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56 Up [DVD]

Michael Apted    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0099MBRS4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,893 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The original 7 Up, broadcast in 1964 as a World in Action special, featured children from widely different social backgrounds sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. Inspired by World in Action founder editor Tim Hewat's passionate interest in both the Jesuit saying: 'Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man', and 1960s Britain's rigid class system, this unique, groundbreaking series set out to discover how far the children's lives were pre-determined by their background.

Director Michael Apted has returned every seven years to chart the group's progress, documenting the participants as they have become adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between; the very first example of a programme recording real people living real lives this landmark series has won an array of awards.

56 Up, broadcast in 2012, returns to visit the people whose lives have been publicly tracked since they were seven, and sees more of the original line-up taking part than ever before, with one participant, Peter, deciding to re-join the series after almost 30 years.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Personally, I would strongly suggest watching the films in order. While "56 Up" does provide some recaps,
the cumulative effect of the series is built by watching each age in depth.

The 'Up Series' represents one of the most fascinating and unusual uses of film in cinema history - a
documentary life-long chronicle of the lives of 14 people starting at 7 years old, revisiting them every
seven years through age 56 (so far). While I could quibble, wishing for a bit more depth here and there
(especially with the women, where there's a bit too much emphasis on love and marriage at the expense
of all else), and by nature the later episodes sometimes have to speed through more than would be ideal,
since they have to both catch the audience back up as well as moving the stories forward, no matter. It's
really an astounding, moving, frightening and uplifting document. There's no way to watch this
remarkable series of films without reflecting deeply on one's own life, and how you have changed (and
stayed the same) over your own lifetime.

While Michael Aped deserves every bit of credit he's received for this amazing piece of cultural anthropology,
it's important to note the first film, 7 Up, was actually directed by Paul Almond, and Apted was a
that point a researcher for the project.

This new episode is as excellent as it's predecessors, revealing more surprising twists in turns as our
group heads towards the end of mid-life, and stare into the realities of old age. Some old
friends re-appear, some have continued in directions they had been going in, and some have
changed course yet again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth seeing from the beginning 13 Dec 2013
I saw 56 UP the other night, having seen the earlier shows at intervals over the last six or seven months. There is something touching in seeing these people age and deal with life's vicissitudes. I found myself hoping that all was going well for them, while knowing that everything couldn't be. I was interested, though, to hear again some of the participants' reservations about the programs. They were concerned that our seeing so relatively little of them could create wrong impressions -- in some cases that things were left out that in their minds were just as important as what was left in, etc. I think we have to respect their reservations -- in particular, John, the barrister QC, told us something of his young life that the series had never told, and it made me think that in the 7 UP and 14 UP episodes, we perhaps ought to have seen the parents and their interactions with their children and one another. Without that perspective, the viewer can too easily get the impression that, in a general way, education and socio-economic status count for everything. These are certainly important, but in the later episodes, it's assumed that the participants' relations with children and spouses are revealing. Surely childhood relations with parents is at least as important (some of us would say, more so).

In the 56 UP episode, John, who had refused to appear in two earlier episodes, seemed less prickly and defensive than he had seemed earlier. I was glad to see him doing so well. He's a generous man, and, I think, a pretty private man, and it might be that the earlier episodes did him less than justice. His schoolmate Andrew is the same nice guy he has been for the whole series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 UP 9 Mar 2013
By Karen
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This is latest instalment in the 7-yearly visits to a group of English children, who now have their own children and grandchildren. If you have followed this series for a decade or two, as I have, this next instalment does not disappoint. We see the characters as they are mellowing, enjoying family time and relaxed relationships. Their willingness to open their lives to public scrutiny once again seems to amaze even themselves, but they do, and they allow us, the viewers, to also meet their families.
When you have been watching these lives for a long time, it becomes almost addictive to want to know how they are going after the last seven years, but it is worrying how quickly those seven years seem to roll around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 12 Mar 2013
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I found this to be one of the most profound reviews of life in a compact way.
It seems to have been done for a group of 7 year old kids from a variety of backgrounds and it has followed their lives in 7 year segments up to age 56.
Lots of surprises in the way the various life's unfolded and it has the effect of helping you to put your own life in perspective.
To me it's proof positive that everybody's life is an interesting and unique story. And life continues to throw up challenges in all sorts of ways for each one of us. It's great to see a large selection of snapshots into the various people and how they have dealt with dreams, disappointments, marriage breakdown, illness etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 UP 30 Dec 2012
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The last installment of a fascinating series of children first interviewed ay the age of 7 and revisited very 7 years forward. This is the lastest installment. These children are from my generation and i identify with how they looked as children and their lives as it pressed forward. The next will be 63 years in 7 years time. I have the whole series and will take another look at it one day as i have watched it on TV but it is worth further attention.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product. Speedy delivery.
Published 1 month ago by Samwelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Present!
Bought as a present , and they've watched the series since it began so were very happy to catch up with their stories!
Published 1 month ago by Woo Woo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
I absolutely love this !!
Great work done! The quality of this documentary is high and nice to watch.
Published 1 month ago by Gelée blanche
1.0 out of 5 stars But I am sure that she will enjoy them.
These DVDs have not been watched yet , they were a birthday present. But I am sure that she will enjoy them.
Published 1 month ago by Joan Shave
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Lynn 'I want to work in Woolworths' Johnson.
Excellent series that has stayed true to its original, non-sensationalist format which is refreshing in this day and age of in-your-face reality television. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wendy Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
nice to see how thing change in peoples lives and spaned over so many generation and i for one can identify with one or two of the people in this series
Published 5 months ago by henryone
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 up
Great to see them again! Waiting for subtitles so i can complete the whole serie documents of 7 up!! Great
Published 5 months ago by spaan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I rated this as I'd been watching the up series since college & find it very interesting and fascinating brilliance
Published 6 months ago by Vanessa Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I have been watching this for years and years...It should be required watching for everyone.I find it fascinating to watch how us humans grow and mature ,also as we change and life... Read more
Published 6 months ago by martin finnegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Its a brilliant DVD as it sets out to creaye ones own perception of all the true life characters. A must watch
Published 8 months ago by Karen
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