Victoria-Series 1 (Blu-ray) (2016)

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Released 7-Dec-2016

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Historical Epic Featurette-Tour of Buckingham Palace Set (3:25)
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Creating the CGI Magic (4:19)
Featurette-Making Of-The Making of Victoria (7:31)
Featurette-Victoria and Albert (6:15)
Featurette-Victoria and Lord Melbourne (6:24)
Interviews-Cast-Ferdinand Kingsley (Francatelli) (2:48)
Interviews-Cast-Adrian Schiller (Penge) (2:34)
Interviews-Cast-Jenna Coleman (Victoria) (5:34)
Interviews-Cast-Tommy Knight (Brodie) (1:48)
Interviews-Cast-Eve Myles (Mrs. Jenkins) (2:47)
Interviews-Cast-Nell Hudson (Skerret) (2:44)
Interviews-Cast-Peter Firth & Nichola McAuliffe (D & D of Cumberland) (2:32)
Interviews-Cast-Daniela Holtz (Baroness Lehzen) (2:36)
Interviews-Cast-Catherine Flemming (Duchess of Kent) (2:58)
Interviews-Cast-Rufus Sewell (Lord Melbourne) (3:43)
Interviews-Cast-Tom Hughes (Prince Albert) (2:43)
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2016
Running Time 393:47
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Oliver Blackburn
Tom Vaughan
Sandra Goldbacher
Lisa James Larsson
Studio
Distributor
Mammoth Screen
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jenna Coleman
Daniela Holtz
Catherine Flemming
Adrian Schiller
Nell Hudson
Anna Wilson-Jones
Tommy Knight
Ferdinand Kingsley
Margaret Clunie
Eve Myles
Tom Hughes
Rufus Sewell
Peter Firth
Case ?
RPI ? Music Ruth Barrett
Martin Phipps


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Unknown English
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Britain has a good track record of producing visually stunning and well-acted period pieces and Victoria is no exception. Victoria is a British period piece based on the early life of Queen Victoria. The first season starts from the time just prior to Victoria’s coronation and ends with the birth of her first daughter. The gorgeous props and costumes used throughout the first season show that ITV and PBS did not hold the purse strings too tight during production. The ball room scenes alone used 900 candles a day (all handmade and hand dipped) and 350 square meters of gold foil was used in the making of palace furniture. Throw in the spectacular custom-made clothes, curtains and chandeliers and you get a production set fit for a royal setting.

    Unfortunately, where the props department stayed with historical accuracy the script department strayed into fiction. Although the broader script is historically correct, numerous smaller fictional sub-stories have been introduced. It can only be assumed such historical inaccuracies were incorporated to provide additional drama although historians have indicated there was plenty of drama in Victoria’s life without the need to manufacture additional drama. That being said, Victoria is a period piece, not an historical documentary, so the minor departures from the facts shouldn’t worry most viewers. The dialogue is well written and this combined with good acting and great sets makes Victoria one of those shows where you can just sit back and immerse yourself in the Victorian era (royal style).

    Jenna Coleman plays the role of young Victoria with great poise and talent although I found it difficult to picture her as the actual Victoria owing to her physical appearance. Critics have commented on the fact that Jenna Coleman is 5cm taller than Queen Victoria however I did not see this as an issue as Jenna Coleman’s short stature compared to other cast members was enough to convey the shortness of Queen Victoria. Jenna’s looks on the other hand, do not parallel the well-known image of the plain and somewhat podgy Queen Victoria. Even as a young woman Queen Victoria was not as thin and pretty as Jenna Coleman. Sources indicate that Victoria was intended to run for only one season however its popular reception has garnered a second season. I cannot envisage too many seasons before the differences in appearance between the older Queen Victoria (so well-known from portraits) and Jenna Coleman become insurmountable. Only time will tell.

    As one would expect, the key figures in Queen Victoria’s first years on the throne are also given significant air time in the series. Foremost is the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, played by Rufus Sewell, who portrays with excellent aplomb the role of mentor to a young queen who is not yet savvy in royal etiquette. Catherine Flemming gives a solid performance as the Duchess of Kent as does Paul Rhys as John Conroy. In reality Victoria despised Conroy and believed many of her mother’s decisions were aimed at improving Conroy’s prospects. The uneasy relationship between all three is well scripted and acted. Tom Hughes provides a good portrayal of Prince Albert however historians have disagreed with his characterization.

    Much of the make-believe written into Victoria involves the goings-on of the household or palace staff. Historically inaccurate they may be, but well-acted and entertaining none the less. The key protagonists in these sub-plots are played by Nell Hudson, Tommy Knight, Ferdinand Kingsley, Eve Myles and Adrian Schiller.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Despite the video being interlaced (1080i) one would be hard pressed to tell the difference from a progressive format. The entire series is devoid of artefacts although the lack of fast moving footage in most scenes does benefit an interlaced format. Colours were often not as vibrant as expected although this may have been intentional on the part of the producers to reflect the internal ambiance of Victorian dwellings.

    There are English for the hearing impaired subtitles available which are clear and easy to read.

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Audio

    The audio is delivered via DTS HD-MA 5.1 and works well with the background (and sometimes foreground) sounds and music, especially scenes involving closed in spaces such as palace rooms. There are only a few instances of panning across the rear speakers.

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Extras

Featurettes (27.54)

    There are five featurettes that total nearly 28 minutes running time. Tour of Buckingham Palace Set (as the title suggests, a tour of the Buckingham Palace set which is actually housed in an aircraft hangar!), Behind The Scenes-Creating the CGI Magic (a look at the CGI effects used to create Victorian London), The Making of Victoria (a look at the production of Victoria including the events preceding the start of filming), Victoria and Albert (a look at the real-life relationship between Victoria and Albert including commentary by Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes), Victoria and Lord Melbourne (a look at the real-life relationship between Victoria and Lord Melbourne including commentary by Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell).

Cast Interviews (27.54)

   There are 11 short cast interviews that total over 32 minutes running time. Ferdinand Kingsley (Francatelli), Adrian Schiller (Penge), Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Tommy Knight (Brodie), Eve Myles (Mrs. Jenkins), Nell Hudson (Skerret), Peter Firth and Nichola McAuliffe (Duke & Dutchess of Cumberland), Daniela Holtz (Baroness Lehzen), Catherine Flemming (Duchess of Kent), Rufus Sewell (Lord Melbourne), and Tom Hughes (Prince Albert).

Menu

    The menu features music.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    At the time of writing this review the only Zone A Blu-Ray release of Victoria was an edited (= cut) version released by PBS. A no brainer - go the Region B release by Roadshow.

Summary

    A well produced and acted period drama that is not historically acurate in the fine details but still a great series to watch and enjoy.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    There are 16 extras including featurettes and cast interviews.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© David Graham
Saturday, October 07, 2017
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