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Love In A Cold Climate [DVD] [2001] [2000]


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  • Actors: Rosamund Pike, Alan Bates, John Wood, Sheila Gish, Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh
  • Directors: Tom Hooper
  • Writers: Deborah Moggach
  • Producers: Kate Harwood, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ARYYPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,209 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love, two classic novels by aristocratic writer Nancy Mitford, this is a sumptuous and darkly comic costume drama about three upper-class young women and their quest for romance just before World War II. Celia Imrie, Alan Bates, Sheila Gish, Anthony Andrews and Frances Barber hurrah, hunt and bitch behind the pot plants, but this is more than tweeds, cocktails and country houses. It's also a sharp and witty look at the dying days of a particular breed of landed gentry. Based partly on Mitford's own life, it captures the highs and lows of the aristocratic smart set before World War II snuffed out their world forever.

Directed by the Oscar winner for the King’s Speech - Tom Hooper.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Dec 2012
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"Love in a Cold Climate," is a 2001 British television miniseries, the second adaptation from popular British author Nancy Mitford's comic novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. This period romantic drama/comedy was a co-production of WGBH Boston, American public television, and the BBC. It is, of course, in full color, and is considerably tighter and shorter than the earlier, 1980 television adaptation. The BBC, to a degree, did throw money at the screen, in ballroom scenes, cars, clothes, and interiors; however, some corners were cut from the first adaptation: the ballroom scenes do not show the orchestras at play; and the production does not show Lady Montdore's big costume ball, nor follow her daughter Polly to Italy. The newer adaptation reflects the shorter attention spans of current day audiences in that it consists of only two parts, rather than six. It resembles the first, however, in the presence of a great deal of talent before and behind the camera. This adaptation was first broadcast on the BBC in 2001, and in America, on Public Television's "Masterpiece Theatre" in 2002. But there's another major difference from the first adaptation: this version comes without subtitles; too bad, Acorn, as these well-bred British persons still don't speak above a whisper. In this house, we were able to follow the production in its larger lines, but missed a lot of the hopefully, presumably witty dialog from Mitford's novel.Read more ›
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By L. Hunt on 3 Nov 2008
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Why this wasn't popular on telly at the time, I'll never know. Immaculate acting by everyone - including Rosamund Pike before she was Jane Bennett, or a Bond girl, for that matter.

The story is of three friends - three girls - in 1930s England before the second world war. It is a tale of how they came out (in to Society, as it was then), married and settled down. Yet it is so much more. It portrays the eccentricities of the British upper classes, with their whims and `individual' moral standards. After all, the author, Nancy Mitford, was in a good place to see all this first hand with one sister, Deborah, marrying the Duke of Devonshire and another marrying Oswald Mosley. So there are doves that are "dyed pink and dried in the airing cupboard" and a baby that "looks like a howling orange in a black wig - really, it is kinder not to look!" The wit is razor sharp, cutting deepest at the those who deserve it most, such as the indomitable Lady Montdor.

Overall, if you enjoy people watching, you'll love this DVD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Coakley on 23 July 2009
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I absolutely loved this mini series. It is a must for anyone who enjoys watching the upper class in the time period between the two World Wars.
It covers a lot of material in its two and a half hours of viewing. The acting is excellent with utterly believable characterisation. I didn't want it to end. !
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AMW on 25 Oct 2009
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I absolutely loved this series. It captures the spirit of the book really well (although does not always follow the plot). Alan Bates as Farve had me crying with laughter and the main actresses very touching and credible. You will want to watch it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By s.m.sutcliffe on 14 Jan 2011
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I bought this for myself although I had already seen it several times on TV. Like the books it derives from, Love in A Cold Climate is there to enjoy when nothing else appeals and I feel like watching something pleasing to look at and amusing. Considering it is a story that took two books to cover, they did a good job in making it. Some delights from the books are missing, inevitably, because of time, I suppose, but little has been changed, which is the main problem with adaptations. Surprisingly, I have no quarrels at all with the casting. Everyone is perfect in the role they play. Like old friends, it is good to revisit them and, although old familiar stories are told over and over again, they have been part of my life since I first read the books as a young girl. and I never tire of them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kian2002 on 22 Aug 2010
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Fantastically wordy telling of the book of the same name and beautifully acted and set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Gulley on 2 Mar 2010
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A great fan of Mitford novels, I was not disappointed with this series, which is a thinly veiled story of the Mitford family. The production and acting are simply superb, settings and costumes beautiful, and I was hooked from the first minute. It has the stunning balance of drama, wit, and intriguing story line. I laughed, cried and didn't want it to end. A fabulous and highly recommended DVD.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Francis on 16 Nov 2008
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This is a little gem, capturing the book beautifully. Although not that popular when it came out, suffering from comparison to an earlier ITV production, there is little to fault it. I watched it on TV when I was a teenager and I am delighted it is finally on DVD, as it stayed with me all this time.
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