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Lark Rise to Candleford: The Complete Collection (2011)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 1892 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WEAW18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Flora Thompson's charming love letter to a vanished corner of rural England is brought to life in this heartwarming, critically acclaimed BBC adaptation, now available in a complete series collection. Set in the late 19th century, this rich, funny and emotional series follows the relationship of two contrasting communities: Lark Rise, a small hamlet gently holding onto the past, and Candleford, a neighboring market town bustling into the future. When young Laura Timmins leaves Lark Rise for a job at the Candleford post office, she discovers an eye-opening, exciting new world. In the face of scandals and feuds, she must leave her childhood behind and forge her own path to womanhood.

Seasons: 1-4

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282 of 285 people found the following review helpful
Charmingly entertaining, this series is a wholesome delight to the vintage senses, from darling start to sudden finish. (The only true downside being that this series was just stopped short at essentially a half of season four - for some strange and unanswerable reason, having absolutely nothing to do with and seemingly ignoring the fact that the show has enjoyed very high ratings and passionate fans in the UK - to the US and beyond.)

I discovered this engaging series about a year ago and was entirely thrilled to have stumbled upon it. I couldn't watch every episode of the first three seasons fast enough and then promptly watched every show once more at a more leisurely and enjoyable pace. I couldn't wait for season four to arrive this year and have recently seen every episode once (and I'm about to watch them all again for the second satisfying time). I'm glad that many storyline threads were wrapped up quite nicely at the end, but still wish this series had continued through the few more seasons that it was meant to be in the first place. (Could fans bring this back in any way any time soon - either side of the pond - maybe a co-production?!)

Adorned with lovely late Victorian dresses and details, complete with wonderful actors and their perfect performances, abounding with cute and quirky characters running the gamut from silly to snarky to sweet: this series of episodes (in basically three and a half seasons) offers plenty of thought-provoking and interesting themes while it evokes smiles, laughter and even some tears (at least to the sensitive of heart).

The women I know who have seen it have loved it like I do, and even some men I know have watched and enjoyed it too. This series is certainly family fare. There is plenty to think about...
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144 of 146 people found the following review helpful
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If you've ever wanted to turn on the television and be thoroughly uplifted, entertained, touched, made to laugh, possibly even inspired, and, generally, just allowed to escape and be pulled in to a very good story...time and again, each and every episode, then don't look any further than the 'Lark Rise' series. My wife and I are in our late 20s/early 30s, and this is easily the best program we have ever watched. Hands down.

As the previous reviewer eloquently said, it is excellent family viewing, but ONLY because it's naturally wholesome, clever, fun, beautifully shot (the cinematography is truly breathtaking -- each frame looks like a painting from this period), handsomely scored, and all of those other attributes she mentioned -- it doesn't "try" too hard to fit into the family genre -- it just naturally fits. So much of "family entertainment" seems like it was put together by a committee who are very fickle and trendy, as if the committee's #1 goal and bottom line was to ensure to appeal to the "flavor of the month" themes in entertainment (Where's the originality in that?). THIS show, on the other hand, was clearly written by those who recognize the enduring and universal themes of family, friends, community, love, and basically, the things that make a memorable, good story -- the kind of story that brings you back for more.

The acting is superb. The Brits seem to have this natural ability encoded in their genome. You don't even feel like you're watching good actors -- you feel like you're a fly on the wall watching REAL people with real emotions, real interactions, real losses, real senses of humor, real relationships...oh, it's so refreshing.
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6-star collection but WHY the $$$ ??? May 7, 2011
I've reviewed each of the 4 sets in detail. All excellent period drama. One of the best series ever produced, as a matter of fact. But the "collection" price is strange at $134.49 (today's price).
Sets 1,2 & 3 sell for 30.99 with 4 at 26.49 for a total of:
Why is the combined set worth more? Buy them separately on Amazon and SAVE $$$.

English country life could never have been as poetic, pictorial, and enchanting as this dramatization of the lives of those living in and around the two 1880's towns of Lark Rise and Candleford. Even the DVD's music puts a sanguine sugarcoating on the period. All of this is to the delight of the viewer of this masterfully done TV series sure to endear any North American who has a tender video heart toward Victorian Britain. Each episode has multiple plots so it is impossible to break down the episodes into short summaries. And with carryover from one episode to another, it's more like moving to Lark Rise or Candleford and living with the good people (and the bad). A delightful scenic experience even Disney has never matched. Every emotion you have ever felt in your past will be repeated sometime throughout this English town saga.

Subtitled. It is romance, nostalgia, saga, suspense, drama,'s a cornucopia of viewing that is not to be missed. It continues with a great and large nucleus cast, but the stories and depth of characters grow with the show's movement. Darling Laura Timmins (Olivia Hallinan), Lark Rise born, was sent to Candleford to learn the trade of postmistress. She is the spark caught between the two towns (sometimes world's different.) Her mentor is Dorcas (Julia Sawalha.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Every episode was wonderful! Left us a bit hanging at the end ...
Every episode was wonderful! Left us a bit hanging at the end leaving the audience to kind of guess what could have happened. Nevertheless enjoyed fully.
Published 2 days ago by Jacqueline L. Dupree
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
A very good story.
Published 6 days ago by R. Pinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Balm for the Soul
This series makes me HAPPY! There is depth to the characters, and ups and downs, but the humanity shines through. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Eleanor Gilpatrick
4.0 out of 5 stars but the poor are frequently more joyful than the monied--or so I ...
Too much negative emotion! I know times were hard, but the poor are frequently more joyful than the monied--or so I have found. They know how to count their blessings.
Published 16 days ago by Dr. Marilyn A. Turkel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best tv I have ever watched. I was so so sad that it finished.
Published 16 days ago by toni
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable!
I have not enjoyed a dvd collection this much in ages! The costumes, the language, the story --- it is thoroughly enjoyable. Read more
Published 20 days ago by bch
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this series!
What a wonderful family friendly series! I watched it on PBS, but never was able to catch all the episodes. This is great to watch when ironing or doing housework. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Series..Well done BBC...I wonder if it will have a sequel.
Published 28 days ago by G. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what a wonderful costume series
Published 1 month ago by cav
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Debby
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Aspect ration. Widescreen?
Box says 16:9 Enhanced, so yes, widescreen enhanced to fit your HDTV.
Jun 4, 2014 by Eric Scott |  See all 2 posts
Episode length
Not sure if they've been edited, but each episode runs approx. 50 - 52 minutes.
Jun 4, 2014 by Eric Scott |  See all 2 posts
How many seasons are there???? I got 4 in my "Complete Collection"
Just 4 seasons, this is from Wikipedia: It was announced on 22 January 2011 that the show would not be returning for a fifth series, despite impressive ratings. This decision led to many viewers complaining, prompting BBC One controller Danny Cohen to say, "Lark Rise to Candleford has been a... Read More
Jun 4, 2014 by Eric Scott |  See all 2 posts
Bring it back
Wonderful series but suddenly stopped, without a coherent ending. I am expecting to see the story to continue and finally have an ending!
Sep 15, 2013 by Angela Greiffenstein |  See all 4 posts
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