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Paradise: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2013)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EBBGL7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set amidst the Victorian splendour of Britain's first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise finds her feet as a lowly shop girl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. Through sexy, episodic stories driven by romance and glamour, this series creates a world as colourful and captivating as the silks on display in the store. This is a love story, a story of ambition and progress, with a mysterious, dark secret at its heart.

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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Period Drama August 19, 2013
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Set in an undisclosed location in the north of England during the 1870s, 'The Paradise' is a historically accurate period drama regarding Britain's first department store, and the lives of those people affected by it. From Mr Moray, who struggles to make his visionary enterprise thrive, to the small shopkeepers he has inadvertently put out of business, to the the wealthy Glendennings and humble employees alike. Everyone, including the side characters, are richly drawn and come to life. Especially Denise, who quickly proves adept at her position in lady's wear (much to the chagrin of Miss Audrey, the strict departmental head who Sarah Lancashire plays to such perfection, she steals every scene), and becomes something of a love interest to Moray. The tension there, I might add, is lovely, and plays a role in the last episode's cliffhanger. Thankfully, 'The Paradise' has been recommissioned for a second series.

In addition to the character driven story lines, this made for a nice look at the class divisions in Victorian England, how the worlds of the working class and the nouveau riche differed so enormously, yet in the end were both equally plagued by very human problems. It was a treat to watch simply for the respect paid to the era, and truly, this was a wonderful example of British programming.

In fact, I would go so far as saying this is arguably one of the best BBC productions in recent years, with its lush attention to detail in spite of the more limited budget, the authentic sets, sharp dialogue and impressive costumes. I was beginning to despair that the BBC would ever produce a period drama of such high calibre again, but I am glad to have been proven so wrong in that regard.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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The Paradise is the new Masterpiece Theater series that started Sunday, Oct. 6. Amazon viewers are almost unanimous in their praise of this fine program.

We are immediately introduced to our heroine Denise, well played by Joanna Vanderham, who has just come to the city from the country. She tries to get a job from her uncle, but his store is being slowly put out of business by an exciting new department store called The Paradise. Denise applies for and is given a job on probation as a trainee in dress sales.

The owner of The Paradise, Mr. Moray, played well by Emun Elliott, is determined to make his establishment the finest store of its kind in England. He has plenty of good ideas, but lacks the money to put his ideas into practice. He seeks financial assistance from Lord Glendenning, well played by the veteran actor Patrick Malahide. Lord Glendenning takes an interest in Moray only because his daughter loves the young man and begs her father to help him. It appears that Moray takes advantage of young Lady Glendenning because she is useful to him, but he finds country girl Denise with her bright intelligence, attractive looks, and good ideas more to his liking.

The conflicts in the story come from many sources. First, paying the bills and developing the business bring Moray into many disagreements with his conservative partner. Then the shop girls with their high spirits have a variety of problems keeping out of trouble. Lastly, and the focus of the first installment, a draper in the store is caught kissing the friend of young Lady Glendenning and is danger of being sacked. All these plot lines are well connected and the writing, acting, and directing are first-rate.
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114 of 125 people found the following review helpful
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Looking for a stately British period piece about a burgeoning retail empire? No, I'm not talking about "Mr Selfridge." Prior to the ITV Studios depiction of London's elite shopping emporium Selfridges in 2013, the BBC had already unleashed the handsome production "The Paradise" in 2012. Somebody has a love of shopping! Or maybe they just think that the birth and heyday of department stores makes a sexy setting for romantic entanglements and personal intrigue! Of course, "Mr Selfridge" was the first to receive distribution in the North American market being picked up by Masterpiece Theater, undoubtedly due to the presence of Jeremy Piven in the lead role. But don't let that dissuade you from sampling "The Paradise." Ostensibly based on the novel "The Ladies' Paradise" (Au Bonheur des Dames) by Emile Zola, the adaptation may not fully satisfy purists looking for Zola's vision. There are glimpses of his style, but this is a decidedly soapier affair. But that's not all bad for a TV series. And this one does share many of the same charms as "Mr Selfridge" and boasts comparable production values (though without so many ostentatious hats). Truthfully, I was not a huge fan of the over-sized Piven performance in "Mr Selfridge," so I thought this more restrained approach worked even better.

Okay, that's it. I won't mention that other show again! The comparison just seems inevitable, so I thought I'd address it right away.

"The Paradise" details the formation of the first department store in the North of England circa the 1870s. This glamorous environment is a backdrop for the intertwined stories of the workers, traders, and shoppers who have made the Paradise part of their world. Initially, we see things from the outside.
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