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Dancing on the Edge - 2-DVD Set [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]

Allan Corduner , Mel Smith , Stephen Poliakoff  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Allan Corduner, Mel Smith, John Goodman, Jacqueline Bisset, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Directors: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Producers: Dancing on the Edge - 2-DVD Set
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BBC
  • Run Time: 364.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008PEHZTM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Award-winning dramatist Stephen Poliakoff blows open the volatile world of 1930s London, in a story about a black jazz band's rise to success, before violence and prejudice brings it crashing back to earth. Set in an extraordinary period of immense change, the Louis Lester Band arrives at the forefront of an emerging musical movement: jazz. As the band grows in popularity and starts to mix with the upper classes, the intoxicating combination of music, money and parties pull the characters into a glamorous but perilous world. Soon the band begins to feel immune from the prejudice hovering beneath the surface of society, but the sudden death of one of the band members creates a catastrophic turn in their fortunes. They immediately find themselves confronted by betrayal, and their privileged position is quickly torn away from them as they begin to discover who their friends really are. A stellar cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Goodman, Matthew Goode and Jacqueline Bisset star in this explosive new drama, where for a moment music transcends the divisions of class and race, until fear and hate once again tear them apart. ...Dancing on the Edge - 2-DVD Set

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I was able to see the episodes on YouTube, since it is not available yet in America. This is a fantastic historical period piece. The acting was superb, as was the music. It was a wonderful story, with wonderfully rich characters. Matthew Goode was wonderful as always. I hate that they put minor characters like Jacqueline BIssette and John Goodman in the forefront, thereby mitigating the importance of the premier characters of the story.

Again, the acting was fantastic and the music was fabulous. It reminded me of period pieces like the Great Gatsby and of Brideshead Revisited.

I'm hoping that it will be available soon so I can purchase it from Amazon.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "All Aboard...the Midnight Express..." July 8, 2013
Format:DVD
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

In a nutshell, Stephen Poliakoff's "Dancing on the Edge" is a slow but ultimately rewarding period drama; a well-acted and beautifully shot miniseries which explores a number of themes based in the social issues of the 1930s.

Encompassing five episodes in all, each one begins with pianist Louis Lester (Chiwetel Ejiofor) hiding out in the offices of the Music Express magazine, discussing his desperate need to flee the country with journalist Stanley Mitchell (Matthew Goode). As Stanley tries to make arrangements, Louis's memories take us back in time to observe the events that led to him going on the run.

In London 1933, Louis is established as a piano player desperately trying to keep his jazz band from being deported back to the States by lining up a number of short-term gigs in basement clubs - often hindered as much as helped by their cranky band manager. Stanley is an ambitious young journalist always on the lookout for the next big thing when he discovers the band and manages to secure a residency for them at the Imperial Hotel. Needless to say, the white guests run the gamut from astonished to appalled at the sight of a black jazz band entertaining them at dinner.

However, after adding a couple of singers (Wunmi Mosaku and Angel Coulby) to the line-up, things begin to improve for the band - particularly when the Prince of Wales signals his approval. From this point, we're left with a massive cast of characters to contend with, all of whom have secret desires and agendas of their own.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad in so many ways April 12, 2014
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Format:DVD
Whatever points this series was trying to make are lost in the dreadful script, terrible faux jazz music and bad acting. The "mystery" is obvious, the history is inaccurate and the social polemics are boring. The worst thing about the series is the music and the mediocre singers. Being a period piece with British actors doesn't make something a worthwhile drama. Don't waste your time or your money on this drivel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Old School Series January 20, 2014
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Order it if U Can, U might wait & Look for it on Regular Dvd, Anyway Order It, Find it Online
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not in USA format January 1, 2014
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This was a learning experience. Please read all the print on product description. This DVD comes in region 2 non USA
Format so it can not be played in US. I have no idea if the story is any good because it can not be played here at home.
Please try and get this in format 1 USA format. More sales with home viewing population.
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