Mercy Street

Mercy Street

DVD - 2016
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Alexandria, Virginia, 1862. Mary Phinney, a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green, a native Confederate belle, collide at Mansion House, the Green family's luxury hotel that has been transformed into a Union Army hospital. Ruled under martial law, the border town in Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators, and spies. From executive producer Ridley Scott, Mercy Street goes beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War homefront as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation's history.

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mrhodgson
Nov 09, 2017

good costumery and historical artifacts. somewhat stereotypical and a bit "soap opera".
good view of the surgery and medicine of the time, horrible as it wdas!

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cjtich
Nov 06, 2017

Beautifully filmed, well-acted, engaging! Looking at other comments, this series appears to engender a "love or hate" response. I was engrossed in every episode; in fact, I am almost through Season Two. Highly recommended!

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re_discover
May 30, 2017

I really enjoyed watching the first season of Mercy Street, which is six episodes. The attention to detail is impressive, especially the costumes and medical tools and procedures. I did not recognise Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) as Dr. Jed Foster.

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Tonadachi
Aug 16, 2016

The DVD set, while I very recent acquisition, is in very poor condition, with much of the CDs skipping or jamming. And yeah, while a wonderful period piece, it seems to milk the soap opera genre rather than historical fiction.

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johncruse
May 26, 2016

BLOODY, POINTLESS FLASH AND FLICKER PRESENTATION. THE ONLY MESSAGE I COULD DISCERN WAS ( SURPRISE ) WAR IS HELL!

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calvoer
Apr 18, 2016

Plodding, stilted, and mostly pointless. The actors seemed to be genuinely suffering, struggling to make something out of their wooden lines. The directing fad of every two seconds jumping to a new scene doesn't serve to move the action forward, just chops it up. And that thread of plucked strings a la Downton Abbey, denoting tongue-in-cheek cuteness, just seems inappropriate in a hospital full of grievously wounded soldiers. Meanwhile, all the bad guys are white, while all the freed slaves are put-upon angels. One and a half episodes, and I had enough.

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