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Camberwick Green (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy - Re-scanned 2011 by the BBC)

4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Producers: Gordon Murray
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006LIIHDC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Windy Miller, Dr Mopp, Farmer Bell, Micky Murphy the Baker, Peter the Postman, Captain Flack from Pippin Fort invite us to the idyllic village of Camberwick Green. This is the first series of 13 episodes of the Trumptonshire Trilogy which included Trumpton and Chigley. Classic Children's entertainment for 2 - 8 yrs now re-scanned in HD by the BBC (2011) from original 16mm Master-Print copies. Includes Blu-ray, DVD and 500mb Digital Copy file (on disc) suitable for direct transfer to iPhone and other handheld mobile devices. Originally transmitted by the BBC from 1966, weekly, for 20 years. Subsequently on Channel 4 for 10 years. Currently on Nickelodeon Junior Classsics. First colour animation for Children made for UK television.

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This is a (mainly technical) review for Camberwick Green (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy - Re-scanned 2011 by the BBC) released in 2011.

There are some films and shows that are rated as being in the stratosphere of unlikeliness for release on the still relatively new high-definition Blu-ray format. 'Camberwick Green' must certainly rate as one of these shows - but here it is!

I'm not going to review the show itself - enough has been said about it and there are plenty of comments to read elsewhere. If you're like me - a 40-something child of the 70s who grew up with this show - you will be primarily interested in hearing about what the show looks and sounds like on Blu-ray.

Every episode has been lovingly cleaned and restored. The colour is bright and the soundtrack is at a suitably high volume with little or no hiss. It must be remembered, however, that the original films were sourced on 16mm. 16mm film of the 60s never looked the best, but this is the best 'Camberwick Green' has ever looked. There is a certain point-of-view that 'old' material like this does not benefit from the high-definition treatment and should therefore be avoided. It is not a philosophy I agree with and is one that generally takes its benchmark from the latest HD digital technology in cinema and on television. In my opinion, anything sourced on film will always look better on Blu-ray than on standard DVD, and deserves to be exploited.

A brief word on the packaging: This is a 'triple-play' release; a Blu-ray disc and a DVD which also contains a digital copy housed in an official Amaray Blu-ray face-on-face double disc case.
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The quality of this reissue of an old childhood favourite is superb, and although most of us would watch these episodes in any quality, it is a treat to see them so clearly. Speaking as someone who did not even have a colour television as a child, this bluray is an extra treat! The work which has gone into the restoration has obviously been a labour of love. Don't think twice, buy this and join the queue for the later restorations as well. Don't even pretend you are buying this for the children or grandchildren, sit back and indulge yourself.
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Considering their age, I was only three when they were first televised back in 1966, and the poor quality of its original 16mm film, this Blu Ray HD transfer is quite a step up in quality over everything else we have witnessed in the past.

Those expecting great clarity may be disappointed, and in certain episodes especially with Mr Caraway the Fishmonger, you can clearly see that the very old original film has seen better days, with the picture quality almost on par with the standard dvd losing a lot of its clarity and detail.

We must not forget that Camberwick Green was the very first television programme to be broadcast in Colour all those years ago, and the choice of film used was hardly ideal for quality and longevity.

Certain episodes particularly Peter the Postman and Jonathan Bell are particularly impressive, you can clearly see the bits of string used to manipulate the characters arms and heads suspended from the trees and sky.

Its a real surprise that anyone thought it would be a good idea to have a go at digitally enhancing very old 16mm film, but its a testimony to the almost cult status of the Trumptonshire trilogy that we can enjoy Camberwick Green like we have never seen it before.

The sound quality has certainly improved and this new HD transfer is certainly clearer than anything we have heard before, but certain episodes are really beyond 21C digital help with immense picture grain and quality almost on par with the standard dvd, but all is not doom and gloom with a few episodes pretty spectacular and worth the tenner asking price.
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My review is based on the DVD Disc played a LCD TV. Being a grandfather, I bought this to watch with my one year old grandaugher. Within a minute of opening she was sitting on my lap watching and enthralled. Its not CGI, but its timeless, certainly from looking at the effect on my grandaughter. The colours are vibrant, not pristinely sharp but the models, simple story line, songs and comforting naration by Brian Cant take me back and seem to have the expected effect on a new generation, now viewing on new media. Well done to all concerned . The DVD was delivered within 2 days of ordering on Amazon from Gordon Murrey (Trumptonshire) Ltd. What a great job!
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What a joy this was to watch! The memories from my childhood came flooding back, but even more enjoyable was the pleasure my boys (aged 6 and 7) had watching it. I thought the pace would be far too slow for them but they were engrossed. They really enjoyed trying to guess who was going to emerge from the music box and haven't stopped singing the songs. It's now one of their favourite DVD's. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy to be released.
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