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Doctor Thorne DVD Review

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“Doctor Thorne” is aimed strictly at a very specific audience.

Based on the novel by Anthony Trollope and adapted for television by Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey” fame, “Doctor Thorne” is a 4 episode British period pieces series. The show revolves around the kind hearted titular Doctor, his poor illegitimate child niece (Mary), a young heir looking to marry for wealth who falls for Mary (Frank), an ailing wealthy man turned politician (Sir Roger), his jealous vengeful son who has eyes for Mary, and secrets.

As a reviewer, I watch, review, and enjoy films of all genres, but there is one genre that I have a tough time with- period pieces/costume dramas. Now, obviously, there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, this genre of cinema makes me want to tear my hair out. The problem for me lies squarely with the subject matter of these films as just about every costume drama contains the same material about the class system, romantic claptrap, soap opera family drama, etc. These subjects have simply been explored to death in this genre and they are further explored to death in “Doctor Thorne.”

Period piece films and shows also tend to suffer from phony period recreations. At least the novels these films/shows are based on were actually written in the 1800’s and, as such, feel authentic to the time period. “Doctor Thorne” is a prime example of a period piece that just isn’t convincing despite the talent attached (namely Ian McShane, Tom Hollander and Alison Brie).

With all of that said, if you love the works of Anthony Trollope, Jane Austen or Julian Fellowes, “Doctor Thorne” might very well appeal to you.


Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The picturesque cinematography shines here on DVD. Unfortunately, there is not a Blu-ray release for this title for those that are wondering.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? This 5.1 track is an all-around solid track.

* An intro by Jullian Fellowes.
* “The Making of Doctor Thorne” contains episode clips, interviews, and discussions about the characters and series.
* “Julian Fellowes: Adapting Anthony Trollope’s Doctor Thorne”- Fellowes talks about his adaptation and Trollope’s source material.
* “Doctor Thorne: The Gentle Hero”- A featurette on the titular character.
* “The Love Story: Mary and Frank”- A featurette about the two lovebird characters.
* “Lady Arabella And The Strong Women In Doctor Thorne”- The title says it all.
* “Sir Roger and Louis Scatcherd”- Yet another character centric featurette.

October 26, 2016 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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