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The House of Eliott - Complete Collection (2007)

Louise Lombard , Stella Gonet , Richard Standeven , June Howson  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louise Lombard, Stella Gonet, Aden Gillett
  • Directors: Richard Standeven, June Howson, Nicholas Prosser
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 1770 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC6YUI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,503 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The House of Eliott - Complete Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive interview with Louise Lombard
  • production notes
  • photo gallery
  • 1920s fashion background
  • cast filmographies

Editorial Reviews


Not since Upstairs, Downstairs has television produced such a class act. -- Daily Express UK

Pick of the week - it's an addictive TV series set in the era of flappers and suffragettes. -- Tulsa World, August 2007

This is one of the greatest BBC costume dramas of all time. -- Baltimore Sun, August 2007

Product Description

In stylish 1920s London, two beautiful sisters struggle to the top of the fashion world

From the creators of Upstairs, Downstairs (Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins) comes an addictive drama series set in the era of flappers and suffragettes. Louise Lombard (Hidalgo, CSI) and Stella Gonet (Nicholas Nickleby) star as Evangeline and Beatrice Eliott, sisters born into wealth and privilege who must support themselves after their profligate father dies and leaves them penniless. They have no education or training, just a passion for fashion design. As suitors try to woo them and scoundrels try to trip them up, they make independent, exciting lives for themselves and the women they employ in their house of haute couture.

Seen on A&E, PBS, and BBC America. Winner of top awards for costume design, including an Emmy® and a BAFTA.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE an exclusive interview with Louise Lombard, production notes, 1920s fashion background, photo gallery, and cast filmographies.

Customer Reviews

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113 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The House of Elliot October 23, 2007
I absolutely loved the entire series of The House of Elliot. I'm an all American who really enjoyed this British BBC series. Anyone who loves the 1920's, it's history, will be sure to like the two sister characters trying to succeed in the fashion world of high couture. Their small but lovely gem of a business is really quite inspiring. I loved how smart, how strong, yet vulnerable at times these two women are. Every episode is like looking through a glossy Vogue magazine, but with a good story. You can't help but become fond of the working class cloth beaders, seamstresses, and cutter who all work for The House of Elliot. There is something here for everyone. There is no vulgarity here, not to say that everyone is behaving well. Yes, there are hints and gossip of risque behavior. We watch the occasional love story develop and unfold within some of the characters. I'd be totally comfortable having my 11 year old daughter watching this with me. Why can't they make more of this great stuff!
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act August 24, 2007
House of Eliott, all three seasons in one!

I bought the series one by one as they came out, I could not wait for the next one to come out. Also when I loan out my DVD's this series is always repeatedly borrowed. It is good enough to buy the whole series in one, that is for sure.

I love a story with strong yet feminine female characters. Stella Gonet and Louise Lombard play the differing roles superbly. The series is simply 'beautiful' to watch, with the set designs and fashionable clothing always unique and eye catching.

