Sunday, May 26, 2019

Check Out These Recent May DVD Releases from PBS Distribution -- “MASTERPIECE: LES MISÉRABLES” and The Best of the World’s Greatest (Review)

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

If you are looking for something new to watch and love British dramas or travel and adventure series, then I have two recent releases from PBS Distribution you will want to check out.  I was recently sent a copy of of the above shown titles, and sat down to watch them with my husband recently.  These new releases didn't disappoint, as they were both engaging and entertaining.  I was surprised at how much my husband really enjoyed the “MASTERPIECE: LES MISÉRABLES” adaption, as he is not usually one to sit for a drama, let alone a British drama.  I had shown him the release and he read it and said it sounded interesting.  He knew many of the actors and actresses from shows and movies he has watched, and always want to read this classic novel by Victor Hugo.

The “MASTERPIECE: LES MISÉRABLES” also contained bonus video that you must check out after watching the movies.  You will get to enjoy the following:

  • LES MISÉRABLES: An Introduction
  • The Battle of Waterloo
  • The Look of LES MISÉRABLES
  • Behind the Barricade
This new adaptation is 6 hours in length (2 DVDs), and also English Stereo Audio and English SDS Subtitles.  My husband and I spaced LES MISÉRABLES out over a week, and it was something we both looked forward to watching every evening after the girls went to bed, and gave us something else to talk about at the dinner table the next day, as we wondered what would happen next in the story.  If you are a fan of LES MISÉRABLES and would love to see a powerful new adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, then you will definitley want to check out the new MASTERPIECE: LES MISÉRABLES Blu-Ray (also available on DVD) out now.

More about MASTERPIECE: Les Misérables:

(Also available on DVD)

"A blockbuster novel for over 150 years comes vividly to life in award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies’s multi-layered retelling of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This enthralling six-episode adaptation (not a musical) stars Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire) as Jean Valjean, the most famous fugitive in literature, David Oyelowo (Selma, Queen of Katwe) stars as his relentless pursuer, Javert, and Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply; Love, Rosie) as the tragic seamstress, Fantine; Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) plays her adolescent daughter, Cosette; Academy Award winner, Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Adeel Akhtar (Unforgotten) are Cosette’s cruel overseers, the Thénardiers; and Josh O'Connor (The Durrells in Corfu) is the student and reluctant revolutionary Marius, who falls in love with Cosette at first sight.

Joining the extensive cast are David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) as Marius’s formidable grandfather, Monsieur Gillenormand, and Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, Last Tango in Halifax) as the kindly Bishop of Digne, who rescues Valjean at his lowest ebb. The Guardian called it “A rich feast…c’est magnifique!”"

Street Date: May 21, 2019
Run Time: DVD and Blu-ray: 371 minutes on 2 discs
SRP: DVD, $39.99, Blu-ray, $49.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: British Drama

If British Dramas are not your thing, but you like traveling the globe learning about amazing places and animals, without having to leave your couch, then you will love the recent release, "The Best of World's Greatest," which will take you on journeys around the world, introducing you to  the world's greatest cities, natural wonders, animal encounters, journeys and adventures, monuments, and islands.  This recent release is about 300 minutes in length and makes up 2 DVDs to the release.  It offers English Stereo and English SDH Subtitles.  

When you sit to watch this release you will find yourself going on some fascinating journeys, without leaving home.  You will travel to ancient cities, see volcanoes up close, be introduced to some extreme animals, as well as visit lost cities, the coral islands, as well as treks that will have you wanting to back your bags to experience these once in a lifetime journeys to far off yet inspiring places for yourself.  My husband and I really enjoyed this release and added a few new places to our bucket list of places we hope to visit one day.  I love how you can get an up-close view of places and animals with series like this, and be introduced to fascinating places just waiting to be explored.  This is definitely one DVD we will watch time and again, and that will never get boring. :-)

More about "The Best of World's Greatest" DVD:

"The world is full of inspiring places just waiting to be discovered and explored. This new, epic six-part series goes on a timeless journey around the planet, revealing the world’s greatest ancient cities, natural wonders, extreme animal encounters, lost cities, journeys and adventures, monuments, and coral islands. 

Viewers get a chance to explore exciting cities such as Venice, Rio, and Cairo, the islands of Galapagos, Hawaii, and the Maldives, and others. Viewers also explore Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, as well as Mt. Everest, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Grand Canyon. In addition viewers get up close and personal with killer whales, grizzlies, and silver-backed gorillas, among other animals in the wild."

Street Date: May 7, 2019
Run Time:  312 minutes on 2 discs
SRP: DVD, $19.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Travel: Air & Ocean

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

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