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THE PALLISERS: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
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“Powerfully addictive” —Time magazine
“Chronicles the passion and politics of Victorian England” —Los Angeles Times
This sprawling BBC saga follows an aristocratic family through three generations of power, wealth, intrigue, and scandal in Victorian England. Based on Anthony Trollope’s “political” novels and adapted by British author Simon Raven (Alms for Oblivion), this classic PBS series has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Emmy® winner Susan Hampshire (The Forsyte Saga) stars as the beautiful and witty Lady Glencora, whose arranged marriage to rising politician Plantagenet Palliser (Philip Latham, “marvelous from beginning to end” —The New York Times) endures public and private crises as the family ascends the social ladder. The outstanding cast also features Jeremy Irons (The Borgias), Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech), Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited), Peter Vaughan (The Remains of the Day), and Penelope Keith (To the Manor Born).
Top Customer Reviews
What's new after 40 years? Fortunately no one messed with the content. It is 70s BBC. Being a period drama, props, sets and costumes could not be improved upon even in modern production times. The acting is stellar, another reason it was such a long-lasting hit. Watching after 40 years is as nostalgic as the content of the period portrayed.
SDH SUBTITLES are now available for those needing them. The packaging has diminished 85% (26 episodes on 8 discs in a 1-inch case). The price is a fraction of the original. Over 22 hrs, do the math; it's a value for period pomp & pageantry.
NAME DROPPING series. Many who appeared in the series are so well known they need no introduction.
Susan Hampshire is co-protagonist Lady Palliser with her sparkle that never dulls as she ages through the 20 year saga of the Victorian dynasty.
Philip Latham is perfection as statuesque proper politician Plantagenet Palliser who would become Duke.
Jeremy Irons; Derek Jacobi; Peter Vaughan; Penelope Keith; Anthony Andrews...
Anthony Trollope wrote the 6 adapted novels from 1865-1880. The series followed the books in about equal amounts. It's difficult to improve upon the greatness of Trollope.Read more ›
I bought the original set of 12 DVD's many years ago. In recent years my hearing has declined to the point where I can't always understand what the characters are saying, which makes it hard to enjoy watching them. I was delighted when Acorn Media recently released this new set of DVD's that includes subtitles, and I ordered it in advance from Amazon.
I'm happy to say that the new set is exactly as advertised. It's all here; the only difference is the addition of English subtitles that can be turned on or off. The disks include a disclaimer apologizing for any lapses in picture or sound quality which may be caused by the age of the original material. In my opinion the disclaimer is entirely unnecessary; the picture and sound are perfect.
If anything, these middle episodes are even more fascinating (though by a slim margin) than the earlier ones. Plantagenet (Philip Latham) is much more serious and his confrontation with his rebellious older son is a telling one. His lady (Susan Hampshire) is more mature, certainly more nearsighted, but still bubbly and fun to watch, especially as she tries to manipulate Phineas Finn (Donal McCann) into a cabinet post and her rustic female relation (Jo Kendall) into a marriage.
There is a wealth of comic characters besides the plain-speaking Ms. Kendall. Derek Jacobi is perfect as Lord Fawn with ridiculous side-burns and a total incapacity for winning a wife. Sarah Badell is a knockout as Lizzie Eustace who is determined to keep "The Eustace Diamonds" in her own possession even though it means lying about one burglary only to bring about another. The slimy man of the cloth she marries, the Reverend Emilius (Anthony Ainely), is your typical hypocritical villain of the period; but the delightful Terence Alexander portrays a much more honest villain as Lord George.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very engaging costume drama. Very focused on imaginary political situation (not historically accurate), but characters are mostly well-fleshed out and worth getting to know... Read morePublished 1 day ago by AustenBibi
I saw this series first time around and it's lost nothing with age. BrilliantPublished 2 months ago by Marsh
OMG. loved it. Started out with an ingénue frolicking and I thought this was going to be a waste of time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Linda M. Goad