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The Grand - Complete Collection (2008)

Paul Warriner , Rebecca Callard  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Warriner, Rebecca Callard, Susan Hampshire, Tim Healy, Mark McGann
  • Producers: Craig McNeil, Gub Neal, Tony Wood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013NAMLK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Grand - Complete Collection" on IMDb

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Image Upstairs Downstairs on a more massive scale. Or, if you can, a serious version of Fawlty Towers set in the 1920s in Manchester's luxurious Grand Hotel. Closed for renovations following World War I, the hotel and its staff face financial ruin, foreclosure, suicide, and infidelity before even reopening its doors to guests in the first episode of the series. When it finally welcomes visitors, guests abound, but so does trouble. This highly acclaimed eight-part story has everything a miniseries requires: suspense, social climbers, financial double-dealing, humor, murder, and semiretired prostitutes.

Written by Queer as Folk author Russell T. Davies, The Grand features an ever-surprising plot propelled by strong characters, their loyalties, rivalries, and revelations. The large and adept cast portrays the hotel guests, staff, and owners. This diverse ensemble re-creates an era when class distinctions between the upper and working classes were all-important. The Grand's doorman acts as a cultural interpreter between the posh owners and the working-class staff. The sets and costumes are done with a remarkable attention to detail that will please both Anglophiles and PBS fans. --Tara Chace

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Lust, greed, and gossip in a glamorous British hotel of the 1920s

As the most opulent hotel in Manchester, England, during the decadent Roaring ’20s, The Grand is more than a building. It’s a nexus for schemes, scandals, romance, and intrigue. For owner John Bannerman, The Grand symbolizes a tradition of luxury and elegance begun by his father. For Marcus Bannerman, it becomes a risky investment and a way to entice his brother’s wife into bed. And for the maids and porters employed there, it represents a possible escape from their hardscrabble past--and an endless source of backstairs gossip.

Written by Russell T Davies (Casanova, Touching Evil) and featuring three-time Emmy®-winner Susan Hampshire, this is addictive period drama in the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and The Duchess of Duke Street. Divided by class and circumstance or tied together by love and loyalty, the myriad characters who populate The Grand prove unforgettable.

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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GRAND BRITISH EPIC STORY IN FILM. June 1, 2008
This is 15 hours (18 episodes) of delightful English storytelling that takes place just after WWI. You will be glad you have the complete series with no need to wait a week between each episode. Each segment builds upon the next drawing you into the story as though you are part of the family of The Grand hotel.

It ranks along side series giants like The Pallisers, The Barchester Chronicles, and Monarch of the Glen. Part of the reason might be that Susan Hampshire (3-Emmy winner) stars in all of those. She is outstanding in The Grand, playing Miss Harkness, a resident of the Grand, a prostitute, and proud of it. It takes a bit of acceptance, at first, seeing her as a lady of the evening,, instead of someone like Lady Glencora Palliser. Hampshire scores a perfect 10 for this performance.

Mrs. Harvey, played by Christine Mackie, is the Grand's head housekeeper. She acts and sounds quite like Gemma Jones in The Duchess of Duke Street. In my opinion, Mackie performs equally as fine with her character as Harness, as Jones did as the Duchess. She keeps the downstairs servants in tow and in their working class place--or tries to (similar to Upstairs, Downstairs). She and her counterpart, Mr. Jacob Collins, the hall porter (Tim Healy) are a huge part of the success of the stories linked together by the interconnected lives of the people who own, live and work at the Grand.

Marcus Bannerman (Mark McGann) is a ruthless owner you'll soon learn to love to hate.

It would take 18 reviews for the 18 episodes to tell the story.
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108 of 125 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overwrought soap opera February 5, 2009
I think my negative reaction to this series was a result of my unrealistic expectations. I had just finished watching Upstairs Downstairs and thought The Grand was along those lines, or at least more like The Duchess of Duke Street.

Instead, this was a seamy (and at times steamy) and trashed up soap opera. I failed to like or even feel sympathetic for the majority of the characters and, in real life, I would NOT have cared to stay an hour at a time with any of them. Why, then, would I sacrifice an hour of my time watching them?

