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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Run Time: 699 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5UY8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Complete Forsyte Saga is a four-disc box set comprising series one and two of the television drama, which is based on the novels by John Galsworthy. Set at the turn of the 20th century, it profiles three generations of the Forsytes--an upper class Victorian family--and their relationships with each other, as they experience a tumultuous period in British history. Damian Lewis stars as Soames Forsyte, a rich London lawyer who marries the very gorgeous Irene (Gina McKee) in order to complete his picture-perfect life. The show also stars Ioan Gruffudd (as an architect named Phillip Bosinney), and Rupert Graves (as the serial-marrying painter and Irene's later husband, Young Jolyon Forsyte).

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157 of 166 people found the following review helpful By H. L. GLAZIER on 9 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
For those of you who are very fond of the original black/white series, do not fear. This new adaptation takes nothing away from the beloved earlier version, but rather takes a fresh and modern look at the novel.

We begin in the late Victorian period with the Forsytes, a very rich and powerful family who appear to have it all on the outside, but underneath lies deceit, betrayal, unhappiness and affairs.

Young Jolyon Foryste (Rupert Graves) is stuck in a loveless marriage with only his young daughter, June, as his happiness. When Jolyon falls in love with his daughter's nanny and leaves his wife, he is cast out by his father, Jolyon Forsyte Sr (Corin Redgrave brilliantly cast) and left to live in poverty.

Years later, Jolyon Sr is now looking after his beloved granddaughter, June (Gillian Kearney) and has come to deeply regret his estrangement with his son.
As he tries to rebuild a relationship lost, meanwhile the story now has shifted focus to the other side of the family - to Jolyon Sr's brother, James Forsyte, and his son Soames and daughter Winifred.

Young Soames (Damian Lewis), a solicitor attached to his father's business, has been brought up to think that men have higher rights over women and that people should follow codes of honor and duty.
When he meets pretty Irene (Gina McKee) he instantly becomes infatuated by her. Despite her reservations and concerns, Irene is pushed into marrying Soames for security. However she soon finds herself suffocated by a lonely marriage, after Soames becomes possesive and overbearing.
As her hatred towards her husband grows, tensions arise within the Forsytes, and tragedy ensues when Irene embarkes on a passionate affair with June's fiancee, the handsome Phillip Bosinney (Ioan Gruffudd).
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Cees on 20 Oct. 2008
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The 2002/2003 Forsyte Saga version of John Galsworthy's novels, starring Damian Lewis, Gina McKee, Amanda Root, Colin Redgrave and Rupert Graves, is a Granada and WGBH Boston co-production. Although, many would label the series a remake of the 1967 BBC version, it is not. This is a free adaptation of Galsworthy's three novels and two interludes (The Man of Property, Indian Summer of a Forsyte, In Chancery, Awakening and To Let). The saga chronicles the lives of an upper-middle-class British family, from the beginning of the 19th century to the 1930s. Directed by Andy Wilson, produced by David Boulter and Sita Williams and adapted by Kate Brooke and Phil Woods, the Forsyte saga is definitively a saga that shakes things up. In two discs and ten episodes, we will follow the story of Soames Forsyte (Damian Lewis) - a rich solicitor who pictures himself as the family's upholder of moral values - and other characters. Soames also has a genuine gift for always saying or doing the wrong thing, at the wrong time and to the wrong person. Which he does when he marries Irene Heron (Gina McKee - astonishingly beautiful). Unfortunately, it will take him almost the ten episodes to realize that. Meanwhile, we follow the busy lives of the other Forsytes, their ups and downs and the way they relate to the family's values (money, possessions, power), especially when confronted with those of no-property (Irene, young Jolyon, Bosinney, Jon and at times, the old Jolyon too). The interesting thing about this saga is the way it deals with its own subject matter. When we might expect a traditional costume drama, with one-dimensional characters, the saga is actually everything but predictable.Read more ›
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. Hammond on 31 Aug. 2008
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The Forsyte Saga is so much more than just a period drama- it encapsulates a bygone time in its sweeping satire of Victorian family life and class values.

The plot focuses on the two conflicting sides of the Forsyte family, the children of elderly brothers James and Jolyon. Firstly, we have the open-minded but principled Jolyon Jnr (Graves). Having married a woman he did not love, Jolyon finds himself falling for Helene Hilner, his young daughter June's governess. When he commits the then scandalous act of leaving his wife for Helene, Jolyon is cut off by his father, Jolyon Snr (a perfectly cast Corrin Redgrave), and the rest of the family. Jolyon sets out to make a living with his artistic talents while he and Helene have two children, Holly and Joly. Years pass, and Jolyon Snr, now June's guardian, comes to regret his estrangement with his son, and seeks to make amends.

The other focus of the plot is on James's son, Soames (Lewis). Soames, the strictly proper but repressed 'man of property' meets and falls in love with the captivating and free-thinking Irene Heron, an orphan whose materialistic stepmother virtually forces reluctant Irene (Gina McKee) into marriage with him. Despite her friendship with Winifred (the charming Amanda Root) Soames's sister, and the now grow-up June, Irene just can't reconcile herself to this unsuited marriage and her controlling husband. When June's free-spirited architect fiance, Philip Bossiney (Gruffyd), arrives on the scene commissioned by Soames to build a country retreat for Irene and him, Irene realises what she's been missing and embarks on a dangerous affair that ends in tragedy and destruction.
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