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The Choir [DVD] [1995]

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  • Actors: James Fox, Jane Asher, David Warner, Cathryn Harrison, Nicholas Farrell
  • Directors: Ferdinand Fairfax
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 278 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ECXBKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This mini-series, based on Joanna Trollope's novel, explores the internal politics and scandals of a British cathedral choir school. It features the singing voice of first-time actor and boy treble soloist Anthony Way, a real-life student at the St. Paul's Cathedral Choral School in London.

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Ferdinand Fairfax's excellent adaptation of Joanna Trollope's (b. 1943) first `non-historical' novel, originally published in 1988, was originally serialized around March 1995. The total viewing time is in excess of 4 hours and this 2 DVD set is nicely presented, although lacking extra features.

The Dean of Aldminster Cathedral, Hugh Cavendish (James Fox) is short of money; the precious and unique organ has recently been replaced and now significant sections of the roof, and its timbers, are found to be defective and in urgent need of skilled and costly repair. Conceivably, money could be raised by releasing funds normally spent upon the maintenance of Aldminster's Cathedral's well-known boys' choir. And this is precisely what the Dean intends to do, much to the shock and dismay of Alexander Troy (David Warner) the noble Headmaster of the Cathedral School, and even more especially to the Choirmaster and Organist, Leo Beckford - convincingly played by Nicholas Farrell. Also involved in this mêlée is wily but seasoned Councillor Frank Ashworth (Peter Vaughan) and the Dean's scheming wife, Bridget Cavendish.

The impact (of what could be interpreted as the Dean's own mutant form of crass Beechingesque monetarism) upon the relationships and the former state of apparent interdependency amongst the various residents and `parties' within the cathedral close is dealt with in a sensitive, yet surprisingly acceptable manner in both book and screenplay alike. The weaving of the plot and subplots draw in certain socio-political issues and also raises the endemic matter of `state' interference or governance of `the Church' at large.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 April 2006
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You will find little to criticize in this excellent BBC drama. A very strong cast, a sound and engaging plot from Joanna Trolloppe, and the young outstanding chorister (from St Pauls)- Anthony Way - who gives all the cast a good run for their money. Five splendid episodes that will echo in the mind for years to come. If you saw the original release on TV you will want to be reminded of the high quality of drama that the BBC is capable of. If you never saw it back in the mid 1990's, then you are in for a treat. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cees on 19 Sept. 2008
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The Choir (2006) is a BBC tv series, produced by Ferdinand Fairfax, directed by Peter Cregeen, written by Ian Curteis and based on Joanna Trollope's novel "The Choir" (Coronet Books, 1988). Starring David Warner, James Fox, Jane Asher, Nicholas Farrell and introducing real-life boy chorister Anthony way, "The Choir" is the engrossing story of the cathedral town of Aldminster and its celebrated school choir. The Aldminster choir is in deep trouble, when the Dean Hugh Cavendish (James Fox) decides the cathedral roof needs urgent repairs. Unfortunately, there isn't enough money to maintain the choir and the roof and this means sacrificing the choir. Bad move! At least for the Dean, his wily wife and the people whose life would be turned upside down by the Dean's decision. Soon enough, the cold and frustrated Dean will have to fight against the Headmaster and his wife, the Choirmaster, and even his own daughter. Not surprisingly, in what used to be a quiet cathedral town, passions now run high and nobody will emerged from the turmoil unscathed. Over two discs for a total running time of four hours and fourty minutes, with English subtitles, but without any other extra features, "The Choir" provides with high-quality entertainment. A special note for the setting (Gloucester), the beautiful and genuine voice of school chorister Anthony Way, and for delighting us - at last - with a good guy character for the great David Warner. I agree with the other reviewer, Michael Calum Jacques (review June 24th, 2008), it is obvious that Trollope is a 'churchianity" natural. Not only does she know what she wrote about (and what is very well rendered in this tv adaptation), but obviously, she had a great time crafting it. "The Choir" is a delight, in every respect. Don't miss that real treat!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Weeks on 14 Mar. 2006
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This 1995 TV mini-series was on the air in 1995. It is based on the novel by Joanna Trollope, a story of the politics behind a Cathedral Choir School and the Cathedral itself. The Cathedral Dean wants to get rid of the choir to help preserve funds for the Cathedral building.
This really is classic BBC drama. There are sub-plots, including the usual relationships you get with Joanna Trollope books. I strongly, strongly suggest you purchase the soundtrack which shot young St Pauls Chorister Anthony Way to great hights in the UK Popular charts with a number of classical albums.
Great acting and directing, true to the novel and excellent music. High level of performance by a young Anthony Way.
I have been waiting for this to be released on DVD for some time. Comes highly recommended!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Pianomad on 29 Mar. 2006
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This is one of the best TV adpatations I have ever seen. The casting is simply terrific, as is the acting. The setting is authentic and it is well filmed. I've waited years for this on DVD - it was first broadcast in 1994. I can't wait!
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