Judge David Johnson is sleek and stylish.
In stylish 1920s London, two beautiful sisters struggle to the top of the fashion world.
"It's a good story and a unique story. If you like fashion at all, it's interesting to see the dresses. I've recommended it to people who like Downton Abbey. My mom liked it. Her friends liked it. And my co-worker who saw it liked it. Everyone who's watched it liked it."
So says my wife, my go-to expert in matters of British period dramas. When Netflix was still carting around DVDs to our mailbox, she had tuned into the whole series this way, devouring each of the three seasons. Now, the set returns in a brand-new package, bringing all three seasons and 34 episodes into one collection, so that maybe you can be the next person to watch it and like it.
House of Eliott follows the Eliott sisters, Beatrice (Stella Gonet) and Evangeline (Louise Lombard), daughters of a well-to-do man who passes away, broke and debt-ridden. Now only each other to lean on, the sisters look to get into business for themselves, leveraging their considerable fashion skills into a burgeoning empire. Along the way there is love, loss, betrayal and success.
I'll be the first to admit this isn't necessarily in my wheelhouse as far a television entertainment goes, but from my vantage point, House of Eliott does many things very right and one thing very, very wrong.
What they got right:
The dudes are cool, too
And what they got really wrong?
A brutal cliffhanger
Regardless of the disappointing denouement, House of Eliott still earns a glowing recommendation. It's well-executed from top to bottom, and fashionistas will be in heaven.
Straightforward DVD presentation: full frame, 2.0 stereo production notes, a photo gallery, an archive interview with Louise Lombard and a booklet featuring an interview with series creator Jean Marsh. Wait…Jean Marsh. Could it be? Why yes, Jean Marsh not only co-created this show, she also starred as the evil queen Bavmorda in Willow. As a result, the score for this release rises another five points.
Not guilty. Snazzy!
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