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Great UK Spy Drama,
This review is from: Masterpiece Contemporary: Page Eight (DVD)
Page Eight is a British Spy novel told from a British point of view. The point of view underlying the drama is that the UK Prime Minister is too close to the USA (e.g., Tony Blair). I personally am not put off by that view which is often expressed in UK Drama (e.g., The Last Enemy), but you should be aware of the underpinnings of the video before you watch it.
The drama is riveting, and the cast is excellent. I am not a big Bill Nighy fan, but everyone else is excellent. I started watching the video at 1AM, and I could not stop watching it. I found the ending realistic and believable, despite the fact that I wished for something more satisfying from our hero's point of view. The dialogue is great. It is witty, and it is what an American Anglophile expects the British ruling class to sound like.
There is a rumor that writer/director David Hare has told some associates that if Page 8 works, he might bring Bill Nighy's character Johnny Worricker back, as part of a trilogy of TV films. I would love to see more (even with Bill Nighy).
PBS Masterpiece will air the drama next week, and has allowed two hours for the broadcast. The drama itself is only one hour and thirty-eight minutes. So, I am hopeful that PBS will broadcast the entire drama.
The only thing wrong with the DVD is the price of $23.49. This is a made for TV movie of normal TV movie length. That price is not warranted. I will wait until the price drops before I buy the DVD.
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2011 7:37:26 AM PST
Donna Do-right says:
I too, am irked by the price of all of PBS's videos--some can't even boast of the quality you'd expect for a price that grand pricetag. Case in point: the trilogy of Tony Hillerman's "Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn" mysteries....sorry, these three movies, in acting, writing, editing and special effects, are far below the quality of what you'd expect in a "made for TV" movie-let alone having the prestige of being a PBS feature. As much as I'd like to view them again (they aren't even offered by Netflix!), there's NO way I'd pay $30 each for them. And PBS wonders why people are turning off by their pledgebreaks or why their donations are down?? It's stuff like this that makes people turn away...... Price the products you're selling reasonably, and you'll draw more flies to the honey! Common sense, PBS-common sense!
Posted on Nov 8, 2011 5:33:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 8, 2011 5:35:04 PM PST
Sylvia Navon says:
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 2:49:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2011 2:49:52 AM PST
Sylvia - get over yourself and off your high-horse. The U.S. is no angel of a country and we have our
own horror stories, like any other country. Your little tempest in a tea party over this film is not going to
change a thing and you are missing out on a great film with some of the best actors around.
You must be a George Bush fan. If so, maybe you wouldn't "get" the film anyway. Nevermind.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 3:16:56 AM PST
Sylvia Navon says:
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