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At Home With the Georgians

3.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Prize winning author Professor Amanda Vickery sets her sights on the golden age of homemaking - the 18th Century Georgian era. Through dramatic reconstructions, she traces the story of the unique relationship Britons enjoy with their homes, arguing that the Georgians' obsession with decor helped to redefine the parts played by men and women in British society. Characters from all walks of life, including gentlewomen in their stately mansions and servants with only a locking box to call their own, are brought to life as Amanda reveals the private diaries, intimate letters and curious artifacts of the age where the modern notion of a 'home' was born.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008F0QBO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 5, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a 3 disc set that explains in great detail the homes of the British Georgians. There are no extras and no captions for the deaf, which is always an irritation not to have on an educational DVD. This is not a TV series, in the sense of reenacting a story about a family; instead it is an in depth look at the homes of the upper class members of society in 18th century Britain.

Amanda Vickery narrates and guides the viewer through 3 hours divided into; `A man's place' - explaining how his home showed and demonstrated his success as a man and his place in society; `A woman's touch' - the way the lady of the house made this home hers and the change in design and decorating in this time period. ; and `Safe at home'- the dangers for a home owner and how they guarded and protected themselves and their property.

The viewer is given tours through various Georgian homes and looks at Vickery go through many letters, diaries and lists of Georgian life. There are some reenactments and speaking parts other than Vickery, but one might grow tired of hers being almost the only voice in this program, talking and reading without another voice for most of the time
A viewer has to be really interested in Georgian homes and decorating to appreciate this set; but if you are, this will be extremely interesting and enjoyable.
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This is a docudrama, about life in Georgian times and focuses on homes, and homemaking. The presenter reads personal documents and diaries written by Georgian people and talks about their lives and the culture of the time. Sections of the diaries/documents are acted out and narrated. She then takes viewers to homes that the individuals lived in and the homes and lives are discussed in a bit more detail.

I thought the dvd was informative but had some problems with it. First, the DVD did not appear to have subtitles. This was a problem for me, because one of my family members is hard of hearing and she has particular trouble with accents. Second, at times I felt the presenter manner felt a bit like she was editorializing and leaping to conclusion. I felt sorry for the historical figure she commented looked unattractive, and jowly, and how disappointed she was in his appearance. I would have preferred a more objective narration. I also found the modern music piped in during certain key revelations to be a bit strange and distracting. I know the music was meant to emphasize her point, but it felt oddly out of place.

I did find interesting in particular the discussion of single women and their lives. The home A la Ronde was beautiful.

Overall, while I found it informative, I'm not sure it is worth a re-watch. Perhaps if it was narrated differently.
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My only problem about this very informative and visually engaging program is that it is too short. Each of the DVD only contains one hour of footage. They could have easily put the entire show on one DVD.
But I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in watching docu-drama type of films about British History.
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I loved this so much! HIGHLY recommend to anyone who is interested in the history of making a home a home or the Georgian or Hanoverian Periods. Well researched and presented and even entertaining. Really brings to life how people lived back in the 1700s. Insight into both the men and the women as well as the different social classes. 3 discs almost an hour on each disc, crystal clear picture and sound. Was a three part tv series on the BBC. Something you can watch again to see different things you might not have noticed the first viewing.
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In my own historical research, I have visited many of the Georgian homes in Britain and I found the program generally interesting, but as such, there was only an hour of historical material. The leaps of faith expected on the part of the viewer is inconsistent with balanced reporting. To describe the quarters of men as "testosterone laden" but the houses decorated by women as "chic femininity" is more than a little sexist. Even once. It was not just once. To be balanced, it might have been described as "a refuge for masculinity" or "estrogen splashed." And to suggest that a pickpocket plying his trade on the person of a woman would be tantamount to rape is too broad a conclusion for serious consideration. This suggestion was offered because access to the pocket was through a slit. Perhaps this was said in subtle humor. Docudramas (oxymoron) are difficult to produce. This one must have been easy and looks it. For anyone interested in history, I would suggest they avoid this one.
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This seems to be a very well researched series, with a host who knows her stuff and brings her subject to life. Excellent production values, great visuals, good re-enactments. The narration gets a trifle cloying in places, but the overall program is very educational and highlights individual lives of that era very effectively.
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Very Good History DVD, had hoped for more but this one is great information.
New and Great condition
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