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From Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey, From Time To Time is a haunting ghost story spanning two world, two centuries apart. With World War II finally coming to an end and his Father still missing in action, Tolly is sent to stay with his estranged Grandmother in their ancestral home. There he discovers he can mysteriously travel between the two worlds and begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations. He must solve these mysteries to safeguard their future and reunite the family once again.

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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith, Dominic West, Alex Etel
  • Directors: Julian Fellowes
  • Writers: Julian Fellowes
  • Producers: Julian Fellowes, Tim Smith, James Spring, Barnaby Thompson, Liz Trubridge
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Freestyle Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007A2O3FO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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266 of 270 people found the following review helpful By Charity Bishop on March 22, 2012
Format: DVD
Based on a well-known children's book series by Lucy M. Boston, From Time to Time is a sentimental and touching story about ghostly encounters in the aftermath of wartime.

Although WWII is drawing to an end, there are still a number of British soldiers unaccounted for -- among them is the father of young Tolly (Alex Etel), who has been sent to live with his grandmother (Maggie Smith) while his own mother attempts to use her political connections to discern his father's whereabouts. Moving into the old manor house, Tolly becomes fascinated with its romantic and frequently tragic history. The paintings in the main hall tell a story of past generations and over a hundred year old mystery. But that is not all the secrets the old house contains, for after a ghostly encounter, Tolly becomes convinced the place is haunted. But it seems to contain more magic than that, for sometimes he encounters specters... and sometimes he is the ghost in their world. Weaving in and out of time, he becomes involved in the lives of the great old family that once lived there...

With a mean-spirited son and a blind daughter to look after, not to mention his bored, aristocratic wife (Carice van Houten) feeling neglected, it is all Captain Oldknow (Hugh Bonneville) can do to look after his affairs when he is on shore leave. On his most recent trip home he has brought a surprise for his daughter Susan (Eliza Bennett) -- a young Negro boy escaped from slavers, who will become her "eyes" and her companion. His son Sefton (Douglas Booth) takes an immediate disliking for Jacob (Kwayedza Kureya) but he becomes invaluable to Susan. However, the malicious butler Caxton (Dominc West) is considering how best to be rid of him.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By W. Davis on March 27, 2012
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Being a fan of Downton Abbey, I was attracted to this movie when I saw the names of 2 cast members, Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville. I was also intrigued that the writer of this film is the same person who created Downton Abbey.

This film is set in an old manor in Great Britain near the end of World War II. A teenage boy, Tolly, comes to stay with his grandmother, who lives in the manor. At the beginning, Tolly questions his grandmother about portraits of family members long past. From that point on, he has quite an adventure.

If you want to know more, you'll have to wait for other reviews or just watch the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful By V on April 8, 2012
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This movie is delightful, superbly written and filmed, with first-rate performances from Maggie Smith, Alex Etel, Hugh Bonneville, Timothy Spall, et al. And, since a another reviewer has done a fine job of describing characters and events, suffice to say that thanks to all involved in this production, the movie is so engrossing and entertaining it seemed to be over before I knew it. It's a gem.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 25, 2011
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This is a well-made production based on a story The Chimneys of Green Knowe, The story is set in 1940s England, where thirteen-year-old Tolly (Alex Etel) is sent by his mother to his grandmother Mrs. Oldknoe's (Dame Maggie Smith) family estate, Green Knowe. His mother remains in London, trying to get information on the fate of Tolly's father who is missing in action.

Initially, Tolly resents his granny because he thinks she dislikes his mother, but gradually a close bond forms between the two. Tolly discovers that the estate is in financial trouble and that his granny may be forced to sell it. Tolly also makes another startling discovery - that the estate is haunted by the spirits of a previous generation of Oldknow's, mainly young Susan (Eliza Bennett) who lived in the house more than a century earlier. Susan's father, Captain Oldknow (Hugh Bonneville) is a kind seafaring man who brings home an escaped slave named Jacob and provides for him, expecting only that Jacob be Susan's companion, for Susan is blind. But Maria, the Captain's Dutch wife (played by Carice Van Houten of Black Book) is not keen on the boy and spends her days squandering the Captain's wealth. The couple's only son, Sefton (Douglas Booth) is a spoilt brat who abhors Jacob, and finds ways and means to make Jacob's life miserable.

Tolly finds himself not only able to see some of these ghosts but also to be able to travel back in time (it is never explained how this happens) and witness events in the past. This later proves fortuitous as Tolly makes an important discovery that could very well save his granny's estate.

The story plays out quite well and is beautifully filmed. I'd characterize this as a family friendly drama - there is no foul language, no sexual scenes, and except for a few scenes where there is some bullying going on, no real violence.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Bower VINE VOICE on October 12, 2012
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We watched this movie last night on an impulse and found it to be a real treasure; the scenery, story, directing and the acting all work harmoniously together to create a wonderful evening's entertainment. The fine British cast brings their usual expertise to bear on this story of a young boy who is sent to live with his grandmother for a time only to discover there was much to learn about his ancestral home and his family.

We found the movie to be well paced and free of any seriously slow spots and enjoyed our journey of discovery with young Tolly as he discovers his house and his family's history interactively moving back and forth in time. Make no mistake, this is a ghost story told in a delightfully charming manner. It provides a very enjoyable evening for the entire family and I recommend it highly. Although we watched it initially on streaming video I am planning on buying the DVD for my permanent collection.
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