Monday, October 26, 2015

DVD Review : Thérèse Raquin

Based on the classic 1867 novel and play by French writer Émile Zola, Thérèse  Raquin arrives on DVD on October 20, 2015 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Unfolding  against the backdrop of idyllic French countryside and gritty Parisian streets, this BAFTA award-winning miniseries tells the story of a young woman, Thérèse  (Kate Nelligan, The Prince of Tides, The Cider House Rules), unhappily married to her first cousin, Camille (Kenneth Cranham, Rome, Valkyrie, Maleficent). She begins a passionate affair with one of Camille’s friends, Laurent (Brian Cox, Braveheart, RED, The Bourne Supremacy). Thérèse and Laurent will go to any lengths to be together, but their actions may haunt them forever. The 1981 Masterpiece Theatre and BBC miniseries also stars Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series, Die Hard, Sense and Sensibility), Mona Washbourne (My Fair Lady), and Jenny Galloway (About a Boy). This DVD single features three episodes ($39.99, The miniseries is also available to watch at any time on Acorn TV, the premier streaming service for world class television from Britain and beyond at www.Acorn.TV. The DVD release coincides with a new adaptation of the novel on Broadway starring Keira Knightley and Judith Light.

Based on the infamous novel, Thérèse Raquin tells the story of a young woman (Kate Nelligan) who is bored with her mundane life and trapped in a marriage with her feebleminded cousin, Camille (Kenneth Cranham). When Camille brings home his childhood friend, Laurent (Brian Cox), the romantic chemistry between Thérèse and Laurent is undeniable. The two launch into a sultry affair filled with clandestine encounters and crimes of passion. What desperate measures are these lovers willing to take to ensure they can be together?

Street Date: October 20, 2015                                 SRP: $29.99  

DVD Single: 3 episodes – Approx. 166 min. – SDH Subtitles

UPC 0-54961-2230-9-1                                              ISBN 978-1-62172-230-4

My Thoughts 

 Thérèse  Raquin is a mini series based on the classic 1867 novel.  Therese is a young woman who feels trapped in a humdrum lifestyle and who craves more from her life. She was forced to marry her first cousin Camille. She she doesn't love him or even like him very much. When Camille brings home his friend Laurent, sparks immediately start to fly between Laurent and Therese. They begin a steamy love affair, and the two will do anything to be together. Their love affair leads to crimes of passion that could ruin all their lives forever.

 This is a fantastic mini series filled with scandal and great acting.  Both the costumes and the backdrops are beautiful and realistic of the time period. Thérèse  Raquin is a wonderful historical adaption, and after seeing the film, I definitely plan to pick up a copy of the book.  If you'd like to order a copy of this DVD for yourself, it is available online at Acorn Media and on Amazon.


Sarah Matos said...

Sounds like a happy ending story which I love.

VickeC said...

looks and sounds like a good movie,i like movies like this,,im not into horror or violence

tisonly143 said...

This would be up my alley, looking forward to watching this :)

melody hodge said...

I would really like to see this. It my kind of stuff!

Jerry Marquardt said...

This looks like a very good book. I would like to read this very soon.