If you’re primed to belt out a stirring rendition of I Dreamed a Dream while watching this lavish BBC mini-series adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, you should revisit the movie instead.

This is Les Mis without the songs, which may sound like sacrilege but actually works to the story’s advantage. This post-Napoleonic tale of love, injustice and redemption is given more room to breathe over six hour-long episodes, expanding portions of the novel previously truncated for the stage and screen. The Wire‘s Dominic West is perfectly cast as the glowering Valjean, with strong support from David Oyelowo as Javert and Lily Collins as Fantine.

Release Date: April 17, 2019
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Lily Collins, Dominic West, David Oyelowo

Interview with David Oyelowo

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