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  • Actors: Christine McKenna, Rosalie Williams, Steven Grives, Frank Mills, Alan Parnaby
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005J74P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flambards Collection Set" on IMDb

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She learns a lot about life and the society she is to live.
C. Alford
For a 22+ year old film set, without a pure master, the DVD images are less crisp and the sound has less punch.
Kenneth Arnold
It's one of those dvds you'll watch time and time again, never tiring of it.
Lisa Brown

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200 of 201 people found the following review helpful By Scott Lahti on August 21, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
Have you ever encountered a TV series which, from the first episode on, became an irreplaceable part of your identity, moving you in ways impossible to describe but felt profoundly? FLAMBARDS was that beautiful a series. Set in the years surrounding the First World War, the story depicts how Christina, a young orphan sent to live with her cousins and uncle at a decaying country estate, Flambards, comes of age amid the conflicts, passions, loyalties, and tragedies which follow from her new life. Her uncle Russell, wheelchair-bound for life due to a fox-hunting accident, compounds his misfortune through heavy drinking by the fireplace, and takes his sole pleasure in life from the vicarious adventures in the hunting field which his rugged son Mark shares with him. They are callous to their servants, and cannot understand anyone who does not share their absorption in the world of hunting, hounds, and endless leisure. Mark's brother William could not be more different. Gentle, sympathetic to the servants and the plight of their class, and passionately devoted to the design, building and flying of planes, he too is injured while engaging in the one sport he hates - fox-hunting - and must now walk with a limp. Christina, in her late teens like William, prefers his gentle company, yet thrills to the excitement of the fox-hunt. And she soon learns that her ample inheritance, due when she is twenty-one, has been earmarked for the restoration of Flambards - and that she is to marry Mark, who, among other brutalities, has provoked the firing of Violet, the kitchen maid, after making her pregnant!Read more ›
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By L. M Young VINE VOICE on January 28, 2006
Format: DVD
I first saw this series on PBS in 1980; in fact, with two different PBS stations, I ended up watching each part 3 times a week! Each subsequent viewing was as wonderful as the first. Christine McKenna was simply luminous as Christina Parsons, the orphan girl sent to live at her uncle's Essex estate in the years preceding World War I and coming to know her two cousins, arrogant Mark and brilliant, scientific William, as well as Dick, the gentle stableboy, as William took steps into the new world of aviation despite the abuses of his wheelchair-bound father. This is a beautifully-filmed series that is unfortunately not really showcased by the DVD transfer, but it doesn't matter, it is Flambards complete and unedited (unlike the 1980 PBS broadcast that combined parts 1 & 2 into a single hour-long episodes and A&E's "chopped-to-flinders-for-commericals" version). Actors Edward Judd (as the choleric Uncle Russell), Alan Parnaby as Will, Steven Grives as Mark, Peter Settelen as Will's fellow-flyer Sandy, and Carol Leader as the unconventional Dorothy are also outstanding. And there is David Fanshawe's memorable soundtrack as well, with haunting themes, sprightly interstices, and the nostalgic "Song of Christina" ballad. I was lucky enough to find the LP soundtrack in the Harvard Coop many years ago and play the music with delight even today. Not to be missed!
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Scott Lahti on May 31, 2001
Format: DVD
Have you ever encountered a TV series which, from the first episode on, became an irreplaceable part of your identity, moving you in ways impossible to describe but felt profoundly? FLAMBARDS was that beautiful a series. Set in the years surrounding the First World War, the story depicts how Christina, a young orphan sent to live with her cousins and uncle at a decaying country estate, Flambards, comes of age amid the conflicts, passions, loyalties and tragedies which follow from her new life. Her uncle Russell, wheelchair-bound for life due to a fox-hunting accident, compounds his misfortune through heavy drinking by the fireplace, and takes his sole pleasure in life from the vicarious adventures in the hunting field which his rugged son Mark shares with him. They are callous to their servants, and cannot understand anyone who does not share their absorption in the world of hunting, hounds, and endless leisure. Mark's brother William could not be more different. Gentle, sympathetic to the servants and the plight of their class, and passionately devoted to the design, building and flying of planes, he too is injured while engaging in the one sport he hates - fox-hunting - and must now walk with a limp. Christina, in her late teens like William, prefers his gentle company yet thrills to the excitement of the fox-hunt. And she soon learns that her ample inheritance, due when she is twenty-one, has been earmarked for the restoration of Flambards - and that she is to marry Mark, who, among other brutalities, has provoked the firing of Violet, the kitchen maid, after making her pregnant!Read more ›
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By LuelCanyon on March 21, 2006
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Lucky is any viewer who encounters Flambards! It's one of Masterpiece Theatre's best series ever. Another reviewer did a great job outlining the plot. But this is a cinematic experience that literally blows you away. The scenes of horses on fox hunt, flashing along the fertile countryside with speed and excitement, are beautiful beyond imagination. There's a great, forward sweeping movement to each episode, an Edwardian country grandeur that's irresistible. It's Christina's series, and Christine McKenna never falters in creating the captivating heart of a story not without its ruthlessness. An ever present human sadness tracks the story like a stalker, but one never tires watching; redemption always comes at a price. The aeroplane scenes are as majestic and vital as the ubiquitous horses, and William is the sweet relief to the mongrol aspects of his beleagured family. As fine as it is, I'm convinced this series would be noticably less without its absolutely magnificent music, an essential component from the get go. The theme music alone will live forever! Get this beautifully done DVD version and make a date with forever.
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