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I Remember Nelson (1981)

Kenneth Colley , Geraldine James  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kenneth Colley, Geraldine James, Tim Pigott-Smith, John Clements, Michael Harbour
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 208 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FLGVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Remember Nelson" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Photo gallery
  • Cast filmographies

Editorial Reviews


"An engaging mini-series!" -- British American TV DVDs

"Excellent series --

"Rich with sexual and political intrigue...delivers captivating characters and historical insight." --

"Series like "I Remember Nelson" are the reason why British TV was so great." -- Fulvue Drive-In

"The most accurate and faithful recreation of one aspect of Nelson's life" -- DVD Talk

Product Description

The classic Masterpiece Theatre drama

Recollections of a hero’s life

Worshipped as a national savior, Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson masterminded the naval victories that thwarted Napoleon’s plans to invade Britain. Yet, in the midst of public adulation, rumors swirled about his private life. Nelson took a friend’s wife as a mistress and even fathered a child by her in secret.

Starring Kenneth Colley (Monty Python's Life of Brian), Geraldine James (The Jewel in the Crown), and Tim Pigott-Smith (V for Vendetta), this lavish historical drama examines Nelson through the eyes of four people close to him: his wife, who feels bitter and betrayed but ultimately loving; his friend, who helplessly loses his wife to a hero; his captain, who admires Nelson’s bold leadership but disdains his lifestyle; and an ordinary seaman, who turns to his commander for inspiration while facing death. What emerges is an unconventional portrait of a complex figure and a study in the effects of fame.

DVD bonus features include photo gallery and cast filmographies.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Recording Quality Mars Excellent Performance January 1, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Very accurate portrayal of portions of Nelson's life. The Battle of Trafalgar tape is the best battle renactment I have ever seen. The quality of the tape recording, however, is poor. Rather than using the standard speed for each of the four one-hour episodes, the production is recorded in extended play. At that speed, the entire series could have been put on one two-hour tape (holding six hours of information at the slowest speed). This was a disappointment considering the price of the recording.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nelson Touch December 1, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
This superb series chronicles various aspects of Nelson's life as he might have been seen by those close to him as well as the common seaman. Brilliantly acted by stock BBC actors at the time in the early 1980s you won't find a better quality production. Sure, it might be lacking some hi-tech stuff for today, but the acting and screen writing is superb.

The series mostly touches on Nelson's latter period just before and including Trafalgar. We see him through the eyes of his first wife, Sir Hamilton, Captain Hardy and finally just a common seaman at the great battle. These individuals enable us to see different sides of the great hero's life. What this series shows was that Nelson was a lively, socialable person who enjoyed diversion and sensual delights. The rigors of naval warfare in the Napoleonic period had certainly taken its toll on his first marriage which is touchingly seen in the first episode.

How Nelson met Emma Hamilton is the subject of the 2nd episode which takes us back a number of years in time to the mid 1790s. Here we find England was trying to support the duchy of Naples against the Napoleonic tide of invasion in Italy. There is a devastating portrait of the petty Bourbon King and Queen who ruled the duchy in this period. We also meet Sir Hamilton and through him see how Nelson get to know Emma. Those who are use to the more elegant portrayal of Lady Emma Hamilton a la Vivian Leigh from the 1930s might be in for a shock here. This Emma is a bit more pleasantly plump, but is more sensual and earthy and probably a more accurate look at her. We certainly get to see the interesting relationship that developed between the three of them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD quality is great! April 16, 2008
Please note that the above review refers to the VHS version of the DVD and not to the DVD for sale on this page. The DVD quality is excellent. And it's a great show too!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was not what I expected September 21, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The story is long on his personal life, the wife/girlfriend and short on naval history. Having said that, I thought the final scenes were really well done-the destruction of the french fleet in the action where Nelson was killed. A lot of detail of the working of the individual gun crews on the lower decks during the battle--this was great stuff!
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