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Masterpiece Classic: Classic English Literature Collection, Vol. 2 [4 Discs] [DVD]

This collection of Masterpiece Theater adaptations of classic novels includes interpretations of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mansfield Park, The Turn of the Screw, and A Room With a View.
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    Overview

    Special Features


    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Mansfield Park
    Produced for UK television network ITV, this adaptation of Jane Austin's classic tale stars Billie Piper as Fanny Price, and Blake Ritson as Edmund Bertram. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    The Turn of the Screw
    This adaptation of the classic novel by Henry James, produced for British television and shown in the United States as part of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre series, stars Jodhi May as Miss, a young woman hired as a governess by the Master (Colin Firth), a charming but mysterious man who wants Miss to care for his two children, with the unusual stipulation that she have no contact with him. Despite this edict, Miss becomes infatuated with the Master and comes to enjoy her work; the children are good-natured and fun to care for, and she makes a good friend in housekeeper Mrs. Grose (Pam Ferris). But, one day, she sees something strange in the house: the ghost of Peter Quint (Jason Salkey), the Master's former valet, who died under mysterious circumstances. Miss learns that her predecessor as governess, Miss Jessel (Caroline Pegg), also drowned, in an incident that raised many questions, with some believing the Master to blame. Miss learns that the children can see the ghosts too, though most adults cannot, and she fears that she has fallen into a situation of grave danger. The Turn of the Screw was directed by Ben Bolt, whose previous television experience includes the series Prime Suspect and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Matthew Rhys, Tamzin Merchant, and Julia McKenzie headline this made for television mystery filled with passion and intrigue, and adapted from an unfinished novel by the great Charles Dickens. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    A Room With a View
    A precocious Edwardian girl suffocating from the social norms is forced to choose between following her heart and obliging her family's wishes after falling for a handsome but unsuitable stranger during a trip to Italy. Based on author E.M. Forster's tale of forbidden love and scripted by Pride and Prejudice scribe Andrew Davies, director Nicholas Renton's playful period drama follows young Lucy Honeychurch as she takes a trip to Italy and exchanges a brief albeit life-altering kiss with the unsuitable George Emerson. Later, as Lucy's snooping chaperone attempts to keep her on the path laid out by her family, her engagement to the dull Cecil draws near, and her repressed feelings boil to the surface, she is taken aback to encounter the dashing object of her affections back in her homeland of England. What's a girl to do when her wedding date has been set in stone but the love of her life won't be standing at the alter? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Billie Piper
      Billie Piper - Fanny Price
    • Jemma Redgrave
      Jemma Redgrave
    • Blake Ritson
      Blake Ritson - Edmund Bertram



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