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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
There is no other choice except this one if you want to watch the miniseries. Got it as a gift for my parents and they loved it. I am now watching it and it is as good as I remember. It would have been nice if they had improved the picture and sound quality - both are bad. I would think that must be possible with today's technology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2010
In short, yes. Keep in mind this was filmed in the 1970's with a made-for-TV budget. So don't expect Avatar technical quality. Incidentally, my copy plays fine on my DVD player. I shopped around and got the 2 series for $49 total. However, this does not include the packaging/cases, nor the commentary. Just paper sleeves and 12 discs. At the time Amazon wanted $79, but now the price is more reasonable. When this show, the first TV miniseries, came out, everyone stayed home to watch it every week. I wondered how I would enjoy it after 34 years of other TV miniseries and movies. I still found it quite a unique experience. Firstly, it won 20 Emmies. Seasoned veteran actors like Van Johnson, Ray Milland and Dorothy MacGuire lend gravitas and class to the show. Ed Asner and Bill Bixby (who also directed several episodes) give outstanding support and Bill Smith plays one of the most memorable, evil villains ever filmed. Many rising stars were launched by this show, not least Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte, both brilliant as the Rich Man Poor Man brothers (you decide which is which). Nick Nolte apparently trimmed down to 160 lbs for the teenage sections, and beefed up to 180 lbs for the middle-aged parts. The writing is impressive, covering many important periods between 1945 and 1960's, and encompassing topics such as racism, materialism, family strife, sports, politics, corruption and core values. Not quite the same story as the book, but skillfully written by Dean Reisner, who co-wrote Dirty Harry and Play Misty For Me a few years before. Never pretentious, the series is quite courageous - especially the ending which pulls no punches. Ultimately, we can all relate to some of the events and people that the 2 brothers encounter. It's like they are part of your family, so you feel all their losses and triumphs deeply. Alex North does a great orchestral score, which will be familiar to those that watched the show 34 years ago. The first 2 and the last episode are 2 hours long, with the other 4 being one hour - 12 hours total. I can't wait to watch the second series, which I remember as almost as good as the first. Will update this when I've watched it. After the huge success of the first series, Nick Nolte was asked to be in the second series. However, he declined because he felt it would require changes in the character and story that would not be true to the series. That's how much the cast believed in what they were doing, and it shows. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
As everyone here already knows Book One has had scenes removed and is not complete. With that said I did some research and here is what I discovered. There is a region 0 dvd set but I suspect that is also has missing scenes as well because the running time is 527 minutes. You can find that version here on Amazon but why bother. There is a region 0 set that is from Greece that has a running time of 566 minutes which leads me to believe it is complete with no editing at all. But the seller is not on Amazon. If you want
to know where you can get this set email me and I will "relay" the info to you. Last weekend (Nov 16th) the Encore channel aired all 12 chapters, and even they were edited to some degree. They cut out the part where Axel Jordache gets into his boat during a rainstorm never to be seen again. But they left in a scene that is absent from this dvd collection where Rudy accidently blinds a girl that worked for the college paper that took pictures of a naked Julie. Happy hunting!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2010
We enjoyed this series when it was on TV years ago. About 5 years ago I started looking for it on DVD in order to see it again but it was not available on DVD. The only VHS copies I could find were very high priced. Now suddenly we saw it for sale in a magazine for about $95. I searched on Amazon and sure enough we found it for a much better price!

This series is the "coming out" performace of Nick Nolte and although he is not in it through the entire story, he is worth seeing in one of his first performances ever.

The series was the FIRST mini-series of TV and it is typical of the series that followed, i.e., DALLAS, that used similar story/music/artwork style for the format of the series.

Worth owning!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2014
Very poor quality would like to return it,if possible.The picture is blurry and grainy not DVD quality at all.not recommend
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
I have been trying to get a copy of this for a long time and recently found out it had become available. I ordered on for my wife and I and one for my mother. This was on TV when I was about 15, and for years have been looking for it on DVD to be able to see it again. It is amazing to find out how much I had forgotten in 35 years. Not perfect quality but it is more than acceptable. If you remember this wonderful mini-series and have wanted to see it again after a very long time, your problem is solved. My wife was too young to see it when it was on originally and after almost having to force her to watch the first episode, she is now hooked. We just started Book II.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2009
I'm very happy to have found this DVD. Turns out I could have ordered it before as I'm in Japan (Region 2, like UK).
This was a very 1970s-era show, a great time for TV and movies, still mostly pre-political correct and pre-formula. If you don't know the difference between then and now on those terms, then you're watching without thinking.
I like everything others have said about this series, but it amazes me that 13 reviews can go by without anyone even mentioning William Smith as Falconetti. This was for me the best villain-bully characterization I've ever seen. Every moment he was on screen was chilling. I couldn't believe he was merely acting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2012
I have been waiting 40 yrs to see this again, and its even better then I remembered. Its amazing how much the issues going on back then (politics) are exactly the same as today. How money & power wins elections. The romance & intrigue really kept your attention and leaving something to the imagination made it so much more enjoyable unlike today's movies with full blown nudity. I fell in love with Nick Nolte all over again, but wish he had lasted longer thru out the series. Theres a stellar cast of so many good actors that I hadn't thought about in years. Thorougly enjoyable, and certaintly well worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
This dvd set was a nice purchase, since it is both Book 1 & Book 2. The audio is clear, the video doesn't appear to have been remastered, but it is clear enough to watch and enjoy. I haven't seen any better offerings of this set, and watching it has brought back a lot of memories of that era. I was in High School when this originally aired, so the series shows it's age, but it is still interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
I purchased Rich Man, Poor Man in February 2011 as it was a great deal from Amazon.com. I was very young when the mini-series came out in the 1970s and thus it was like watching it for the first time.

The mini-series is divided up into Book 1 and Book 2 and track the lives of two brother as they go down different paths in life. The acting of Nick Nolte, Peter Strauss and earlier on with Ed Asner is very good.

The first book interested me most as it tracked the brothers assent to different paths. Peter Strauss character was neat to watch go from person with nothing to a very powerful man within a department store. The evolution of his character, especially trying to get back his first love and make his first million was brilliant scripted. Nick Nolte's character was also excellently done and i was surprised he did not win emmy for his role, because he added some very good acting, especially ongoing conflict William Smith's character later on in book 1. The boxing and the subsequent movement to charter boat service just added to plot along with addition of his son later on in book 1. I also like how the father was written out and Tom Jordache coming back to pay back his debt, very well scripted!!

The 2nd book switch gear, so the second part of the series focused more on the offsprings Wesley and Billy Abbott and the key adversary Falconetti. I believe the falconeti character added value to the series, especially his determination to get back at the Jordaches. The offspring were also good to watch Billy try to become a huge record business producer and seeing Wesley struggle with different things, especially relationships.

Peter Strauss's determination to show what is good about government was also good and this also was good to see him go up against a big business on corruption and doing the senate hearings. This was very good part of book 2 or the second part of series. The only disappointment i had was the ending, because it had me wanting more, especially what happen to everyone.

Overall, I would rate this a very good mini-series and feel it could be done roll forward today, because issues and struggles are same as what was portrayed in the book. I strongly recommend this series to anyone as it is one of the best mini-series that was ever done!
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