To top this all off, I liked the characters and was interested in where their lives were headed. This set is sure to please.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The House of Elliot February 10, 2008
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"The House of Elliot" is one of the best series I have. The story is in the 20's-30's with all the problems of women getting started in business, with women not being trained for jobs. I loved the acting, the story lines, the settings and the connection of family. I have purchased 3 of these "complete collections" for family and friends. I would purchase this collection again in a second. I will watch it over several times I am sure.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wonderful period drama with one very big downside June 24, 2011
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First of all we absolutely loved this series. It is addictive. The period costumes, manners, sets were all top notch. The actors did an incredible job and you always felt like you were really there with them. However, the reason I am giving this a 3 instead of a 5 is because there is no ending. Now this wasn't the fault of the people involved with making the show but apparently BBC pulled the plug at the end of series 3. Since the writers had no idea this was going to happen, the season finale of series 3 is full of cliff hangers, including the prospect of the Eliott sisters going against each other for real. For me there is nothing more frustrating than purchasing an expensive box set without any knowledge that the show doesnt really end. If I researched it better I would have passed on this as I feel duped. Still it is a wonderfully produced period drama and anyone would enjoy it. Just don't expect any resolutions!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's fabulous---but beware! January 23, 2010
Yes, it's great! Yes, you'll love it! You'll fall in love with Evie and Bea and Miles and Joseph and Tilly and you'll hate Betty and you'll know Alexander is a swine. BUT---you will be left hanging, I mean absolutely, totally out there not knowing what happened! At the end of Season 3 quite a number of things come to a head and you'll be eager to get to Season 4 to see how it all works out, but you won't get to see Season 4 because there IS no Season 4! If you can't stand unresolved issues, especially when you know it isn't just a matter of waiting for the season opener, don't get hooked!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fashion lovers delight July 8, 2008
The entire series of The House of Elliott is a sheer delight, especially to any lovers of fashion and the art deco era. Two sisters who had been raised as members of a priveleged class, find themselves penniless after the death of their profligate father who has denied them an education which would enable them to make their own way in the world. Both are talented dressmakers and designers, used to making their own clothes and both have an inborn flair for style and cut. They establish one of the first English Haute Couture fashion houses at a time when it was thought that only the French were able to create fashion, and gradually set their own style which converts a large number of society women to becoming regular clients. The dressing in the show is superb, going from the immediate post WW1 days through to the middle thirties, and the details of furnishings, cars and houses are perfect. It's a wonderful set of DVD's which I'm sure everyone will love.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely Entertaining and Intelligent Series August 3, 2009
After it was recommended to me by NetFlix, I tried it out and they were right - it not only suited my tastes, but I was instantly addicted to this series. Set during the Roaring 20s in London, the Eliott sisters suddenly find themselves hard on their luck and in their search for work, decide that their dream is to start their own fashion house. It does not prove an easy venture, and I was constantly surprised by the difficult blows they receive around every corner. The characters are all well-developed, colorful, and real, and every aspect of the production is superb. Stella Gonet and Louise Lombard are wonderful as Beatrice and Evangeline Eliott, and Aden Gilett is handsome and winning as Jack Maddox. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, with dramatic cliffhangers that have you dashing to put in the next DVD to see what happens. And the costumes, as they should be, are AMAZING! It won an Emmy for costumes because it captures the style of the period (and makes me hope for flapper fashion to come back in style!).

If I could give it 6 stars, I would because it is fabulous!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST
Published 5 months ago by PATTY WAINWRIGHT
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles astray
I was very disappointed to find that my copy does not have English subtitles; I resist purchasing dvds which do not include those.
Published 5 months ago by Edmund McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE BRIT QUALITY
I highly recommend the DVD Collection. I have seen the complete series on P.B.S and added it to my "Brit" Collection.
Published 6 months ago by Aero
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done series
Loved the costumes, and storyline showing strong women struggling in the 1920's in a man's world. Despite stumbling blocks thrown in their path, these two women continue to push to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary Jane Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Beloved series
I've never enjoyed a series more! I'm enjoying Downton Abbey, but it's no better than this series, at least for women. I plan to re-watch it in the future.
Published 7 months ago by joannecfox
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining DVD
I watched this series and enjoyed it highly. It's different than the usual American drama - this has a lot of character development and is well done.
Published 8 months ago by C. Kayser
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Eliott
Saw it when it was originally on PBS in the '80s or '90s. Great story line. Sort of like Masterpiece Theater or Upstairs/Downstairs.
Published 8 months ago by Georgia M
5.0 out of 5 stars Eliott
My wife loves this video and plays it over and over again. She loves this type of period video and keeps her happy for hours.
Published 8 months ago by RON NIX
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series
top rated series, missed series when originally screened, being a period drama attention to detail props / costumes authentic and accurate
Published 8 months ago by leslie tawhara
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!!
The House of Eliott is an excellent series, I'm so disappointed it hasn't continued, we had many hours of contented watching
Published 9 months ago by Helen Staines
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Have series 1-3 want to buy the rest
I'm afraid there are no further episodes of House of Eliott. The three series (34 episodes in all) in the Complete Collection are all that were made, though I believe that there were some novels written which continued the sisters' story in prose.
Aug 17, 2007 by DPK |  See all 3 posts
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