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The Essential Dennis Potter [DVD]

Alan Bates , Anna Massey , David Giles , Brian Gibson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The Essential Dennis Potter [DVD] + Lipstick on Your Collar [DVD] [1993]
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  • Actors: Alan Bates, Anna Massey, Helen Mirren, Keith Barron, Frank Finlay
  • Directors: David Giles, Brian Gibson, Gareth Davies, John Glenister, Barry Davis
  • Producers: Jonathan Powell, Kenith Trodd, Graeme MacDonald, John Harris, James MacTaggart
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 13
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 1665 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WT5CS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,341 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This 13 disc release contains: The Singing Detective (BBCDVD1222); Pennies From Heaven (BBCDVD1214); Casanova (BBCDVD1446); Brimstone & Treacle (BBCDVD1412); Vote Vote Vote For Nigel Barton/Stand Up Nigel Barton (BBCDVD1673); Blue Remembered Hills (BBCDVD1672) and Mayor Of Casterbridge (BBCDVD1674)

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965) Nigel is very clever lad and desperately eager to succeed. He's aware of the fashionable potency of being both brilliant and working class. New glamorous experiences aren't enough, maybe politics is the answer. Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton (1965) Candidate Nigel Barton goes from idealism to cynicism as he becomes disillusioned and suspicious of hollow campaign promises. Casanova (1971) A serious take on the Casanova story from the ever-reliable Dennis Potter. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978) Thomas Hardy's powerful tale of a rich and respectable man who drunkenly auctions his wife and child at a West Country fair. Pennies from Heaven (1981) During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher. Blue Remembered Hills (1979) Dennis Potter's play is set in the Forest of Dean, on a summer day in 1943. Seven children go out to play. The Singing Detective (2003) From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots. Brimstone and Treacle (1987) The Bates sadly care for their severely disabled daughter Pattie. Martin arrives at their door claiming to be her college friend. He charms them into accepting him as a lodger and carer for Pattie. But Martin is not all he seems. ...The Essential Dennis Potter Collection - 13-DVD Box Set ( Stand Up, Nigel Barton / Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton / Casanova / The Mayor of Casterbridge / Pennies from Heaven / Blue Remembered Hills / The Singing Detective / Brimstone an

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection 26 Jan 2008
By Zippo
This 13 DVD collection of Potters best work is great. Sure, I miss "Lipstick on your collar", "Cold Lazarus" and "Karaoke", but, although good, they aren't Essential Potter. The image and sound quality are good, but this is TV material, and some of it old... (you can't show off your plasma screen with it). There aren't much in the way of extras (a few commentaries, and some archive material), but if you want quality television (writing, acting, directing - all of it), that is entertaining yet meaningful, and that will stay in your mind for a long time, I can think of no better collection.
Blue Remembered Hills 1 DVD (71 min)
Brimstone and Treacle 1 DVD (72 min, + "Did you see?" 1987)
Stand up, Nigel Barton & Vote, vote, vote, for Nigel Barton 1 DVD (148 min)
Casanova 2 DVDs (3 episodes, 320 min)
The Mayor of Casterbridge 2 DVDs (6 episodes, 349 min)
Pennies from Heaven 3 DVDs (6 episodes, 477 min, + commentary on 2, photo gallery)
The Singing detective 3 DVDs (6 episodes, 392 min, + commentaries, "Close up: Dennis Potter", "Arena: Dennis Potter")
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Potter - the greatest T.V. Drama Writer 11 Oct 2009
I'd not hestitate to recommend this item. I've long regarded Dennis Potter as being the greatest T.V. writer of them all and this DVD collection shows why. In fact, I only wished all his plays were available, though I do also have on DVD the great 'Lipstick On Your Collar'.

In my opinion, he made T.V. become as powerful a medium as the film can be, in terms of challenging the viewer and examining the deepest and most siginificant ideas and issues that human beings can face in life.
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vote Vote Vote for Dennis Potter! 24 Nov 2008
I was almost put off buying this box set after seeing it only had an Average Customer Review of 3 stars. I assumed there must be a fault with the picture or sound quality or something along those lines. Then I noticed two of the "reviewers" have rated it only one star for reasons that are trivial to say the least. One star is an absolute insult to this great man's legacy.

So I am writing this in an attempt to get the Average Customer Review increased and give Dennis Potter the credit he deserves. I urge other like-minded people to do the same.

Dennis Potter was quite simply one of the greatest television writers Britain has ever produced - and this box set does the man justice. His work was constantly original, thought provoking and cutting edge. Even those who did not like Potter's edgy, sometimes controversial dramas must nevertheless agree that British television has become a far less interesting place since his death.

And if anyone from the BBC is reading this - may I suggest releasing an Essentail Alan Clarke box set in the very near future.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Potter - genius 14 Aug 2009
I do not own this collection, but it is now on my wish list. Dennis Potter is truly a genius. After having watched "The Singing Detective" I knew it was the best television I have ever seen. Never in my life have I been as moved by the complexities of the human mind and spirit. It literally changed my perception on life. Buy this for a friend, if not for yourself!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theatrical allegory. 16 Mar 2010
An allegory on the tragedy of the human condition. DP reflects back to us in metaphorical terms the state of our society. This writer is the Shakespeare of modern times. While in Shakespeare's era the written and spoken word were the medium of conveyance, today it is the cinematic screen to which DP uses it to its full advantage. Not only was DP an exceptional playwright but the acting too was of an exceedingly high standard. Surely those plays have to become part of the educational curriculum for literature in colleges, especially from their allegorical aspect?
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