THE PALLISERS: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
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“Powerfully addictive” —Time magazine
“Chronicles the passion and politics of Victorian England” —Los Angeles Times
This sprawling BBC saga follows an aristocratic family through three generations of power, wealth, intrigue, and scandal in Victorian England. Based on Anthony Trollope’s “political” novels and adapted by British author Simon Raven (Alms for Oblivion), this classic PBS series has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Emmy® winner Susan Hampshire (The Forsyte Saga) stars as the beautiful and witty Lady Glencora, whose arranged marriage to rising politician Plantagenet Palliser (Philip Latham, “marvelous from beginning to end” —The New York Times) endures public and private crises as the family ascends the social ladder. The outstanding cast also features Jeremy Irons (The Borgias), Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech), Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited), Peter Vaughan (The Remains of the Day), and Penelope Keith (To the Manor Born).
Top Customer Reviews
What's new after 40 years? Fortunately no one messed with the content. It is 70s BBC. Being a period drama, props, sets and costumes could not be improved upon even in modern production times. The acting is stellar, another reason it was such a long-lasting hit. Watching after 40 years is as nostalgic as the content of the period portrayed.
SDH SUBTITLES are now available for those needing them. The packaging has diminished 85% (26 episodes on 8 discs in a 1-inch case). The price is a fraction of the original. Over 22 hrs, do the math; it's a value for period pomp & pageantry.
NAME DROPPING series. Many who appeared in the series are so well known they need no introduction.
Susan Hampshire is co-protagonist Lady Palliser with her sparkle that never dulls as she ages through the 20 year saga of the Victorian dynasty.
Philip Latham is perfection as statuesque proper politician Plantagenet Palliser who would become Duke.
Jeremy Irons; Derek Jacobi; Peter Vaughan; Penelope Keith; Anthony Andrews...
Anthony Trollope wrote the 6 adapted novels from 1865-1880. The series followed the books in about equal amounts. It's difficult to improve upon the greatness of Trollope.Read more ›
I bought the original set of 12 DVD's many years ago. In recent years my hearing has declined to the point where I can't always understand what the characters are saying, which makes it hard to enjoy watching them. I was delighted when Acorn Media recently released this new set of DVD's that includes subtitles, and I ordered it in advance from Amazon.
I'm happy to say that the new set is exactly as advertised. It's all here; the only difference is the addition of English subtitles that can be turned on or off. The disks include a disclaimer apologizing for any lapses in picture or sound quality which may be caused by the age of the original material. In my opinion the disclaimer is entirely unnecessary; the picture and sound are perfect.
These discs are in 4:3 with clear subtitles available. The video quality is superb. I watched it in a dark room on a 70" HDTV from about 12' away, and felt like I was in a theater. The dark room makes you forget the stripes on either side caused by the 4:3 filming. The audio quality is also very good - much better than on many British productions. The only slight glitch is that the audio level on some of the introductory titles on each disc is a bit higher than the actual performance. That means that you have to turn down the volume a bit as the introductory music plays. That is a trivial issue. All in all, we are delighted with the plot, acting, costuming, video and audio quality. Susan Hampshire is also a delight. If you like Upstairs - Downstairs, the Forsythe Saga, Remains of the Day, Gosford Park or Downton Abbey, you will like this. One side delight: We love to identify the British actors we have seen in other productions. You will see many old friends.
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SUPERB!! Entertaining and educational, devoid of profanity and nudity. Miss John Gielgud's Masterpiece Theater introductions. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Army Veteran USA
Susan Hampshire is an excellent actress and can play just about any character. She proves the most amazing performance of a meddling duchess together with her silliness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janie G. Cole
What can I say? I'm a closeted Anglophile at heart and have read almost all the Trollope books including the entire Palliser series so I couldn't pass this up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kimberly N. Tarver
Very engaging costume drama. Very focused on imaginary political situation (not historically accurate), but characters are mostly well-fleshed out and worth getting to know... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AustenBibi