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I watched this on television when I was but a very small child. I remember waiting for it weekly to come on Masterpeice Theatre and that it was hard to get the television to myself to view this series. Francesca Annis left an impression on me that I have never forgotten. This item has been on my wish list for YEARS and I am overjoyed to see it available again! I just viewed it again for the first time, as I was able to purchase a previous version through an Amazon Marketplace seller. It holds up, despite the years since its' release, due in large part by the magnificent cast, lavish sets, and strength of Ms. Annis' stunning performance. I cannot recommend this highly enough! I rated it a four only because of the strange age makeup they used on Ms. Annis, which does not hold up to the rigors of HDTV and seems to change from frighteningly plastic, to ghost white, to almost normal. The serious lack of any real extra bonus features is also a minus. I could not stop watching this until I had viewed the entire series again. Anything that will hold your attention this long and this well is a wise investment. The life of Lillie Langtry was an amazing epic journey that any woman would have traded places with her for, and it is brilliantly executed in this series! You can even stay in the home that the king had built for her to this day and visit the original saloon named after her, in the town re named for her in Texas! Facinating Character Subject? A crass understatement. Buy it and live the life of a poverty to princedom real life story!
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2016 3:40:12 PM PST
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P. G. Croft says:
I liked your review a lot, but I thought your criticism of the technical shortcoming's was unfair. I too have only just bought and re-watched this truly great visual creation; and as I am clearly older than you (I was in my 30's in 1978), I thought that, considering the age and technical limitations of the 1970's, the whole thing was much clearer and realistic than I expected. I've been buying a lot of older material lately---and catching up on great programmes I missed first time around. Many of the DVD cases carry a warning that states--'Due to the archival age of the material, sound and visual quality with vary'. To which I say, I'm just glad it is available. I've discovered to my amazement, that some of my favourite series and 'One-offs' were never actually issued on any format at all; and some of these rarities are only available, at high cost, copied onto DVD from poor quality home recording's taken from VHS. Some of them really are appalling, but better than nothing I say. P G Croft UK.
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