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Love in a Cold Climate (2012)

Judi Dench , Michael Aldridge , Donald McWhinnie  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Michael Aldridge, Michael Williams, Lucy Gutteridge
  • Directors: Donald McWhinnie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 405 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ISJS1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"Witty, charming" —The Boston Globe
"Delightful" —The Boston Globe

"Lovely viewing" —Newsday
"Very funny" —The Times (U.K.)

Bestselling author Nancy Mitford’s wickedly witty novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate draw on her own experiences as a child of Britain’s aristocracy between the two world wars. Adapted by Simon Raven (The Pallisers, Edward & Mrs. Simpson), this eight-part Masterpiece Theatre presentation stars Oscar® winner Judi Dench (Iris), Michael Williams (A Fine Romance), Michael Aldridge (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and Vivian Pickles (Harold and Maude).

Linda Radlett (Lucy Gutteridge, A Christmas Carol), daughter of Lord and Lady Alconleigh, follows her heart in and out of adventures, marriages, and dalliances, much to the dismay of her parents. Her dear friend Polly Hampton (Rosalyn Landor) maintains a cooler head (and some say, a colder heart) in her romantic entanglements. Seamlessly weaving together the two women’s tangled love affairs, this “literate…and entertaining” (People) drama is set against a backdrop of the English nobility’s golden age—and a looming world conflict that would alter that life forever.

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last, At Last! June 22, 2012
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In the winter of 1982 I was spellbound by the 8 part mini-series Love in a Cold Climate shown on Masterpiece Theater. I looked forward to seeing it again, but to my dismay it was never repeated and I had to rely only on my memories except for short clips on Youtube. Now at last it's born again as a DVD set, and I can barely wait to once again feast my eyes on it.

The mini-series combines Nancy Mitford's two companion novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, both of which were published in the late 1940s and are the most autobiographical of all of her novels. The main and most compelling portions deal with the romantic vissisitudes of young Linda Radlett, daughter of the eccentric Lord Alconleigh and his vague but loving wife (ably played by Judi Dench). Linda longs for love, finding it first in a young but extremely dull banker, next in a dedicated Communist, and finally in an aristocratic French duke. Her cousin and best friend Fanny, the narrator of the series and of the two books from which it is drawn, leads a much quieter life, falling in love with an eminently suitable young Oxford don and never falling out of it again. Linda and Fanny's friend Polly Hampton, the daughter of a courtly old Earl and his dragonlady wife, has her own romantic troubles that lead her into turmoil as well.

That's the barebones plot outline of the main story, but there is much more to love in this mini-series. All of the characters are loveable and delightfully eccentric, from Linda and Fanny's hypochondriacal Uncle Davey to their highly artistic neighbor Lord Merlin. Besides Judi Dench, there are a host of excellent actors and actresses, including Michael Aldridge and most enjoyably Vivian Pickles as Polly's mother Lady Montdore.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Compare 2 adaptations of Love in a Cold Climate? Both excellent, both should be viewed. Each combines the same two Nancy Mitford novels. Equally stellar casts. Both mime the novels: accurate in period detail, well written, provide popping emotion from humor to tragic, even using some book dialogue. Why opt for this new release? MORE! 255 minutes longer of delightful drama and interaction of 1930 romances.

Fanny is the key character telling the story. With a more common face, Isabelle Amyes is great in this long series, but I also love Rosamund Pike's arresting smile (short version.) Both are great stars doing a fantastic Fanny. In this l-o-n-g series Judi Dench (as Aunt Sadie) fans will swear by her perfection, rightly so. Keeping up with the Dench excellence is Davey Warbeck (by Michael Williams), and Uncle Matt (by Michael Aldridge). Cast comparisons could take forever.

