Wow, that's surprising. I guess they're emptying the BBC vaults. All that remains now is Manions if ABC ever cares to release it though maybe they'll need to clean it up too much to bother.
Most DVD plays can be "unlocked" now to play all regions. (sometimes it's as easy as pressing a certain number sequence on your remote - though others require a firmware update via disc) If you let me know your model I'll try and find out if your model is an unlock-able one.
I thought if you 'unlocked' the DVD, it had to stay unlocked.
With computer DVD players and some software there were/ are limits about changing regions back and forth. There's probably some software out there that fully unlocks them as well I just haven't looked in ages since I haven't had the need.
With a stand alone dvd player you unlock it to play all regions. There's no worrying about shifting back from 1 to 2 to 4 and back again. Most players are made to sell to all regions and then are locked later to only read one region - unlocking breaks that.
Just watched all the new Nancy Astor files! Such a treat to see Pierce in his early works!! Glad to read earlier in this thread that he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini Series for this performance - he was quite good!!
I'm so glad, however, that he looks nothing like the make-up they did for him for his "older" years!!! Yikes!!!
I find it amusing that in so much film aging it's usually just making the hair grey with a powder and a wig but they go all out and he looks like rather like a turtle - so far from the reality of Pierce near age 60. I don't know what Shaw looked like near that age (he died rather young at 57) but he was reportedly a very handsome man. It reminds me how they aged Joseph Cotton in Citizen Kane, who was made even balder as well as very feeble. Yet Cotton in reality was tall, ramrod straight with a full head of hair well into his 80s.
For some real life pics:
Robert Gould Shaw II (played by Pierce)
Alas the photo of the painting isn't all that clear but it's rather famous and was used in an illustration of a novel - From Wiki: Artist R.G. Harper Pennington (1854 – 1920) in one of his paintings depicted a nude Robert Gould Shaw II (1872-1930) as the character "Little Billee" from the bohemian novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier. This painting hung in the bedroom of Henry Symes Lehr, the homosexual husband of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel.
Robert Gould Shaw III (Played by Nigel Havers)
Portrait by John Singer Sargent. 1923. Beautiful, yes?
Poor R.G.S. II. Pin-up boy and still can't get laid!
Along with Nancy's that portrait of his son Bobbie is also by Sargent -- one of my favorite artists. Those who think of him as a "society painter" don't know his extraordinary range. He lived a rather nomadic life from youth onward, and painted a vast array of subjects. Such fluency and command of every medium.
I was looking up a little family history. Bobbie also suffered from alcoholism and led a rather tortured life. He was imprisoned for a time for homosexuality and eventually commited suicide.
It's odd about Pierce's makeup in "Nancy Astor." I remember hearing at the time that, in trying to age him properly, they were employing a method used by police to age victims or suspects. Whatever it was, it wasn't very predictive!
>>>Whatever it was, it wasn't very predictive! <<<
Shaw's other son had even a more disturbing end - also an alcoholic and most likely schizophrenic murdered a woman. House arrest for him for the remainder of his life, but not prison. Ah wealth.
Bobbie Shaw was arrested but actually given the opportunity to leave the country for a few months until it all blew over but instead decided to stay and went to court then prison for several months. Rather brave if self destructive. (I'd have left England and that mother and never looked back) His younger brother - son of Astor - owner of the Guardian Newspaper - later became a huge proponent for overturning the laws against homosexuality.
I noticed that the earlier link to "Murphy's Stroke" is no longer valid. So I have uploaded the movie to vimeo for anyone who would like to see it. The quality is a bit spotty in places due to the file size restrictions on the site, but it's still very watchable.
At one point, this movie was available on youtube, but it had to be taken down. And since my vimeo account was deleted for uploading songvids, I won't post it there. And the file is too big for my mediafire account, so this is the best way to get it for now.