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Beau Brummell This Charming Man (2006/Acorn Media DVD)


Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C Telefilm: C+



Though it is not widely enough known, a then-daring man named George Brummell decided to change fashion and dress as we know it by dumping the overdone presentations of so much clothes and much less make-up (including deciding it was best to get cleaned up every day) in the 18th Century to what became fashion as we know it today. James Purefoy plays the man in Beau Brummell The Charming Man (2006) in a telefilm biopic of his life.


On the good side, Purefoy (who almost play Simon Templar in a revived version of The Saint that fell apart) is well cast in the role and the teleplay by Simon Bent (based on the biographical book by Ian Kelly, who also co-stars in the film) has some good moments, but a problematic combination of too much humor and the usual biopic formula hold this back. Also, being a television piece, it is not as wide-ranging as it could have been. 79 minutes is also just not enough time to do justice to the subject matter, but those interested will want to give it a look. Hugh Bonneville (as Prince Regent) and Mathew Rhys (as Lord Byron) also star.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad, but has motion blur and detail limits, in part from what is likely an older 1080i shoot. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is well-recorded enough, but with (which only goes so far) or without Pro Logic surrounds is not spectacular, but as good as any telefilm of late. Extras are two texts pieces: cast filmogrpahies and Brummell in Pop Culture.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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