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5.0 out of 5 stars Brit Classic forerunner of Costume Drama Sensations, September 13, 2013
This review is from: THE PALLISERS: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (DVD)
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.

HISTORY becomes visual as the family life is filmed secretly from within the manor walls during Queen Victoria heydays of reign, and Palliser's rise in the British Parliamentary ranks. It depicts the era when snooty was snappy. Dynasty decorum was devilishly delicious. When scandal was scintillating.

It truly is like Downton Abbey, in that no matter how many times you view it, new facets are enjoyed. Upstairs, Downstairs and Brideshead Revisited are other period series comparables. There is just too much cinematography excellence to capture the visuals at once. Too much artistry dialogue to muster into consciousness immediately. Too much emotion to experience simultaneously without heart failure.
The reasons why THE PALLISERS is on my list of TOP TV SERIES OF BRITAIN'S CENTURY.
If you have read this far you probably understand I really, really like this series.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Dec 4, 2013 12:04:37 PM PST
F. Fairfield says:
"SDH" subtitles: Forgive my ignorance; what does SDH stand for?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013 2:33:19 PM PST
Harold Wolf says:
SDH was short for "Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing". They are different than CC (closed captioning) mainly in that they hide less of the picture as the CC words are displayed on a black background strip. SDH is superimposed over the scene. Also, I understand the SDH includes things like indications for sounds and music, over and above the dialogue.
Seldom is the explanation given today, just the letters. Since most do not know the difference, many assume SDH and CC are one in the same. Not exactly, but both help those of us getting older and audio challenged. Me included.
Hope that helps. I appreciate you asking. HW

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013 3:03:47 PM PST
F. Fairfield says:
Thanks for taking the time to answer. Regards.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 11:43:37 AM PST
Lifesart says:
Thanks for a great review with much info about the number of episodes etc. I was totally hooked on Trollope when I started watching The Pallisers back in the 70s, and the show only increased my love for all of his novels. I think I, too, will see them again, now that they are affordable.
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