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The Forsyte Saga: Volume 4 [VHS] [1967]

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  • Actors: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, June Barry, Kenneth More
  • Writers: Lennox Phillips
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CQER
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three episodes of the celebrated BBC drama series: 'Birth of a Forsyte'; 'Encounter'; and 'Conflict'. Despite Jo's misgivings, his relationship with Irene blossoms, but their joy is marred by Jolly's death in South Africa. Meanwhile the Great War finally shakes out the last vestiges of Victorian England.


The Forsyte Saga is often cited as the first television miniseries; it wasn't, but there's no question that it was a singular, powerful cultural phenomenon that deservedly got under the skin of European viewers in 1967. Today the 26-episode production, based on several novels and short stories by John Galsworthy, is a more timeless enterprise than many of the protracted British TV dramas that have followed. While it would be wrong to consider The Forsyte Saga high art, it's certainly a mesmerizing and inspired mix of theater, sprawling Victorian narrative, thinking man's soap opera, and some finely tuned, 1960s black-and-white production values that (especially when shot outdoors) are strikingly handsome.

Above all, Forsyte is driven by its characters--perhaps to an extreme, though the two-generation storyline makes no apologies for creating compelling people whose capacity for short-sighted blundering, bursts of grace, and slow-brewing redemption make them recognizably human. Eric Porter towers over everything as Soames Forsyte, a humorless attorney whose guiding principles of measurable value cause great heartache but slowly evolve, leaving him a graying, good father, arts patron, and sympathetic repository of memory. From the cast of 150 or so, other standouts include Susan Hampshire as Soames's troubled daughter, Nyree Dawn Porter as the wife of two very different Forsyte men, and Kenneth More as the family's artistic black sheep. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2002
Volume 4 - "Birth of a Forsyte" sees the culmination of the Soames/Irene/Young Jolyon triangle with Irene's divorce from Soames and remarriage to Young Jolyon and Soames' marriage to Annette. The ironic twist being that Annette eventually gives birth to a daughter - Fleur whilst Irene gives birth to the son -Jon which Soames had always desired. With "Encounter" the saga moves 20 years into the future and the events consequent on Fleur and Jon meeting by accident in an art gallery and falling in love much to the distress of their parents.
Without wishing to give too much away of the plot, It is easy to understand why these episodes received the highest viewing figures of all the Saga when they were first tramsmitted in 1967. The acting, in particular from Eric Porter as Soames is outstanding as we see him in a different light from the unsympathetic "Man of Property" of the earlier episodes. Here he is the doting father to the rather selfish Fleur - again another great performance from the excellent Susan Hampshire. Nyree Dawn Porter and Kenenth Moore also provide strong support as Jon's parents. Though the production shows its age as it was filmed in black and white and some of the sets are a bit stagey, this does not detract, at all, from the overall enjoyment of the production. There is very little you can say about these videos apart from - BUY THEM!! and hopefully one day we'll see this timeless production on DVD.
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