SUBTITLES available for all 8 episodes:
~~~1 CHILD HUNT--1924
Young female Radletts excited over London season. Cousin Fanny joins the clan of wanna-be-marrieds.
Linda (Lucy Gutteridge) grows & into a beauty for her coming out. She & Fanny seek love, in all the wrong people.
~~~3 RINGS & THINGS--1932
Linda wed Tony (Anthony Head)? Families object. Fanny eyes a man & Polly (Rosalyn Landor) also.
Polly, Fanny, Linda in wedded bliss? No so in chambers.
~~~5 HEIR APPARENT--1934
Cedric, ah "One", (Michael Cochrane) claims Hampton & sets about converting Sonia (Vivian Pickles). Polly & Linda caught with new love challenges.
Venetian Ball tossed by Lady Sonia. Polly is home as Linda's off to a French camp.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Dench still eclipses fellow actors. August 13, 2012
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This series is a must for all Judi Dench fans. This woman out-acts nearly everyone else oncsreen.
An unusual 'almost biography' from one those infamous Mitford sisters. The early part with the girls as children is a little wooden but when they grow up the story really takes off so stick with it.
It's a rather campy tale of the lives of the wealthy and titled in 1920's-30's England with Judy Dench as mum.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable viewing September 9, 2012
I know a series is good when all of a sudden the credits start rolling and I realize that I have been totally absorbed in my viewing. Such an experience awaited me when I sat down to watch this 8 part series. The acting was terrific and the plot engaging but the eccentric characters really tickled me. Judi Dench was as always a delight to watch but it was her late husband, Michael Williams, as Uncle Davey, that really captured my interest. Vivian Pickles as Lady Montdore could give Maggie Smith's wonderfully portrayed character, Lady Violet of Downton Abbey, a run for her money. The writing was witty and don't be surprised if you find yourself letting loose with a much louder laugh than you usually reserve for watching television. I found this series to be much better than I expected and I recommend it to those who love British manor house dramas.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dance to the Music of Time December 3, 2012
"Love in a Cold Climate," is a 1980 British television miniseries that was adapted from popular British author Nancy Mitford's comic novels, THE PURSUIT OF LOVE and LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE. This period romantic drama/comedy was made by Thames television, which really knew how to make costume dramas, and really threw money at the screen, in ball room scenes, cars, clothes, and interiors. It is in full color and consists of three disks, eight episodes in all, 420 minutes of running time. Talented, well-known screenwriter Simon Raven adapted the novels for TV; Donald MacWhinney directed. Praises be, for this series in which no well-bred British person speaks above a whisper, it has subtitles, for which thanks are due to Acorn. Thanks are also due to Acorn for finally releasing this series on DVD; its lovers -- including me-- have been waiting a long, long time for this release.

Disk one includes episodes "Child Hunt," "Coming Out," and "Rings and Things; disk two, "The Merry Widower, "Heir Apparent," and "Foreigners are Fiends." Disk three gives us "Monsieur Le Duc," and "In Love and War." The series follows the eccentric, aristocratic Radlett family from the 1920s through World War II; knowledgeable sources state that it is fact, about the author's eccentric, literary family of beauties,the Mitfords, lightly disguised as fiction. It centers on three young related women as they search for love: wealthy young beauties Polly Montdore and Linda Radlett, and their poorer, plainer cousin Fanny, who narrates, while just trying not to behave like her mother, who has earned the nickname of The Bolter, as she flits from man to man. The entertainment boasts quite a few stars, and important supporting players.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I got mixed up about who was who
Published 10 days ago by Super Seven
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fairly good movie but not Denche's best.
Published 1 month ago by L.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a little slow for us but we still liked it.
Published 1 month ago by tom perdoni
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't really view this. I bought the first ...
I can't really view this. I bought the first episode, but it just didn't grab me and I was surprised. I may give it another shot later.
Published 2 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta see this British series.
Wonderful British series....
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the book
The old, best version of the filmed novels. Yes, the acting is a little stilted, but seems to work with the script, which uses a lot of the dialogue in the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Traveler
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
The video is not worth a comment. It was very poor quality and the story line was ridiculous. Waste of money.
Published 3 months ago by Kayakblue
3.0 out of 5 stars Love in a Cold climate
Once I caught on to the gist of the plot, it was ok. However, it did plod along . At times it was very tiring. I had to watch it in fits and starts, otherwise, it put me to sleep.
Published 5 months ago by twinkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love in a Cold Climate
This series has the spirit of the books. The images that my memory has retained since 1981 were awakened with all the delight that they encountered at the first viewing all those... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Michael Williams and Judi Dench !
This story carries the different plots to completion. Gives a good view of what "English noblemen" were supposedly like. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eva L. McCrary
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