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The Brontes of Haworth - The Complete Series [DVD]

Alfred Burke , Vickery Turner , Marc Miller    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alfred Burke, Vickery Turner, Rosemary McHale, Ann Penfold, Michael Kitchen
  • Directors: Marc Miller
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2013
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B8897KW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,844 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In their isolated world on the Yorkshire Moors, the Bronte sisters found an escape in the childhood fantasies that would help mould the novels now regarded as classics of world literature; the grey-stone parsonage at Haworth in which they spent much of their short lives has become a place of literary pilgrimage. In this acclaimed mini-series, distinguished playwright, author and critic Christopher Fry tells the extraordinary story of a troubled family of genius.

Vickery Turner, Rosemary McHale and Ann Penfold portray the shy, precociously talented Bronte sisters; Michael Kitchen plays Branwell, the brother whose life, ravaged by drink and drugs, ended at the age of 31, and Alfred Burke stars as the Reverend Patrick Bronte, the widowed father who would outlive all his children.

Tracing significant events and key periods, each member of the Bronte family is brought vividly to life in this meticulously researched series.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Moving. 1 April 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Networks new edition of this impressive and very well-researched 1973 series (issued by Acorn Media last year in the USA) is now released in the UK on two discs with an overall duration of 303 mts. Despite its age, don't expect a traditional approach to period drama as the show was "R" rated in the States! This adaptation presents real people in often tragic dilemmas and had a considerable impact on many viewers on its original TV release. The drama, filmed in many of the original locations, is narrated by Elizabeth Gaskell (Barbara Leigh-Hunt), the author of "Cranford" and "North and South" etc and ultimately a biography of Charlotte Bronte's too. Legendary playwrite Christopher Fry's intelligent script, brilliant evokes another age in this atmospheric and memorable tale of love, loss and disillusionment and the leading players deliver faultless performances. Patrick Brontė is played by the underrated Alfred Burke, Charlotte by Vickery Turner, Anne by Ann Penfold, and Emily by Rosemary McHale. A young Michael Kitchen is a revelation as Branwell Bronte, the artist and poet whose promise never lived up to his sisters' and he is a very central character in this powerful drama. Although the first 20 mts is rather "clunky", with too much voice over narration - reminiscent of children's TV drama documentary - once the series gets going matters improve considerably and soon you are caught up in the riveting drama.

The video transfer is acceptable if you appreciate the age limitations of the source material, and allows the production's excellent designs and period details to come across well - although the sound is rather "boxy" and the over loud music score is marred by a little "wow and flutter" it doesn't detract too much from the viewing experience. This British box set is much cheaper than the American edition and therefore offers a cut-price treat for new viewers of this much awaited, high quality, and very memorable television series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing. 16 Oct 2013
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I only gave this three stars because I thought it was too long winded, there is too much about the life of Branwell and lots before the sisters ever wrote anything. Having said that, I had visited Haworth for about the 5th time just before I bought the DVD and noticed how run down the parsonage had become and the shop attached to the house selling souvenirs was really expense. I sort of fell out with the place in a way and I may have carried those feelings over into my viewing of the DVD. On the plus side it seems to be a very authentic version of the lives of the Brontes as I can see from reading books about the same, and would most probably be of more interest to those who don't already know the life story of the family. I would recommend it as it was half the price it was in the shop at Haworth and it is worth it to see a young Michael Kitchen who plays Branwell who is in my view a brilliant actor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing and acting 21 Aug 2013
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Makes you realise what shoddy scripts we are putting up with in today's television. Here we are spoilt by Christopher Fry's beautiful script, meticulous research and the fact that he concentrates not on the angst but what turned the sisters into the incredible power-houses that they were. It makes the sad events all the more unbearable. Such acting, too from everyone in the cast

I'm so glad I bought these DVDs
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and with a rather authentic feeling 27 July 2013
By oto_jo
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I bought this with trepidation because most of the reviews are so negative. Having seen the serial, I am now really surprised at the extent of the negativity.

This serial is not up among the greats - 'I Claudius', 'Pallisers', 'Jewell in the Crown' 'Brideshead' etc. But it is very good.

As far as I can tell there is considerable accuracy in what is presented about the lives of the Brontes. However, the screen writer does not just slavishly chronicle details of the Brontes' lives. He cleverly contrasts Branwell's failure with the success of his sisters. Central to the success of this is Micheal Kitchen, who wonderfully conveys Branwell's charm and fragility and also his inability to grow up. When he goes to London to seek his fortune you feel his fear and you know he has to go home. Emily is suitably Sturm and Drang. Charlotte shows all the pent up passion of her heroine Jane Eyre and comes across as a bit prudish, with an acerbic wit and quite a bit of get up and a go. Finally Anne surprised me. She was full of gentle courage and forbearance. I came away from the serial loving her and wanting to know more and also wanting to read her books.

In terms of the production. It is a bit slow to get going, but once it did, I found myself staying up later than intended for just another episode. The children morphed beautifully into the adults. The adults bear a good resemblance to the portrait of them by Branwell. The final episode though did suffer from a couple of lengthy, rather wheezy death scenes that got a bit irritating. It is for this reason that I rated the production 4 not 5 stars. Otherwise the acting was uniformly good to the extent that I often felt I was watching the real people not actors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable 11 Aug 2013
By Holly
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Very interesting for Bronte fans, it brings their stories to life. I particularly liked Michael Kitchen's depiction of Branwell and Emily and Anne are perfect (not so sure of Charlotte)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great dramatisation.
All in all a well directed and filmed drama of the lives of the Bronte family. Good standard of acting and representation except for the portrayal of Branwell... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Jason
2.0 out of 5 stars We gave up
This was so gloomy and slow and we could not stick with it so I gave it away. Perhaps it would have improved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura
1.0 out of 5 stars The Brontes of Haworth - The Complete Series (DVD)
This DVD would have been on a landfill site, if I had had my way. My Husband stepped in and said, don't throw it in the bin, I can use it to tie in the garden and scare the birds. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Carole Buttle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brontes of Haworth - The Complete Series [DVD]
The Brontes of Haworth - The Complete Series [DVD] I enjoyed it. Although not everyones cup of tea. If you like the brontes then its for you :-)
Published 2 months ago by Irene L. Bezer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brontes of Haworth
I really enjoyed this well researched series, great to see this on dvd at last. A must see for fans of the Brontes.
Published 2 months ago by christopher wilcock
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, interesting but, alas, an ordeal!
As a Bronte fan, and after a recent visit to the Parsonage, this was an absolute must for me to buy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rounds74
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for Bronte Fan
Present for a big Bronte fan who said that it was very realistic / true to life - really enjoyed it
Published 8 months ago by Booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars based on our prexisting knowledge of the Brontes
Published 8 months ago by john m edmond
2.0 out of 5 stars The Brontes of Haworth
I had not realised how old this series was. I imagine that the print could have been digitally enhanced, and wondered why this had not been done. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anthony Roger Goodwin
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