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  • Actors: Marcus Harris, Gary Russell, Jennifer Thanisch, Michelle Gallagher, Michael Hinz
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007PQ5002
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Meet the Famous Five: Julian (Marcus Harris), Dick (Gary Russell), Anne (Jennifer Thanisch), their cousin George (Michelle Gallagher) and her dog Timmy.

Ruined castles and rolling moors; mysterious islands and hidden caves: the five can find adventure wherever they are. Join them at Kirrin Cottage, or away on their holidays as they encounter smugglers, scoundrels and spies. Thankfully, Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny are always around to offer lashings of ginger beer.

Based on the best-selling Enid Blyton series of books, this classic 70 s TV series also features the talent of classic British actors, including; Patrick Troughton, Ronald Fraser, Brian Glover, David Rappaport and an early appearance from Rupert Graves.

All 26 episodes of the Famous Five!

Contains english subtitles

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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anthony Craig on 3 April 2012
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It is amazing how this gem of a series has been bypassed by DVD distributors for so long. This classic series was shown only once on ITV in 1978 (episodes 1 - 13) and in 1979 (episodes 14 - 26), and NEVER repeated following the demise of the regional ITV company that made it (for those too young to know, every 10 years, various companies had to bid to transmit their programmes on the ITV network, hence the old fashioned regions of "Granada, HTV, Anglia, etc; Southern TV which made this disappeared in 1981 when the franchise for the south of England was won by TVS). Interestingly, many viewers never got to see the very last episode, part 2 of "Five go Down to the Sea" as - just days after part 1 was screened - ITV was hit by a long and protracted strike through several months of the summer of 1979.... the days when, with only 3 channels in the UK, we had to make do with just BBC1 and BBC2. When ITV flickered back to life in the early autumn, some ITV stations showed the last two episodes, but some didn't.

At least viewers were lucky enough when the series was one of the first to be released on sell-thru video when the home video market took off in the early to mid 1980s. So how come it has taken until now to be officially released on DVD? According to the Enid Blyton Society website, it was "copyright issues" which prevented this from happening, with DVD distributors apparently reluctant to release it incase someone popped out of the woodwork claiming the copyright belonged to them.

So Congratulations to the German company Koch Media for finally doing what UK distributors should have done over 10 years ago. "German?" you ask! This is because the series has remained extremely popular in Germany where it was repeated on tv a number of times over the years.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By stickman on 17 Jun. 2013
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I have always been a big fan of this show when I was a child and was delighted to see it released finally on DVD (no more paying the internet pirates for copies of the show taped off the old VHS!) The episodes are re mastered (or certainly look it) and the box the DVDs comes in is very attractive designed like a book in itself. The episodes are as you would expect, very good wholesome fun, although it can be amusing to watch some of the characters (the male guest stars I'm thinking about) They all are camper then a row of tents, and some of them were far too over the top, but I suppose that adds to the charm. The thing that everyone was looking forward to is seeing the cast members speaking about their time on the series. The interview lasts for 50 minutes and one wonders why they didn't think to have the cast do episode commentary as an extra feature. Anyway, it was good to see them together (the woman who plays Anne is now a teacher and looks vaguely embarrassed about ever having done it, while the guy who played Dick seems to be the one who is more into the series, recounting things which the others say "oh yeah!" as if they hadn't thought of it for years. The main "elephant in the room" however is the absence of Michele Gallagher who played George. Sadly Michele died around 2000 but this is not mentioned except for right at the very end of the documentary where they simply say "Michele would have liked this", then before they speak more, the guy who plays Julian chimes in with "Well, there are lots of actors who appeared in the Famous Five who are no longer with us" That steers the conversation away from the subject that every fan wants to know about.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ann Hill on 27 Nov. 2012
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This was bought for my son who is 8 years old, he is totally absorbed by it.This is clean old fashioned adventure fun which is so lacking in childrens lives at the moment. It encouraged him to read the books as well.
I would definately recommend it, we also enjoyed it as a family.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Papermate on 18 Aug. 2012
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My favourite programme as a child of the 1970s and early 1980s, I often wondered whether this would ever materialise on DVD. Not only has it finally arrived, but on receiving my copy, I was releived to see that this has been treated as something special, with its packaging and extras.

THE BOX SET: It does not come in a slip-case box, but is made in the form of an A5 book that unfolds into four panels which hold the six discs, and has a full-colour, high quality 10-page booklet attached in the middle. This contains cast and location photographs from the shows, covers of the various annuals, video tape covers and original film cannisters. Co-writer Gail Renard gives a lengthy account from the time with updates on where key figures are now. There then follows a brief synopses of each of the twenty six episodes.

THE DISCS: The twenty six episodes are spread over the six discs. DISC THREE contains a trailer and 50 minute interview with Gail Reynard, Marcus Harris (Julian), Gary Russell (Dick) and my childhood and teenage crush, Jennifer Thanisch(!). For fans and the curious alike, this is the jewel in the crown. It's wonderful to see them as they are now, all together and giving some wonderful accounts of this time which they all fondly remember. Their comparisons of the changes in Health & Safety is particularly amusing for people of my generation! DISC SIX contains numerous stills of the cast on-set and locations both then and now, various annual and video covers, a short 'Tribute to actors' which is basically just a segue of scenes of the locations today with some moving music. For some reason, there is also a repeat of the trailer.
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