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All Creatures Great & Small: The Complete Series 1 Collection

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Set in the serene beauty of the Yorkshire Dales in the years following WWII, this beloved BBC series follows the real-life adventures of veterinarian James Herriot. Full of fine writing, memorable performances, humor, and heart, it's first-rate British entertainment-a classic in every sense of the word. Christopher Timothy stars. Series 1 13 episodes; 10-1/2 hours on 4 DVDs.

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  • Actors: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison, Carol Drinkwater, Mary Hignett
  • Directors: Peter Grimwade
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 646 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XDW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All Creatures Great & Small: The Complete Series 1 Collection" on IMDb

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224 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Belerephone on July 9, 2002
Format: DVD
This DVD presents in a simple straightforward package the first TV season (13 episodes of approx 55 mins each)of the classic "All Creatures Great and Small" series based on the books of the Veterinary Surgeon James Herriot.
An aditional one hour documentary interview with the real James Herriot is also included.
The original series was a weekly "must see" event and I found myself drawn back to watch just one more episode on this DVD despite serious attempts to make it last.
The picture quality is what you would expect for a 25 year old British TV show however this in no way detracts from its enjoyment. The happy flowing music that rolls with the beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery puts you right in the mood to get to know and experience the trials and tribulations of James Herriot and the people and animals he meets.
Although the books were written by Herriot the main characters that stand out in this series are his new employer Siegfried Farnon and Siegfrieds brother Tristan. Both characters are played extremely well by two excellent british actors Robert Hardy and Peter Davison. Hardy extracts tha maximum entertainment from Siegfrieds ebullient often frustrating character.
In the end you will connect with the Dales farmers and wonder at the 'black magic' of veterinary science in the mid 1930's but like Gerald Durrels books the animals that entertain the most are of the human species.
This DVD will guarantee a good satisfying viewing experience and while not intended to be a comedy provides some hilarious situations for the main characters.
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162 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Bay Gibbons VINE VOICE on February 22, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
In the early 1980's, when I was in law school, my wife and I recorded many of the episodes in this collection on our old Betamax video recorder. At night, after a long and trying day, we would watch them over and over with our then little girls curled up on the couch in their blanket sleepers. This is one of the handful of television series I have EVER watched as an adult. There was an overwhelming comfort in entering into this warm household of eccentrics -- James, Siegfried and Tristan, with Mrs. Hall hovering in the kitchen. Of course, the animal stories and the forays into the landscape and characters of the Yorkshire Dales are fascinating, but isn't it really the inexplicable hominess of Skeldale House that draws us back again and again?
For years my wife and I searched unsuccessfully for copies of these episodes. Our Betamax machine is, alas, long gone and our little girls are in college. But what a joy to see the series afresh after nearly twenty years. The music has a certain dated cheeziness about it, but how marvelous to be back in the sitting room or in the surgery again with James, Siegfried and Company.
Some other thoughts:
1. While I hope to get the later series, this is the best by far from a dramatic point of view, with James struggling to prove himself, Helen still unattainable and the complex relationship of Siegfried and Tristan freshly viewed.
2. I do wish this set were available on DVD.
3. The acting -- especially from Robert Hardy as Siegfried -- is so superb from this little ensemble. There is the stuff of greatness about the inherent tension, irony and exquisitely restrained comedy of the trio.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mike 1900 on August 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"The best of the best" The original set of six boxed videos. There are 12 episodes in all, begining with James' arrival at Skeldale House and the start of his career as a vet under Seigfried. Filled with all kinds of English characters, the series is a delightful peek at England and the English, before WWII. This classic series cannot be beaten for true value. Marooned on a deserted isle?... make sure you have this set with you. You'll never tire of watching these brilliant videos.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tiggah on November 10, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Of all the superb British productions, none touch the heart quite like All Creatures Great and Small. Certainly, this delightful comedy-drama is one of our entire family's all-time favourites--one which we've watched numerous times and continue to enjoy to this day.
Though the names of people and places were changed, the series is based on the true stories of Yorkshire veterinarian, James Herriot (the nom de plume of Alf Wight, who sadly died of prostate cancer in 1995 at age 78). The series opens in the early 1930s with James (played by Christopher Timothy), a serious-minded and very conscientious newly qualified vet, arriving in the tiny Yorkshire farming town of Darrowby for a job interview at Skeldale House, the home/surgery of veterinarian Siegfried Farnon (Robert Hardy). Siegfried, though a very competent vet and an extremely generous man, is one of the most contrary and mercurial individuals. Heaven help the other members of the practice, who walk on eggshells most of the time as it is, should he get a bee in his bonnet about something! The third member of the practice (if one can call him that, for he's still a veterinary student in the early episodes), is Siegfried's younger brother (and polar opposite in temperament), Tristan (Peter Davison). Tristan is a gregarious, skirt-chasing practical joker and one of the laziest individuals around. Certainly, he'd rather have a pint, play a prank, or chat up the girls than study for exams or be on call at the surgery. The stage is set then for some very comical situations, which are rendered all the funnier and all the more welcome as relief from the very real drama of the stories.
Apart from the vets, the series is peppered with a wealth of memorable characters.
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Subbies no. But it has the next best thing, it is closed captioned in English for the hearing impaired. The British copy has subbies as I understand.
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