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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 4260601
  • Release Date: 08/11/2015
$27.99

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (46 out of 50)

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    • The making of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell


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    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews

    92%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Magical Look at 19th Century England

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      friedgold99
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      This review is written by someone who has not read the novel. This series was thoroughly enjoyable despite this fact. Each episode serves as a distinct chapter in the story, as one would expect, with the mini series format giving the sense that you are reading the book through easily digestible chunks. This helps to keep the plot comprehensible, introduce and thoroughly develop the characters, and allow viewers to consume the story at their own pace. What sets this series apart is that it blends commentary on British society with a fantastic story involving magic. It's like watching Downton Abbey or reading a piece of classic British literature, but having it all wrapped up in a package that is far from stuffy or pompous. The magic of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell creates a sense of wonder and fantasy that rivals any Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings tale. In fact, even with a smaller vfx budget than either of those two franchises, JS&MN manages to depict magic in a much more amazing fashion. As odd as this may sound, the magic of JS&MN feels much more real and grounded than what has been shown before. Instead of flashes of light, the magic performed appears to be physical manifestations of the magician's will, which is what one would imagine magic to be like if it were real. All in all, this is one of the best fantasy properties to come out in a long time. While the production values of JS&MN are not as high as those seen in modern films, everything achieved in this series is exceptional. The acting is great despite the shortage of recognizable faces for American audiences. The characters are unique and well developed. The setting and costume work create an incredibly immersive world. While the pacing may feel slow through the first episode, the intrigue that begins with the second episode keeps things interesting long enough for all the significant characters to be fully fleshed out and worth caring for. All in all, the six plus hours is incredibly entertaining, and worth every minute devoted to its consumption.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great dvd! No waiting!

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      NjSYR
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      I watched this on BBCAmerica and LOVED the story and the amazing production... HATED the annoying commercials. So I pre-ordered this dvd from another vendor (not Best Buy)... Dvd came out... I waited a week and it never arrived. Went to my local Best Buy. A very nice associate helped me find it in the store. I got home and happily binge-watched the dvd... Without annoying commercials... And I will return the other dvd when it finally arrives. No more pre-ordering at the other place. Will go right to Best Buy next time!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great fantasy series.

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      bobinator
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      Based on an award winning fantasy novel, this series was a wonderful surprise. Set in the era of the Napoleonic war, England's two greatest sorcerers volunteer their services to the crown in its' war against the french. I knew nothing about the story until viewing and was carried along with it. Truly entertaining. Heck! I want to watch it again already! Sort of a Harry Potter for grown-ups. Give it a try and you may love it as much as I did!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Magic in Britain's High Society

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      pickyaboutSherlocks
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      I watched part of this mini-series at a friend's house & bought this to watch the rest. It's complex & occasionally a bit confusing. The rebirth of magic in Britain in the Victorian era...or is it? You decide.. Sort of 'Harry Potter' meets 'Jane Austin'. Beautiful costuming. Good value.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great effects, generally good drama

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      Bugman
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      A generally good period drama with some great effects, and some interesting recreated historical scenes (e.g., Waterloo, Napoleonic campaigns in Spain, early 19th century London) and historical characters (e.g., Wellington).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A noble effort, but....

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      whalter58
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      Don't get me wrong it's good but, the old saying fits this one "The book is better"...I would like to know what people who have never read the book thought about this noble effort.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      good not great

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      halfcracked
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      This didn't live up to my expectations. The previews I saw on line were more intriguing than the show turned out to be. It wasn't bad just wasn't as good as i'd hoped.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Show

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      mercator360
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      This is a pretty descent BBC show. The special effects are pretty cool. The show is like Harry Potter in the Napoleonic Era. A good by for fantasy fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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