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The Borrowers - Series 1 [DVD]

Ian Holm , Penelope Wilton , John Henderson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ian Holm, Penelope Wilton
  • Directors: John Henderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2004
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BPS1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The entire first of the BAFTA-award winning BBC series based on the novels by Mary Norton. The Clock family - Pod, Homily, and daughter Arrietty - are only four inches high, live under the floorboards of a big house and 'borrow' whatever they need from the 'human beans' who own it. When Arrietty gets old enough she finds herself caught up in many adventures...

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC Childrens Classics Have Arrived on DVD! 17 May 2004
By Chris
The Borrowers Series one was made and shown on BBC in 1992 and this DVD features all of the original episodes in their original 30 minute episode format. It is good that they are released this way, unlike when they are all joined together on the video release.
This is not the best drama that BBC made but it captures all of the enchantement and imagination that made the sunday tea time slot famous. The story, based on Mary norton's book, centres around a family of small people living in a small ara of a large country house who make their way by "borrowing" things from humans. One day when the daughter is accidentally seen by a human, they have to go on the run to avoid being exsposed by humans, who they believe are evil.
Ian Holm and Penelope Wilton star. The acting is good, as are the set designs and script. The story seems to loose its pace slightly as it nears its close but is still very entertaining, imaginative and fun.
BBC have gone to some trouble to raid the archives and put on extras. There is a 9 minute Blue Peter sketch from 1992 featuring behind the scenes interviews and looks at how it was made. Also included is a photo gallery, a preview of season 2 and a quiz. The case is also quite nice since it folds out like an old fashioned playing card.
At the start of the DVD before the title menu comes a promo saying that other BBC drama classics are coming to DVD. This is great news! The Chronicles of Narnia (already released) along with Just William, The Secret Garden, Five Children and It and The Box of Delights. It is great that all of these classics are being re-released for a new generation and all will be great additions to collections!
So overall, this is definelty worth buying if you like quality dramas, it can be enjoyed by children, families or...yes, adults!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Jan 2010
By Jasper
My 7 year old loves this - lots to watch - episodes mean a small bit at a time too and cleverly portrayed. A great value purchase - only draw back is that she now wants the rest!!! Can't beat a bbc drama.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beg it, borrow it - just watch it! 3 Jan 2011
Another nostalgic classic BBC Sunday teatime serial follows hot on the heels of Box of Delights [DVD], The Chronicles Of Narnia 4 DVD Box Set [1988], and Five Children And It [VHS] [1991]. With top-notch casting: Ian Holm and Penelope Wilton play Pod and Homily, the effects were ground-breaking at the time and still look great today. The story is gently whimsical and quite slow by today's standards, but it's so well made that this doesn't really matter. A great series from the golden-age of family TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our all time favourite BBC adaptations 9 May 2006
Faithfully based on Mary Norton's books from the 50's, my son (9) and daughter (11) loved the two BBC 'borrowers' series, first screened in 1993 with season two in 1994 - this DVD has series one only (6 separate half hour episodes). Check out the twin DVD set though as this has both Borrowers series one and two on 2 DVD s (12 episodes in all), as often that is a bit cheaper than buying the two series as separate single DVD sets. The present price (14) is a bit expensive for a single DVD (at the moment the entire 4 DVD BBC Narnia set is the same price). If you can't decide whether to buy, try renting. Picture quality is quite good (better than than the slightly older BBC Narnia sets).

My kids really enjoyed the 1997 film version, but to be honest this BBC series is far darker, being played straight with no slapstick. Despite the Borrower's amusing antics and the witty script, it's got many quite tense moments and is all the better for it. The special effects in The Borrowers are actually very good - certainly more than adequate - although a lot of the atmosphere is derived from the superb 'miniature' sets. It's also set in the original isolated 1920'ish shires countryside, about the time of Norton's childhood, in a period when children were more strictly brought up and would think nothing of keeping big secrets from the adults. This adaptation is fairly faithful to the book, so don't expect a really sugary happy ever after ending, the books are really just snapshots of the borrowers lives, where like us, they just get on with it.

The 'Borrowers' are a family of tiny people, just a few inches high, who live in a miniature world under the floorboards of an old country house in England.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Borrowers series one 1 Sep 2011
The Borrowers is a TV version of the books by Mary Norton. This wonderful visualisation originally made in 1992 for the BBC is very good. The first series is based on the first two books The Borrowers and The Borrowers Afield published in the 1950s.
This is a really good adaptation with some clever camera tricks and special effects that make it believable.
The series was written and adapted by Richard Carpenter who had been very successful previously with shows like The adventures of Black Beauty, Dick Turpin and Robin of Sherwood.
The production is excellent and there is solid acting from Ian Holm and Penelope Wilton. All of the series is here in this glorious DVD set.

Life is difficult for the Borrowers who are actually only 15cm tall. They can live behind skirting boards or under the floor in the houses of "human beans". The Borrowers venture out sometimes to get domestic supplies.
The Borrowers are a family called "Clock" who live in a house owned by regular sized people. The family are a teenage borrower girl named Arriety and her parents, Pod and Homily.
During a borrowing expedition with her father, Arriety befriends a human boy named George who lives in the home and develops a friendship with him. This is contrary to borrower nature,
The tiny family, who live under the kitchen floorboards of an old manor, are eventually discovered by the other humans who occupy the home and are forced to flee into the English countryside.
After finding an old boot to live in the family befriends a fellow Borrower - a young man called " Spiller" who then helps them find a more permanent home by reuniting them with relations who had formerly ran away from the same manor after one of them was seen and eventually relocated in the caretaker's cabin on the manor's grounds.

The show is great fun and is entertaining to children and adults alike. This DVD set is first class and can easily be watched again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Made our Sunday memorable and special
We watch this on a Sunday and it not only brought back old memories, but gave us a nice warm cozy feeling. Thank you.
Published 7 months ago by T. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars WASTED ON KIDS! BEG, STEAL,OR BORROW!
Published 8 months ago by pedro
4.0 out of 5 stars The original DVD of the Borrowers TV series
This was bought as a 30th birthday present for my daughter who loved the series when she was growing up. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. Hills
4.0 out of 5 stars brill
I remembered watching this as a child and loved being able to buy it so many years later! Great to watch alongside the book. Great for comparison work with a class. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by Miss C. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I remembered
I bought this for my sister for Christmas as we both loved the tv show as children, and spent all of Christmas Day watching it. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by lovely_ali
5.0 out of 5 stars The Borrowers as they should be
Still the best series/movie, not the horrid modern version. Soundtrack keeps playing in my head, nice tune.
Good casting, very much like the book.
Published on 17 Oct 2010 by dcl
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic & nostalgic sries
I remember watching this series as a child in England, and although i was rather young at the time, the series left a good impression on me, enough so that when I saw the series... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by Assaf Meshorer Vardi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Borrowers
If you want to believe in little people hiding around your house & think it's the little people borrowing your missing items then this is a series for you. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2010 by Stephanie
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Published on 13 Jan 2010 by ANGE
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