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The Amazing Mrs. Prichard (British Mini-Series/Comedy/Politics/Acorn)


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



Jane Horrocks (Little Voice, Absolutely Fabulous) is Ros Pritchard, sick of male-dominated politics and after a series of annoying events interfering with her life as a mother and manager of a top rate supermarket, runs for the position of Prime Minister and wins in writer/creator Sally Wainwrights’ amusing, sharp and energetic The Amazing Mrs. Prichard (2006).  The six hour-long episodes show how this all goes well until her private and family life starts to intersect in problematic ways.


Fortunately, it is not an anti-woman, anti-feminist cautionary tale like Katharine Hepburn’s Woman Of The Year, but an intelligent comedy drama that is credible enough to enjoy and the kind of funny, witty mini-series American TV has not been able to produce in decades.  When word gets around about how good this one is, it will be another triumph of Horrocks and the supporting cast is a plus.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image looks better than expected, with the HD shoot having only minor detail issues and motion blur.  Video Black is nice and color (despite its limited range) is good and consistent.  Unfortunately for the sound, the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and dialogue is sometimes problematic no matter what mode you play it back in.  We’ll site the Dolby compression scheme as the problem.  Text bios are the only extra.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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