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I Remember Nelson (1982/British TV Mini-Series/Acorn Media DVD)

 

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

 

 

Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson is one of the great military figures, but he becomes less discussed despite his importance to military history.†† Back in 1982, Director Simon Langton (Roald Dahlís Tales Of The Unexpected, Danger UXB, The Duchess Of Duke Street, Supernatural, Smileyís People, Nancherrow and Upstairs, Downstairs among many others) delivered an exceptional TV Mini-Series on the man and this impressive character study is entitled I Remember Nelson.

 

Kenneth Colley (Monty Pythonís Life Of Brian, reviewed on Blu-ray elsewhere on this site) is the tile character, who is having an affair with another woman and when his wife (Anna Massey) confronts him with it, he devises a generous separation that includes no more communication with her at a time when he is a hero.Then the four hour-long parts deconstruct the myth and are brutally honest of the lives lived and the time period without fail.The chapter/episodes are:

 

1)     Love

2)     Passion

3)     Duty

4)     War

 

 

This is highly literate television the likes of which we rarely see anymore, but is a very welcome arrival on DVD.Some money was spent on this production, shot on analog PAL video and 16mm film, looking good for its age.It also has an outstanding cast, including Vernon Dobtcheff, Phil Daniels, Laurence Naismith, Tim Pigott-Smith and Raf Vallone.Series like I Remember Nelson are the reason why British TV was so great.

 

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is soft throughout, shot on a combination of PAL analog video and 16mm film, but these copies are a generation down and were lucky the show survives in this form.If the 16mm could be recovered, a semi-HD version could be made, but many such shows lost their film sides long ago, sadly.Still, this is very watchable for its age and Acorn has done it s bets to make it look good.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is boosted and cleaned up a bit, which helps and that make the fine music and dialogue as clean as can be expected.Extras include text filmographies on DVD 1 and stills on DVD 2.

 

Very impressive indeed!

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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