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Cranford Collection Box Set [DVD]

Judi Dench , Julia Sawalha , Simon Curtis    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Judi Dench, Julia Sawalha, Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Lesley Manville
  • Directors: Simon Curtis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KSA4HY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,334 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

1842. Cranford is a market town in the North West of England, where it seems that life has always been conducted according to the social rules of an intricate network of ladies. For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness, and Matty, her demurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue where everyone talks, and is talked about. New arrivals, social events and scandalous secrets are all discussed and judged. But nothing reverberates like the news that could change the town forever: a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford…

Return to Cranford
1844. This two-part feature re-unites the Amazons of Cranford: Miss Pole, Mrs Forrester, Miss Tomkinson and Mrs Jamieson (with her sister-in-law, Lady Glenmire). Miss Matty’s brother, Peter is back from India and Martha’s baby Tilly marks a new addition to the household; Lady Ludlow awaits the return of her son, and wealthy widower, Mr Buxton, is back in town with his ward, Erminia and his handsome son, William. Despite the best efforts of Captain Brown, the railway has stopped five miles outside town, but life never stands still for long and Cranford is about to change in some unexpected ways.

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Includes: CRANFORD: This witty and poignant story, starring the Oscar-winning Judi Dench, follows the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford, as they are besieged by forces that they can't withstand.. Three Gaskell novels have been woven together to create this uniquely rich and comic drama about ordinary human lives during one extraordinary year. CHRISTMAS SPECIALS: The Amazons of Cranford are reunited in this two-part special feature with Imelda Staunton back as Miss Pole, Julia McKenzie returning as Mrs Forrester, and Deborah Findlay reprising Miss Tomkinson. Barbara Flynn returns as Mrs Jamieson, whose aristocratic sister-in-law, Lady Glenmire , arrives and makes quite an impression on the friends. It's August 1844 and one year since the small Cheshire market town celebrated the marriage of Sophy Hutton to Dr Harrison and Miss Matty lost her beloved sister, Deborah. Includes the making of Cranford and making of Cranford special.

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210 of 214 people found the following review helpful
Despite Amazon originally stating that this is a one DVD set, don't worry this is the complete original series of Cranford [from 2008, 2 DVDs, 295 minutes], plus the recently aired heart-warming Xmas 2009 special: Return to Cranford [1 DVD: 180 minutes], i.e. the complete three DVD 'Cranford' set. The extras included are: 'The making of Cranford' and 'The making of Cranford Special'. The DVD is 16:9 widescreen, language is English audio only with English subtitles for the hard-of hearing, age rated 12+ and UK PAL [regions 2+4] only.

Loosely based on three of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels, this comic TV drama series is about 'ordinary human lives during two extraordinary years', and the story centres around an influential group of elderly and rather old fashioned matriarchs, led by Miss Matty [Judi Dench] and Miss Pole [Imelda Staunton]. It's the early 1840s, and the townsfolk are divided on whether the railway should come to Cranford, as everyone knows it will totally transform their small Cheshire town. OK, I rather suspect 19th century small town English life was rarely as idyllic as portrayed, and the grinding poverty and cruelty is glossed over rather [granted in a manner similar to most contemporary Victorian literature], but it's all presented in such a fantastically evocative and beautiful fashion that it's a joy to watch. The BBC clearly still rules the roost when it comes to period drama. And this 'Cranford' series is the equal of the sympathetic 'Larkrise to Candleford', and that's saying something.... 6*
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bargain!! 30 Jan 2010
A fabulous buy...the whole, complete Cranford, includes the recent Christmas specials.
On a cold miserable evening sit by your fire,pour yourself a favourite tipple and join
the ladies..and gentlemen... of Cranford, in times gone by. Enjoy!!
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great DVD 24 Dec 2009
There is nothing to fault with this dvd. Not only does it contain the original BAFTA winning Cranford tv series, but also the two part christmas special.

Cranford, a small town in Cheshire is more or less run by the womenfolk, or the 'Amazons' as they are affectionately called. As we follow them through all these episodes, we see death, new arrivals, the encroachment of the railway, and them trying to exist in the genteel manner that they are accustomed to. With great acting throughout, and a cast who represent some of the cream of British acting there is a lot to keep you more than absorbed here. The detail applied to the costumes and scenery is top notch, indeed what you would expect from the BBC. So I have been reliably informed this was filmed in the picturesque village of Lacock, Wiltshire.

It is so satisfying to see Elizabeth Gaskell's comedy classic brought to life with some inspiring script writing. This is defintely a dvd that you will want to treasure and watch countless times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy 14 Feb 2011
This is a pure uplifting,crying,laugh out load souce of joy.Fantastic cast,wonderfully set,Im only sorry it ends all too soon.A most enriching purches good for 10 year olds to olds alike.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fabulous... 1 Dec 2010
By Tania
I had never actually viewed any episode of Cranford when I purchased this set - but with such a stellar cast and set in my favourite era I figured it's a fairly safe bet... I could not be happier with my purchase! This series is amazing and I was hooked within the first 10 minutes of the first episode. For any fan of the era or Jane Austen, this is a must buy - I only wished that there was more of it! Several of the key actors have an established reputation for their period acting with various of them already included in previous versions of Pride and Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility - and the combination of talent in this series combined with an amazing director just does credit to everyone involved.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 25 Jan 2010
By tania
I love this kind of movie. It's a place and time where the innocence and the pure values are recognized. I wish I've lived there. The characters are strongly built and all the women are remarcable. Sorry for my english.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bargain 13 May 2011
This is really a bargain. The complete series "Cranford" and "Return to Cranford" for this price! Cranford is just the right mixture of amusing and sad events. Many different characters are beautifulliy discribed. I couldn't wait to see, how the story would go on for each person of the plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cranford in full 28 Jan 2011
By Tokatli
The DVD set for Cranford and Return to Cranford series has the tales taking place in a small Cheshire town `Cranford', and adapted from the three novels by Elizabeth Gaskell. It is brilliantly written, directed, and produced. You can find many little details about mid 19th century that you can not see anywhere. I think it is a must-have for those who love period drama and Elizabeth Gaskell. It is also about beautiful friendship. The costumes, make-up and acting are all superior. Music is delightful and of course by Carl Davis.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My mother in law loved this
Published 20 hours ago by Shelby88
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent box set. We enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you very much.
Published 2 days ago by Johnboyyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, love the characters and the story line
Published 2 days ago by dawn marie holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series. Enjoyed watching.
Published 3 days ago by Pet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny and endearing story; the characters are fabulous. I loved every minute of it.
Published 7 days ago by M PAULA MARTINS PEREIRA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. This was the start for the popular period dramas. Good value for money from Amazon as always
Published 21 days ago by Denise Kirkham
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not the best.. too many squeaky voices!
Published 29 days ago by Mrs E A Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars actors and actresses Dame Judi Dench and the rest of the cast are...
I have watched this video four times already and it will not be the last time. actors and actresses Dame Judi Dench and the rest of the cast are wonderful .many thanks
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Eileen M. Tristram
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really pleased Thank you
Published 1 month ago by stephen brickley
2.0 out of 5 stars It could have been so much better without the relentless feminist...
I would have rated this higher had I not recently finished watching the entire Downton Abbey series. It's impossible, for me at least, not to compare the two. Read more
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