Acorn Media // 2011 // 231 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 14th, 2012
Tour five of England's grandest houses.
If any DVD set has ever been pressed with my dear wife in mind it's this one. Athena's Treasure Houses of Britain is an exhaustive tour of five of the most stunning homes of England. You should absolutely take "Treasure Houses" as literal; the contents contained within these majestic domiciles are worth more than my soul. And my soul is worth so much, Jesus died for it! Which shows you how awesome the stuff is in these houses.
Awesome stuff like a priceless pietra dura cabinet; pallets of ornate, hand-made furniture; original paintings, as far as the eye can see; a dirigible-proof hideaway; and so much more.
Taking the viewer through all these treasures is journalist Selina Scott who, according to the mini-bio on the backside of the disc case, is a fierce advocate for countryside preservation. Donations to her charities of choice will certainly go up, following the in-depth examination of the homes she delivers.
The five destinations: Burghley House, Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace, Holkham Hall, and Boughton House. They're all different, crammed with unique artifacts and attractions, rich with their own history. But they all share this much in common: jaw-dropping examples of craftsmanship and wealth.
The eye-candy, combined with the genuine history Scott offers, combine to make Treasure Houses of Britain mandatory viewing for anyone in your orbit who likes this sort of thing.
Slick DVDs from Athena: clean 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, Dolby 2.0 stereo, text info on the architectural styles, and a 22-minute making-of featurette.
Not Guilty, homes.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Acorn Media
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 231 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Athena Learning