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All Creatures Great & Small: The Specials

4.7 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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1983 SPECIAL: James returns to Darrowby following his wartime service in the R.A.F. Though little has changed in the Dales in the intervening six years, James finds it difficult to adjust to the peacetime routine and to friends and family who seem like strangers.

Special Features

Includes the 1983 special and the 1985 special
On Location featurette
Who's Who in the Cast

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Davison, Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Carol Drinkwater
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German, Korean, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DUBAXK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The reason that this DVD of the "Specials" has been teamed with Series 3 is that it picks up exactly where Series 3 leaves off with James Herriot going off to war in a car. The Special has him returning the same way and resuming the practice that he left before the war. The cast is virtually the same save for the housemaid, who is shown to have passed away in a slightly touching scene. This 2 special DVD shows Siegfried with a moustache and slightly older and Tristan as a now successful government employee in a town nearby. We are updated unexpectedly (unless you had read the novels) of James's family with a son and eventually a daughter. The pleasantness and wonderful country atmosphere remain as if we had never left and the specials conclude the series in a nice way. A sure pill for our times and relaxing to watch.
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Well, we collected all the DVD box sets for the first 3 seasons of "All Creatures Great & Small"& enjoyed them during many sittings. I wrote reviews for each set, cut & pasting the same main frame with sprinkles of information that made each season different. For this review on the 1983 & 1985 Specials, I will start afresh. I notice that most people rate the 3 box sets & this collection of Specials with a '5'. I normally save a '5' for a life changing experience, '4' for great entrainment, '3' for average, '2' for a good idea but flawed, & '1' for trash. Therefore I always gave the box sets a '4', though to learn a little veterinarian science could be a life changing experience. I am rating this DVD with a '4', but the 1983 & 1985 Specials are not up to par with the box sets. Maybe a '3-1/2' would have been better, but then again "All Creatures Great & Small" is never 'Average'.

The first box set (January 1978) started out rather slow because it took a while for the characters to blossom, or maybe it took us, an American viewer with his Russian wife, to get use to the British sound of our shared language, the typical British dry comedy mode, or the cultural framework. By the second box set (September 1978) the characters are in full swing & the series just flows with fantastic family entrainment. The third box set (January 1979) continues this mode but with more of a social consciousness due to the up coming World War Two. This last box set ends with James Herriot (played by Christopher Timothy) leaving his beloved small town Darrowby to join the R.A.F. to protect England from the Axis.

The 1983 Special shows James returning to the dales, entering an area unaffected by the war except for the men that left.
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If you are a fan of the other episodes in this series, you will love this DVD.
The acting is superb, the storyline is very well-written and the animals are some of the cutest I've ever seen. This is one of the few series that I've seen where the cast fit perfectly together as if they had been together their entire lives. When you are watching, you are drawn into their different personalities.
This is a series with heartwarming stories and unexpected twists. Whether you are a longtime fan or a beginner, you will enjoy this DVD. Definitely worth watching.
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Just a word of warning: this volume only contains two of the three ACG&S specials.
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This DVD was advertised has having subtitles...it has none. Of course, I loved all the shows but now I can't hear so well and always buy with subtitles. I have sent in something to let Amazon know what happened and have gotten no reply, so I am putting in in this review. If I don't get my money back, at least another person will not buy thinking they are getting subtitles.
Thanks, Jane Cox
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All Creatures Great and Small this is the time right after the war when they all come home. Dont buy this, if you are buying the whole series, we did, and come to find out its included in the complete series. So I just gave it to a friend to view. At first we rented the ones from the library, well the library only has half of the DVDs, we found that out when we bought the whole set how much was missing.
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If you are fed up with this cold, uncaring and hectic world and don't use mind altering substances to escape reality, this is the best medicine. You either remember this show and loved it so much that you want to take advantage of the DVD phenomena or you don't! I love them all. They are back from the war. The dales have remained relatively unphased except for the unmentioned young men who might have gone and come back changed by the experience (or maybe not come back), but the series does not get into that much. The animals and their owners are busy just living. They are simple folk, they drink, they laugh, and the warmth and humor is what I need. Just knowing that Carol Drinkwater was in her swan song as Helen was a bit unsettling, but the addition of the kids is nice. If you have and love the first three series, you know you have to have this so just go for it. What else is there, the slop that is on modern TV?
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Great series but you need this special to fill in what happens between Series 3 & 4.
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