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All Creatures Great & Small Complete Collection [DVD] [2013]

Christopher Timothy , Robert Hardy , Various    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison, John McGlynn, Carol Drinkwater
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 33
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 4550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EF444OU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Siegfried, James and Tristan – our three favourite veterinarians – always have their work cut out for them at their country practice in the verdant Yorkshire Dales. Although life is never less than testing, there is always great satisfaction in the valuable work they do. So as life moves slowly through peacetime and wartime, why not join us in a simpler, more tranquil time, as we help the sick and injured back to health, whether they have two legs, four legs, hooves, beaks or paws.


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179 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good tv at its best 27 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
At last in one release we have all 87 episodes and 3 Xmas specials of Christopher Timothy's adventures as a vet in the fictional Darrowby. Although the show is enjoyable from start to finish, it has an obvious split between the first three series and the final four, which were filmed after a short break, with the early ones being the most appealing.

From the very first episode the three vets in the practise set up an excellent rapport, with the kind-hearted James, the gruff Siegried, and the bumbling Tristan. The first series has some odd stilted sections, as a result of a real-life accident that the lead actor suffered and which often isn't covered up very well. But the stories start as they mean to go on with wise but bluff Yorkshire farmers and their sick cattle along with eccentric pet owners. Yes, many of the bit-parts are stereotypes, but the warm comedy mixed with gentle drama means they work well. And the inevitable and on screen arm-length rubber glove sequences help to restore a feeling of reality.

As season 2 and 3 progress the repeat characters gradually gather a life of their own, and along with the domestic problems for James back home it comes over as a series that could run effortlessly forever. But it didn't, and when revived there are big and not altogether successful changes. Lynda Bellingham takes over as the wife and she does a good job, and the actress who had played the housekeeper so well had died. But the big problem was that all the stories in the original novels had been filmed and the new stories drifted away from the style of the early series. This is perhaps understandable. The original tales were touched with authenticity and it was easy to imagine that they really had happened to a vet in the 1930s.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd Packaging ? 5 Dec 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At the price I paid, I would not have cared if it had arrived in a wet paper bag... as long as the discs were unblemished. But, like almost everyone else, I agree that the lack of a very simple accompanying booklet with a detailed listing of Episodes is disappointing. However, the IMDB (Internet Movie Data-Base) lists them all, in viewing order, date of broadcast and a brief overview of the story-lines, so a quick visit and print-out will satisfy anyone's needs for the information they need.

Otherwise, the packaging is as good as it gets, with triple disc sets in three space-saving fold-out volumes. As for arrangement of the discs I was left infuriated when I started Series 4. I fully expected it to start (sequentially) with their return from the War but this and the subsequent 'episode' were actually the 2 "Christmas Specials." These are annoyingly included as the last 2 discs in the box. It really wouldn't have been too difficult to position them in viewing order.

But all this is such a minor distraction to the overall brilliance of this Series, and I think we've all purchased it for the love of this televisual feast... and not to condemn the unfortunate 'packaging' deficiencies.
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131 of 137 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great series, but shoddy boxset 17 Dec 2009
By Mel - London VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I've been waiting for this entire series to be released as a boxset, and was very pleased to see it on Amazon at such a good price. So, no complaints about that side of things, nor the contents of the discs. My gripe is that the overall presentation is rubbish. The 33 discs are split into individual sets, and that part of it is quite neat, however, there is no accompanying booklet, no indication of episode titles whatsoever, and not even an indication of which episodes are on which discs. I know that all these episodes had individual titles, so it's not acceptable for Playback to release this set with absolutely no information at all. Unfortunately the same can be said of another of their series boxsets that I received today ('Allo 'Allo series 1-9). So, come on Playback, put a bit of effort into your releases, because this missing information is important. The series gets 5 stars, but the presentation gets 1 star.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great box set excellent value! 31 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
A fantastic series, wonderful stories in a beautiful setting. A great buy for anyone who enjoyed watching the series when it was originally shown on television. The set was great value for a 33 disc set. Initially, upon receiving the box set, I thought that there were some discs missing. For series 4 I could only find one disc (series 4 disc 3). I later found however that the other 2 discs were on the same section. But, because the folded plastic section was so firmly stuck together it had first appeared to be a section that did not open up. I thought I would mention this point, in case other people have had the same problem and thought they had discs missing.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why no Guide Book/Episode Listing? 17 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
I just received the almost 100 GBP Complete Collection, and was delighted until I opened the package and discovered that the discs do not have the title of the episodes, there is no accompanying list or guide book that would tell the titles, other actors, Herriot biography, if there are any extras or bonus sections on any of the discs. Only the two Christmas extras are on on the disc labels. So short of writing on each disc, after watching each episode, there is no way to track the ones you want to see vs. the less fun ones. Shame on you BBC for being too cheap even to put a folded paper list in the front of the first series. Does anyone know if or where a list might exist? Thx for listening. All Creatures Great And Small - Series 1-7 / Christmas Specials [DVD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quality series well worth buying.
I've always loved this series, but never thought to purchase it simply because it's repeated on TV fairly frequently. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ms S D Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good and Popular Show
I have read all of the books that this programme has televised,and they have made a very good job of filming the stories ,the actors suited the parts they played and brought it to... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mrs W Waugh
4.0 out of 5 stars good watching for for the family
very satisfied with the product not every ones cup of tea but enjoyed it just the same
Published 3 days ago by sheila bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT!
Published 4 days ago by big al
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent bought it for my mum for christmas and she loves it.
Published 4 days ago by DVD Crazy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great value I have enjoyed watching these again after thirty years
Published 10 days ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect.
Published 24 days ago by Ellen McCrystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable nostalgic viewing
Lots of DVDs with reasonably video quality and 2 episodes per disk. All DVDs are labelled with the series etc but it would have been helpful if the content was listed on the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by D Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent collection. TV quality superb.
Published 1 month ago by John Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item
Published 1 month ago by J L.
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