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POLDARK: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

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One of the 10 most popular shows in Masterpiece Theatre history, this epic saga is a British Gone with the Wind. Set in 18th-century Cornwall after America’s War for Independence, it stars Robin Ellis as Capt. Ross Poldark, a young hero who returns home to find his estate in ruins, his inheritance gone, and his beloved Elizabeth (Jill Townsend) engaged to another man. This DVD is Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH).

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 1500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X5XIMO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 14, 2011
Format: DVD
Poldark is the 1790s. It's British Cornwall delightful; exquisite sets, locations, costuming & dialogue. Robin Ellis is Ross Poldark, and winning awards in the process. Writer, Winston Graham, gives us a sensual look at 18th century life in rural, SW England. It's no wonder the show has been considered one of the all-time great Masterpiece Theatre works. It is timeless, one you will watch repeatedly. Angharad Rees is Demelza Poldark, Jill Townsend is Elizabeth Warleggan, & Ralph Bates plays Geo. Warleggan, the villain of the series. You'll laugh at Jud (Paul Curran.)

Two families become rivals in Series one and continue the same through episodes (called parts on the DVD) filled with suspense, ambition, swashbuckling action, romance, humor, heroics, historical drama, betrayal, and just about any other element of passion and emotion possible by bickering families. A saga you will enjoy, and don't overlook Series One, now discounted to a very affordable value.

Series 1 & 2 is 32 parts, each almost an hour, all WITH SUBTITLES, and remarkably fine given the fact it was originally aired in 1977. BBC excellence. The second half also provides a different look at Jane Wymark (playing Morwenna) who is known for her role as Joyce Barnaby in "Midsomer Murders." She is good. Morwenna meets Drake (Kevin McNally-"Pirates of the Caribbean") & Judy Geeson is Caroline. Accolades could go on forever for cast and the story. Minimal musical background make "Poldark" seem something of a stage presentation with outlandishly sophisticated sets.
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I absolutely loved watching this series when they were showing it about 15 yrs after it's first airing on our PBS station. So, once it was over I went to the library and read the books. The books were written by Winston Graham (original author of the book of "Marnie" that Hitchcock changed and filmed). There were changes. There had to be, since there were quite a number of novels to cover. But I thought both novels and TV were very good. I learned a lot about England after the war that we Americans call 'The Revolutionary War'. I learned a lot about mining in those days too, and it was fascinating. But of course, the story of the people is the main reason that we watch and read this great series. Americans have to remember how British television differed from American at the time it was made (1975). Much of the time it feels more like a stage play videotaped with a handheld camera. Once you deal with that it is a wonderful experience. It was always hard to wait for the next week's episode. Also, in answer to the first reviewer and anyone else that is concerned about subtitles not being mentioned. If you look up the site of the company that put this series onto DVD (Acornonline.com), you will see in the "Details" section that they do have "SDH", which stands for "Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing". So, there should at least be English subtitles available. This is an important issue to me as well. I am excited to get the series.
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I loved this saga when I first saw it back in the 1980's, and I loved it even more when I was able to purchase it here in the States. Unfortunately, series one and two are billed as the "complete" series. They are not. There should have been at least 3 more discs to complete the last of the episodes. The story would make a great deal more sense if it had been brought to its final conclusion.

Also, given the cost, it would have been more acceptable and less predatory had the American reproduction been digitized. While the scenery and the cast of English actors are wonderful, the color, sound and overall quality of the tape leave a great deal to be desired. The discs should have been re-mastered.

Hopefully,the producers and distributors of these series will step up to the plate in the future and deliver the full story instead of just a chopped off version. A sense of pride in your workmanship and some integrity would have been appreciated.

Judith
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I remembered the "Poldark" TV Series when it ran for the first time in 1975, and never forgot it. Based on the first few books of the Winston Graham series of the same name, "Poldark" was well cast and well executed, given the limited BBC budgets of the time, and the clumsy mix of indoor video and outside 16mm film recording.
I was delighted to find recently that the entire two-year series was available on DVD. This after having also discovering that through Amazon I could amass all twelve novels, which go into great detail about the life in late 18th and early 19th Century Cornwall.
Robin Ellis plays Ross Poldark, a British army captain returning in defeat from the American War, in a darkly-handsome way, exhibiting both great charm and deep uneasiness as his fortunes rise and fall. Angharad Rees as Demelza, his street waif-turned-Mistress of the House, has to be one of the most charming roles produced by the BBC in that era of television experimentation. The rest of the cast was chosen with great care, and all fulfill their roles with excellence.
If you are a fan of period British film and TV, I urge you not to miss the "Poldark" series.
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