TV's. Very much recommended.

Dec 06, 2015

No sustained magic for me in this 7 hours of historical drama. However, great production sets, costumes and a couple (only a couple) of okay special effects.

Nov 24, 2015

Here's the magic:
How did they take one of the most engaging, readable books that had a brilliant idea on every page and turn it into a boring, slow moving mini-series? Hocus-pocus! This is what the BBC did, which is so unlike them for they are able to breathe in fresh life to so much of fine literature. However, that's what happened! Efforts like this do well for literature, causing the viewer to discover all of the best parts that never made it into the mini-series. The acting is top-notch and the sets are OK. The FX are all CGI with a very dull energy to them. Do yourself a favour: don't! Instead, read the book. The book is absolutely amazing.
WARNING: there is no 2nd season. This is the story.

Monbal Nov 10, 2015

Very unusual and absolutely brilliant! Eddie Marsan is such a versatile actor and as for Marc Warren..!

Oct 26, 2015

Well Done!

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Dec 06, 2015

-Magic cannot tell the future, but it can throw shadows.
Jonathan: I'm very pleased to see you, Arabella.
Arabella: I thought you were dead. Oh, my love. What happened to you?
Jonathan: I am just a reflection.
Arabella: What?
Jonathan: I'm sorry, I cannot stay long.
Arabella: Why? I don't understand? What...? And where are you?
Jonathan: I'm not entirely sure. I'm not entirely sure I am anywhere.
Wellington: What I chiefly require, sir, is more artillery and more men. Can you make them appear?
Officer: Now, if we were to take the 7th up along the hill...
Wellington: That would take too much time. I'm in a hurry. Where's the magician?
-They believe, with the money they will get for the cannon, they will all be able lo sail back to Naples together in a golden ship. They do not wish to face their mothers and aunts without bringing their relatives back with them. I've heard Italian women are fierce.

Dec 06, 2015

Introduction: Some years ago, there was in the city of York a society of magicians. They met up on the third Wednesday of every month and read each other long, dull papers upon the history of English magic. They were gentlemen magicians, which is to say they had never harmed anyone by magic, nor ever done anyone the slightest good. In fact, to own the truth, not one of these magicians had ever cast the smallest spell. Nor by magic caused one leaf to tremble upon a tree, made one mote of dust after its course or changed a single hair upon anyone's head. With this one minor reservation, they enjoyed a reputation as some of the wisest and most magical gentlemen in Yorkshire.

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