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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HUAGZ34
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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111 of 113 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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34 of 35 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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27 of 30 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ella R. Senter on February 9, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched it this evening and was rapt. It's suspenseful and interesting. Not just a common drawing-room drama. It has more than that and is well worth watching. Excellent casting in the lead roles and while I thought it should have gone a little slower toward the end and been drawn out more, I would still recommend it to anyone.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter E. McGinn on February 8, 2014
Format: DVD
I watch a lot of British television despite living in the U.S., so I admit, I took on this TV movie partly because I knew a few of the actors' work. Linus Roache, for example, once played a role on the long-running British show Coronation Street. His father, William Roache, has been on that program for 50 years.

Anyway, I liked the chemistry between the two leads here, and I thought their early scenes together were handled fairly well. They obviously liked each other but felt awkward because of the circumstances. They warm to each other.

The plot accelerates and moves in an unexpected direction, however. I saw another review that talked about it turning into a melodrama, and I think that is accurate. Personally, I would have scaled back on the overdone suspense and focused instead on developing the supporting characters and the relationships between all of them.

I also have a problem with two developments near the end. I will try not to give too much away, but after a climactic scene involving Emily's friend Jane, it doesn't follow up on what happened to Jane. Did she get arrested? I will say no more - you will see when you watch it. Also, Lord Walderhurst talks about sending two characters away, but wouldn't one of them have been put on trial in England for what she did?

With the plot moving faster and faster, and those observations I just made, it sort of felt to me like the first half of the program was rewritten many times while the second half was cobbled together. Still, given a lot of what we see on TV, I would still recommend it.
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