Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BBC's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" Coming to Blu-ray August 2015

Did I completely miss this when it aired? I don't know about the UK but it was supposed to air on BBC America later in 2015...  And doing a quick check, that's still what they're saying, so I'm not really sure how this works. Whatever the case, the seven part mini-series Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, based on the best selling book of the same name, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this August. (There are a lot of details still left up in the air it would seem.)

The Blu-ray date, however, has been announced as August 11th, this year.

From Blu-ray News:
Based on the bestselling, award-winning novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell takes viewers on a journey through alternate history during 19th century England. Magic, a lost art which has lain dormant for centuries, is showing signs of returning. At the center of this renaissance are two men who are destined to become the greatest magicians that England—and possibly the world—have ever seen. 
The reclusive Mr. Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business Childermass (Cilenti), he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy (Warren) to bring Lady Pole (Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms. Not only do Norrell and Jonathan Strange (Carvel) have to deal with all the trappings of Georgian society, the Napoleonic wars, and the whims of the supernatural, they have to contend with their own egos and, most of all, an uncomfortable realization that there may not be enough room in the world for one magician, never mind two.  
Tech specs and special features have yet to be revealed for BBC Home Entertainment's Blu-ray release.
I have to admit, I am very curious. Will they include all those folklorish things I loved or did they focus on the politics of it all? Whatever the case, it would seem the Other-world will make for a strong presence throughout the series and won't be mistaken for another costume drama, so yes, I want to see this.

Here's a very short trailer:
There's also an 'exclusive clip' HERE but you don't really learn a lot more from it. Methinks we'll get some better footage when they figure out exactly how this is going to air/be released. 

Oh yeah - and if you're interested and haven't read the book yet, go read it now.


  1. This is one of my favorite novels of all time-so much potential for a mini series to be awesome, but as always when you have high expectations, the potential to be disappointed! Plus I wonder if they can cover everything in the book in 7 parts...

  2. i LOVE the book, and was so excited to hear that there was going to be a series production of it...and i waited, and waited, and am STILL waiting to see it. as you say, it's difficult to tell what is going on with the production; release dates have come and gone, yet they are still indicating that it will air. i'm thinking now that i will get to see it on blu-ray before i see it anywhere else...

  3. Cant. Wait. Thanks for the update...I've been following this whole process with bated breath since they announced they were going to do it a couple of years ago. My impression is that it has long been a BBC America project, so maybe it's not going to air in the UK? That does seem silly though...Anyway, I'm so excited to see this. No one from my dream cast is in it, but for the most part I do really like who they have cast:) Can't wait!!!