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'Selfridge' is an American in London

Published April 18, 2013 8:25 am

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DVD • Who would have thought that a department store could be a big soap opera? It is exactly that — a high-class soap opera — in "Mr. Selfridge," the 10-part ITV/PBS series that hits DVD on Tuesday. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") stars in this fact-based drama as Harry Selfridge, the man who turned Marshall Fields into a retail palace before moving to London and opening his own store in 1909. Selfridge was sort of the P.T. Barnum of retailers — the ultimate showman who would do whatever it took to bring customers into the store. Ebulliant and tortured at the same time, Harry was both a ladies man and a family man — and, thus, the center of unending drama. The DVD includes all 10 episodes and a making-of feature.

Scott D. Pierce —

Grade • A- —

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