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The Pallisers - The Complete Collection

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The BBC jewel that became a PBS classic!

"Wonderfully detailed etchings of manners, fashion and Parliamentary maneuvering" —The New York Times

Set in the palatial country houses and grand Mayfair salons of mid-Victorian England, The Pallisers is a sprawling BBC saga of wealth, passion, and power. Based on Anthony Trollope’s six "political" novels—called the finest sequence of fiction ever written about British Parliamentary life—and adapted by contemporary British novelist Simon Raven, the series proved powerfully addictive to television audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Starring Emmy®-winner Susan Hampshire as the beautiful and passionate Lady Glencora, whose arranged marriage to rising politician Plantagenet Palliser (Philip Latham) touchingly endures despite being tested by public and private crises. Also starring Derek Jacobi (Cadfael), Penelope Keith (To the Manor Born), Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited), Kate Nichols (Nicholas Nickleby), and Jeremy Irons (Damage).

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE exclusive Susan Hampshire interview, 36-page viewer’s guide, Trollope materials, cast filmographies and Victoriana.

What would you get if you combined the BBC, six Victorian novels, and a cheesy 1970s soap opera? Well, this! The Pallisers is as lavish in its aristocratic intrigues (political scandal and opportunity, lecherous dukes, palatial country houses, a world where everyone knows their place) as it is in its soap opera aesthetic (characters' tumultuous struggles for power, money, love). This made-for-television production is a strange blend of exquisite costuming, remarkable sets, and surprisingly good acting on the one hand and video-quality production and an utterly melodramatic script on the other. Definitely pleasurable viewing for all who enjoy watching the period passion, pomp, and politics of upper-class Victorians.

The BBC's 12-disc, 26-episode serialization of Anthony Trollope's Palliser novels (1865-1880) introduces Plantagenet Palliser and Lady Glencora, whose politically expedient marriage sets the stage for the rest of the Palliser dynasty's saga. Future episodes follow Plantagenet Palliser and Lady Glencora's rise to an even higher social echelon and the challenges that their growing family, including a new generation of Pallisers, must face. These episodes emphasize two family intimates--the ambitious and attractive Phineas Finn (Donal McCann), who divides his energies between politics and romance, and Lizzie Eustace (Sarah Badel), the comely young widow with diamond troubles. The splendid cast also includes Derek Jacobi as the lovelorn Lord Fawn and Penelope Keith as his overbearing sibling, and Brideshead Revisited's Anthony Andrews (Lord Silverbridge) and Jeremy Irons (Frank Tregear). Special features include a 36-page viewer's guide, an interview with Susan Hampshire (Lady Glencora), and information on Anthony Trollope, his fiction, and the Trollope Society. --Tara Chace

Special Features

  • 26 episodes on 12 discs
  • Exclusive Susan Hampshire interview
  • 36-page viewer's guide
  • Trollope materials
  • Cast filmographies
  • Victoriana

Product Details

  • Actors: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Barbara Murray, Moray Watson, Donald Pickering
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, 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: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 1335 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002S648C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pallisers - The Complete Collection" on IMDb

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254 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Tiggah on December 14, 2004
Format: DVD
The Pallisers is a 1974 BBC production based on Anthony Trollope's six-volume series of novels which takes place in the mid to late 1800s and covers more than 20 years. Where Trollope's Barchester series revolves around the church, his Palliser series revolves around the world of politics. Throughout the course of the series, one gains some familiarity with the political issues of the time--issues such as Irish tenant rights, the implementation of secret ballots, the abolition of rotten boroughs, the decimalization of the currency, and so on. If you're not particularly interested in politics or political history, you needn't worry, for the issues are not the focal point of the series. The show is primarily about individuals, their relationships with one another, and the scandals and intrigues that arise--we're even treated along the way to a murder and the ensuing court case.

The series primarily follows the lives of wealthy Plantagenet Palliser (Philip Latham), a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party, the heir to a dukedom, and a very serious, conscientious, and morally upright gentleman; and the beautiful, spirited, and wealthy Lady Glencora (Susan Hampshire (The Barchester Chronicles, The Forsyte Saga, The First Churchills, The Grand, The Monarch of the Glen))--a young woman who, as the story opens, is head over heels in love with an avaricious but charismatic gambler, but whose hand is destined (if her guardian has her way) for Plantagenet.

I might just mention that each novel is an independent entity, and one can usually tell when one has reached the end of the dramatisation of each one, for there is a sense of closure to that particular story and we often see no more of individuals who were introduced for that story.
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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Book Freak on December 1, 2004
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This set of DVDs encompasses six of Anthony Trollope's books. However, it is very much a television phenomenon - lavish costumes, beautiful sets, and superb acting. Several disparate stories are held together by the lives of Glencora Palliser and her husband Plantagenet. Although 30 years old, the film has held up extremely well, it looks marvellous. The dialog has not dated at all, the acting is fresh and the directing seamless. I noticed a couple of rather poor backdrops purporting to be out of doors, and merely two wobbles of scenery in the nearly twenty hours of viewing. However, you watch this for the stories, which are entrancing, and which are ably supported by a matchless cast of characters. The acting is flawless - I cannot praise it too highly, and the costumes are a delight. The DVD contains an interesting interview with the lovely Susan Hampshire, from 2000, with many insights into the making of the series. They don't make them like this any more.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Robin Goldberg on May 31, 2005
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The entire collection is marvelous viewing, the actors are superb, the period costumes and sets are beautiful to look at. Most of all Susuan Hampshire is amazing and classy as Lady Glencora (the Duchess of Omnium & Gatherum),she brings such life to any character she portrays. Barbara Murray (Mrs. Finn)is beautiful and very classy too. You grow to love Philip Latham (the Duke of Omnium & Gatherum)too, The entire cast are really excellent. I enjoyed watching several times over the years and still do watch it occasionally.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 18, 2008
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I agree with everything the five-star reviewers say, but I should like to mention something that American viewers may not be in a position to know: this version has been abridged from the original BBC production, which I remember very clearly; and this is nowhere stated!

For instance, to take just the trial of Phineas Finn, the introduction of the Archbishop of Canterbury as a character-witness has been cut, and so has the rôle of Mr Chaffanbrass (Peter Vaughan).

I'm used to this butchery on the part of PBS, but I had hoped that the DVDs at least would give me the whole thing.

The UK edition comes in four volumes, totalling 1260 minutes. The US edition lists 1335 minutes, but this presumably includes the three-part interview with Susan Hampshire.

I don't yet know whether the UK edition includes the missing footage; but if so, those in the US with an international DVD player may care to have the whole thing and sacrifice the interview, interesting though it is.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2006
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I liked this set so much, I bought it twice -- once for me and once for a friend!!! The actors are all very engaging. I would say that the costumes had a staring role -- absolutely beautiful. Susan Hampshire is very lovely and carries the piece. Also you get a very early performance from Jeremy Irons. It is everything a period drama should be. I haven't read the books yet, but I've certainly put them on my list.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Leonard H. Rosen on March 8, 2007
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Watching the episodes of The Pallisers has brought back all of the memories of what first made my wife and I look forward to each episode on Masterpiece Theater. It is a brilliant period piece with all of the Victorian and British imperial social and class conflicts beautifully architected. Having read all of The Palliser novels, one gets a real appreciation of the art of the screen writer who has taken the richness of the many plot lines and woven them into a sequential story line that is a delight to watch.
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Does that serie have any english subtitle or is closed captioned?
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The anniversary edition has English subtitles for the hearing-impaired.
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