The Crimson Petal & The White

“A deep, dark treat” —Times (UK)

Sugar (Romola Garai, Atonement) is a notorious prostitute who longs for a better life. Sexually adept and clever, she casts a spell on William Rackham (Chris O’Dowd, Bridesmaids), heir to a perfume business. Based on the sensational novel by Michel Faber, made for the BBC, this psychological thriller boasts a stellar cast (Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant) and a boldly original look and feel, portraying 19th-century London as a place of violence and madness. Seen on Encore. 4 episodes, 4 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.

Disc 1

Episode 1

William Rackham is a failure as a writer, deeply in debt, and husband to an increasingly unstable wife. When his father cuts off his allowance, William seeks solace with a prostitute, Sugar, and discovers that she’s as skilled at conversation as she is at sex. For her own part, Sugar sees William as a way out of Mrs. Castaway’s brothel.

 

Episode 2

William wants Sugar all to himself and moves her into an apartment. Now involved in his father’s business, he regularly gives her money. A chance meeting at the opera convinces William’s disturbed wife, Agnes, that Sugar is her guardian angel.

 

Disc 2

Episode 3

Now too busy to visit Sugar’s flat, William moves her into his home as live-in mistress and governess to Sophie. Sugar quickly bonds with the lonely child and learns more about Agnes. Meanwhile, the malevolent Dr. Curlew convinces William to have his wife committed to an asylum.

 

Episode 4

Sugar denies helping Agnes. Now pregnant, Sugar hopes in vain that William will accept their child, but he has other, more socially respectable plans that don’t include her. Desperate and enraged, Sugar takes matters into her own hands.

 

 

“Thrilling” — Daily Express(UK)


“A deep, dark treat” — The Times(UK)

 

“Compelling, beautifully shot, and vividly acted” — The Daily Telegraph(UK)


“The outstanding drama of the year” — The Times(UK)

[Garai is] "electric" - The Telegraph Magazine(UK)

"...this striking Gothic melodrama ...[is] lurid in the best sense" - The Scotsman(UK)

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Disc 1

Episode 1

William Rackham is a failure as a writer, deeply in debt, and husband to an increasingly unstable wife. When his father cuts off his allowance, William seeks solace with a prostitute, Sugar, and discovers that she’s as skilled at conversation as she is at sex. For her own part, Sugar sees William as a way out of Mrs. Castaway’s brothel.

 

Episode 2

William wants Sugar all to himself and moves her into an apartment. Now involved in his father’s business, he regularly gives her money. A chance meeting at the opera convinces William’s disturbed wife, Agnes, that Sugar is her guardian angel.

 

Disc 2

Episode 3

Now too busy to visit Sugar’s flat, William moves her into his home as live-in mistress and governess to Sophie. Sugar quickly bonds with the lonely child and learns more about Agnes. Meanwhile, the malevolent Dr. Curlew convinces William to have his wife committed to an asylum.

 

Episode 4

Sugar denies helping Agnes. Now pregnant, Sugar hopes in vain that William will accept their child, but he has other, more socially respectable plans that don’t include her. Desperate and enraged, Sugar takes matters into her own hands.

 

 

Deleted scenes

Interviews with Romola Garai and Chris O’Dowd, director Marc Munden, and key crew members

Character biographies

Packaging: Boxed set

Run Time: 244 minutes plus bonus programming

Format: Widescreen

Number of discs: 2

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Color or B&W: Color

CC: No

SDH: Yes

Region Code: 1

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Rating: NR. Contains nudity, sexual situations, violence, coarse language, and disturbing images.

 

“Thrilling” — Daily Express(UK)


“A deep, dark treat” — The Times(UK)

 

“Compelling, beautifully shot, and vividly acted” — The Daily Telegraph(UK)


“The outstanding drama of the year” — The Times(UK)

[Garai is] "electric" - The Telegraph Magazine(UK)

"...this striking Gothic melodrama ...[is] lurid in the best sense" - The Scotsman(UK)

The Crimson Petal & The white

4 Stars

Evelyn McMullen from AL on 5/5/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Excellent visual however some of the dialog didn't exactly match person's face, just a bit "off". Altogether very happy with dvd.

Very good

5 Stars

J Morgenthaler from MI on 4/23/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

As a period piece this video series is extremely well done. The Brits know how to make good series historically accurate. And the cast does an excellent job.

The Crimson Petal and The White

4 Stars

HAW from GA on 11/27/2013 5:08:00 PM wrote:

Romola Garai is delightful in "Emma". To see her play an ambitious, clever prostitute was quite an accomplishment. She is "electric". Sugar is just the opposite of "Emma". Ms. Garai shows her range of acting ability in "The Crimson Petal and The White".

The Crimson Petal and The White

4 Stars

Sue from NE on 11/27/2013 5:08:00 PM wrote:

Romola Garai is delightful in "Emma". To see her play an ambitious, clever prostitute was quite an accomplishment. She is "electric". Sugar is just the opposite of "Emma". Ms. Garai shows her range of acting ability in "The Crimson Petal and The White".

the crimson prtal & the wine

4 Stars

barbara from NY on 10/7/2013 10:49:00 AM wrote:

This was a very enjoyable adult movie It was shared with friends

The Crinson Petal and the White

3 Stars

Tina Mack from TX on 5/28/2013 3:36:00 PM wrote:

The beginning and middle of this prostitution saga are better than the end. It's a dark tale but very sexy and often quite entertaining.

The Crimson Petal

4 Stars

sherry Curran from AR on 4/29/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

It was slow beginning but engaged us very much after the first episode.

The Crimson Petal

4 Stars

from MA on 4/29/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

It was slow beginning but engaged us very much after the first episode.

Thr Crimson Petal

4 Stars

from on 4/25/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Slow beginning, but good after the first episode.

The Crimson Petal and the White.

5 Stars

Paul Mann, an Englishman abroad. from ME on 1/21/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Resounds with authenticity. Few likeable characters but superb acting by Romola Garai and Chris O'Dowd make for compelling drama - top drawer soap.

Partly Closed Captioned

4 Stars

Jim Gibson from ON on 11/27/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I bought the DVD on my son's recommendation. I like the story and the acting, but my appreciation is not helped by the cutting off of the second line of the closed captions! What happened?

The Crimson Petal and the White

4 Stars

S Becker from IL on 11/26/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Bought for my sister who has been looking for it for a long time. She said it stuck to the book very well and was well cast. It is a very dark story.

The Crimson Petal and the White

4 Stars

I am a Brit living in the States,and so adore watching quality p from GA on 11/26/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Bought for my sister who has been looking for it for a long time. She said it stuck to the book very well and was well cast. It is a very dark story.

the crimson petal & the white

5 Stars

from NJ on 9/27/2012 10:31:00 AM wrote:

Excellent drama. took too much time in transit.