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The Crossroads Collection [DVD]


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  • Actors: Noele Gordon, Susan Hanson, Ronald Allen, Paul Henry, Roger Tonge
  • Directors: Alan Coleman, Mervyn Cumming, Nicholas Prosser
  • Writers: Hazel Adair, Matthew Robinson, Paula Milne, Peter Ling, Terrance Dicks
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 8
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 1020 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CMV1M6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collection of 48 episodes from the original series of the cult British television soap set amongst the staff and customers of the Crossroads motel, and featuring favourite characters such as Meg Richardson (Noele Gordon), Benny Hawkins (Paul Henry), Adam Chance (Tony Adams) and Shughie McFee (Angus Lennie).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Kingswell on 21 Feb 2009
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I am sure I must have watched the first episode of this classic TV soap back in 1964 when it first aired, and I watched it from then on whenever I could. It was pleasant viewing, and if the acting was not always up to scratch ( we know Ann George as Amy Turtle used to stumble over her lines ) it didn't really matter. It was the characters who counted : Meg Richardson, her daughter Jill and son Sandy, Diane Parker, Amy Turtle, Vince Parker, Miss Tatum, David and Barbara Hunter, Hugh Mortimer, Brian Jarvis, Vera Downend, Shughie McFee, Mr.Booth, Benny Hawkins -- they're all here in a hotchpotch of 48 episodes spanning some 18 years between 1966 and 1983.
It is, of course, great nostalgia, but the problem is there is no continuity. Without the aid of an excellent memory ( and mine is not that good ), you cannot know what went before or after the featured episodes. Each episode stands alone, so that it is like reading a few random pages from a very thick book. With so few episodes surviving, it is difficult to see how this collection would appeal to anyone other than those people who lived through the series when it was first shown.
Nevertheless, what is contained in these dvds is an important record of a television series which was loved by a great many of the viewing public during its long and successful run. Meg's wedding to Hugh Mortimer is something to behold. You would think it was real, with the church service taking up much of the episode. Edwin Richfield, a well-known television actor at the time, makes a fine vicar.
Rather surprisingly, the picture and sound quality is excellent. It could have been made yesterday.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P Goodhead VINE VOICE on 10 Jun 2009
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Crossroads was quite simply a classic of it's time that was ridiculed by the critics for bad acting and wobbly sets. In fact the sets never wobbled and the acting was as good as you could get from a cast that had to sometimes learn an several scripts a day and deliver sometimes without much rehearsal! Everyone will remember an episode and here are 48 of the best! Go on have a wave of nostalgia! The special bonus features alone make the set great value.
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I remember Crossraods from the 60/70/80s with some fondness. Music intro was great..characters were real and more importantly this was one of the few soaps we had in those days. Yeah looking back the sets and acting were poor, but so was all the media in those days, check out some of the soppy reporters!

As has been said before there is no continuity to this set which is a real shame, even if they just paired them up in to consecutive episodes twice would have helped. Each DVD starts back again in the 60s just to make sure you cant keep track!

Could have been done much better and I'm astounded it hasnt so far!
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