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Young James Herriot (2011)

 NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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 (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BJTGOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,528 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.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Life before Siegfred 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing: Smears All Creatures with 21st C Schtick 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
1.0 out of 5 stars less than inspiring September 18, 2012
By di
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars For Herriot fans a must 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love everything James Herriot
James Herriot is a wonderful program especially if you love all animals and great characters. I have and have read all of his books so the next step was to obtain all of his... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Judith Lundy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Don't waste your time
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy accents hard to listen.
Dialogue was heavy on accents;hard for American ears to understand. Didn't really care for bonuses at the end. Would not reccomend.
Published 6 months ago by luvsdogs
5.0 out of 5 stars Tea and Sympathy
We have all the DVDs for "All Creatures", thus we are great fans of that series. This new set was easy to add to our favorites list. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Webb
3.0 out of 5 stars Young James Herriot
Not worth the money for this poser. It has little or nothing to do with the series and the actor portraying James is nothing like Christopher Timothy, who portrayed the adult... Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. A. Herndon
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have set.
This mini series is a must have for those of us that love the "All creatures great and small' stories. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tennesseemudian
3.0 out of 5 stars Young James Herriot DVD
I absolutely love everything James Herriot so I assumed this would be highly enjoyable, too. The acting was a little dull and colorless. It didn't hold my attention well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Edward L., Kulzer
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful movie
This was a beautifully filmed movie that could stand on its own. It is a prequel to the older much-loved British series by James Herriot. Read more
Published 18 months ago by AvidShopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story in the pre-vet years of James
This series revolves around James Herriot's pre-vet years at vetinary school. A good story line but I was rather dissapointed that it was so short. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rupert
5.0 out of 5 stars All Creatures Great and Small
I watched All Creatures Great and Small many years ago...liked the series very much...Young James Herriot is James Herriot as a young college student.
Published 20 months ago by Linda Strachan
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