Within the first two episodes, we're "treated" to someone blowing his brains out (focus on all that blood on the wall, please), a masochistic pervert being serviced by a former whore, and a swarmy villain who might as well have had a handlebar moustache to twirl.

Another reviewer noted, "This series has everything one could want: love, hate, war vets, lust, deceit, betrayal, money, and power." The problem for me was that it lacked compassion, affection, likeable people and all the other positive characteristics and activities that make a show worth viewing.

So, if you go into it knowing beforehand that it is a melodramatic dip into the dirty end of the pool, you may like it. If you are hoping for something with more smiles than sneers, or something closer to the "old style" Masterpiece Theater, you may -- like me -- decide that it just isn't that grand.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I am a fan of Downton Abbey and was looking for similar titles to keep me happy between episodes. The Grand came up on my recommendation list and I watched with interest.

The Grand takes place in a high class hotel in Manchester and examines the relationships between the family that owns the hotel, the staff that works at the hotel and the guests that stay in the hotel. Made over ten years ago, The Grand doesn't have the magnificent production values of Downton Abbey but replaces that with a gritty realism that is at times disturbing.

WWI has recently ended and England is in the midst of the social changes that will transform the world by the end of WWII. People in service are not only daring to dream of something better, they are actively pursuing a better life and questioning the class system that has held all of Britain for centuries. The tension between these strivings and a normal fear of change by those in the middle and upper classes provides the narrative tension for this drama.

None of the characters are particularly likeable but they are realistic and their struggles to better themselves or maintain their style of life ring true and are very emotionally affecting. Unlike Upstairs, Downstairs or Downton Abbey, The Grand examines the differences between the middle class and the working class rather than between the aristocracy and the working class. Lord Crawley wouldn't have the family that owns the Grand to dinner.

Other reviewers have commented on the political agenda and the lack of likable characters in the series. These criticisms are fair only up to a point. Life was very difficult in post-war England, a fact that many English dramas minimize.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful program! July 21, 2008
By K. M.
This series has everything one could want: love, hate, war vets, lust, deceit, betrayal, money, and power. You will love some of the characters and hate others, but will definitely be drawn to the compelling storylines. The sets and period dress serve to transport one directly to the twenties, and give one a taste of what life was like for not only the privileged but the not-so-privileged as well. The only complaint I would have is that there are not MORE episodes!
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1.0 out of 5 stars No!
I am a Masterpiece Theatre enthusiast and have been so from the early era of Upstairs Downstairs to the current era of Downton Abbey with everything else in between. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jacques Lebeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story all the way around.
Published 23 days ago by John C. Gerber
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible DVD!
Terrible DVD !!! Without subtitles the program is unwatchable by a US audience. The English brogue and poor diction of the actresses make it impossible to enjoy. Read more
Published 28 days ago by George L Kullman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it. thanks for getting it to me quickly
Published 1 month ago by diana lopes
5.0 out of 5 stars ... four programs of the Collection I have bought and love it! So well...
Have watched the first four programs of the Collection I have bought and love it! So well acted and the story lines gripping and so real. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara in New Zealand
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
Such a great series! I'm glad to own it on DVD so I can watch it whenever I want!
Published 1 month ago by Marcar
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Published 1 month ago by mrsp6
I chose only 3 Stars due to the Ending. I would hope some one else would re make this drama.
I for one would like to know what happen to Stephen and Kate, as well as the New... Read more
Published 2 months ago by honoluludiva
5.0 out of 5 stars the grand
Loved it but didn't want it to end. If you don't stop wanting more words I will not bother to rate them at all,
Published 3 months ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grand Adventure. Warning! REAL People with REAL Problems!
This is definitely not another fluffy light hearted period piece, i.e., a musical without the music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by W. Christie
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The Grand--English subtitles?
No the DVD has no subtitles. I am American and often need subtitles for some British shows like MI-5 or Dr. Who... but The Grand is very easy to understand the English dialogue... at least from an American point of vue. But if you are asking because you are hearing impaired... then no sorry no... Read More
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