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The Essential Dennis Potter [DVD]

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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 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 1665 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WT5CS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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)

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129 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Zippo on 26 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Chapman on 11 Oct. 2009
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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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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By P. Hanson on 24 Nov. 2008
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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jennings on 16 Mar. 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Butler on 26 Jan. 2013
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this was a great buy, I've always loved this man's work , I recommend it, hours of great viewing, A great lost tallent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Maloney on 21 Dec. 2011
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Cheap at twice the price - an absolutely terrific collection of Mr. Potter's work. Sure it was delivered promptly, it's nicely presented and even the really old stuff is reasonably clear and well transferred. But the works themselves? They are priceless.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookzzz on 21 Nov. 2010
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Well, so far, I have experienced Blue Remembered Hills and the two Nigel Barton shows. While they can't compare with The Singing Detective (nothing can), I have seen them. A plus is that this package contains The Singing Detective and Pennies from Heaven. If you don't have those, do yourself a favor and get them.
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