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The Darling Buds of May Collection (1991)

David Jason , Pam Ferris  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Stephanie Ralph, Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Format: 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: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 1020 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QW4N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Darling Buds of May Collection" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Spend some time in rural England with the rollicking Larkin family, and you'll wish you were one of them. The patriarch of this jolly crew is Pop, whose unquenchable good nature is convincingly conveyed by stage veteran David Jason. A knockout pre-Hollywood Catherine Zeta Jones plays his eldest daughter, Mariette, whose marriage to the tax collector is a boon for all. Jolly good times and happy endings abound in this "Masterpiece Theatre" favorite. About 17 hours on 7 cassettes or 5 DVDs. Simon says: Catherine Zeta-Jones hales from the Welsh town of Swansea, as did the writer Dylan Thomas. Her middle name comes from the name of a ship her mother saw in the Swansea bay.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best British Comedy-Dramas Ever! July 23, 2002
By Tiggah
Format:VHS Tape
Set in idyllic Kent (the Garden of England) in the 1950s, The Darling Buds of May is truly one of the sweetest, most relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable British comedy-dramas on the market. Indeed, if you enjoy classic shows like All Creatures Great and Small or The Irish R.M. for example, I really think you'll enjoy this lovely series that's perfect for the whole family to curl up and watch time and time again.
The series revolves around the ever-growing Larkin family. David Jason (A Touch of Frost, Only Fools and Horses, Open All Hours) stars as patriarch Sydney "Pop" Larkin. Jason is a wonderful actor (one of my favourites), and if you're familiar with (and enjoy) his other roles, you'll enjoy him here, for he embues Pop with his distinctive touch of comedy. Pop is a bit of a character, to say the least. He pays no income tax, he's not above a little wheeling and dealing, he often rides a little too close to the line, and his farm is somewhat ramshackle. But he's got a heart of gold, and he's kind and generous to a fault. What's more, he's a man with a strong sense of personal integrity who knows what is important in life--friends, family, and their idyllic way of life--and he's not above running a little scam of his own if it's to even the score with someone who's taking advantage of one less fortunate.
Then there is Ma Larkin, a very rotund, jolly woman who, for all the children she's got, is not actually married to Pop. Somehow, though, it just doesn't seem to matter--at least not to them nor to us. As for Ma's weight, it just isn't an issue either (which, I might add, is a refreshing change!); in fact, if anything, it`s evidence of health and heartiness. Ma and Pop are a somewhat eccentric couple, however.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Included Episodes June 3, 2005

1. The Darling Buds of May

2. When the Green Woods Laugh

3. A Breath of French Air

4. Oh! To Be in England

5. Stranger at the Gates

6. A Season of Heavenly Gifts

7. The Happiest Days of Your Life

8. Cast Not Your Pearls Before Swine

9. Climf the Greasy Pole

10. Christmas is Coming

11. Le Grand Weekend

Only complaint: No Closed Captioning or Subtitles for hearing impaired.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort Viewing November 23, 2004
By Sue
After emigrating to Canada in 1991, the Darling Buds of May was recorded near to my old home town of Ashford in Kent, England. My family always raved about it. I was finally able to watch this wonderful series on PBS with a friend a year or two later.
I fell in love with this family, especially Pop, the most considerate,caring, funny and yes, even sexy,character there could be.
I bought the complete series as soon as it was available here and I have now lost count of how many times I have watched it.
My husband has to travel a lot for business, so I watch the series every time I am lonely or can't get to sleep for any reason.It is my "Comfort Viewing". I only wish they would make more episodes or maybe a movie one day.That would be "Perfik".
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Treat. October 22, 2004
Well, we loved this series (all episodes and the 2 specials are included here, so you get the whole deal). We actually bought it for my mum but watched it first (I know, but she suggested it). They're like mini-movies - the writing is very strong; the production values are very high; the characters are a treat; the acting is spot on.
With a very high value per $ spent, this is absolutely value for money - we found ourselves blasting through the DVDs and, although we would welcome more, the story is complete as it stands.
Strongly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfeck! April 24, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I have been searching for this series on tape for years. Thanks Amazon for bringing it back! Several years ago I saw a few episodes of "Darling Buds" on PBS. I kept telling my friends about the Larkin family I finally found them this year with the release of the seven tape boxed set. I'm sure it had something to do with the fact that Catherine Zeta Jones is in one of the starring roles (when she was about 16 or so)
Think of this series as "The Waltons" from England, with a little bit of "Sex in the City" sprinkled in. The adult humor is so subtle that even kids can watch without any real embarassment, but you parents will be bursting out laughing!
Pa Larkin is the quintessential horse trader with a gagle of kids and a thirst for a "drop of bitter" and flirting with the ladies. Ma larkin is a real gem, and I think a very overlooked character, she has real charm and wisdom in her "well padded" bosom.
One of the aspects that make the characters so endearing is the great fun they have as a family and the gentle humor and general mirth they all share. The whole family moves to the rhythms of the seasons, from listening to the Nightengale's song to the rain falling "as soft as cobwebs" on the cherry blossoms. It makes you think of times past and the fun of living a simpler life. You get the feeling that none of the Larkins suffer from stress related problems.
Not a swear word is utterd, not one car chase ensues, not a gun shot is heard, to use Pa Larkin's pet word "perfeck!"
All of my friends are addictied and you will be too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bit long
I like the story and characters it just seemed at little too long. The scenery was beautiful. It was cool seeing Catherine Zeta Jones so young.
Published 4 months ago by gertibird
5.0 out of 5 stars A family to enjoy
Although the sound was of poor quality at time the acting and story lines were just plain fun. It isn't meant to be believable but it made us fans of both David Jason and Pam... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J.B.G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good memories and is still relevant
Better than the memory of the series. Good escapism, and dont we all wish we could live with them. Funny, yet thought provoking.
Published 7 months ago by David Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxation at its Best.
This multi pack cd is of an English series Set in th south of England country side.

If you want to sit down and watch a peaceful and totally enjoyable series, this is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by williamgoldenpen
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
i absoluteley love this show. I watch a little bit of ot almost everyday, it puts me in such a good mood, I only wish tere were endless episodes of those charming Larkins!
Published 17 months ago by andrea kuljis
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfeck!!
This is like taking your heart and soul to a healing spa. So rich and wonderful--the life we all yearn for in our hearts. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kathy Cuevas
5.0 out of 5 stars Darling Buds of May
Good entertainment with no sleaze or adult scenes. A good performance by all the actors/ actresses involved. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Iain
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Series Ever Made
It is no mystery why The Darling Buds of May was so wildly popular in Britain. Beautiful scenery. Charming stories. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Looking at the Sea
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie makes us feel so good after no matter how many times we watch it. Hubby and I both had the same idea so I ordered it for him for Christmas and he ordered me one so I... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lydia Stanford
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darling Buds of May
A charming, humorous picture of country/village life in England...a representation of that time period and the slightly exaggerated, quirky and gentle humour that goes along with... Read more
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