The British TV Family Collection: Three Historical Period Classics
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The BRITISH TV FAMILY COLLECTION includes three period costume family adventure films adapted from literary classics and originally produced for British television. The three films featured in this set are "Canterville Ghost" (adapted from the Oscar Wilde tale), "Coral Island" (adapted from the novel by RM Ballantyne), and "Children of the New Forest" (adapted from the childrens book by Frederick Marryat).
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The first film, "The Children of the New Forest," was a bit of a down episode with Malcolm Storry as Uncle Jacob Armitage. He inherits his two nieces and nephews during the harsh times of Sherwood Forest. The film depicts the struggles of their lives in the forest in the 1600s.
The second film, "The Canterville Ghost," is perhaps the best of the three films. The cast is first rate as Ian Richardson played Simon De Canterville beautifully. Rolf Saxon played the rich American who bought the Canterville estate. Celia Imrie did a fantastic job as his wife and mother. There is a love story too. Edna Dore played the housekeeper. Pauline Quirke played the psychic.
The third and final film, "Coral Island," doesn't hold the same interest. It biased on the classic adventure novel set in the 1850s. After their ship sinks, they survive on Coral Island. The acting is fine especially the young cast members.
The three films were classified as the three historical period classic films for the British TV Family Collection. The films were aired on British television first. There are no special features or extras on this DVD.