DVD review: 'Garrow's Law: The Complete Collection'

Set in Georgian London in the late 1700s, “Garrow's Law” is also a compelling, reality-based legal drama of historical significance that explores startling social injustices in English law during this period.
Modified: March 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013
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Garrow often finds himself appearing before judge Sir Francis Buller (Michael Culkin), a controversial and prejudicial figure whose ruling that a husband could beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb was said to be the basis for the term “rule of thumb.”

It was Garrow's work that helped establish the widespread legal concept of “presumed innocent until proven guilty.” Bonus extras in the three-disc collection include three featurettes — “William Garrow: Fact and Fiction,” “Garrow's Law: From Dawn to Dusk” and a behind-the-scenes promotional short — plus a text biography of the real Garrow and filmographies of the cast.

— Dennis King



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