Here are a few older DVDs worth checking out:
- Gosford Park–Written by Downton Abbey scribe, Julian Fellows, this film is a murder mystery set at an English country estate. The upstairs/downstairs class division present even inthe 1930s facilitates director Robert Altman’s penchant for overlapping dialogue and numerous subplots. This Academy Award winner won Best Original Screenplay and features an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson and Kristin Scott Thomas.
- Bleak House–Not a movie, but a Masterpiece Theater production, this miniseries features Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Lord Tywin Lannister) and Gillian Anderson in Dickens’ indictment of the Victorian legal system. Plot twists, a murder mystery and an infamous inheritance are at the center of this multi-character epic.
- Death at a Funeral–Featuring a key role by another Game of Thrones favorite, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), this drawing room comedy features plenty of sight gags. At the funeral of the family patriarch things get off to a bad start when the wrong corpse is delivered, and things go downhill from there. A far funnier film than the American remake.