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


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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 (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EF444OU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,527 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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4.8 out of 5 stars

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185 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Smith on 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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133 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Mel - London VINE VOICE on 17 Dec 2009
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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J Lee Russell on 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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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By dk32 on 11 Nov 2009
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Like others, I've been waiting ages for this brilliant series to finally arrive in a complete boxset. All the episodes are here, including the Christmas Specials.

I did slightly hesitate before getting this because Amazon's pic makes it look huge, but no need to worry - this boxset is tiny! It measures just 19.5 x 12 x 14.5cm and stood on end takes up just under the same space as the first three series' individual releases on the shelf. The box has a reasonably solid feel to it, and the discs are packaged in three "volumes" with fold-out trays similar to those found in slimline double CD cases. The discs themselves seem to be the same ones as found in the individual series releases, so there's no re-mastering work or additional extras.
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