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Lark Rise to Candleford: The Complete Season 2 [Blu-Ray]

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Import Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. Please note while the feature film is viewable on all Blu-Ray players the special features are in Standard Definition/PAL format and will not be viewable on US BR players. 4 BR set. Following critical acclaim, the residents of Lark Rise and Candleford return in this warm-hearted adaptation of Flora Thompson's novels. Set in the Oxfordshire countryside in the 1890s, this rich, funny and poignant series chronicles the daily lives of farm-workers, craftsmen and gentry, detailing the little conflicts, romances and misunderstandings between the tiny Lark Rise and the more worldly Candleford. Series two sees the arrival of a dashing and elegant stranger in Candleford. Rich, enterprising, worldly and apparently without a wife, James Dowland is a successful businessman with a string of London hotels, and has come to "transform Candleford" and bring it new prosperity. But not everyone welcomes his entrepreneurial qualities and it isn't long before he is sparring with the spirited, yet suddenly unusually flustered, Dorcas and aggravating the pride of the male Lark Risers with his superior business acumen and somewhat overbearing manner. The second series of Lark Rise To Candleford sees the welcome return of Julia Sawalha (Pride And Prejudice, Cranford) as Dorcas Lane, Olivia Hallinan (Sugar Rush, Girls In Love) as Laura Timmins her assistant, Brendan Coyle (Prime Suspect, True Dare Kiss) as Robert, Laura's opinionated father, Claudie Blakley (Jane Eyre, State of Play) as Laura's mother Emma and Mark Heap (Green Wing, Love Soup) as Thomas Brown, the Head Postman and devout Christian. Joining the cast for the second series are Jason Merrells (Cutting It, Waterloo Road) who plays the charming new hotelier, James Dowland, and Ruby Bentall (Oliver Twist, New Tricks) as Minnie, a new addition to the Post Office in Candleford.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
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  • Studio: Ais
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00395ATTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 31, 2009
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Lark Rise to Candleford: The Complete Season One is a charming series that tackles myriad themes, and is adapted from Flora Thompson's semi-autobiographical novel. In the first season, young Laura Timmins (Olivis Hallinan) leaves her village of Lark Rise to work as an assistant to the postmistress in Candleford, Dorcas Lane (Julia Sawalha who was also brilliant in her role as Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice - The Special Edition (A&E, 1996)). Through the course of the first season, Laura discovers that she enjoys living in the more affluent town of Candleford, and experiences the pangs of adolescence, including romantic entanglements. Dorcas Lane, the kind-hearted and sensible postmistress also goes through some pangs of her own, largely to do with her friendship with squire, Sir Timothy Midwinter (Ben Miles) who is married to the beautiful and composed Lady Adelaide (Olivia Grant). In the first season, viewers got to see the themes of marital strife, conflicts between the upper and lower classes, romantic entanglements, and other issues played out.

By the second season, both Sir Timothy and Lady Adelaide have moved to London, but there is still plenty of drama in Dorcas' life with the arrival of James Dowland (Jason Merrells), a former inhabitant of Lark Rise, a local boy who has done well in life. Being a self-made and wealthy man, James settles in Candleford, though he reacquaints himself with the residents of Lark Rise, especially Queenie Turrill (Linda Bassett) who used to take care of him as a young boy.
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Such places as Lark Rise and Candleford are towns most of us can only dream of living in. Darling Laura Timmins (Olivia Hallinan), oldest child of a Lark Rise family, is sent off to Candleford to learn the trade of postmistress. That all began in Series One which I recommend you view first. See my review. I ordered my copy of this DVD set as soon as I saw it was available.

English country life could never have been as poetic, pictorial, and enchanting as this dramatization of the lives of those living in and around the two 1880's towns of Lark Rise and Candleford. Even the DVD's music puts a sanguine sugarcoating on the period. All of this is to the delight of the viewer of this masterfully done TV series sure to endear any North American who has a tender video heart toward Victorian Britain. Perhaps, consider it a British mutation of "Little House on the Prairie" or "The Waltons."

Filmed locations and sets are to-die-for your next vacation spot. Costumes to dazzle, delight, and disgust, depending upon the event. Every emotion you have ever felt in your past will be repeated sometime throughout this English town saga. The adapted books by Flora Thompson have never been read by this reviewer, but I can't imagine them being as fine as this TV series (and I'm a book lover). A superb British cast has perfected this story.
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What else can I say, but that I absolutely love this BBC period drama series!! (I'm must admit that I'm an avid admirer of most period/historical/costume dramas; and who else makes them better but the BBC?!)

I started watching this series during the time the 1st season was airing in the UK. I fell in love with the characters, beautiful backdrop, and quaint country life of long ago. I couldn't wait to share this lovely series with my family, so I ended up pre-ordering the 1st season off of Amazon UK. I also ended up doing the same for season 2- not knowing if or when it would come to the states. Thankfully, PBS has since included this gem of a show on it's lineup! ..I'm just wondering if we'll have to wait as long for season 3 to air, as we did for the last two. In fact, it wasn't until season 2 had ended in the UK, that they finally started showing season 1. ..Better late than never I guess =o)

Anyway, you might recognize some of the shows main characters. As was noted by another reviewer; Dorcas Lane is played by none other than Julia Sawalha, who is quite the period drama veteran (most recently she also had a starring role in "Cranford"- another favorite of mine)!! Then there's Brendan Coyle (Robert Timmins) whom you might remember as Nicholas Higgins in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North & South" (BBC). Laura's mother Emma, is played by Claudie Blakley, who was Charlotte Lucas in the '05 "Pride & Prejudice", and maid Martha in "Cranford".

Now to my review.. (I watched all but the first episode.) Although a few of the characters from the first season are missing (notably "Sir Timothy"), and some new ones introduced- it seems to flow well, and compliment the 1st season nicely.

I adore Thomas Brown and Miss Ellison; they are quite the pair!
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I will not repeat much of what has already been written by others. The "Christmas Special" episode could become as essential an annual viewing as Dickens' "Christmas Carol." or "The Snowman." It is a complete story in itself and does not have its genesis in earlier episodes and does not carry the story forward in subsequent ones. So watching this episode is satisfying in that it has a beginning, a middle and an end. You can then move on to the continuing story from the events in the first season. The new maid, Minnie (Ruby Bentall) may strike you as a bit too muddled and accident prone to be true in the early episodes, but her back story emerges gradually through the series and she develops into an interesting character, and we learn why Dorcas employed her rather any one of a hundred less problematic girls available to her. Twister is revealed as not just a comical figure but that he has a mean streak in him at times. Laura will melt the hardest heart, and I defy anyone not to weep at what I consider is her strongest scene in the whole series, and that is from an actress who shines in every scene in which she appears. I am watching season three at the moment and it is every bit as good as the first two. You have some wonderful treats to come.
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