DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY (EPISODE ONE)

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

It is the eve of the Darcys’ annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley estate. Darcy and Elizabeth, now six years married, are relaxing with their guests after supper when the festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. A scream calls them to the window and a hysterical Lydia Wickham tumbles out of a carriage shrieking, “Murder!” What follows is the somber discovery of a dead man in Pemberley woods, a brother accused of murder, and the beginning of a nightmare that will threaten to engulf Pemberley and all the Darcys hold dear.

Adapted from P.D. James’ clever whodunit, this delicious homage to Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice stars Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Matthew Goode (The Good Wife), and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who). Elizabeth and Darcy never knew marriage would be like this!

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Death Comes to Pemberley” is a work very much of its time. The rich Brits are throwing a party at their estate, while a corpse is found in the nearby woods. A strange relative reappears and now everyone has to figure out how it relates back to what’s going on. Will the Darcy name ever survive? Is this show good enough to get you through until January when “Downton Abbey” returns?

Period pieces are the bread and butter of PBS. It’s great to see that Public Broadcasting still remains at the top of their game. However, most of this material is either rebroadcast or purchased off British outfits. So, congrats to the Brits for giving us more historical dramas that keep the older folk entertained. There’s got to be a market for that.

The DVD comes with no special features. The standard definition transfer is crisp enough. The Dolby track is a supportive surround mix. It’s typical for most costume dramas. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

RELEASE DATE: 10/28/2014

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