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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BJTGOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

SDH subtitles
BONUS The Making of Young James Herriot, photo gallery, and James Herriot biography

Editorial Reviews

The early life and education of the beloved British vet

"Rewarding" -The Observer (U.K.)
"Enjoyable family fun" -The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)

"The ultimate in feel-good…dramas" -The Times (U.K.)

Before he became famous tending animals in the Yorkshire Dales, a wide-eyed and eager James Herriot (Iain De Caestecker, The Fades) arrived at Glasgow Veterinary College to pursue the career he'd dreamed of since childhood. But the college wasn't what he had expected, nor were the faculty and his fellow students. These included the chauvinistic Professor Gunnell (Gary Lewis, Billy Elliot), a young feminist desperate to qualify as a vet (Amy Manson, Being Human), and an overprivileged young man (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, The Hour) who didn’t seem to care if he ever graduated.

This inspiring drama unfolds against the backdrop of rising fascism in Europe and profound social change at home. But for young James Herriot, learning his new profession always comes first.

Customer Reviews

Great scenery and acting.
jmac
This sets that stage for the larger series of all creatures great and small, which should be a part of any collector of DVD series, library.
Tennesseemudian
Most of the simple beauty and simplicity of the books are not found here.
trent

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 14, 2012
Format: DVD
Delightful mix of heartbreak & heart-warming plots stirred together into 3 BBC 1933-era episodes. The strong characterizations and fine cast performances make this series seem a reality documentary drama. It's the "cats' pajamas". The series was inspired by the Yorkshire vet/author character plus the early works of James Herriot (real name James Alfred Wight). According to interesting bonus "Making of", the story is not an attempt to recreate "All Creatures" but a fresh look all its own. It's written from Herriot's case books, diaries, and his son's book. Son, Jim Wight, said, "[James Herriot] would have approved of this production."

Cast: Iain De Caestecker plays the naïve, eager, error-prone Herriot. His student friends include fiery, smart, feminist, Whirly (Amy Manson); party boy McAloon (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) [this character was a real GVS student spending 15 yrs but not graduating]; posh, rich, aristocrat Jenny (Joanna Vanderham). 3 live with Aunt Elspeth (Natasha Little) who's a seductress landlady to the boys. The school is headed by Principal/Prof Legge (Ralph Riach); leading nasty, grumpy, woman hater, V.Principal/Prof Gunnell (Gary Lewis); and Herriot's mentor [based on a real prof] Prof Richie (Tony Curran). None stand alone, it's a team effort and worthy of an award.

SDH SUBTITLES FOR ALL 3 EPISODES. Aired Dec. 2011. Music great, sets/props perfection.

~~~~~Episode 1: the young Herriot arrives for his first year in Glasgow Veterinary School (wonderfully reproduced for the film since it was a converted ex-pumping station.) He meets fellow students McAloon, Whirly, and Jenny. He embarrasses himself in front of Profs Gunnell, Richie, and Legge. He's determined to impress but finds grief, and learns there's more to vet life than saving creatures.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne R. Spencer on October 14, 2012
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Even if you have never heard of All Creatures Great and Small, this is a short series that anyone would find appealing if you enjoy period drama. The persona of James Herriot is carried back in time to his university days and one gets the essence of Herriot's training for his career as a vet. His personality traits are very similar to what one expects and stays true to form. Although some of the characters are loosely based on other students Herriot knew, there seems to be a "Tristian" as well as a "Seigfred" personalities to play off of. I found the shooting of this drama to be rather dark in appearance which was a little off-putting. However, as for character, style, story line and over-all acting, it was totally interesting and well done. I would like to see more, which is a good sign. I have always rated the All Creatures Great and Small series as one of the finest ever produced and never tire of viewing this story. I would definitely recommend this dvd and believe you will not be disappointed in the product.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Neff on September 26, 2013
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I am a dyed-in-the-wool, eternal fan of all the James Herriot books and TV shows. I bought this DVD hoping for more. The production values were very good. Like others, I would have appreciated more outdoor scenes, but the darkness of various indoor or courtyard scenes seemed appropriate. I don't mind a different cast; this one is...okay; the lead is actually not bad, especially considering I am so dependent on Christopher Timothy. I was prepared to tolerate a different cast.
However, the suffocating 21st century themes ruin this production. They abound: the brassy feminist who petitions for women's restrooms and smarts off in class, the simplistic male chauvinist professor played by the wonderful Gary Lewis, the none to discreet allusions to sex for the sake of sex in the dialog. None of this tone was in the earlier books and DVDs.
I think the writers used the original texts and flew off to their own male-female fantasies which are completely grounded in the last couple of decades of Anglo-American culture. It is crude and the utter charm of the James Herriot/James Alfred Wight's original pieces is absent. The writers distorted, even left behind, the charisma of the original books, the original TV series. This is not at all a worthwhile contribution.
Years ago, Mary Ann Grossman, of the Chicago Tribune reviewed James Alfred Wight's writing and commented in part,
" (there is) a glow of decency that makes people want to be better humans." I am no sociologist, literature professor, or historian, but I think these writers missed the essence of the James Herriott texts and created something that does not at all fit with the real works.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By di on September 18, 2012
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Grossly disappointed, not with the actors, but the writing which seemed disjointed and most likely less than truly accurate. While I viewed with an open mind to not compare against the characters of the "All Creatures..." series and books, it was difficult to envision the James Herriot portrayed in this series juxtaposed against the true character of the man. The sweetness of the original stories based on the life of James Herriot was completely lacking in favor of a weak attempt at dramatic scripting. Anyone want to buy our copy? Willing to sell at a greatly reduced price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Davis on November 19, 2013
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Have read every thing by James Herriot and read his biography by his son and it was so great to see another version of his life with terrific acting and authentic sets.
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