Forsyte Saga: The Complete Series
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Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novels by John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga is an epic and highly praised series spanning three generations of the powerful Forsyte family at the turn of the 20th century. Beneath the familys imposing veneer lies a festering core of unhappy and brutal relationships. Damian Lewis (Homeland) stars as greedy, tormented Soames Forsyte with Gina McKee (Notting Hill) as his reluctant bride, Irene.
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As the central character, Soames Forsyte, the chiseled Eric Porter is watchable, complicated and -- if not sympathetic -- always understandable even at his most bestial. He is the firm spine that holds the series together. As another reviewer said, rightly, "Most compelling, compare Nyree Dawn Porter as Irene in 1969, with... well, there really is no comparison here." It is the perfect meeting of actress and role. Hampshire holds the series' back end up as best she can but Fleur is simply not drawn with the depth of Soames, Irene and Young Jolyon (More). The supporting cast is large and mostly splendid (the two British actors attempting to play Americans from North Carolina fail miserably, though), especially Margaret Tyzack as Winifred, Soames' patient sister. Michael York even turns up briefly, as the ill-fated Jolly Forsyte.
Warner Bros. has done an outstanding job with the presentation, right down to the handsome packaging. Bonus features include deleted scenes, alternate takes, behind-the-scenes footage, 41 minutes of outtakes, cast interviews, two British talk shows devoted to the series' impact -- including one called "Soames vs. Irene," plus cast biographies. A great deal of loving care was obviously taken to bring this to home video. Yes, the imagery is sometimes grainy, but we are talking about video tapes that are pushing 50 years old. This "Forsyte Saga" gripped me as the BBC color remake did not and I recommend it heartily.
than Downton Abbey~ a little more passionate, and interesting for me. Beautiful mini series!