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Lovejoy Christmas Specials + The Private Life Of A Masterpiece - Christmas Masterpieces (BBC DVD)


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



Even the BBC gets into the act for the holidays and for 2008, has issued two titles of some similar interest that take two different approaches to the holidays.The Lovejoy Christmas Specials simply offer two episodes form the successful Ian McShane series we have looked at on the site before that happen to have an affiliation with Christmas.The two long telefilms include The Prague Son (with guest stars Peter Vaughan, Donald Pleasance, Dinah Sheridan and Leonie Mellinger) and The Lost Colony (with guest stars Barbara Barrie, Sir John Gielgud, Ken Kercheval and Kate Vernon) working as samplers of the actual series more than specials.We have reviewed the show elsewhere on this site.


The Private Life Of A Masterpiece series is also one we have covered before and this one of Christmas Masterpieces includes Jan van Eyckís The Annunciation, Pieter Bruegelís The Census At Bethlehem and Paul Gauguinís Godís Child. Even if you are not a fan of the holiday or even paintings, the shows are once again highly detailed and seeing footage of the original work is always a plus in understanding the importance of each work.However, like Lovejoy, it is for fans only, even if it is of a higher quality that other holiday shows.


The 1.33 X 1 image on both Lovejoy shows are once again, soft and look like shows shot on film that were sadly finished on videotape, while the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Private were likely shot in digital High Definition video, but are a bit softer than they should be here.In both cases, they would make fine Blu-rays, but Lovejoy is going to need more work.Both also have Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with Lovejoy showing some age, but a little more detail than the other.Oddly, nether have any extras.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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