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Swallows And Amazons Forever! [1984] [DVD]

Rosemary Leach , John Woodvine , Andrew Morgan    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rosemary Leach, John Woodvine, Colin Baker
  • Directors: Andrew Morgan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Revelation Films
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087I2B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,834 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Coot Club and The Big Six by the celebrated novelist Arthur Ransome are two companion stories from his series of children s books set on the lakes and waterways of England and called Swallows and Amazons. Both the stories take place on the Norfolk Broads, and have the same cast of lively characters, led by six children, who become firm friends, sharing a love of wildlife and all things nautical. Set in the 1930 s, the television adaptation follows their boating adventures and daring escapades on the rivers and broads of Norfolk. The fun and adventure of a life afloat sparkles off the screen. There are secret enemies intent on getting them into trouble, strandings, ducklings and chases. The Ransome stories are a special mixture of realism and romance. Indeed, they were all inspired by treasured memories of his own childhood holidays in the Lake District and Norfolk Broads. The intricate detail in which he describes the boats and the wildlife of the English countryside is impressive and fascinating to both navigator and landlubber. This faithful adaptation captures all this with an impressive cast that includes Rosemary Leach as Mrs Barrable, John Woodvine as police Constable Tedder, Colin Baker as Tom s father Dr Dudgeon, Andrew Burt as the twins father Dr Farland, Patrick Troughton as the Eel Man and Julian Fellowes as Hullabaloo Jerry. SPECIAL FEATURES Arthur Ransome s biography

Product Description

Coot Club and The Big Six by the celebrated novelist Arthur Ransome are two companion stories from his series of children's books set on the lakes and waterways of England and called Swallows and Amazons. Both the stories take place on the Norfolk Broads, and have the same cast of lively characters, led by six children, who become firm friends, sharing a love of wildlife and all things nautical. Set in the 1930 s, the television adaptation follows their boating adventures and daring escapades on the rivers and broads of Norfolk. The fun and adventure of a life afloat sparkles off the screen. There are secret enemies intent on getting them into trouble, strandings, ducklings and chases. The Ransome stories are a special mixture of realism and romance. Indeed, they were all inspired by treasured memories of his own childhood holidays in the Lake District and Norfolk Broads. The intricate detail in which he describes the boats and the wildlife of the English countryside is impressive and fascinating to both navigator and landlubber. This faithful adaptation captures all this with an impressive cast that includes Rosemary Leach as Mrs Barrable, John Woodvine as police Constable Tedder, Colin Baker as Tom s father Dr Dudgeon, Andrew Burt as the twins father Dr Farland, Patrick Troughton as the Eel Man and Julian Fellowes as Hullabaloo Jerry. SPECIAL FEATURES Arthur Ransome's biography


Customer Reviews

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childrens TV at its best 11 July 2004
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Wonderful attention to period detail. Even the films colours are right for the period. Child actors excellent. Storylines as you would expect from Arthur Ransome. Bonus for Dr Who fans - Patrick Troughton and Colin Baker appear in episode 1 of The Big Six !. Buy it you won't regret it. A treasure.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 17 Jan 2004
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If you like nature, sailing, kids and bad plots this fits the bill. I have sailed on the Norfolk Broads and this series captures the atmosphere perfectly. The sailing is technically accurate too. I'm old enough to remember England in earlier times. Once again the atmosphere has been captured nicely. The unusual Norfolk regional accent is evident and sometimes realistic. This is a classic and fully in the spirit of the Swallows and Amazons books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 16 July 2013
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Shows off the beauty of the Norfolk Broads and was extra special as my son was one of the principal actors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coots Forever - And Ever 27 April 2011
Format:DVD
Just spent a week on a Broads cruiser with three granddaughters and played the DVD on the third night. It was quite magical that we had cruised to all the places mentioned in the films, and the girls were able to identify the filming locations, including the swing railway bridge at Reedham. We tried very hard not to have the radio too loud the next day for fear of becoming Hullaballoos, and kept well clear of coots nests.

As with all films, these do not copy the books word for word, but I think Arthur Ransome would have been pleased with the result. Pity the TV companies don't produce more films from the other books in the Swallows and Amazons series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swallows and Amazons for ever 21 July 2009
Format:DVD
Well made series which sticks closely to the Arthur Ransome books. Its a shame that only a few of his books have been made into tv series, thus opening them to a new audience. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clean river-larking 30 Mar 2011
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Great childrens fun, messing about in boats evading baddies. From the TV series, there are two stories broken up into episodes so you don't have to sit for hours at a time. Well recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swallows & Amazons for Ever 16 Feb 2011
By John
Format:DVD
Excellent DVD -grandchildren enjoyed it; great adventure.I began reading Swallow & Amazon adventures 1950 and the DVD brings them alive.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have recently read Coot Club and the Big Six to my children, so the stories were fresh in my mind when I watched this DVD with them.

I was a bit horrified in the initial scenes that quite so many bits of dialogue had been added in, mainly knowing nods in the direction of any adults in the audience. You expect subtractions when a book is filmed, but these additions seeemed entirely unnecessary. I also couldn't understand why Mrs Barrable had been written out of the Big Six.

Inevitably the plots and journeys felt a bit rushed, but the BBC props department had clearly gone all out on the period detail, and generally it was all well done. However, the film version of Swallows and Amazons is a lot more faithful to Arthur Ransome's original.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of the remastered 'Coot Club' & 'The Big Six' DVD by Dan Ford
Dan writes:
'Everything about this new release is better, from the cover design onwards.

First the subtitles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sophie Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Prezzie for an old S&A fan;)
Christmas Prezzie for an old S&A fan (my mum). Can't wait to see her get this in her stocking! (Yes we still all get stockings!)
Looking forward to watching it with her
Published 9 months ago by Izzy
5.0 out of 5 stars swallows and amazons
my granddaughter absolutely loved it she now proclaims it to be her favourite DVD, and watches it as much as she can
Published 9 months ago by Ray Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Grew up with the books!
Well, I suppose nothing will ever match my own imagination - but all things considering - they did an OK job of it!
Published 10 months ago by martinbronsdon
4.0 out of 5 stars Old friends come to life
Swallows and Amazons was the wonderful introduction to Arther Ransome 66 years ago. Then I found the Norfolk Broads with The Coot Club and Big Six. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dick Cullem
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
My grandson aged 5 just loved this film. Although it is many years old it is still a thrilling adventure film.
Published 15 months ago by Gran
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Have read all of arthur ransom books. , wanted to watch the film as well. , good value for money
Published 16 months ago by Christine Stanbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Viewing!
I recall watching this series when it was first shown on BBC television. I enjoyed it then, so when I discovered it was available on DVD I couldn't resist buying as copy. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Rooney - Writer
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended.
Enjoyed seeing the films again. Good to entertain grandchildren when wet outside. Wish they had done some of the other books.
Published 16 months ago by Maggiemay
5.0 out of 5 stars Swallows and Amazons
Brings back childhood memories! Beautiful stories that don't contain the 'modern' sex and violence seen in films. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jo
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