The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - The Short 1978 U.K. Program Will Be on DVD Starting Next Week
3-disc set will be available from Acorn Media
Posted by David Lambert
As seen on PBS, and based on the acclaimed novel by Muriel Spark! "A marvelous performance by Geraldine McEwan" - The New York Times; "A classic adaptation" - Daily Record (U.K.).
Beloved actress Geraldine McEwan (Agatha Christie's Marple, The Magdalene Sisters) is imperious, unorthodox teacher Jean Brodie in this seven-part PBS miniseries. Adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie tells the story of an educator's effect on impressionable young ladies at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, revealing the challenges they face growing up in 1930s Scotland.
Devoted to her students, Miss Brodie endeavors to fill them with a love of art and culture and as much self-confidence as she possesses. In doing so, she offends the conservative Miss Gaunt, tests the patience of headmistress Miss Mackay, and incites the passions of married art instructor Teddy Lloyd (John Castle, The Lion in Winter). McEwan gives an indelible performance that Spark herself considered the quintessential portrayal of the iconic character.
On February 26th, just a week from today, Acorn Media is releasing their 3-DVD set of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The 7-episode U.K. series is based on the 1961 novel by Muriel Spark (it was also turned into a 1969 film starring Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith). Acorn's $49.99 SRP collection of this program will include a short bonus featurette called "Muriel Spark on Jean Brodie," and otherwise runs 366 minutes and includes English subtitles. Considering that this show was produced for broadcast in 1978, Acorn warns that "Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond our ability to correct from the original materials." Here's the package art: