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The Borrowers - Series 2 [DVD]

Ian Holm , Penelope Wilton    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ian Holm, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Callard
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Series two of the BAFTA-award winning BBC series about the family of small people who live under the stairs. When the Clock family are forced to find a new home, the journey to their new home is fraught with danger, particularly from Mrs Driver.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The second in the series of The Borrowers based on the books by Mary Norton. The Borrowers are a family of tiny people who live under the stairs in an old house populated by the larger version of the human being. One day a tiny member of the family befriends a member of the 'bigger' household... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...The Borrowers - Series 2 ( The Borrowers - Series Two )

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as kids' TV gets 28 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Having read the existing lukewarm review, I felt I had to write in to express my huge affection for this video. All my kids adored both Borrowers series - they succumbed from as early as four years old, and still dig it out now they are in their teens. It's rare to have such first class acting in kids TV - as well as the obvious bonus of having Ian Hom, Penelope Wilton and Sian Philips on board, the younger members of the cast are excellent (far less wooden than the over-hyped Harry Potter juveniles), the effects are magical, and the whole thing is bathed in this golden nostalgic glow. Fabulous stuff.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful adaptation. 22 Jan 2005
By JamesM
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a charming BBC drama for children.
Our whole family were glued to the first and second series from beginning to end. The characters are well portrayed and the effects generally stand the test of time very well. This programme is safe for the whole family, and carries none of the hard, gritty edge which seems to now sadly be an integral aspect of drama for children. Why don't they make magical adaptations like this any more?
If you like this, you'll also love the Box of Delights which has finally been released on DVD, along with the BBC version of "Five Children and It."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the whole family 6 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Having watched this both when it originally aired and more recently with my niece and nephews I think The Borrowers is still one of the best Children's adaptations ever made. It has adventure, excitment and romance and most people I know still rate this programme very highly. All I can say is if you haven't seen this, buy it. May be worth waiting until it comes out on DVD though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a HUMAN BEAN'S perspective... 22 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Borrowers are a group of miniature people who live beneath the floor - when they are 'seen' they have to move along, and this is the story of a family who have to uproot themselves from their comfortable surroundings and experience the BIG wide world... Such is the story of the Clock family - the most enjoyable features are the wonderful perspective that the borrowers have of our own human world. It's a story that can be enjoyed by both adults and children, and is amongst my favourite films of ALL TIME.... you won't be disappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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 and 1994 - this DVD has series two only (6 separate half hour episodes). Check out the twin DVD set though as this has both Borrowers series one and two on 2 DVDs (12 episodes in all), as often that is cheaper than buying the two series as separate single DVD sets. Picture quality is quite good (better than the older BBC Narnia sets). If you don't want to pay the presnt high price of 14, the DVD is ideal for renting.

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.

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. Pod, Homily and their thirteen-year-old daughter Arrietty collect things for their miniature home by "borrowing" food scraps and oddments which are no longer missed by the humans in the house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Borrowers series two 1 Sep 2011
This second series of the Borrowers continues the adaptation of books by Mary Norton. This wonderful visualisation originally made in 1993 for the BBC is very good. The Second series is based on the third and fourth books The Borrowers Afloat and The Borrowers Aloft 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.
Arriety has a friend who helps her and her family. He is a regular sized human boy. The family also have their friend and fellow Borrower "spiller".

Once again the Clock family are forced to find a new place to live when they learn of the upcoming departure of the humans in whose house they reside. With the help of their friend Spiller, they escape through the house drain system and move to the model village of Little Fordham where they try to live in secret.
They are eventually discovered by a couple who own a rival model village and are kidnapped with the intention of being put on attraction when that model village opens for tourist season.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this DVD
I enjoyed this DVD. It had a simple story but it was well done for the year it was made.
Published 25 days ago by Michael J. Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
l wish they would make more like this, very well acted and so easy to watch time to watch and relax (and good foe children to)
Published 2 months ago by dotty doo
5.0 out of 5 stars borrowers 2
Great entertainment I enjoyed as much as my grandchildren I wish they would bring out a third series and then I would buy that as well
Published 2 months ago by susan proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Son is happy
My son (10) LOVES this DVD and has watched it SO many times. He is a happy child! Keeps talking about it.
Published 4 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Clock Adventures
Really enjoyed this old version as did my grandson now I expect we will have to look under the clock wherever we visit
Published 6 months ago by Beady
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic viewing for children and adults.
This has to be the best children's TV ever. With the lead roles played by two of England's greatest actors and highly convincing camera work it is fabulous entertainment to be... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hod Carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
as a gift for grandchildren i love the borrowers .would all so be intrested in series 1 of this dvd.
Published 7 months ago by linda shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Borrowers' adventures after escaping with their lives
The first series was brilliant (see my review) so little to add for the second. Well worth having both to see and see again.
Published 11 months ago by Aristide Bruant
5.0 out of 5 stars for myself
a trip down memory lane and I took my daughter with me, we both loved it [my son not so] we over looked the way it as made [my son found it funny] as I told my daughter follow the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by mich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel
Excellent follow on from the first series. Just disappointed they did n't make any more. Again perfectly cast, and captured the spirit of the book and characters really well.
Published 14 months ago by Richa
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