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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: PBS (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HUAGZ34
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
If you like a bit of Gothic darkness, this British adaptation of one of Frances Hodgson Burnett's works might be a diverting romp for you. It starts out placidly enough. A demure and quietly pretty Emily (Lydia Wilson) hopes to secure a full-time position as secretary to a Lady Maria (Joanne Lumley). She is living in a poor rooming house, but manages to conduct herself with some class and style. Enough style and decorum to catch the eye of Lady Maria's widowed nephew, Lord James Walderhurst (Linus Roache), who needs a wife and heir. After disastrous episodes of meeting young women his aunt trots out for him, he asks Emily if she would consent to be his wife. Emily resists at first, saying she hopes to marry for love. What about security? he asks. Security is something, and the Lord promises to be easy to live with.

After agreeing to a marriage of convenience which appears like it may grow into love, Lord James Walderhurst finds he must suddenly leave England to lead his regiment in India. Now the twists begin to twist. Some relatives arrive to the Lord's remote house ostensibly to look after Emily per the Lord's request. But do they have macabre motives? It's a bit Jane Eyreish and sinister Gothicness rolled into one which now flavors the story. These relatives are creepy.

What keeps you watching, besides the fabulous rooms, fashions and actors, is Emily who has a quiet radiance and charm. You want to see her thrive and find happiness. All sorts of sinister events occur, and Emily appears to be in danger. If you enjoy melodramatic, Gothic little romps set in the late 1800's, this is a fun escape. It's a diverting 90 minutes of old-fashioned fun and fear. Look forward to see the actress who plays Emily in future work. 3.5 stars
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Author Frances Hodgson Burnett might best be known for her youth oriented tales such as "Little Lord Fauntleroy," "A Little Princess," and "The Secret Garden." I must admit, though, that I was intrigued to check out the stately period drama "The Making of A Lady" because it was based on one of her more adult endeavors (although I am not familiar with the source novel The Making of A Marchioness from 1911). This adaptation features gorgeous estates, show stopping costumes and an impressive cast including Lydia Wilson, Linus Roache, James D'Arcy and Joanna Lumley. And as the movie opens up, it promises to be an elegant British soap opera that will transport the viewer to another era. Before long, however, its intentions become a little less clear. Too rushed, even a bit too strange, the story gets progressively sillier as the minutes tick by and the entire production becomes a grand melodrama. With a distinct lack of humor or subtlety, though, (not to mention a distinctly racist bent--appropriate for the time perhaps, but still a bit disquieting) it's hard to take "The Making of A Lady" very seriously. What starts out simply enough descends into utter madness and chaos, and the abbreviated running time doesn't help the narrative develop in a natural manner.

As the movie opens, we meet lovely Emily (Wilson). Emily is a slight, well mannered secretary who is coerced into marrying Lord Walderhurst (Roache). Neither is keen on the match, he even throws a hissy fit (albeit a extremely genteel one), but the arrangement will improve her social standing and give him the opportunity to produce an heir. The marriage is one of duty, of learning one's place, and is emphasized by scenes of uncomfortable disinterest.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mylz on February 19, 2014
Format: DVD
"The Making of a Lady" is anything but a tidy, tea-party drama. As the title implies, you might expect a stuffy, strait-laced tale of manners. Instead, it can be described as a disturbing tale of suspense wrapped in uncertainty. Think Jane Eyre with a dark, Dickensian flavor. If that titillates your fancy, I can assure you that its Victorian visuals will satiate your voyeuristic desires. It's lushly filmed, accompanied by a subtle, yet beautiful score, and very well-acted. Lydia Wilson portrays our heroine, Emily, as delicate, thoughtful, and naive with spot-on expressions. Linus Roache dutifully portrays his character, James, with a steady determination. He gradually expresses a softness one wouldn't expect from such a stiff exterior. The on-screen chemistry between them is to be absolutely envied. Their co-stars give an equally satisfying performance in keeping the viewer guessing. While it's a bit over-the-top in a gothic sense, you might just find yourself helplessly nailed to your seat. Oh, the wickedness that awaits you!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Vangard on February 10, 2014
Format: DVD
I saw the last 20 minutes of this on tv, enough to intrigue me that I went on line to watch the whole thing on PBS. I must say, I was not disappointed, especially not really knowing what to expect, I watched with an open mind. It has gorgeous costumes, good acting, a nice thriller with a spash of romance added to it its practicality. People have married for worse reasons. And who knew that Linus Roache could turn out to be so romantic (being a Law and Order fan). Its a nice way to spend 90 minutes of watching TV considering the garbage thrusted at us otherwise.
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