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Director: Alan Grint     Starring: Colin Firth
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Format: DVD
Sku: 222857124
UPC: 054961853397
UPC 14: 00054961853397
Category Keywords: British  Magic  Mini-Series
Rating: NR
Editor's Note
A young man (Colin Firth) joins a traveling show with his uncle. He is lured into the majestic quality of the magic show and is soon an important fixture at conjuring acts and disappearing acts. World War I is about to begin, however, and a disappearance of the act altogether becomes imminent. Sir Laurence Olivier gives one of his most memorable later performances in this bittersweet, enchanting 1986 British mini series. Based on a novel by J.B. Priestley.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Acorn Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/27/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 410 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00054961853397
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 3
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Lost Empires - DVD Review
By: xoxoxoe Reviews
Published on: 9/13/2011 3:41 PM
Lost Empires is set in Edwardian England, about a year before WWI. As the mini-series begins, Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth) is a soldier. He sees Nancy Ellis (Beatie Edney), a face from his past, entertaining the troops — and then there is a gigantic explosion and Nancy finds Richard unconscious and bloody in a trench. An older Richard Herncastle picks up the narration, looking back on his youth and his time with his Uncle Nick Ollanton’s (John Castle) traveling repertory theatre, “Before the war to end war, I was on the stage — on the stage, where the smiles are as bright as the lights, because you're not supposed to see the unhappiness and the the full review
Expert Review Lost Empires - DVD Review
By: JeromeWetzelTV Reviews
Published on: 10/2/2011 9:33 AM
Lost Empires is a six-time BAFTA award-nominated 1986 Masterpiece Theatre mini-series with a new DVD release. Based on a novel by J.B. Priestly, Lost Empires begins just before World War I in England, and follows Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth, The King's Speech) as he longs to see the world and become a famous painter. To accomplish this goal, he joins a group of travelling performers led by his vaguely sinister magician uncle Nick (John Castle, I, Claudius). Richard not only gets to see a great deal from back stage, but also meets a number of women who spark his interest. This doesn't fully satisfy his desires, but it gives him an experience that he will never forget, and that will shape his life the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Colin Firth
Video Cast Info Laurence Olivier
Video Cast Info Beatie Edney
Video Cast Info Carmen Du Sautoy
Video Cast Info John Castle
Video Cast Info J.B. Priestley - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Alan Grint - Director

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