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A Dance To The Music Of Time (Acorn Media/1997 British Mini-Series)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C-     Episodes: B-



Based on Anthony Powell’s 12-book look at one man’s journey through a half-century of upper-class living and the world changes that affected it, A Dance To The Music Of Time is a decent TV mini-series adaptation with James Purefoy as Nicholas Jenkins as a school student in the 1920s to London in the 1960s.  Running a decent eight hours, the four-DVD set never wears thin, the adaptation is nicely written by Hugh Whitemore and the guest cast including Edward Fox, John Gielgud and Miranda Richardson is solid.  It even has a good sense of humor about it.


If I have one complaint about it, the use of period music is overdone, breaks narrative momentum and becomes a spoof of itself.  It also becomes an interesting distraction from and even filler over examining the British caste system still in effect today.  Otherwise, despite that tendency towards overproduction, it is definitely worth a look if you have the time.


The letterboxed 1.66 x 1 image is softer than you would want for a TV production that is only about 10 years old, with haziness that is often more that just styling, while depth is also compromised.  Too bad they did not have anamorphic versions, because the production design and locations are good.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is barely so and along with the picture are second-generation materials.  Extras are few, including stills, text bio on cast, Powell and a character guide printout in the box.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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