Monday, June 1, 2015

DVD Review: New Worlds

Debuting on Acorn DVD and Blu-ray June 2nd, lavish period drama NEW WORLDS stars Fifty Shades of Grey’s and The Fall’s Jamie Dornan as a heroic and romantic outlaw.

Set during the tumultuous time of North American colonization, this gripping drama follows the lives of four young people—Abe Goffe (Jamie Dornan), Beth Fanshawe (Freya Mavor, Skins), Ned Hawkins (Joe Dempsie, Game of Thrones), and Hope Russell (Alice Englert, Beautiful Creatures)—as they fight for a better future in the wilderness of the New World and back home in England. Originally premiering on Acorn TV in February and “on the scale of Game of Thrones or The Pacific”, this four-part miniseries sets political intrigue, action-packed adventure, and passionate romance against the historical backdrop of the Restoration, all brought to life in stunning location shoots and rich cinematography. “Gripping, passionate…New Worlds has a winning combo…Beautifully shot.” (Elle)

The DVD and Blu-ray 2-disc sets each feature four episodes plus bonus behind-the-scenes featurettes ($39.99 each,

My Thoughts

New Worlds is a fantastic historical mini-series set in England and America in the 1680s when the colonies were first being settled.  Apparently this is the sequel to "The Devil's Whore". Though I didn't see that film, I had no trouble following this storyline. It can completely stand on its own. The story follows a duchess named Angelica Fanshawe who is married to a papist. She longs to live a quiet life, but other nobles want to get their hands on her land and Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys, an agent of King Charles, is out to get her.  Meanwhile her daughter Beth learns of her lineage and begins to show support for the rebels.  She falls in love with the famous fugitive William Goffe. Amidst the personal struggles of the main characters,  there is constant upheaval between Protestants and Catholics, the Native Americans and Colonists,  and monarchists and republicans.

This is a fantastic movie with a superb cast. The costumes and settings are realistic and the storyline stays pretty true to real history, even with the addition of the fictional characters mingled with the real historical figures. There is just the right blend of action, romance, and intrigue to keep you glued to your seat for the entire film.

If you'd like to get a copy of this fantastic DVD for your collection, you can find it online at Acorn Media or on Amazon.