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The Pallisers: 40th Anniversary Edition (1974)

Susan Hampshire , Philip Latham , Hugh David , Ronald Wilson  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Anthony Andrews
  • Directors: Hugh David, Ronald Wilson
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 1340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DW5ILF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Interview with Susan Hampshire (32 min.), 32-page viewer’s guide, and Anthony Trollope materials

SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

“In the grand tradition of The Forsyte Saga and Upstairs, Downstairs” —Time magazine

“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).

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brit Classic forerunner of Costume Drama Sensations September 13, 2013
Think Pallisers as the parent of Downton Abbey. It's been 40 years since this drama first exposed TV to the delightful mix of British history, aristocracy, salivating costumes and sets, romance, and elegant despicableness, all within a series that offers characters so well defined and portrayed that they become both personal friend and foe, depending upon the scene. If you have never viewed The Pallisers, now is the opportunity to have the entire series upgraded.

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.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Ever From the BBC November 4, 2013
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This is a fine adaptation of six of my favorite Trollope novels and I've always loved it since it was first broadcast. In addition to an intelligent script it has many outstanding actors, including, just for example, Susan Hampshire and Jeremy Irons, and sumptuous sets. They don't make television series like this any more. Nobody has the money for it.

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Glad to Have This Series! December 27, 2013
By June L.
In the early 1970's thanks to Masterpiece Theater Americans were learning much about the Parliamentary system in Great Britain's Victorian age. This dramatization of Anthony Trollope's Palliser novels delivered a heady blend of social science, political science and human nature that captured the imaginations of the viewers through twists and turns of stories that were the Monday morning discussions in many workplaces. This production has held up well, it is a delight to follow again the lives of the irrepressible Lady Glencora (played by the incomparable Susan Hampshire) and her husband the staid aristocratic Plantagent Palliser (Philip Latham), as they rise to social and political heights, overcoming personal and emotional hurdles. With these two at the center, the production branches out to tell stories of those within their social set, or environment, broadening the picture of the time and how people lived. This was a huge undertaking with an enormous cast whose names are familiar to fans of today's British dramas in television and film. Thanks to Acorn Media for bringing this special edition of a much loved series to us.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treat December 18, 2013
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Sumptuous, gorgeous, and a huge bargain for the hours and hours of entertainment. And, for once, the sound is great. Watch for some of your old favorite Brits to turn up unexpectedly... Like Penelope Wilton from The Norman Conquests
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time greats January 10, 2014
By cleocoy
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Terrific cast and you can't beat Trollope. This is one the the best series ever. Old but I very much enjoyed it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Brit Period Piece February 7, 2014
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Nobody does it like the Brits. This series is dated only in the occasional lack of sound fidelity and high definition. The locations, costumes, and actors are all amazing. Truly enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas gift for an Anglophile February 9, 2014
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The daughter of a relative loves the docudramas about English royalty and English history. From what I hear, she enjoyed this series. I watched the "Pallisers" when the series was first broadcast 40 years ago on TV. I found this series to be intriguing, extremely well written, beautifully filmed and cast, and memorable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable February 7, 2014
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I loved this when I saw it on Netflix and enjoyed it just as much this time around. Though women are still not treated as equals, things are sure much better now than during the 19th century. The acting and story are very good and the costumes are fascinating, but I'm glad I was born in the 20th century.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to view
The beauty of filming and the wonderful development of the characters, made The Pallisers a totally enjoyable experience. Read more
Published 2 days ago by lois bernstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I just discovered this series. Somehow I missed the original broadcasts. It's an excellent example of the genre, and I ended up watching it night after night. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Banacek
4.0 out of 5 stars Another PBS Success
I'm a big fan of PBS shows. I had no idea what to expect with The Pallisers, except that it seemed to be a popular show in its time. I'm so glad that I decided to get this one. Read more
Published 25 days ago by AlwaysSmile
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
Beautiful costumes, great actors! At times a bit tedious, but still a great story, great insight into the basic makeup of people which do not change with time.
Published 29 days ago by Doris D. Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This was certainly worth watching. It was very sad to see how much importance was placed on money and position when choosing a marriage partner among the aristocrats in England. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda C. Andersen
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving
It started out rather good but slowly began to drag as though the writer lost inspiration and simply was trying to fill time.
Published 1 month ago by Golden oldie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant adaptation
I've been a Trollope fan for years, and have nothing but praise for this adaptation of his Palliser series of novels. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL SERIES
Although this is a very loose adaptation of 5 thick and satisfying novels by Trollope, it stands alone in many ways. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Schindler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to have the CC with this classic!
Have been watching this classic since it was shown on pbs in the seventies. Watch it every few years, but hearing the dialogue was getting difficult so CC addition has been... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnificent Pallisers
Although it sometimes shows it age, this series is one of the best things the BBC/Masterpiece Theater ever did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colin Harrison
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