Monarch of the Glen: The Complete Series 1
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Meet handsome Archie MacDonald, a reluctant young Scottish laird torn between his trendy London life and the call of his wild Highland ancestry. You'll be seduced by breathtaking scenery, marvelously original and amusing scripts, and eccentric, thoroughly lovable characters. This 4-VHS set of the BBC America hit includes all eight captivating episodes of the first series!
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Although they're very different series, they hold similar fascinations. Whereas Downton is the story of a Titled and Wealthy family trying to hold on to their estate as society and the world changes around them, Monarch is much more the story of what happens to a similar family (in Scotland, however) who's stumbled into the 2000's and on the verge of loosing it all when the reigns are handed over to the new generation to save.
While Downtown is rich and luxurious and steeped in their tradition, Monarch is a much more modern view while still set in a centuries-old house. The characters and acting carry this series, and for every groan-worthy moment of stupidity by characters, you'll be rewarded with family pulling together at the end.
This is highly recommended, but I will warn the viewer of one thing - the first season can be a bit uneven and sometimes hard to get into. Let yourself get pulled into these characters, and you'll be well rewarded in seasons 2 and 3, which are easily the strongest of the series.
The locations are beautiful, the writing top-notch, and the performances are a delight to watch. Alastair Mackenzie is the center of the ensemble as Laird Archie, but is nicely rounded out by the other performers, the most outstanding in this first series being Dawn Steele as the feisty cook, Lexie, and Hamish Clark as the bumbling handyman, Duncan.
The 2-Disc DVD presentation of the first series is just as well-produced as the program the discs hold. The picture is spot-less with little noticeable PAL-to-NTSC conversion artifacts, and is presented in 16x9 enhanced wide-screen looking far better than the show has aired on BBC America or PBS. The 2.0 sound mix is clear and dialogue is always intelligible. There is little in the way of extras, simply cast biographies and a six minute excerpt from BBC series "Holiday" about the locations that Monarch uses and brief interviews with the actors.
If you're looking for an American program to compare this to the closest that I could point you to is "Ed," but even then, Ed is never as good-natured and beautifully produced as this fine Scottish gem. Most definitely recommended.
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