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Glittering Prizes [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Tom Conti, Barbara Kellerman, Mark Wing-Davey, Malcolm Stoddard, John Gregg
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00132D876
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Buddha on 30 Aug 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Glittering Prizes comes from a golden age of television, when the BBC made British dramas for British audiences rather than overblown costume nonsense for international consumption. This six part serial is television for grownups with realistic characters speaking witty and intelligent dialogue in recognisable situations. The story, or rather stories follow a group of bright young things from their days at Cambridge in the early 1950s to success, failure, or merely resignation in the mid 1970s. Along the way, we get to know them all and perhaps even learn a thing or two about ourselves.

The production is first-rate and the acting uniformly excellent, but the heart and soul of The Glittering Prizes are its scripts, the product of novelist and screenwriter Frederic Raphael. Anyone who has ever seen the films Darling or Two For The Road will immediately recognise his style. Always articulate and revealing, sometimes cynical, occasionally hopeful, quite often so truthful that it hurts - the sort of drama you find yourself thinking about for days or weeks (or even years) afterwards.

Raphael has always said that the main character of Adam Morris, brilliantly played by Tom Conti, is not autobiographical but the facts and similarities suggest otherwise. At first, we expect this entire series to be his story, but soon a fascinating array of characters slink their way onto center stage. In fact, Conti's character only appears at the very end of Part Two and is not in Parts Four and Five at all. This is very much an ensemble piece with each episode a kind of self-contained play, but one that is enriched by what we learn from the others. Some characters are clearly meant to be admired while others are just as obviously intended to be despised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Oct 2014
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An astonishing and sophisticated series which demonstrates what the BBC could once achieve at its very best. Brilliantly cast and directed, Fredrick Raphael's glittering script contains both biting irony and emotionally involving action of the highest order. The transfer is uniformally excellent with just the occasional blip that shows how long ago it was actually filmed. Produced by the wonderful Mark Shivas you really don't see many productions of such quality anymore. No, it's not a blood soaked saga or a police thriller filled with rotting corpses - or life on a London council estate. What you get is a sophisticated and very challenging drama of ideas, morals, and social prejudice that isn't easily forgotten.Yes- it is very middle-class and all the more enjoyable for that!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suze Dylan on 10 April 2012
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First watched this when still at school. Loved it then, no less now. Great Easter indulgence: wet afternoon viewing for 6 days.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Sedgwick on 6 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
This series is a curious mix: it purports to follow the fortunes of some Cambridge graduates over the years, but the thread doesn't quite run through the series, in fact rather than following the same characters the people in question rather dip in and out of the six episodes and it all becomes rather loose and unconnected as a series.

As a collection of individual telly plays the series is somewhat more successful - although the first two episodes meander around endlessly and are the least successful of the six episodes. Episodes three and six for my money are the best episodes creating some rather interesting dynamics between the characters.

If you're looking for action and plot then this will not be for you - it's all about character dynamics and hence it is unashamedly rather wordy and heavy on dialogue - no bad thing in these days of ultra fast scenes and emphasis on action. This drama would not even get commissioned these days - it builds momentum slowly and really allows us to know the people it portrays. It's also concerned with certain issues which are dramatised with varying levels of success through its characters.

Overall a thoughtful series of one off dramas only loosely connected through the Cambridge connection - The Tom Conti character is the most memorable one simply for the smugness and irritating jewishness portrayed - the character really rankles which is a measure of the skill of the acting and the writing of this particular character. Worth sticking with if only to witness a Richard Burtonesque performance in episode six from Dinsdale Landen.
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