North and South (BBC)
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North and South (Dbl DVD) (BBC)
As the daughter of a middle-class parson, Margaret Hale has enjoyed a privileged upbringing in rural southern England. When her father uproots the family to take work in the northern mill town of Milton, Margaret is shocked by the dirt, the noise and the gruffness of the people, but she reserves her highest contempt for the charismatic mill-owner John Thornton.]]>
North & South is a splendid, four-hour adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 19th century novel about an unlikely, and somewhat star-crossed, love between a middle-class young woman from England's cultivated south and an intemperate if misunderstood industrialist in a hardscrabble, northern city. Daniela Denby-Ashe plays Margaret Hale, forthright and strong-willed daughter of a former vicar (Tim Pigott-Smith) who relocates his family from a pastoral village outside London to unforgiving, largely illiterate Milton, a factory town where John Thornton (Richard Armitage) and his mother (Sinead Cusack), survivors of poverty, rule their cotton mill with an iron hand. Thornton befriends Margaret's father but incurs her wrath for his severity with his workers. What she doesn't notice is Thornton's core sense of responsibility for his employees' welfare. On the other hand, he misinterprets some of Margaret's own actions and intentions. Equally stubborn, the two drag out their obvious attraction over many painful months and events.
North & South's two leads are both very good, though Armitage's brooding, penetrating performance may very well be considered a classic one day. There are other wonders in the cast: Cusack and Pigott-Smith are superb, and Brendan Coyle is memorable as a firebrand union organizer who ultimately becomes an ally to a softening Thornton. The miniseries script by Sandy Welch is a persuasive mix of historical context and character study. Brian Percival's direction is full of moments that linger in the imagination, such as the winter-dream look of a busy cotton mill, with thousands of snowy fibers floating in the air. --Tom Keogh
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A huge round of applause goes to all the actors, especially Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe, the two leading roles. The story was very well done and matched the book closely, though liberties were taken, as expected. The commentaries regarding masters and hands, strikes, social class, gender roles and death are in here just as in the book. And the chemistry between Mr. Thornton and Miss Hale is present. I could feel the chemistry as these two glanced at each other or shook hands or argued.
The proposal scene was worded differently but still left an impact, and I'm not sure which proposal I liked better, the book or the adaptations.
If you're looking for a period drama, this is something you need to check out, especially considering how strangely unheard of this is. I had never heard of North and South before. If you liked Pride and Prejudice, you will most definitely like North and South.
Its manly about Mr. Thornton that owns a cotton factory and he runs it with pride and he don't like people that slacks off on the job or making hard for people and kids to work their. This is how he is . NO CRAP ATTITUDE.
Ms. Hale she lived in the South all her life than her father packs the family up and moved to the North. Ms. Hales meets Mr. Thornton over disagreement over the house her father wanted to rent out while they where their. But the men they didn't want to talk to her because she was a woman. However they meet over a worker smoking in the factory by Mr. Thornton Ms, Hale didn't like how handled it .
As the story goes she grows somewhat fun of Mr.Thornton but she keeps her distance from him, but she couldn't help her self . A riot was breaking out at the factory she shows up wanting a wooden bed for her mother . the people came hitting on the door she made Mr. Thornton go outside to talk to them but she notice one of the protesters was picking up a rock and goes side tried to reason with them. She tried to save Mr. Thornton by using her body as shield and than it happen she turn him around than she was stroked on the head by the rock I DON'T KNOW I CALLED THIS FALLING FOR SOMEONE YOU CLAIM TO NOT LIKE .WELL YOU JUST HAVE TO WATCH THE REST OF IT YOURSELF
However, somewhere on its journey, the case was damaged. I heard what sounded like the DVD sliding in the case. I was concerned, but this happens at times in shipping where the DVD pops out of the snap-holder. I opened the package gingerly, trying not to cause any more scratches than what had probably already occurred. As it turned out, the first DVD was on one of the flippable disc holders that snap into the case, while the second was in the molded niche on the back.
Both DVDs were still fastened in their spots, but the top clip that held the flipping case snapped in half. The top DVD was sliding around in the case! I still have the broken piece of clip, so I'll see if it can be super-glued back in place.
It's a little disheartening to buy New and receive damage, but this seems an easy fix. I love this show so much I paid for Two-Day shipping, and this tiny piece, I don't believe, warrants a return.
Add a little extra bubble wrap next time, Amazon. :)