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Dombey & Son - The Complete Series + The Signalman [1983] [Dutch Import]


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  • Actors: D. Eliott J. Glover
  • Format: Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Run Time: 340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZIIWHS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,018 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Import from the Netherlands which plays in Englis language. Dutch subtitles on/off. Dombey and Son (Julian Glover, Lysette Anthony )plus Bonus DVD The Signalman (with Denholm Eliott) EU-Import Box 3 disc edition Original English soundtrack

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By ab..c VINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Introduction

When I was a child in the 1970s, a TV Christmas ghost story made an impression on my mind. I can recall this story was broadcast by the BBC late on 'Xmas Eve, 1976. This story is called 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens, and starred Denholm Eliott. This story features as a bonus disk on this set of 'Dombey and Son' on import from Holland. If you have heard of this story, then buying this DVD box set is a MUCH cheaper option than buying its dedicated DVD.

Technical issues or concerns

As its only a hop across the channel, these disks share our Region 2 support, so the DVD will work on European DVD players. A slight patterning on the screen in the first 20 or so seconds is the only problem, but this stops and does not return. The only issues of slight concern is the Dutch menu to turn the Dutch subtitles off and play in original English voice-over.

(To avoid the subtitles in Dutch)

On the 'Signalman bonus' menu screen, move the selection arrow as far right as possible and confirm or press 'O.K'. Then on the new screen, move the arrow to the left most button and confirm or press 'O.K'.

Reflections

The cast (1976) is small, but it has an superb chilled and atmospheric portent of spectres warning others are about to die. And that the signalman is being made aware of, but is helpless to stop these accidents, so this gradually distorts his view of the world. This story is only 40 minutes in length, but it has a real craftsmen quality from those taking part.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dean on 14 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
Forget the 'main feature' and buy this for the classic BBC 'Ghost story for Christmas' THE SIGNALMAN.

I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of THE SIGNALMAN for years, but they are hard to get hold of and, if you do manage to find the original BFI version, very expensive.

If you love ghost stories in the style of M R James (this is a Charles Dickens classic), then get this, dim the lights, put your feet up, and enjoy!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maltravers on 21 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
It's telling that all the reviews so far focus on the bonus disk - The Signalman which is, as other reviewers indicate, a perfect Christmas chiller.

The main production, however, is dull, dull, dull beyond belief.

I remember being bored rigid by it as a child, and it being - unforgivably - partly responsible for me avoiding reading Dickens for many years. Having recently read and enjoyed Dombey and Son I decided to give this production another go on DVD, and it's every bit as tedious as I remember. A ticking clock is a big feature in the opening episode, and boy do you feel every second.

It is hard to imagine that the guys behind one of Doctor Who's greatest purple patches and the much superior A Tale of Two Cities adaptation - Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts - could come with an adaptation as turgid as this. But as an admirer of both Dickens' works and the Sunday Classics serials of my childhood, I urge you to avoid this DVD as you might avoid a swamp.

Instead, I plead with you to read the book rather than watch this production. It might take longer - but it certainly won't feel like it.

The BBC was planning to make a new version of Dombey & Son to mark Charles Dickens' bicentenary, before chickening out and instead making yet another version of Great Expectations. A real missed opportunity to make a definitive version of one of Dickens' less popular novels.

Finally - on a technical note - I struggled to get rid of the subtitles, but I am happy to accept that might be technical incompetence on my part.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on 5 Feb. 2014
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Dombey

A very odd piece of Dickens - it may of course be the adaptation - something of a narrative dog-leg.

The titular Dombey is a profoundly unattractive man, interested only in money and self-perpetuation; no warmth, no humour, no imagination; no doubt a product of his time, but so is Gradgrind, and I'd rather have a drink with him than with Dombey who, if bereft of virtue is also a stranger to vice, however much a force for quite considerable evil he may be, it seems more for want of imagination than anything else. Dombey is dull - his house, his society, his conversation are dull, and it is a fair bet that, whatever it is that the firm of Dombey and Son trade in, that is dull too. One reason, I suspect, that this tale has been described as boring is that the central character, if left on his own, could bore the hind leg off a donkey. Most of Episode One takes place Chez Dombey, leading us first to the conclusion that nobody has ever said 'Let's go round Dombey's house and have a laugh'.

Mrs Dombey has borne Dombey a son, and then she dies, leaving Dombey fairly unmoved, finally the mood lifts with the arrival of the Toodle Family, but Dombey is horrible to them as well, just like he is to everybody, and if people don't carry on to Episode Two it's really little wonder, but 'twould be a pity.

The only bright spot to lighten Dombey's misanthropy is the son, Paul Junior, whom he adores, and with whom can seem almost human, but this frail and hauntingly odd little boy dies far too young, and never grows up to be a consumptive poet.
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