Thursday, September 20, 2018

Now Available to Own on DVD and Digital from PBS Distribution: “MASTERPIECE: THE MINIATURIST” (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Available on Digital September 10 and DVD and Blu-ray September 18
Premieres on Masterpiece Sunday, September 9 (Check Local Listings)

Fans of period dramas will love this 3-part series from Masterpiece.  As the title suggests this PBS series, which originally aired in the UK and has been edited for US viewing, is about miniature figures, which in this case are true-to-life replicas of members of the merchant's household, which Nella, has now joined as his wife. 

Johannes, the merchant presents his new bride with a extravagant wedding gift, a cabinet-sized replica of their house -- think over the top dollhouse.  The series plays out as Nella discovers the secrets of the doll's house and those in the Brandt household, which she now resides. There are a lot of ups and downs and twists and turns in this series, and will have your eyes glued to the screen right up until the very end.  Usually I will watch a series like this over the course of a few nights, but I was so intrigued by it and had to see what happened next, that I ended up watching the whole DVD, which wasn't bad at only 150 minutes.  

Don't worry, I will not tell you how it ends, or if harm was brought to Nella.  You will just have to pick up this DVD and watch it for yourself.  You will not be disappointed!


More about this recent DVD release:

"PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “MASTERPIECE: THE MINIATURIST” on Digital September 10 and DVD and Blu-ray September 18Golden Age Amsterdam comes alive in all its opulence and repressed sensuality in an adaptation of Jessie Burton’s bestselling novel The Miniaturist, starring Anya Taylor-Joy (“Split,” “The Witch”), Romola Garai (“Churchill’s Secret,” “The Hour”), and Alex Hassell (“Suburbicon,” “Anonymous”). Taylor-Joy plays a young bride who receives mysterious packages from a reclusive maker of miniatures—tiny objects that appear to predict the future. “THE MINIATURIST” also features Paapa Essiedu (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Utopia”), Hayley Squires (“I, Daniel Blake;” “Call the Midwife”) and Emily Berrington (“Humans,” “The Inbetweeners 2”).

Critics were captivated when the miniseries recently aired in the UK. The Telegraph (London) applauded it as “an evocative, spellbinding drama big on atmosphere,” and in another review compared the production to “a Daphne Du Maurier potboiler as painted by Vermeer.” The Guardian (London) praised THE MINIATURIST as “mesmerizing.”

MASTERPIECE: THE MINIATURIST” will be available for digital download on September 10 and on DVD and Blu-ray ($24.99, $29.99 SRPSeptember 18, 2018The run time of theprogram is approximately 162 minutes.

Set in 1686 Amsterdam, THE MINIATURIST” follows Nella (Taylor-Joy), a naive eighteen-year-old from a bankrupt aristocratic family in the provinces. She is wooed by Johannes Brandt (Hassell), a handsome and prosperous merchant looking for a wife. Once wed, Nella lives in Johannes’ mansion, mostly without him, kept in the care of his grim and overbearing sister, Marin (Garai), and the household’s two controlling servants.

As a wedding gift, Johannes gives Nella an exquisitely crafted cutaway model of the very house she is living in now, as a married woman. He instructs her to furnish it to her liking and gives her the address to the miniaturist who creates the tiny objects. She and the miniaturist only communicate by letter and upon her first order, she receives more objects than she requests. Without direction from Nella, the miniaturist keeps sending new creations including dolls replicating Johannes, Marin and the servants, with details that hint at closely held secrets.

Amsterdam is a city full of secrets, which Nella proceeds to unlock thanks to clues from her unseen artisan. In a community where authorities regard sugar as sinful, gingerbread men as idolatrous, and certain sexual behaviors as grounds for execution, secrecy can be a life-or-death matter."


Winner of 86 Primetime Emmys® and 16 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer ofthe series. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Farmers Insurance® with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Presented on PBS by WGBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for recent hits such as SherlockDownton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved classics such as Upstairs DownstairsPrime SuspectThe Forsyte Saga and Poldark.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms including digital distribution of OTT branded channels, TVOD, SVOD and VOD, as well as through theatrical licensing, DVD and Blu-ray sales, inflight entertainment and international licensing.  

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators over 4,000 programming hours of the highest quality factual, scripted and children’s programming, including films from producer Ken Burns, hit dramas from MASTERPIECE, entertaining and educational children’s series and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and many independent producers. For over 20 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations and producers.

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Street Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: Drama
Run Time: Approximately 162 Minutes on 1 Disc
SRP: DVD, $24.99, Blu-ray, $29.99
Format: DVD, Blu-ray & Digital 

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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